Over the weekend

Over the weekend I managed to get a few things finished or worked on here at the house.  Not everything I wanted got done, and now it’s Monday and back to work, but several things were finished.

First up, the bathroom remodel, that was started last spring, is finally OVER!  DONE!  COMPLETE!!!!!  (according to me, DH is thinking new countertop but I kind of like the brightness of the white).

 

Those walls took forever to finish.  First the drywall compound gave me fits, then finding the right color for such a small room that was warm, neutral and went with the two pictures that were to remain was challenging.  And of course that type of work is slow for me to accomplish.  In the end I’m pleased with the results.  All of the woodwork was custom made by DH (with a little help from the youngest grand over the winter holiday visit).  And it was done one step at a time.  Which is how we do things.  First piece goes in, then the second piece is decided on.  In the end I have exactly what I want, open shelving, some decorative, some functional, and the room kept it’s open feeling.  I didn’t want the room to feel overwhelmed with the storage needed.

DH also got my lighting under my kitchen cabinet changed out over the holidays.  I can now see when I pour my coffee into one of my darker mugs.  He would have done this ages ago, but I balked on the cost of the fixtures, they’re LED lights.  As per usual, I should have said yes ages ago!

And we finally have hens, or one of them, laying again.

 

My hens went off laying in early November when they went through a molt.  Then the shorter days kept the lack of eggs going.  Yesterday I got my first fresh egg of 2018!  I’m down to five hens now, re-homed the older ones.  Five hens is more than enough for a two person household once they all start laying again.  And they’re not all seven day a week layers, so I’m anticipating about 3 eggs a day.  Perfect numbers if it all works out!

 

I also spent some time this weekend with knitting, both working on the in process mystery shawl and some new stitch markers.  Once the stitch markers are knitter tested, I’m planning on adding them to my etsy shop.

 

 

All in all, it was a busy weekend.  But now it’s Monday and it’s time to head back into the studio and the office for the week.

 

 

January 5, 2018

As I sit here having breakfast, I thought I’d share a few projects that I worked on over the holidays and this week.
One of my online groups had a WIP challenge over the holidays.  After two years languishing on the needles, the challenge was the perfect boost to finish them.  The pattern is Louisella by Mary Hough Designs.  Mary is one of my favorite sock designers on Ravelry.  

  

I also worked on a custom quilt for a customer.  I’ll share just a sneak peak.

And a class sample in progress.  More details are on Quilters Loft blog, this is one of the mini lap quilt series.  http://quiltersloftcompany.blogspot.com/ 

And finally, I rejoined WPKnits Stunning Mystery Society 2018 knit a long.      http://wpknits.com/ This year we’re knitting a total of five shawls.  Four are quarterly projects and one is a year long knit.  The quarterly shawls release one clue a week, the year long shawl releases one clue a month.  This is the start of the first quarterly shawl after the opening clue. And yes, it has beads in it!

My toast and fruit are done, so it’s time to take my coffee and head to work. The question is to which job first, the office or the studio?  

New Year, New Intentions

2018 has begun and it’s time to get back to work after the holidays.  Like many I know, I didn’t set resolutions for this year.  Nor did I set a “word” as I’ve done in the past.  But, that doesn’t mean I don’t have intentions.  The same intentions that I’ve had for a bit now.  To find my best health, and learn to embrace this aging process.  To make quilts for my family, which are coming along slower than I wanted, but still progressing.  To find joy in the everyday things.  To share my love of several different crafts.  And finally to learn to laugh again.

To reach one of my goals I’ve started paying more attention to what I eat, how much sleep I get and walking.  And I replaced my FitBit Clip with a FItBit Alta HR.  My intention was to wear the Alta HR 24/7 to track steps, heart rate, and sleep.  That didn’t work out as expected.  I am left-handed, but grew up in a right-handed world learning crafts like knitting and sewing.  That caused me to be almost ambidextrous.  So, despite the right or left handed setting I was loging false steps.  To that end I wear the Alta HR when I’m truly exercising to monitor heartrate, or at night to monitor sleep, but have gone back to the Clip for daily monitoring.  And I’ve joined a few step challenges and an online walking group amongst other knitters.

And I’ve returned to teaching on a larger basis.  Starting next month, I have at least one class monthly that I’m teaching.  Classes will be posted on Quilters Loft’s blog and I’ll keep you updated here as well.
For now it’s time to get the day going.  Run a few errands with the husband in is lovely weather, then come back to my warm studio and work on a custom quilt and class samples.

  
Stay warm!