Welcome 2010

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Last night we welcomed in the New Year, at our place, with our dearest friends who always gather at our place for NYE.  It felt festive, relaxed and went a long way towards building me up again after our difficult Christmas.

The light show was all supplied by nature – we had quite a thunderstorm, and received a decent amount of rain, which here in Melbourne is always good.

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We have had a very quiet time at home in the last week, and one project I accomplished was to put some of my fabric up on the shelves in my sewing studio.  I still have a couple of small crates of fabrics, which are designated for specific projects, but I have emptied the largest crate onto the shelves, which was general stash.  Because applique is what I am mostly into, I keep even very small pieces of fabric, and while I have a fair breadth of fabrics, my stash isn’t really that large.

Needless to say, I took great delight in lovingly sorting my fabric into colour stacks and lining them up on my shelves.  You can also see my supply of “little stuff” – mini pegs and tiny buttons, (lots of tiny stars, dragonflies, bees, ladybirds and tiny button-shaped buttons).

I didn’t quite make my target of getting my new house quilt top finished before the close of 2009.  I have finished all the blocks and after arranging them all and labeling the block placement, I have started joining them.  2 columns joined – 8 more to go.

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Luke gave me a fantastic present for Christmas – this fantastic book.  I am itching to start experimenting.  It is full  of tutorials on using Illustrator and Photoshop to create textile designs – so this is fair warning of what might grace the pages of this blog before long.

The other fantastic present we got each other was a dishwasher – the gift that keeps on giving, every. single. night.  It made cleaning up after dinner for 15 people last night easy peasey.

I am deeply grateful for all your messages of support after my last post.  I have not felt quite up to replying to them, but please don’t take it personally – I really appreciated that my family was in your thoughts.

Spending quiet time with my family has been the balm I needed to get me through the past week, and I did not feel up to being on the computer.  Things are not a lot better, but Christmas is behind us, so that helps.  It felt really good to type in 2010 – that’s my optimism coming back – I’ve read that we have just entered the ONEder years – I kind of like that description of the decade to come, I wonder if it will stick.

So, what are you looking forward to doing in 2010, or what have you heard the next decade being called?