I’m going to do it

I come from a family of creative people. My dad was into photography, furniture making and gardening. Mom had crazy sketching skills, sews and is generally a crafty lady and my sister is an artist extraordinaire. Well, what happened to me?I drew as much as the next kid and had my very own Crayola 64 box.  I dabbled in photography in high school and got pretty good at taking and developing black & white shots.  I never had the patience to sit and learn to sew, but today is a new day.  Towards the end of last year, I decided to do something about the lack of creative outlet in my life and chose quilting as my new hobby.  Of course my mom tried to show me how to quilt (and sew, crotchet, knit, etc.) eons ago and I just didn’t have the interest. Imagine her surprise when I showed up one day with a book of patterns and a dream! lol.  So, starting soon ( I have yet to cut my pieces) I’ll be on my way to completing my very first project. Wish me success! tools of the trade

These are my tools of the trade

my pattern

Mine won’t be this intricate, but this gives a good example of the pattern.

quilt material

Obviously I like bright colors! I’m using 4 solids and 2 prints. I’m not sure about that gold though. If I find some nice red-orange material, I’ll be swapping the two. 


Lenten Journey

The season of Lent begins this week and I usually participate in the 6 week journey by making a “sacrifice” of some sort. Sometimes it’s kind of a mini-denial (I gave up television for one day a week during lent), other times it’s been sweets or pop. Instead of continuing with things that I honestly didn’t have too much trouble giving up for 40 days, I’ve decided that this year I’d give up something near and dear to my heart. Meat. Not to say that I have to have meat with every meal, but I rarely go a day without eating meat. Now I’m not just talking about beef or pork, but ALL meat. No sacrifice could ever compare to the one made by Jesus, but this is my acknowledgment of what He endured for all of us. So, I’ll spend the rest of my time til Wednesday preparing myself for what I pray will be a blessed journey.

If you participate in the Lenten tradition, what is your sacrifice? What things do you hope to learn during this period?