Monday, January 08, 2007

A New Year but not much is new

Although we are into the second week of the new year, I can't say much is new. Holly and Bailey are now established members of our family. Holly seems to be able to squeeze herself into the tiniest sliver of space between my DH and I to sleep at night. She has an enormous fascination with the toilet and basically runs the show. Bailey is more aloof. He sleeps at the bottom of the bed. He just follows his sister around and deliberates over whether to get involved in her hijinx or not. They seem to be keeping each other amused during the day and we haven't had any huge kitty catastrophes...yet. :)

On the quilty front, I finished my Christmas quilt for Bob this weekend including sleeve and label. LOL. Well better late than never. I will post a picture this week once we hang it. I am putting together a class demo for my friend, Diane's shop on the use of Angelina Fibers. Having lots of fun with that!

I am planning my projects for our quilting weekend at the end of January. I cut two lap quilts last night from a pattern called Crazy Eights. It uses 8 FQs. I cut one from homespun and plaids to give my DH for our anniversary. He has been complaining the quilt on our sofa is too short. I also cut one from lighter plaids for the spring.

I have picked out my medallion pattern for our Round Robin which starts in February. It's not supposed to be larger than 18' on a side but mine is 16 by 24 and I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. So, I will have to do a little whining to the other members when we exchange.

I also picked up a Moda panel of Valentine postcards which I cut up and will be playing with over the next couple of weeks. I got some groovy Art Glitter that I want to try on them!

And, I am starting a Art Journal class on Saturday at a cool quilt shop in Northhampton, MA. which is about an hour from my location in CT. There are three of us going from my guild so we will take turns driving. It's a once a month class for a couple of hours on a Saturday. I'm really looking forward to that.

I also am knitting a hat for my son which I promised him last year. I've had to start it THREE times but I seem to be on the right track now. If I can only get my kitties to stop swatting at my needles!!

Sewww, I guess I have a few things in the works. I find the winter months difficult. The lack of sunshine, the early setting of the sun, not to mention the cold weather (though we have escaped the cold so far here in CT). The winter has an adverse effect on me. I have a hard time motivating myself to do much of anything and feel grumpy most of the time. I wish I could hibernate til April. Ironically, my birthday is in JANUARY.

Well, enuf of this!

Maybe, a gratitude will help. I am thankful for:

1. my new little kitties,
2. my patient husband,
3. my quilting friends here at home and the internets..


Libby said...

I bet those two little kitties keep you hoppin' *s*

Do you have an OTT light? It offers the same full spectrum light that is used to treat SAD patients. If nothing else, it's another excuse to spend your time stitchin' -- gotta stay near that light.

Shelina said...

Sounds like you have been really busy, and beating the winter blues, with lots of projects coming up. Congratulations on finishing the quilt. Can't wait to see it.

Screen Door said...

I've been missing you. Anxious to see the Valentine post cards. Gosh, I need to get busy....

The Calico Cat said...

Tee Hee that all sounds so familiar - right down to the Birthday in January - I can't wait! Oh and I am getting desperate for some snow! It's begining to feel a lot like Texas!

Lois R. said...

Boy, are Bailey and Holly cute!!! I would have voted with you for Zuzu!

Glad to hear that the kitties are fitting in.

I'm with you on the winter blues right now. I attribute mine to post-holiday letdown.

Diana said...

It sounds like you are going to be very busy in the coming month or two--a great way to beat the winter blues. How does your guild do round robins--does the person who supplies the center block also supply the fabric for the rounds?

Finn said...

Hi Annie, lots to keep you busy it seems. Good plans for getting out and new things to motivate. Sending hugs for those short days of winter blues. Here in the northern part of the US it is our reality. But all things aside, I'd rather be here(in WI), snowless, than in CO with all those major blizzards dumping tons of snow that adds to the misery...LOL. I'll keep the "lumps" I've got, thank you very much..*G*

Your kitties are such fun, great cheap entertainment...enjoy the kittenhood, it goes fast. Big hugs, Finn

YankeeQuilter said...

I went to school not far from that area of the world! I saw some neat dragons made by a local artist using lots of angilina fibers.

Nines said...

Shew! That is quite a project list! I am with you on the winter blues. I cook and bake and eat... it ain't pretty. Does sunshine come in a bottle? I know that my day just goes so much better when the sun it streaming through our windows- haven't seen that in a long, long time. Nuthin but rain!
PS the cats are adorable!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

It's funny too hear you guys lacking motivation 'cos it's cold and I can barely sew for the heat here. The world id a funny place.
Are kittens not the best Christmas present!! Tabitha rules our house.
Love that project list, keep up the good work, Tracey

YankeeQuilter said...

Your cats are so cute...good luck trying to knit with them around! I wish I could find some art quilters around here. The folks I've met are all very traditional and I like to try some new techniques.

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