It does seem ages since I have blogged on a regular basis. It isn't because there is nothing to share, it's just finding and taking the time to do so. I do miss blogging and, as I was reminded recently (Cheryl), it's a great way to archive and keep notes on past projects.
What has kept us so busy? Well, although many this past year seemed to have extra time on their hands, my family and I had less. Way less. Last fall, we purchased an older home (with a barn!) in the seaside community where I grew up. It will function as a weekend/summer home only.
The house needed (needs) a bit of TLC, which we have been providing these past few months...to the best of our abilities. My contribution has mostly been painting, both outside and in, although Mother Nature will soon put an end to the outside work. I am determined to restore the corbels which adorn the front of the house to their original dark green glory That may have to wait until spring now. We have been running back and forth between here and there, while also juggling thread and pattern sales and a quilt commission. The commission deadline is almost here and with luck, the piece will be finished on time. Very soon, life will slow down again as our winter months approach and I do hope to spend more time here on the blog, and in my sewing room. Even though the house has demanded a lot of our time and we frequently wondered why we bought it... it is quite growing in our hearts, and we are enjoying being there more and more each time we go. It is cosy and charming (and did I mention it has a barn?!?) The best part is that it is two doors away from my sister. :)
Old houses, of course, need quilts...and we certainly have lots of those. It has been fun to choose which ones to go on the beds (as we acquire beds). Polly and I have started braiding a mat from our cotton scraps for the downstairs bedroom, with big plans of doing a long runner for the wide boards of the wood floor in the upstairs hall over the winter.
There have not been many moments to devote to this mat so far, but gosh it has been awesome fun to see it grow, and I have loved every second braiding the strips. It may be my new thing :) Polly adores laying on it each time we add a braid to two to the outside edge. She will be kept very busy all winter trying out the new strips on the hall runner!