★ The month started a bit rough. I always seem to gravitate to Beyoncé’s music when I’m feeling sad and hurt.
★ Still loving my Rifle Paper Co. Secret Garden calendar
★ Found the perfect dupe of NARS Stormbird, Sinful Colors Smokin’ Hot
★ I found my creativity! Spent an afternoon with a friend cutting fabric for my Lady Mary quilt out of the Downton Abbey fabrics. Worked on three quilt tops and immersing myself in color. Pulled out the perfect Fall piece to stitch on too.
November started off with a bang! The first Saturday I attended a book signing for Christina Lauren for their latest book in the Beautiful series – Beautiful Player. I’ll have a post up soon on the series and the book signing too, but I finished Beautiful Player shortly after getting it at the signing! And speaking of books, I also got to go see Catching Fire the night it came out in the theatre – loved it!
I spent some time during the month looking at my in progress craft projects, working on some, and planning for some new things. One of my big projects towards the end of the month was working on finishing some Christmas ornaments I’d stitched.
Of course, one of the things I was excited about was visiting a local camera store and checking out a variety of camera bags in preparation for my trip to Germany/Paris. I loved the bright yellow of the one in the photo, but I ended up going with something slightly different. Post to come on that as well and why I chose what I did.
As the holidays approached, I celebrated with a super blingy manicure – I used my new polish, When Monkeys Fly, over a gold I already had on hand and wowza!! Eric and I made apple pancakes for breakfast, which is our tradition for Thanksgiving morning, and then watched the parade. We went to my mom’s for our cozy Thanksgiving dinner and it was really a nice, relaxing day. So much to be thankful for!
The months keep zooming by faster and faster and April was no exception. I’m really loving doing these month in photos posts, not only because it’s a great way to remember what the hell I was up to, but it’s also so interesting to see the way the photos change with the seasons – my photos from January are vastly different from these photos not only in subject matter but the light is so different!
So, April started off with a flight to New York for Eric’s grandmother’s funeral. I’m so glad that we were there, and got to spend a bit of time with family that we haven’t seen in a long while – some who I’d never met. And as I mentioned in my post about Easter, it really had a huge impact on me. And perhaps all of the feelings that were brought up by that period of time were what triggered my complete 180 mood swing? There were a couple of weeks there that I was so out of sorts, and so sad and angry that I could barely stand myself. I certainly couldn’t stand other people. And when I say a complete 180, I mean it. I went from happy Spring, happy bright sunny buttery yellow nail polish to my big “back off” warning sign of black nail polish. I did eventually emerge from the worst of it, but I still don’t feel like I’ve got my groove back.
I finished up the last of the Fever series on the plane back from NY, and I’d picked up the Jenny Lawson book in the airport so I started it on the way home. I just finished it yesterday and am starting something new for May.
Eric and I celebrated our seven (!!) year anniversary on the 8th and he made us a lovely dinner at home and brought me roses. I did some work on my dad’s memorial sampler and started assembling my Tula Pink quilt – both were unfortunately fraught with issues (I should probably have waited to work on things until I was over my whatever it was mood).
Things did start to turn around a little bit last week and I felt a little better, took a day off work and even painted my nails gold (OPI Glitzerland, which is a dupe for Chanel Diwali that I was seriously coveting!). I even had a few productive days at home doing some photo editing (I have a huge backlog) and getting some scanning done in our going paperless project at home. And I got to have a fabulous dinner with a coworker and we tried out a new to me restaurant called Whiskey Cake (where we, in fact, ordered whiskey cake). It was sooooo good!
So the month was not a total wash, and I’m hoping that I can begin to sort through what all was going on with me and get back to my happy place. But, it’s better. Oh, and a big big thank you to Eric for changing my little social media icons – I am much happier with them!!
Something crazy has been going on with my blog and/or WordPress over the past week. I keep trying to come in and do a new blog post and haven’t been able to! So, finally here is March in photos.
March was kind of a month of indulgences. Between the Mozartkugeln from Germany, the yummy homemade pizza, a good book and some nail polish, I was kind of on a roll! Really, I think a good part of it was a bit of escapism from some stuff that hasn’t been so fun to deal with this month.
One of the best things this month was going to the Dallas Quilt Show with a friend. I haven’t been to the quilt show in years, and it was such a fabulous day full of inspiration and even a little shopping. And the inspiration hasn’t left yet. I’ve been itching to sew!! Once I finished my Kate Spain quilt in February, I was dying to get back to my Kiss Kiss quilt. In March, I managed to get all of the cutting finished and also got all of my pieced blocks sewn together. Next up is starting to assemble the rows. I can’t wait to see this beauty come together! And I finished up a hexy pincushion for a friend’s birthday and sent it on its way. And a beautiful little thank you card came in the mail for the birthday gift I’d sent to another friend last month. Isn’t that little bird with the blue and white bowls adorable?
Some days it really started to feel like Spring, and the trees were blooming with glorious color. But we keep getting days of temps dipping back into the 30s and 40s, so I indulged in a little Mexican hot chocolate in the evening.
In family life, my boys are getting so big! They are a year old and we are feeling so fortunate to have them in our lives. Their daily shenanigans really keep us on our toes!! In June it will mark one year that we’ve had them, which I find hard to believe!!
As always, I appreciate you stopping by! I’m really enjoying sharing some of what’s going on in my world here.
For 2013 I thought it would be fun to start a new tradition at the end of each month and share some photos from the previous month – just as a little look back into my days.
January was definitely a month for refocusing and it seemed to spark my creativity too, since I spent a lot of time working on some crafty projects. I took a day off work at the beginning of the month to spend with Eric and my niece and go see the Trains at Northpark. We, of course, had to stop for gelato. Work has been extra difficult this month, so there were several nights I came home in need of comfort food – like the grilled cheese sandwich Eric made for me. I did try to take time for myself though, by leaving early one Friday afternoon and going to the quilt shop to pick up my Hex on the Beach kit and a few fabrics I fell in love with. And we even had snow! Last Saturday morning I had a couple of hours to kill between my hair appointment and my eyebrow appointment, and I spent that time curled up in a comfy chair, sipping Starbucks and reading. Decadent!
My last mani of the month was the perfect transition into February – Essie All Tied Up with an accent nail of OPI Berry Berry Broadway.
Looking forward to seeing what February brings!
Just remembered it was Wednesday and I needed to do some wandering. It’s been a difficult couple of days and when I think of comfort, I always think of curling up with a quilt. And look what I found today. The feather pattern in the quilting itself reminds me of that quote “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul”. Even in the midst of heartbreak and loss, there is always hope.