Hello out there. Thanks everyone for your nice comments on letting me know I'm not alone on the island of BLAH. I do think I've gotten over the hump. Decorating is still taking a backseat, but I feel like I want to do some other things. Isn't it just the worst to feel sluggish and unmotivated to do anything beyond what a person has to. Hopefully the decorating bug will bite me soon so I can finish up getting the house back to normal.
Yesterday I took off for a real quick road trip to a neighboring town that has a wonderful quilt shop and knitting store. Bay Window Quilt Shop was in the spring issue of Quilt Sampler in 2007. Sarah has a wonderful store full of lots and lots of fabrics and inspiration. So 4 of us hit the road to see what trouble we could get into.
Kari was looking for fabric for a wedding quilt for her son and future daughter-in-law and found some of it - it's all batiks
I was going to take more pictures in there, but that store was jumping. It was the first Thimbleberries club of the year and the Thimbleberries fabric was all on sale. Well those ladies were having a field day and there was lots of fabric going out the door. So if you interested in seeing the store, check out the spring issue of Quilt Sampler for pics. I think the store is much cuter than those pics, but that's my opinion.
Well then you have to go to the best little sandwich place when your visiting this area. I even had a WW approved sandwich, 6 points of goodness - it's called a Nutty Bird and I order it even when I'm not watching my waistline - layers of turkey, sprouts, cream cheese on a wonderful grainy bread. They always serve their sandwiches with a little wedge of cheese and a poppy seed cracker. See the napkin holder by the coffee cup - they all had old pictures on them. This gal has a real knack for doing unique things with everyday kind of stuff. There's lots of antiques, linens, floral and new things to buy. It's always a visual treat as well as a food treat when we visit this place
Since we had all been good we split a hip padding, lip smacking chocolate dessert
the bottom layer is like a brownie, with a marshmallow center and the top is chocolate with crispies mixed in. Mercy me it was DEE-LISH. The 4th peep in the group passed on a piece, can you believe it, she passed. Way to go Kari - proud of you :)
I've made it my goal for the new year to really be good about how I spend my money on quilting, knitting, stamping and paper crafts. To try and use what's in the house and only buy what I need to finish something. So I was really good but I did buy a pattern
this will be for a Christmas gift next year and the sample in the store was really cute. I;m also hoping to make a lot of my gifts for next year. I heard about some doing the homemade holiday thing and I'm going to jump onto that bandwagon myself and maybe bring back that holiday spirit I felt I was missing this year. Anywho I also bought a punch needle book for my niece who is getting very interested in that craft. Hi KT look for it this week from Mr. Brown :). So I'm not sharing the picture of it because I want it to be a surprise for her, although now she knows she's getting it now, LOL. At the yarn store I bought yarn to make a pair of fingerless gloves for me. Sometime parts of my hands get soooo cold when I'm sewing or on the computer - these could help.
Here's a book I got in the mail a few weeks back. I saw this on someone's blog and I'm sorry I can't remember and hate to just say a name, but it's a great little read with wonderful recipes and I'm enjoying it a lot. Don't you just love those pictures like the one on the cover. Might have to get one for my Mom who's love of cookbooks is legendary and where I get my obsession from
OK here's my old reliable - the camera not the rotary cutter (I kept getting a shine when I tried to take the pic, so I balanced it on the cutter and it helped, no don't laugh) it's always served me well and I'm thankful for that
it's not being replaced by any means, it's just going to have a new friend, a smaller friend who can travel a little more discreetly than old silver who tends to be on the bulky side
it's nice and small and can fit in a pocket. So don't worry old silver, most of the time you will come along also, but you'll have a friend, little one, to share the bag with.
Well this turned out to be a longer post then I thought. Hope your Sunday is a good one. We've had a light and beautiful snow fall all day long and it's been so nice to look at. Hubs has a fire going in the fireplace and it's nice and cozy inside.
Until Next Time