Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Catching Up

OK. My 4-month break is over! It's time for me to get back to the real world isn't it? It isn't possible to catch you up on everything, but I'll try to hit the high spots.

November was filled with a 3-day weekend to Hazlehurst, Georgia with my mother, a 5-day trip to Maryland for Thanksgiving, and constant sewing in-between preparing for a holiday fair in early December. The holiday fair was great and worth the effort, but I still had a lot of Christmas gifts to make and very little time. Christmas arrived and everyone loved the gifts I made and for the first time in 2 months I took deep breaths. I also went into a deep hibernation.

January brought more sewing and a lot of organizing and de-cluttering - because I had made a huge mess over the two previous months! I'm finally getting back into my routine now and realizing that spring is just around the corner DOES help.

I thank each of you who have written me, asking where I am. You're all so sweet and it makes me feel good to be missed. I'm back. I've missed posting but I missed reading other posts more. I've tried to catch up over the last month or two so I'm feeling connected again. I found it to be difficult to get back into the swing of things, whether it's posting or sewing or finding my way through my schedule at home. But I'm gettin' there! Now, to share some photos.

Look at some of the goodies I received from Vallen in our November Sweet Goodness swap. Handmade tags (that I'm still too selfish to use yet)...


...a felted pin...


...and my own crown believe it or not!!! I just loved this crown.

And look at this handmade garland...love it love it!


The package from her in December was just as exciting! Handmade necklaces and a decorated box....a Japanese confetti bottle for New Years....
...a linen tablecloth and napkins with cross-stitch scenes (which I just squealed over)....

...a recipe box with some of her favorite holiday recipes, along with candy and a fantastic "food" CD she made...

...and this fantastic reversible vintage apron, which I love to wear!

Vallen is such a sweet sweet person. My packages to her were always late (in the midst of my craziness) but she is an extremely gracious lady, BESIDES being so talented. I wish you could see the crown and garland up close. They are unbelievable and have now been very carefully packed away for next Christmas. Thank you for everything Vallen!

I've been busy the last month or so making pillows, purses and aprons - mostly for friends and family - but I'll be adding to my Etsy shop very soon so I'll post some photos just around the corner.

4 comments:

LeeAnn said...

I am so glad to see you back! I was just about to email you to see where the heck you were. Is that a shot gun shell in your crown? Are you firing things up? :) I have a confession to make. I took that purse you made me (SPRING swap) with me on a trip to visit my grandma on the farm and she loved it so much it stayed with her. She traded me for it though. I got an old dress form out of it! Plus I gave her the address to your etsy store so she could tell her friends.

Christy said...

I was just thinking about you! I'm so glad you're back in blogland. :)

Lucy said...

I've missed you, too, Dinah!! I absolutely loved the after holiday note you dropped me in the mail (I think I emailed you about that)---I'm glad to see things are settling down now for you a bit. Sounds like you've had a lot of success with your sewing and creative treasures you've been making. Good for you :) Great swap packages as well. Love em.

Be sure to sign up for our spring swap :) It's coming up soon!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

"Yeah!!! So glad you came back to us Dinah! Sounds like you were keeping yourself out of trouble during the interim anyways! lol They are all lucky people who got nice handmade gifts from you. I love all the things you got--especially that beautiful tablecloth and the garland--wow!
OK--I better go get some work done--have a great day and we'll see you again soon!
Smiles, Karen"

I finally got my codes back!! yeah!