There has been no apparent reason for my absence from Blog-land. Ironically, I have been on vacation since 5:00 p.m., on December 12th. I return to work this upcoming Monday, December 29th, and I'm sure that within 15 minutes of my arrival, it will seem like I have never left. Every day my Mom asks me if I'm tired of being on vacation, and the answer is still "no."
So what have I been doing with myself for two weeks? Time has flown by and I don't have much to show you. I had grandiose plans of sewing and blogging every day as well as cleaning my house from top to bottom as well as getting back in shape and losing 50 lbs. Okay, my plans may have been a little extreme...
Ski and Sew
Mike and I went to Vermont for a few days during week one of vacation for what we like to call "Ski and Sew." We rented a condo at Okemo and Mike skied for two days, while I sewed (actually shopped). The Vermont quilting economy took a sharp uptick since there were two fabulous quilt shops within 20 minutes of our lodging, as well as a third fabulous shop on the way home.
My first stop was Waterwheel House Quilt Shop in Londonderry, Vermont.
|The view from the front porch at Waterwheel House Quilt Shop.
|More Kaffe-alicious goodness at Waterwheel House Quilt Shop.
Next, I visited Country Treasures in Chester, Vermont. This shop is deceptively small from the front. Once you go inside, it is an Alice-in-Wonderland rabbit warren of rooms, and it is two floors! I asked one of the clerks if they do a head count before they close to prevent locking customers in the store. She laughed and said, "yes!" Apparently they've had a couple of close calls. The fabrics are in groupings by theme in each room. Despite their "country" name, they have an entire room full of batik.
|I bought this cute little kit to make for my husband, Mike.
They are ukuleles, but I may modify them to make them guitars instead.
I did do a little sewing during our Ski and Sew.
|I finished a few more panels for my blue and purple scrap wave.
This isn't sewn together yet, so don't be fooled into thinking it is close to being finished...
When we returned from Vermont, I spent a lot of time with the Pug Boys. Although they were well cared for in our absence, nothing beats a little (a lot) of Mommy time.
|The view from my lap. From right to left: Elvis, LarryPug and Romeo.
|Romeo, upper left, Elvis, upper right, and LarryPug, front and center (as usual).
I had a festive pancake breakfast with my friend Eleanor. She rarely appears in my blog because she isn't a quilter, but she is one of my dearest friends.
|Eleanor is also a dog mommy. She has a Scottish Terrier named Cole Haan.
|This was Night Seven!
|Our Chanukah Pug Snow Globe is hanging on our refrigerator. I may leave it up all year.
|Romeo grudgingly let me pick him up for the photo.
Joannie and I did a little sewing. I finished the top of Flourish, an original pattern by my friend Karen Pratt from QuiltLily Designs. If you want to make exactly the same one as shown below, you can buy a kit on Etsy. Tell Karen that I sent you.
|LeeAnna's gift, shown above, has inspired me.
I'm planning to add some pugs and baubles to my tree.
|Here is Joannie preparing the fabric before we attached it to the ironing board.
|Here is the newly recovered ironing board!
I also did 87 loads of laundry, went to two fabulous holiday parties (thank you Thursday Girls and Sue), watched my own private mini marathon of DVR'ed episodes of Love It or List It and Property Brothers, and cleaned the garage.
Two days remaining of vacation, I must stop blogging and take the puggies for a morning walk so I can come back and SEW!
Pugs and kisses,