It has been a crazy past few months.  Picking up blogging has been really hard and seemed too hard of a task, but I have been busy with my hands.  I think it has kept me sane through this whole moving experience.  Looking back I can’t believe we actually picked up and moved from coast to coast with kids and trailer in tow!  We made it (even with all 4 kids getting the flu) and we are mostly moved in and getting into the groove of life in the Pacific Northwest.

We are settled for now in Vancouver, Washington.  It is pretty great because our neighborhood sits right at the beach of the Columbia River.  We have been spending lots of days there.

And picking lots of these (they grow wild everywhere here)

And celebrating this little one’s first year birthday!

and getting my hair cut in an RV salon in a food truck court or pod.  That was a cool experience!

Portland is everything I hoped it would be and more.  It is such a cool place.

I have met several online friends I have had for years in real life and even spent all day Sunday shopping with Ale of The Golden Willow Kim of Perfection Not Included and Sarah Costa.  It was so much fun and so great to “meet” friends you already know and don’t have to go through that awkward getting to know you stage.

I attended my first PMQG meeting and it was mind blowing!  Coming from Rochester where I literally had 2 friends who liked to sew and craft and only one quilt shop in the entire town to Portland where there are so many shops to cater to any crafty urge you might have and then have an awesome quilting guild right there is just amazing! I was a little star struck from it all.

Crafting aside, we have been exploring all the outdoors here and have even made a trip to the coast to Cannon Beach.  It has been a lot of fun so far.

Things that have been keeping me busy?  Knitting mostly.  Portable and relaxing.  It has saved me many times.  I finished a few items and I am working on a few more.  Most importantly, I blocked for the first time and also made my first sweater!  Never thought I would be able to say that!

Glam Shells


Gathering Stripes

I have even done a little bit of thrifting and found something really good!

I am excited to be back and blogging.  I can’t wait to start on some new adventures and FINALLY get back into sewing after such a long hiatus.  I am finally in the mood…….imagine that 😉

2 Responses to “Yikes”

  1. 1 mel August 22, 2012 at 1:51 am

    What a lovely ‘welcome back’ post – wonderful to see so much goodness crammed in to your new world there! Congrats!
    Mel ;o)
    needle and nest design

  2. 2 anabenet October 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for posting a picture of the glam shells shawl. I’ve been trying to find a good picture of the tip of the shawl for reference. Its my first time using a chart like this and I was having trouble figuring out how the transition from one side of the shawl to the other worked and looked like. Your picture helped me out quite a bit. So again, thank you!

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