Sunday, June 20, 2010

Remember me?

Well now. Have you missed me? I know, I know. It's been a while. I could give you the novel or the cliff notes. I think the novel will need to wait, so I'll suffice it to say that there have been some ups and downs in the last couple of months, along with plenty of busyness on my part.

I have recently spent some time considering whether or not I want to continue this blog. I was surprised and gratified by people asking me when I would post again. I really didn't think that my absence would be much missed. Sometimes writing in this space seems a little silly and insignificant to me. Other times, I genuinely enjoy the process of sharing. In truth, it keeps my sisters and friends easily apprised of the things going on in my life.

We'll see what happens in the next few months. There's always plenty going on, and it may be the thing that has to give is the blog. But in the meantime, I'll show you some things I've been working on.

Teacher's gifts... I downsized the pattern for Amy Butler's swing bag. I like them just a little bit smaller than the original. (Now, do you see those doors they're hanging on? Each door was conditioned, stained, and polyurethaned by my husband and me. Then we put the hardware on and hung them. There's way more work in the doors than those bags, let me tell you!)

A quick cheater pillow. Japanese fabric machine appliqued onto a clearance priced pillow cover. Note that the trim is still not installed on the floorboards. Big sigh. This house is a work in progress, and I promise some pictures soon (for real this time, Jen!)

Working on a quilt for special friends who are grieving the loss of their son. It has helped to heal my heart as well.

And finally, the most gratifying for me of all, a vegetable garden at our new home. There is so much sun that I don't know what to do. I spaced things too closely because I'm not used to them growing so well. My husband protested when I asked him to till 8 rows that are 45 ft long each. Look! We needed every inch. It's packed, and things are cranking.

I walk out in my garden several times a day, and just watch things grow. I pick away at weeds, nibble the herbs, and revel in the dream of having a full sun garden... finally... after 14 years. Pinch me. Is this for real?


Melissa said...

I am SO happy you are back!!!! I look at my little ticker on the sidebar every day and watch it count up weeks, then months, since your last post. I hope the ups start to outweigh the downs, and that you decide that blogging is something you want to continue.

Now, I will be in Montreat for a week in August, and I am insisting that you show me that garden. AMAZING! I have two tiny little sunny places in our tiny little yard, and I dream of a huge garden like that!

liz at olliekate said...

welcome back to this space friend!

Miss Prickly said...

Yes, welcome back! I always like to see what you are up to.

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

I've been wondering where you had gone. Glad for an update!

The teacher bag gifts are adorable. As is the pillow. And those doors are beautiful!

Now your garden? I'm envious!

Anonymous said...

Hey sis! I love, love, love your blog! It makes me feel connected and I hear your voice in my head while I read. I didn't bug you about it during your break because everyone needs change and time to determine what feels right. I hope continuing your blog feels like the positive path, as I have sorely missed your updates, creativity and all-around grace!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Wow, you have been busy! (Does it make you feel better to know that we are coming on 7 years in our house and the baseboards still aren't done?)

Anonymous said...

Oh Yeah!!! I LOVE your blog not to mention all your creativity!! Everything looks amazing! and you have a beautiful way with words so be rest assured that many look forward to your entries whenever you have the time or the inclination. Was so sweet to be able to spend fun time with you all this past weekend! Your greatful friend, Noreen

Peggy said...

Please keep blogging I love reading what you are up to especially sewing. And Ill be by for some of that chard you are growing too.

Hannah@CraftsAkimbo said...

The garden looks great! So many yummy things to eat.

Please keep posting! I have only just discovered your blog and you can't give up now!

Love to read about your garden, home and kids.