Wednesday, February 20, 2013

February Stars

My daughter and I are February girls, so birthday celebrations have been occupying much of our spare time this month, but I have managed to squeeze in a new project.  I am finishing up this quilt for my little girl (who is sadly less-little every day!) in honor of her birthday this year....


It is all the things she loves (pink, polka dots, hearts, girly, grown-up) all rolled up into one, and I appliqu├ęd her name in huge curly letters across the entire bottom!  It is backed in the pink polka-dot fabric, and I'm still deciding what the binding will be. I can't wait I finish the quilting and watch her snuggle up in it!

P.S.  The half marathon was amazing!  Aside from the 11 degree windchill, it totally rocked!  I think I was more prepared than I thought, because I finished faster than anticipated that my family didn't arrive in time to see me finish.  I was thrilled and devastated at the same time!

Monday, February 11, 2013

A little love for the table...

I'm a sucker for Valentine's day.  As soon as New Year's is over, I become inexplicably drawn to anything pink or red or heart-covered.  Even thought I'm decidedly not a "decorate-the-house-for-every-holiday" kind of lady, little hearts start to pop up here and there all over our house-- from tiny jelly clings on the windows to crafty wooden wreaths on the doors.  My kids really didn't know what to do the first year this happened, but by now they're used to it.  This year, I decided I didn't want our dining table to feel left out of the love, so I made it this little heart-filled runner.  I <3 it!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

A moment of truth

During my absence from quilting and blogging, one thing that I have been spending a lot of time on is my running. I started running again a little over a year ago, and for the last several months I've been training for a half marathon. After logging miles and miles of blood, sweat, and tears (literally), tomorrow morning brings the moment of truth: the starting line of the Manhattan Half Marathon, one long, winding, hilly, freezing (!!!) race.

I've spent this final pre-race week stressing about all the things I DIDN"T do-- training runs lost to comforting kids with fevers and colds, long runs derailed by caring for a husband with a stomach bug, early morning runs that I just didn't feel up to. What I didn't focus on so much until tonight is all the things I DID do.  I did start from literally zero and work my way up to a level of athleticism I haven't known since college, if ever. I did re-teach myself how to focus intently on something and work hard to make it possible. Tomorrow, no matter what the clock reads when I cross the finish line, I will know that I have accomplished something remarkable:  I will have made myself and my goals a priority. And I will be proud.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Round & Round

Life goes round and round (and round again), and I've found myself longing to return to the quilting, blogging, creating that has gone by the wayside for too, too long.  How fitting that the quilt that will mark my re-entry is from a pattern called "round& round"?!  In more beautiful Kate Spain terrain and good fortune with a little Kona Coal for good measure, I hope it will bring me back into the comforting (albeit sometimes obsessive!) routines of creating...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Field trip...

My kids are home from school for the week, and as often happens during this cold, long, week-long, winter break, I've grown restless in the house and taken the kids to the city for a little inspiration.  I can't say they were thrilled at the idea of going to the museum at first, but once we arrived they were actually intrigued by the Guggenheim's architecture and impressed by the continuous ramp (who isn't?).  It was fun to watch them discover this wonderful place, and to see how surprised they were that they actually liked it!  Oh, and the Picasso exhibit wasn't half bad either.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Gratitude


My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving.  It's one holiday of the year that is universally celebrated among all of my Jewish and Christian friends and family.  No matter one's religious or spiritual bent, there seems to be a commonality about the importance of gratitude and family.  It is so easy to become bogged down in the dramas and routines of everyday life, and it is disturbingly easy to fall into the trap of materialism and excess.  The lesson of "need vs. want" is one that comes up again and again and again in our household.  In this season of gratitude, I wanted to share a very special Thanksgiving Turkey brought home by my daughter from kindergarten.  It served as a reminder on this year's Thanksgiving table that there really are very few *necessities* in life, and that we should be grateful for each and every one.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Getting away from it all...


October has been hectic so far, but it ended with much needed getaway to celebrate happy occasions with our extended family. We've been enjoying the gorgeous weather, spectacular nature, spending quality time together, and soaking up lots of sun, sea, and inspiration.  Wish we never had to leave!