Monday, December 10, 2018

Map Quilt

Quilt #85 is complete! This is a small wall hanging quilt using Moda's Metropolis panel. It's a great design and I'm tempted by the charm pack,  jelly roll, and fat quarter bundle. The prints are so cute and would make a great gift for someone who loves to travel. 
This measures about 18 inches square and I plan to hang it somewhere in our home. This Summer, we traveled through 5 states with our kids on our way home from my stem cell transplant. It was our first major road trip. I loved showing our kids how beautiful our country really is.  


The binding is stripes from the Brother Sister Design Studio. I found it at Hobby Lobby. 





Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas This Year

A friend in my book club hosted us at her Board & Brush studio this week. We made these cute little Christmas trees.

Speaking of Christmas trees, we have a fake one for the first time ever! My doctors warned against live trees after my transplant (they can contain mold, mildew, or critters!). So we bought a "pencil" tree so we can use it again in the future. It's less than 2' across, so it can fit in tight spaces.

I made some new ornaments with pictures of my kids using wood ornaments from Michaels. This was our Christmas card photo from 2016.

And from 2017.

The wooden trees they have painted line our dining room table. 
My Merry Christmas quilt is hanging in the living room.

I used a chicken wire board for hanging some of the kid's artwork from the last decade. 


I have a large antique window that I used chalk pens on. I'm bummed it doesn't show up very well in photos.

I LOVE these little gnomes from Target. LOVE.


Our personalized stockings are from an Etsy shop called luckyenvelope from a few years ago.

I love our mantle this year.


If you'd like to see previous year's decor, click here or here.

For my Pinterest-famous (and adorable) button tree, click here.

More details on my Merry Christmas quilt can be found here.

And I still LOVE our Elf on the Shelf selfie surprise.

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

Update

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. 



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