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Thursday, December 18, 2014

All I want for Christmas is some time to sleep and quilt

Back from our family visit. Having both the to and from flights at 6am really screwed up my sleep schedule. It was nice to see a beautiful sunrise, but having our flights delayed, rerouted, and sent back, pushing our arrival time 5 hours later was not worth it.

And I'm not thrilled with these bags under my eyes. Now I just need a week off just to sleep!

But I DID get the opportunity to see snow again. It's been at least 5 years since it's snowed before Christmas in my hometown in time for me to see. And I got to shovel! Granted it was just mostly the snow boulders the snowplow pushed in front of the driveway, but I got to shovel it up nonetheless. So that counted as my exercise for the week, right?

I also got a lot of reading time in - finished three graphic novels. Also got a handful of new books as presents to keep me going. Before the end of the year, I'll review my Year goals and see how I did.
Since we had our trip early this year, we had to get all of our Christmas shopping done even earlier, including the homemade gifts! I make an ornament every year to include with my gifts. This year, it was an army of cork reindeer. There are lots of instructions online for different versions, but I feel mine is still unique, as I didn't find any that used felt for the tail, ears, and antlers. And I think they turned out adorable. I still have plenty of wine corks left. Maybe there's a cork wreath in my future?

I've also had the quilting bug lately. For a nephew's gift, I made a quilted Minecraft pillow. So easy to do since the game is 8-bit and pixelized anyways - makes for a perfect block quilt.

And during the visit, I raided my mom's fabric stash for some old Christmas fabric. And I already started a Christmas quilt. The plan is to just make a bunch of 6" blocks - all different patterns, no sashing. (And no real measurements either as I'm just making it up as I go along.) Hopefully I can get it done before the end of the month!

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