Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hello 2012. Just checking in...

Hey, everybody! I've missed you. I know I said I was taking a break for a "couple" of weeks, but a "couple" is turning into "several". I have some non-blog stuff I'm trying to take care of right now (Like cleaning out my closets so I can actually open them without an avalanche ensuing. And trying to start exercising and eating better... you know, all that New Year's resolution stuff that I'll give up on by the end of the month :) I also have some non-blog business to attend to next week, so I am going to pin myself down right now and tell you that I will officially be back to blogging on January 23rd. You can count on it. And the first thing I'm going to share with you is one of two (yes, two) quilts that I made in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I'm so flipping proud of them :) They were a huge check mark on my to-do list... the Sherbet Pips quilts that I have been talking about since last March! I think I completely missed the boat on the Sherbet Pips craze, but I still love that fabric line, and my girls love their quilts. I guess I don't move fast enough to stay on top of the latest and greatest ;)

I love blogging. I love the people I have met through blogging and everyone who stops by here and visits. But I also love my family, and it has been so nice to spend more time with my girls and enjoy my evenings sitting on the couch watching TV with my husband for the last few weeks instead of working away at the sewing machine or at the computer all night. I think I just needed a little break from it all. It was during one of these evenings sitting on the couch that my husband asked me where his quilt is, so I guess I've got another quilt on the list for 2012 (I think I'm up to 5 that I want to make this year. If last year is any indication of how quickly they are going to get done, I'm in trouble :)

The girls working on their gingerbread house with my mom.

What else do I need to tell you? Oh, my bedroom is painted! I mentioned in a decorating post back in October that I had chosen "nimbus cloud" from the Martha Stewart Home Depot line. I love it! It turned out fantastic. It's so calming. I haven't done anything else in the room yet, but you'll be the first to know when I do.

I already posted about this just before Christmas, but in case anyone missed it, I started a Gwenny Penny Flickr group. If you have made anything using one of my tutorials, I would love it if you would add some pictures to the Flickr group.

Gwenny Penny Flickr Group

Point of View is back! The theme for January is... LOVE! Point of View is all about your interpretation of the theme. We can't wait to see what you come up with. The reveal and link party will be Friday, January 27th.

Point of View: A Creative Collaboration

Also, I want to let you know that my friend Kindra is hosting her 2nd annual Be Mine Bonanza over on her blog At Home With K, featuring seven Valentine's Day tutorials from seven different bloggers (including me!). The event starts next Sunday, January 22nd.

Be Mine Bonanza At Home With K

This has turned into quite the random mishmash of a post, huh? But it's like talking to a friend you haven't seen in a while, you know? So much to say, so many things to fill you in on.

OK, so I will be back soon with the quilts and some other Christmas gifts that I made. Oh, and I have a really cool giveaway lined up for the week I come back, so be on the lookout for that, too. Hope everyone is enjoying the first weeks of 2012. See you soon!

15 comments:

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Happy New Year Gwen!! The girls look so sweet working on their special houses. I also love the sherbert pips line. I look forward to following your blog this year.

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Hey Gwen! Nice to see you 'pop' in! Sounds like the break is just what you needed!! Enjoy and see you when you come back!

Lindseyj said...

I'm just finishing a Sherbet Pips quilt for my youngest - I love it too :)

Michele Pacey said...

Wow you've been busy. So glad to hear you've enjoyed some family time. That's so important. I had a bit of that myself and really really needed it. Looking forward to seeing those quilts and seeing what all you do in 2012!

Happy New Year Gwen!

Meg said...

Happy New Year! It is so nice to take a break and it sounds like you had a good one! I can't wait to see your quilts!

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

It is important to take break every once in awhile...just don't make it too long;) Ha! Can't wait for the Jan Point of View!

Queen Mary said...

I've missed you too Gwen! I can't wait to see the new quilts and other Christmas goodies! "See" you in a couple of weeks -- bright eyed and bushy tailed! :)

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

Enjoy your time. Can't wait to "see" you when you get back. :)
xoxo,
Amy

Lorene (just Lu) said...

I love how you described that, like meeting up with a friend you haven't seen in a while. I completely agree! Glad to be a friend and glad you'll be back soon :)

chris said...

I'm tickled you've had a nice break. I'm glad I haven't missed anything since my life got crazier. Love you, and I can't wait to see those quilts!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Five quilts?!! Wowee!! No wonder you need a break!!

I hope your tidying is going swimmingly! I can't wait to see you back soon. I'm missing you!

Sarhaxx

Tasha said...

i just loved reading all of that :) Enjoy your break and have fun with those 2 cute girls of yours. I am totally impressed with the 2 quilts. I cannot wait to see them!!

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

Happy 2012 Gwen - hope you are enjoying the new year and your blogging break!

Noas' Libellule said...

5 quilts! You have your work cut out for this year! Good luck, and a very happy New year! Great theme for this month's point of view! May have to link to it!

malia said...

well put and i am psyched to see those quilts! xo

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