Hello to all my crafty friends and everyone who has followed this blog over the past eight years. At long last, I am returning to share paper and other projects, some photography, digital cutting and image files, occasional recipes and travel reports, and some other random things that I find interesting and that I think you will enjoy as well. I have missed keeping up with the blog and I do appreciate all of you who have emailed or been in touch to let me know that you also missed seeing my posts and projects. If you are a Facebook or real life friend you probably know some of the things that have been happening in our lives - here are a few highlights of the recent months.
The past year has been full of changes for our family. As many of you will recall, we started the process of moving from Massachusetts to New Hampshire over a year ago and that became more than a full time job for me! When you are a crafter you "collect" a lot of things that you know you can use for a project someday. With a full walk-up attic in our Concord house and a crafting space that had taken over most the lower level of the house, I had a lot of organizing, sorting and moving to do in order to prepare our house for sale. While we were selling our house, we also took on the build out of the lower level of our new house which was another huge project that lasted much longer than expected.
Our new house sits back in the woods with a very long driveway. During the record breaking snowfalls of last winter, we had two houses, 45 minutes apart, with snow removal turning into a constant battle. This photo shows the first big storm at our new house when the "plow guy" couldn't make it up our drive and we brought our snowblower from Concord to clear the way to the house. I am thinking about everyone who is affected but the storms this weekend and hoping that you stay safe and warm. Miraculously, it seems to be passing just south of us and we haven't had any new snow here.
In June, our younger son got engaged, and wedding plans were on a fast paced schedule because they wanted to have the wedding while it would still be possible for our older son and daughter-in-law (expecting their first baby) to fly out from California.
The wedding was a wonderful celebration on a beautiful fall day - which also happened to be Halloween! (I'll share more about the wedding in another post).
We even managed to squeeze in a baby shower on the Sunday after the wedding.
Throughout the summer, work continued in the new house. This is my new craftroom at a fairly early stage in the work.
Here is the craftroom a few days ago - as you can see, there is still a lot of moving in to do but I am making progress..
I have been very grateful to have my Cricut Explore with the iPhone app which made it possible for me to keep up with cards for family celebrations and holiday gifts for some of our new neighbors.
Even though I had limited time for crafting, I was able to do lots of little things quickly and easily just using my phone (which was great since my computer was having issues that I couldn't sort out for months).
Our first granddaughter was expected in January but she surprised us all by arriving a month early. She was tiny but healthy and we are very grateful that she is doing so well. This photo is from her one week old birthday in her adorable preemie dress that actually fit.
We were able to meet her and have a nice long visit in California earlier this month. Of course we think she is the cutest baby ever!
It was great to be there for her one month birthday! She is growing quickly and we can't wait to see her again as soon as we can make another trip.
I'd love to hear how you are doing and what sorts of things you would like to see me posting. If you have any questions or requests for certain types of projects you'd like to see here, please be sure to leave a comment. I have some plans that have been on the "back-burner" far too long and I am eager to share them with you all.
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