Saturday, May 2, 2009

And then there was none.

So of course that’s how it works.  I get all excited about 2 posts in a row and then nothing..nada, for over a month.   I love it when I can really concentrate on the blog but unfortunately the last month or so has been entirely too overloaded for me to concentrate on much other than school.   I did, however, manage to get through the last semester and a crappy research paper.  Happily here I am on my first weekend with no homework hanging over my head.

Outside of school, in the last month I have managed to complete the crazy nine patch quilt top (and back). All I have left to do is the quilting and binding, and I’m hoping that will be one thing I get to work onfamband tomorrow. 

We finally finished painting the kitchen green, and also hosted the in-laws last weekend and had a wonderful visit.  It isn’t very often that the family band gets reunited.  We had a great time, enjoyed amazing food cooked by my mother-in-law, and can’t wait until the next visit.  We worked hard at convincing them to buy the house next door that’s currently for sale, but so far no dice. We’ll have to keep at it.

In crafty news, I have so many projects in my list of “stuff I wanna sew” that I don’t even know where to begin.  I really want to make a birdhouse wall hanging for my mother for Mother’s Day, but being the newbie quilter I am, I’m not quite sure how to start.  I’ve also been totally inspired by these mini-quilts at Tallgrass Prairie Studio, as well as this art piece that I think is so amazing.  I’m going to try to play around with stitch drawing and see what I can come up with for Mother’s Day.  I really don’t want to get my mom yet another Pandora bead, although I don’t think she would mind much.

My knitting has been floundering this year, though I haven’t stopped reading knitting blogs.  I’m still plugging away at the same scarf albeit very slowly. 

What’s also been keeping me preoccupied is our upcoming trip to London.  We’re down to the last week and a half, which is going to fly by considering next weekend will be taken up with my friend’s wedding in which I am a bridesmaid.  We’ve finally narrowed our itinerary down and are beginning to pre-book train tickets for our day trips.  Our top choices of places to see are the British Museum, Tower of London, Bath, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace.  Somehow we are hoping to also squeeze about 20 other destinations in our short six day visit.  Tomorrow we’re going to do a packing dry run.  My husband really wants us to use just carry-ons but I think he’s in dreamland. 

Coming soon…pictures of the Crazy Nine Patch quilt and some of my upcoming projects. 

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