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I was such a prolific blogger for a while and now I’ve been missing in action. Oh well, hopefully y’all are still here and it doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on some things!

My birthday was back on May 17th and to celebrate, Ian and I went camping on Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks. It’s a bit of a trek, at least 7 hours including a ferry ride, but it was so worth it.IMG_0723


This was our campsite when we arrived.  Right up that path on the left was the ocean.IMG_0740

We did our best to eat well.  There was not open fires allowed so we had to use a grill but made it work.  We had sausage with caramelized onion, garlic, beans, and roasted corn, we went to a fish market in town and got fresh Mahi and made tacos, and I made chocolate cake in an orange peel (an old Boy Scouts recipe) and brought homemade marshmallows and graham crackers.

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Also, thanks to a hand grinder and pour over supplies from Krankies (where I work), we were able to make really good iced coffee, a must for the two of us :)

IMG_0734 The highlights of the trip were two things I was not able to photograph.  The first night we saw bioluminescent waves and it was the most magical thing I’ve ever seen. Ian had told me about it on the drive out there and I kinda didn’t believe him but it’s a real thing!  Then the second night there was a huge thunderhead out over the ocean with nearly constant lightening flashing inside the cloud, with only a few streaks coming down to the water.  It lasted late into the night; it was weird to wake up in the tent and see a sky full of stars yet flashes of light to the east.

IMG_0755 IMG_0743 IMG_0753It was a really fun trip and I look forward to going out there again.  The town on the island was really cute, definitely touristy, but not in the humongous beach mansion kind of way.  It’d be fun to rent a bungalow there with some friends for a week.  I am determined to make this a multiple camping and beach trip year!

Has it really been this long?!

I have been crazy busy and distracted lately, but I can hardly believe I have neglected this space for so long!  I’m so sorry guys; I’ve missed you!  (Sorry the photos aren’t the best quality, they’re from Instagram.)

This first half of May was spent cutting, cutting, cutting,

and sewing, sewing, sewing (thanks to gutenTAGS for the rush printing of more labels!!)to make things to sell at the Hand to Hand Market this past weekend,

which, as it happened, didn’t go very well.  I don’t know what happened but the attendance was not what was expected by anyone.  It was nice to hang out with Caitlin for a day though, we met a couple other really awesome vendors, Andy and Nicole, and I have very little more to do to get ready for the Krankies Craft Faire in July, so that’s pretty nice.

The week before the market I was fortunate enough to go to the beach with some friends for my birthday!  I spent 4 days in Emerald Isle with a fun group of people and got to begin my 27th year relaxing with a good book and the ocean.

I went from the beach to Columbia South Carolina to see my friend Joe and my favorite band, mewithoutYou.  The show was so good.  If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you might have seen something I posted afterwards that said, “I fell in love with a boy @mewithoutYou tonight.  We danced next to each other & then he shook my hand & walked out of my life.” to which mewithoutYou responded “missed connections, find him!”  Am I the post-to-missed-connections type?  Why not!  *blush*

So coming back to town, it was right back to work Monday morning and I have begun moving into my new place.  I wish I could fast forward and just get in there and get settled but it’ll probably be a two week process and it will definitely be a sparsely decorated house for a while.  But I’ve never lived alone and I’m really excited about it!I don’t have too much on the creative front right now.  I have May’s LMP+QG project to get started on, another quilt I REALLY need to finish, and I’m anxious to finish the hand quilting on my Single Girl quilt which is taking forever.

Sorry again for my absence but thank you for sticking around!  I’ll be back soon, I promise. xo

Hiking around Roanoke.

I went up to Roanoke last weekend to work on a quilt with Lindsay (that I will be able to reveal in all it’s beauty next week) and hang out with my best friend Catherine.  On Saturday afternoon we went on a couple short hikes with her dog Django, her friend Ryan, and his dog Harold.  It was a beautiful day.  Hopefully this spring will be filled with hikes with my dogs.


I wanted to post a quick recap about the last couple weeks, including the visit with my mom Kerrie and aunt Reen.  They came to see me from California for almost a week and were so generous with their time (cleaning) and money; I’m glad they came!

We did a couple touristy things that I wouldn’t probably do by myself like go to the Reynolda House.  It’s the historical home of RJ Reynolds (a very attractive man, as it turns out) that houses both the original furniture and history, as an art museum, currently showing Modern Masters from the Smithsonian.  I really enjoyed the whole experience.  There are also beautiful gardens near the home that while not in season, are still well manicured and lovely.  The garden is surrounded in weeping cherry trees that are probably gorgeous in spring (future quilt photography site?); I’ll definitely be returning.

We drove up to Asheville for a day and it was a beautiful day with the perfect fall colors. I had never been to Asheville before and didn’t really know what to do with the few hours we had so we wandered around the arts district by the river a little bit, ate at the Early Girl, went into the Grove Arcade,

and lots of other little shops.  There’s a lot of really interesting history there (not that I know it, I just know it’s there) and so much art and busking. At only two hours away, and a lovely drive at that, I’ll definitely go up there again.

We ate a lot of good food while they were here including 6th and Vine, Mellow Mushroom, Breakfast of Course, and First Street Draught House, while I made steak tacos, mini broccoli pesto lasagnas, and chili.  Yum!  They were really gracious and bought me so many great things I needed like a bath mat, a Swiffer-like cleaner, an immersion blender (even though it was 4 times more expensive than thought!), a nice little cat perch for the window, dishes, soap, chocolate, and a massage!  They also mowed both yards, scrubbed my shower, mopped the whole upstairs, and did countless dishes.  I wish they were around all the time! :)

While it was great to have them around, I didn’t realize how much time I usually have to myself.  After I took them to the airport I spent the day laying around, doing pretty much nothing. I’m enjoying some alone time before Holly comes next week!

I finally finished a Swoon block!

Goodness gracious, this quilt is so labor intensive, especially when I’m trying to make two at one time and have sewn a few things wrong.  The coloring of this picture is off but this quilt is both a gift and part of the Habitat challenge in the Modern Quilt Guild (and I am using three different neutrals).  Unlike most people, from what I’ve gathered, I love this line and bought a half yard set and would like to get more.  I can already tell I’m going to love this quilt.

The weather has been lovely and wonderfully autumnal but today it took a turn for the cold this weekend.  (It was 74 yesterday and it’s more like 40 today.)  I turned the heat on for the first time and am making Herbed White Bean and Sausage Stew for dinner.

Tomorrow is the big Halloween party at work.  You have to dress up to get in, hundreds of people come, and all out friends play in amazing cover bands.  Last yea the boyfriend and I only stayed for half of it but we saw the Zombies which were amazing.  This year will be Weezer, Led Zeppelin, Dick Dale, the Buzzcocks, and Nirvana.  I’m working it and I’m really looking forward to it.  Pictures to come!

Tomorrow is also Marcus’s birthday!  Whoo!  I bought him a little something and I think we’ll go to dinner.  Nothing fancy but he (we) isn’t too hard to please :)

Hopefully I’ll have more crafty photos to share soon!

The Sewing Summit.

The Sewing Summit was better than I ever could have imagined.

The morning I was leaving I finally finished my weekender bag and threw together a little pouch for my Q-tips and band aids, a new tea wallet, and a little book for my bobby pins, all out of my Habitat fabric (well, except the weekender which is made with Amy Butler Lotus).

The first morning there I awoke to a beautiful sunrise over the amazing mountains.There was nothing planned for the conference on Friday so Lindsay and I went with the perfect group of ladies, Amanda, Angela, Jessica, Jeni, and Amanda, on our own little shop hop.  We went to a Halloween village (Amanda just about died),a couple great fabric stores (more pictures on Stitched in Color, including one of me) where I bought these beautiesand a wonderful yarn shop called Blazing Needles.(when the wind blows, the knitting needles in the sculpture move back and forth as if they are knitting)I bought a skein of alpaca/wool yarn in Swimming Pool blue and started a herringbone cowl (which I love so far, I can’t wait to finish!).  Angela, Lindsay, and Jessica bought yarn and needles and along with Katherine and Karyn, learned how to knit.

We also got a bunch of free things, half of which was not so exciting, but a few things that were awesome (I think that was the word of the weekend)The best thing was probably a gift in Jeni’s color class, that lovely booklet at the back, a Robert Kaufman Kona cotton color card!  Between the batting sampler and Amanda’s wonderful mini quilt class, I’m ready to make seven minis!

So I took Jeni’s color class, Amanda’s mini quilt class, a class on photography from Vanessa of V&Co, blogging and social networking from Dana of Old Red Barn Co, and improv piecing with Jess of Urban Patchwork where I proudly made thisIt was so inspiring, I really want to make an improv quilt now (like this one of hers)!  I might make this block into a commemorative pillow and dig into my scraps and make more blocks!

The weekend flew by too quickly and leaving didn’t come without a few tears.  Our lovely group (save Lindsay and Angela who had left already) took some pictures together that make me so happy.  (My camera was a little blurry for some reason but I don’t mind too much.)I’m waiting for more pictures to show up in Flickr because there are so many more lovely ones.  Karyn (above right) is from Toronto, along with Katherine, and I adored them both;  I really want to go visit them.

It was a sorrowful goodbye but we all stayed hopeful that we’ll see each other again soon.

Thank you immensely to Erin and Amy for putting this whole weekend together and I can’t wait for next year!  Time to get to work with my spoils.

Tubing the Dan.

Yesterday we went tubing with 22 other friends down the Dan River and it was a blast. It was a half hour drive out of town and a 3 hour float. It stormed most of the time which somehow made it even better. It’s surprising how tiring it is, just floating; I slept well last night. I hope we do it again this summer. My work, Krankies, and Single Brothers Bar closes for a day (or two, this year) and takes a tubing trip every year. It’ll be in September I think and I’m really excited about it. Beer, friends, water, camping, food, what could be better?!

Last night began my week of Harry Potter. I have read all the books but hadn’t seen any of the movies so I decided this week to watch a movie a day until next Sunday when I see the newest one in the theater (maybe even in our new IMAX?). I did fall asleep for part of it last night and probably will again this night but I read the books, I know the jist :)

Two weeks ’til the beach. I cannot wait.

Sorry for another picture-less post! There will be some soon, I promise.