Tuesday, May 18, 2010

And We're Back...

Phew! I feel like I have been running nonstop for the past 2 months or so!

April really piled on the mayhem. I had an exam every week in April, and I was tutoring my lab partner for all of those exams. I felt like I was always leaving the house to run off to the library when DH got home from work. Cuddle Bug also celebrated his 4th birthday with three parties of varying magnitude, and Easter came and went in there somewhere. But my class is over (I got an A) and I'm not taking any classes this summer. So I am finally feeling like I have a second to exhale. I feel like I haven't had a second to breathe since March!

Speaking of March, I haven't stitched anything since March either. But I do have an exchange coming up that needs my attention so I will be getting to that very soon.

I can show you the exchange I sent to Ann through Stitch It and Exchange It way back in all the craziness of April. I stitched the Egg-cetera bird from Cross Eyed Cricket (one of my favorite little spring-time stitches) and finished it as a pinkeep. I included Hershey's kisses, tea, a cut of fabric, a skein of CC and (because Ann is Catholic like myself) I threw in a book of Poetry by Pope John Paul II and a finger rosary.


The only other crafty thing I have to show for myself the past few months is this quilt I finished up yesterday. It is going to DH's sweet cousin who just had a baby girl a few weeks ago. I made it with Thimble Blossom's Double Dip pattern and some of the Nature's Chorus layer Cake Camille sent me a few months ago.



In other news, I've been working on improving my health and physical fitness. I ran consistently before my pregnancy with LadyBug. Now I'm back at it. I have decided that 2011 is the year I will run my first half marathon and maybe even do a marathon! I've been eating right, cutting out the crap, and running as often as I can. I'm feeling better, more energized, and stronger. At least I can say in all the crazy of the past few months I'm getting it together!

Thank you to anyone who has stuck with me during my absence. I missed so many amazing projects and giveaways from all of you while I was on a bloggy hiatus.

Happy Tuesday all!

17 comments:

Michele B. said...

Let me be the first to welcome you back - you've been missed! I love your little bird pinkeep, and oh that quilt! If the blog name "quilt or stitch, why not both" wasn't taken, it would be perfect for you. Congratulations on your well-deserved A. And I look forward to hearing about your marathon exploits one of these days.

Catherine said...

Welcome back!

Your exchange is so cute - I love that pattern.

What a great quilt! Love the colors and the pattern.

valerie said...

Welcome back! I love that cute little chick...you did a great job and the quilt is fantastic!

Good job on your A and taking better care of yourself! I am debating joining a gym and becoming gym buddies with a friend of mine. I hate working out but I think it would be good for me.

Carol said...

YAY! So glad you're back, Kim. I was just thinking about you this morning as I worked on "Something Sweet." I'm happy to hear that you'll have a bit of a break for the summer (well as much of a break as a mother of two little ones can have!)...

I love your bird on the egg--would you believe I still haven't finished mine off into anything and it has been over a year! Great quilt, too--don't know how you do it all! Congrats on the A and on exercising and eating well--I say as I sit here eating a chocolate cupcake :)

clare's craftroom said...

Welcome back ! Love the little bird stitching and all the very best with your running , good on you !

mainely stitching said...

LOVE this adorable finish!!

mbroider said...

Welcome back!! 2 months is a long time and you were missed...

The birdie design on the pinkeep is so cute...

Beatrice said...

Good to see you again. What a lovely pinkeep!
I'm glad you are running again..take care of yourself.
I have a finger rosary as well they are quite lovely. Nice gifties.

linenstitcher2 said...

Seeing a post on your blog put a great big smile on my face! Good to know you're doing OK and at the beginning of a well-deserved break! Congrats on your A! Enjoy your downtime.

Katrina in NZ said...

What a beautiful quilt you made, just lovely. I adore the pinkeep too,its so sweet. Good luck with your fitness ventures, take care.

Brigitte said...

This pinkeep is just too cute. And what a wonderful quilt you finished.
Enjoy your free time after all these exams.

Siobhan said...

Welcome back! I love that quilt--gorgeous job! Great exchange package, too. I have that same book of poetry by the Holy Father! ;)

YGG on the running!

Sally said...

So good to see you back! I've missed your posts. The exchange piece is lovely. I do like the way you've added initials on the back. I must try that myself.

Love the quilt!

Michele said...

welcome back! Sounds like you've been a very busy girl :)

Kathy A. said...

Welcome back! You have been missed.
Congrats on the A.
Your pinkeep is lovely and the quilt is just so pretty. It will make a lovely gift.

Suzanne said...

I am so happy to read a blog post from you, I have missed them. Congratulations on doing so well in your class. I love the exchange you put together for Ann, it was very thoughtful.The quilt is beautiful, but where did you find the time, you sound incredibly busy.

Good luck with your training for the marathon.

Vonna said...

Glad you are back! I figured you were crazy busy considering you had A&P this semester. Bet you aced it right? (along with everything else).

First off...love the pinkeep. WONDERFUL! And the PJPII poetry book is fabulous!

What about that great quilt? I think its pretty and wonderful and awesome that you got that done admist the running and business you've had.

You've a heart of gold! GLAD YOU ARE BACK!