Monday, November 12, 2018

I made a quilt!

My first finished quilt since returning home! It was a slow process because I am still recovering, but I am SO happy with how it turned out. This is Latitude fabric by Moda, but is no longer available. I did find this similar fabric line and I love these prints, too! 
I used a black-and-white polka dot as the background.  

I love how it turned out and I'm snuggled under it right now, as I post these photos. 😍 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My Bookshelf & Life (Lately)

I am home and settled and recovering from my stem cell transplant! Things went very well and I am feeling pretty good most of the time. I am still very tired, but that is to be expected while recovering from chemotherapy.

This photo was taken the day I was released from the hospital. After three weeks, I was so happy to be free! And so grateful for my husband who took such good care of me during all of my treatments. 

When we got home, I did start a new quilt! With a helpful supervisor... :) I am hoping to have it complete in the next few weeks. 

Finally... some book recommendations. I have been reading a lot while I am recovering. Here are a few favorites since the last time I posted.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. This was such a great book about women during WWII. These characters were inspiring and memorable. If you loved The Nightingale or The Alice Network, you'll love this one, too. 

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liz Constantine was a satisfying, suspenseful read. The author did a great job with character development and with leaving the reader satisfied with the outcome.

Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman was one of my favorites... this was an easy, light, fun read (the perfect break after a few heavy books). 

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo was a lighter read, although still a compelling and interesting story. 

It Ends With Us was my first read by Colleen Hoover. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading her new one, All Your Perfects.

All We Ever Wanted is a new book by one of my favorite authors, Emily Giffin. I really liked this book, but it was very different from her usual style! I think this story is so timely with current events and the changing culture around sexual assault. That said, there's a lot more to this book and she does a great job of developing the characters and telling the story from many different points of view. 

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee was a light, fun, sexy read. There are a lot of love scenes, so pass on this one if that's not your jam. 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell was full of twists and turns and unexpected characters. This one was hard to put down and I will definitely be reading more from this author. 

November 9 by Colleen Hoover was my second book by this author. I loved the premise of this story - a young couple meets up every year on November 9th. Reading about their lives and how they become connected was really an interesting way to experience a book. 

Finally, after several friends raved about these recipes, I bought Magnolia Table for my husband for his birthday (he loves to cook). This cookbook is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l and so many of the foods are amazing. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Not a lot of crafting to report, because I am in Colorado beginning my Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Sclerosis! We brought our kids with us for the first few days and got to do some sightseeing with them. We went to the Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Museum of Science and Nature, and the Butterfly Pavilion. So fun!

The kids went back to California with my parents. Unfortunately, the beginnings of my treatments got delayed a few days because of some ridiculous insurance nonsense (don't even get me started!). While the delay was frustrating, we did end up having some extra time to sightsee. Colorado is so beautiful. We loved Georgetown and the Arapahoe Nat'l Forest and went on a tour of a gold mine, too.

One "lemonade out of lemons" part of the insurance delay was that we were able to go home for Mother's Day. That was not in the plans, but we ended up getting to surprise our kids and spend the weekend together. Oh! And I dyed my hair purple in preparation for my upcoming chemo and hair loss. Might as well have some fun! 

We headed back to Colorado and I began treatments this week, with a perfect t-shirt from Kohls. I'm feeling bruised, puffy, exhausted, but most of all grateful. This treatment has the potential to change my life and the lives of my kids. 

I'm having some discomfort from some of the medication side effects, but we were able to visit the Botanical Gardens after one of my treatments. My wonderful husband has been my caretaker and pushed me around in a wheelchair so I could see the gardens. It was so good for me to take photos and feel creative. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Rainbow Baby Quilt

One of our best friends recently welcomed their third daughter. I made her a baby quilt and finished it just in time for a trip to my husband's family cabin. It is the location of my favorite barn and so many beautiful spots, I had to bring the quilt along for photos. 
The fabric is the Lori Holt Bee Basics charm pack, with some purple added because purple is my favorite color and a rainbow needs purple. 

The background fabric is Riley Blake Bee Backgrounds Cross Stitch. (On a side note... I just found this honeycomb fabric while I was searching for the links - SO cute!!). 

 The backing is a very old print from IKEA, binding is a B&W polka dot. 

I love the pretty colors with the bright white background.  
I had SO much fun photographing this quilt at the cabin. I told my husband I may have to bring a bunch of quilts next time we go and do a full photo shoot. 

Peek-a-boo... I have been pretty open with my health struggles on this blog (I think?). I have multiple sclerosis and have difficulty walking. I went from the cabin to the barn to take photos and my son came with me. He said he was my "look-out" and was there to protect me. He was being playful and silly, but I think he really did get nervous seeing me walking away from everyone by myself. Sweet boy. 

 With my favorite barn in the background (also seen here and here). 
A photo of the four of us, soaking in Springtime at the cabin, one of our favorite places. 
If you're following along on my health journey, we are getting ready to begin my stem cell transplant in just a few weeks! I'm very excited for the chance to "restart" my immune system, but very nervous to be away from home and away from those faces for quite a while. It's a great opportunity for my health and our family and I am trying to keep that as my focus. I post more about this treatment and my updates on my You Caring page here:

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

My Bookshelf (Lately)

I have been reading SO much. Part of that I credit to my bullet journal - it's fun to see the page filling up. I also am in a new Facebook group dedicated to reading and it's given me so many books for my wish list.

Anyway... I've read a few good ones lately and I thought I'd share here in case any of my blog readers are book readers, too.

The Bronze Horseman, by Paulina Simons. This one is actually a series and I wanted to read the rest immediately (Tatiana and Alexander is the 2nd book, The Summer Garden is the 3rd) . I'm saving them for my upcoming hospital stay (something to look forward to). I think at this point I would say this is my favorite book. It is over 800 pages and I read it in less than a week. I didn't want to put it down, I didn't want to sleep, I didn't want it to end. LOVED it.

The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn. This is such a great and empowering book about women in World War I and their unexpected roles and sacrifices.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. I really liked this book and was kept in suspense with it's many twists and turns. I read a copy from the library, but ended up buying it so my husband can read it, too. It reminded me a bit of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which I also loved. It's a complicated story with lots of unexpected moments (and some dark, twisted minds!).

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner. This is a memoir about a young girl, born into a polygamist cult. Her story is unsettling, inspiring, and unforgettable. This book stayed with me for a long time... I kept thinking about her strength and life.

Next up - I'm in the middle of Beartown by Fredrik Backman (the author of A Man Called Ov, which I really enjoyed). On deck is Beneath a Scarlet Sky, An American MarriageLilac Girls, or Little Fires Everywhere.  If you have recommendations for me, please leave a comment! :)


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