Thursday, January 3, 2008

Back in the Saddle

The monkeys I made for the boys - they sat right next to the stockings on Christmas morning. From this pattern.

I'm back - trying to resurface from the haze and craze of the holidays! I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and are getting back into the swing of things. Things got a little crazy for me right around the time of my last post. My shop did a whole lot better than I thought it would during the holiday season and it definitely kept me BUSY! And by the time things slowed down in the shop, I had to turn all my focus to the handmade gifts that I'd been putting off. And in between all that sewing and making, somehow I managed to fit in viewing Charlie Brown's Christmas and the old school How the Grinch Stole Christmas with the kids, a little bit of baking, a couple of parties, practicing the piano so I could accompany a church choir number, and a bit of deep cleaning in the kitchen (the oven, underneath the oven, behind all the appliances, that sort of thing). Am I making you dizzy just reading about it? It was a bit dizzying, but fun.

On Christmas Day afternoon, we took the drive down to see our family and spend a relaxing week doing practically nothing but hanging around, taking naps (I had two in one day last Saturday), playing with the kids, and enjoying visits from family. Ryan and I even managed our first night away from the kids (to this fun resort)! Thanks Mom! The kids did great and this is definitely something we will have to do more often.

I'm still finalizing my resolutions for 2008. Usually, I don't make New Year's resolutions. My general philosophy is that if a goal is worth accomplishing, it's worth doing anytime of the year. But, this year my desire for some change and the New Year are coinciding, so I'm making some New Year's resolutions. It's been fun reading about some of yours and I hope I'll be brave enough to share some of mine in the next day or two.

I've got some new sewing projects in mind too - a new purse design or two for the shop and some banners for Valentine's Day. Remember all of this - it's time to use it now. It's also my birthday month and I'm trying to figure out how to celebrate - I sort of missed a nice celebration of the big 3-0 last year (we had just moved here after three months of unemployment, we didn't have friends yet, and I was not feeling much like celebrating), so this year I'm going to pretend it's the big 3-0 even though I'll really be 31 (did I really just admit that?) and celebrate accordingly. Suggestions, anyone?

I hope you're all enjoying the New Year and that you'll all start reading my blog again! I really am back;)!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was so much fun to have you in Salt Lake over Christmas ... I'm still amazed at how well the boys did at my house overnight .... they were such sweethearts - love them so much ... they're welcome anytime that the parental units need a break!!

As for you 30th skipped b-day ... maybe we could meet in Logan and celebrate you and your brother's b-day ... we could do something big maybe ...

Love you ... I'm starting on your b-day present this weekend ... I think you'll like it .... I told you what it was but I have a few secrets regarding the design of it!

Christina said...

Welcome back! :) I've missed reading your blog. Looking forward to seeing the new sewing projects!

Kim Sue said...

I'm thinking a return trip to that fun spa - now that looks awesome!

Missy said...

Yay! I'm so glad you're back!!! Those are the cutest monkeys. I bet they love them!
Lets get together asap! I'll be thinking of birthday ideas for ya.

Angela said...

I'm glad the season went so well for you. It actually was really exciting to see things being added to your etsy shop so frequently. Those stockings were really popular and really there isn't much more exiting than seeing something you have designed become so popular and SELL! Anyway I too am glad you're back. Happy Birthday month!

Leaking Levee said...

That spa looks like it was a lot of fun! Sounds like you had a great Christmas. Happy New Year:)

Kellie Perkes said...

I absolutely love my new bag! Thank you for making it. We decided to have a girls night for your birthday. I'll get a hold of you soon :)

iSew said...

Wow, you sound busy. Good luck with all of your plans.

uhh, btw, I LOVE those monkeys!

Jenn Maruska said...

Those monkeys are great! Wonderful fabric choices - you have such a good eye : )

I am so happy to hear that your shop exceeded your expectations! Whoo hoo! Congrats to you!

I hope you have a wonderful 2008! I'll be checking back to see what's new with you.

heather said...

It was great to see you guys for Christmas! I'm getting really good at 30 year old birthday parties, so let's plan...

Natasha said...

Good to see you are posting again! You were missed.