Belated Happy New Year

A belated Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a lovely end of the year and that the new year finds you well.

What a busy and unusual couple of months this has been. I should have mentioned in my last post that I’d be on a bit of a hiatus, since I knew I’d probably be missing ’round these parts for a while. I’m aware that some of you probably couldn’t care less, but here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hangin’ with my mom & youngest sister

At the beginning of November, my mom and my youngest sister came to Maryland to visit me. We did a lot of chatting and hanging out around the house, but we did go out and do a few things as well.

I took them to walk around in Olde Town, Alexandria. Unfortunately it was a wet and drizzly day, but we still had fun. That same day, my sister got to ride the metro for the first time (I told her the novelty wears off pretty quickly, once you’ve done it a few times). Since she is a teenage girl, she also requested that we go to a nice mall, so I took her to the mall in Pentagon City.

My mom really wanted to go to Mount Vernon while they were out here, so I took them there. That was definitely my favorite activity that we did together because I love museums and historical sites.

Laurie's Instagram collage of the day at Mount Vernon
My sister’s Instagram collage of the day at Mount Vernon

It was great to just hang out with a few members of my family for a few days, since I don’t get to see them as often as I’d like to.

Me, baby sis' and Newton just chillin'
Me, baby sis’ and Newton. Just chillin’.


Originally, we were supposed to hold Thanksgiving with my husband’s family at our finished house last year, but that didn’t work out. We had the meal at my in-laws’ house instead, but I still got to decorate the table. ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t get any good pictures, and the computer I have with me doesn’t have any programs in which I can edit pictures, but these give you an idea of what it was like.

IMG_9516I made two table runners since the table was so long (this way I’ll have two that I can use on table of a normal length). One side of the runners is blue and the other side is brown, with a lace strip on both sides. It’ll be nice to have two different colors to choose from in the future.

IMG_9519I also made a pumpkin centerpiece and little, fabric pumpkin place cards.

IMG_9517It was simple, but festive.

December happenings: moving & planning

Up until the beginning of December, my husband and I were working on our house in preparation for moving. I didn’t mention any details about the move in my last post because I didn’t know how soon we’d be moving.

Anyway, we’re now in the process of moving to Tennessee to be closer to my husband’s family. My sisters-in law and their husbands live in the Nashville area, and my husband’s parents are moving to the area in a few years. I’m very excited about this move, especially because this will be our last move for the foreseeable future. Let’s not forget that I may even get to hang out with the amazing Lauren, from time to time–if she’s up for it, that is. :-}

Since my last post (more than two months ago), we have traveled back and forth between Maryland and Tennessee to set up my husband’s new shop. I’ll post pictures of the shop and the office once we’ve finished setting it up.

Luckily, I brought some of my sewing tools with me and I have a little temporary spot in the office of the shop. I have sewn a few things since we’ve been here, including these little potholders that I made for my sister-in-law’s birthday.

IMG_9662IMG_9665Oh by the way, I cut and dyed my hair red last month.:-D

Representing my husband's business in my pink BC polo
Representing my husband’s business in my pink BC polo

I’ve wanted to go red since last Christmas, and now I finally did it.

2014, So Far

Back to our current living/moving situation…We’re staying with one of my sisters-in-law and her husband. They have been extremely gracious, and we are very appreciative of their taking us in as temporary roommates. Alex and I are looking for a house, and I am working on getting a job here (Wish me luck!). For all intents and purposes, we’ve moved to Nashville. However, we will have to make a couple more quick trips back and forth between Maryland and Tennessee to get the house finished and listed and to move all of our belongings.

After what turned into an unplanned, two month blogging sabbatical, I’m itching to get back to it. I’m excited to catch up on other bloggers’ makes and share a few things of my own. I’m looking forward to the new year with anticipation, and I’m excited about all the possibilities ahead. Now, it’s time to focus, get my butt into gear and make things happen! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s to a new year filled with joy, hope and the thrill of possibilities!

Our traditional Christmas Eve picture
Our traditional Christmas Eve picture
  1. Jana

    January 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Hi Becca,
    It’s good to have you back! I was getting a little worried and was just considering to send you an e-mail asking whether everything’s alright, so I’m really glad to read that you just seem to have been really busy in a good way!
    I love the owl pot-holders, so cute!
    Looking forward to reading about what you’re up to next! Potentially meeting the amazing Lladybird sounds like so much fun! Hope she’ll be up for it!

  2. gilliancrafts

    January 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Happy new year! I think there are quite a few sewists in Tenessee – hopefully you’ll make new sewing friends quickly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Kathryn

    January 13, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Congratulations on the move, sounds like you’ve had a busy time! Looking forward to seeing what you make in 2014!

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