Tuesday, January 4

I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and that dear ol' Mr. Santa brought you everything that you had hoped for.

Although the start of our holiday celebration got off to quite a rocky start we were able to take a brief break and celebrate the true meaning of the holidays with our family. Of course we received more than we thought we needed and ate until the buttons were about to pop off of our jeans. But during our celebrations, our thought would drift back to more important business.

On December 23 we got news that a family member had had a brain aneurysm. Our close knit family spent the night in a crowded ICU room, praying that he'd be alright, and much to our relief he should make a full recovery. We've all talked since coming home about how much that has affected us and our mindset that Christmas will never be the same. It's amazing how much we run around to find that perfect gift, and to get it at the perfect price, and in the end it's where you are going (to spend it with people you love) that is what really matters. Next Christmas when I'm sitting in church at my favorite Christmas Eve service I hope my memory drifts back to this year. I anticipate that I will sit in the pew and much like this year think about those families who are huddled together in those lounges waiting, and praying their loved one will be alright.

It is hard to get a grasp on just how quick time goes by. I especially felt this way when all the talk about the best/worst hair styles, clothing trends, movies and music of the decade started. It was one of those Oh- I guess it has been 10 years since the fear that the end of the world was upon us has happened. I remember celebrating that year 2000 with a good friend, staying up until midnight just to make sure that a new day came and ten years later it came in without me.

On New Year's day our annual ice fishing trip fell thru the ice. Mother Nature handed us a nice amount of rain to add to the already slushed-up lakes. Instead, us gals spent the day sewing in our "new" sewing room.

We sat and spun our wheels while we listened to the wind blow. I guess we both did a very poor job in packing supplies to take home. I guess that is one luxury of sewing all day in a quilt shop. All of the fabric you are using is just a few steps away...and those steps didn't wind their way to our sewing room at home. To top things off we were sewing on 2 machines neither of us were familiar with. Nothing is worse than having 2 people who have to dig out the cheat sheets to get the machines threaded all the while praying that the bobbin would last thru the day.

Darci began work on her next Prairie Women's project and thanks to the help of one spunky lady, had it twist together with much more ease.

Earlier that morning, before heading up stairs we vegged out in the our favorite chairs and ate warm muffins while we watch morning quilt shows.

Just when we thought we'd get up to leave Eleanor Burns appeared.
We decided to watch her 1/2 hour program and extended our lives laughing while we did.

We learned a few things.

#1- Pitching your fabric scraps over your shoulder looks fun...and it is fun...until you have to clean it up. If only there was a quilting fairy to do that trick.

#2- We learned an awful lot about eagles. Maybe the next time we have a class in the shop we should try this new idea of multi-tasking. Not only will you leave having learnt a new technique but you'll know more about it's history!!

#3- Eleanor is seems to be the pioneer in the quilting field of the "If I cut it bigger I can trim it later" philosophy. One that both of us gals like ;)

Lacey decided to work on something that was bright and springy for this "Spring" table topper by Heather Mulder Peterson. Although things seemed to be all hunky-dory on Saturday, they weren't on Monday. Lacey's lesson for the new year should be to read directions instead of assuming that she knows what she's doing. Either way she fudged it in and has just the quilting and binding left.

At the end of the day we again vegged out (eating popcorn this time) while we watched Eat. Pray. Love. We ventured into the theatre to watch this when it came out and have had customers come in and share their opinions on this book, and although most of the time it's not a well received book/movie, I found a few things quite interesting. So much so that if I were to make new years resolutions, I'd consider one to be inspired by this movie.

Dolce far niente "The sweetness of doing nothing"

Leading up to this point in the movie one of the Italian men tells Julia Roberts, among other things, that Americans work too hard and get burnt out. I found that statement to be quite true. I have learnt a habit of feeling guilty just sitting in a chair. I feel like I should be doing something, making progress for the shop in hand work for samples, or doing some house hold task. This year I hope to try and make peace with the phrase "Dolce far niente" and just be okay in the sweetness of doing nothing (even if it is for just 5 minutes--gotta start somewhere)

(excuse my photo taking skills on this one) But I think I could spend 5 minutes looking at this wall hanging by Miss. Rosie. This cute Schnibble pattern called "Silver Swan" has so much to look at!! It is a great pattern to use charm packs for, and is something that you can have a bit of fudge room with as you trim all of your blocks down. A good friend said the other day that A successful quilt holds your attention and I would have to say that Carrie Nelson designed a very successful quilt pattern.

We also found a bit of time last year (oh that's just so odd to say) to finish up a quick little table topper by This & That patterns. This is a quick and easy little gift that you can easily stitch up in a day for someone special. The wine bottle sleeve in the photo is Darci's newest dabble in design. This weekend there is a benefit here in town for the Justin Ulferts family and it will be put on the silent auction to help raise proceeds for him and his family to off-set medical expenses.
We hope that you all had a very wonderful and safe New Year!
We look forward to keeping up with all of you in 2011

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