The Bullet Version

  • We have super spotty internet right now, since we don’t have ANY internet right now, and I’m making do with a shifty hot spot. So this may or may not end abruptly.
  • I am going stream-of-consciousness right here, so hang on.
  • Man, am I tired.
  • We’re moved in!!  Woot!!  We bought the house, moved into it, and are nearly done with the kitchen renovation.  I don’t usually think of it as a renovation, since that sounds so BIG.  I usually refer to it as “having some work done.”  But that sounds like a medical procedure.
  • Moving was in the rain, and it was muddy but not too cold.  That makes three moves in a row where it rained on our moving day, if anyone is keeping count.
  • The kitchen is going to be amazing.  A.MAY.ZING.  I am really excited.
  • For Christmas, my husband wrapped a house key in newspaper and put it under the tree for me.  Love that man.
  • My five-year-old is currently watching “White Christmas” for the twelfth time in a week.  She also dearly loves “Singing in the Rain.”  That kid is awesome.
  • I have yet to set up my sewing studio at all.  I know.  I’m as surprised as you are.  Partly, it’s because we found some poisonous spiders in the basement, and I got a little scared.  So we sprayed, and I’m sure all will be well.  But I got spooked.  Also, it’s because I realized that as inconvenient as it was to have my studio in the dining room the past six months, it was actually pretty easy to get work done, because I didn’t have to go anywhere.  I was already there.  Weird.
  • I’m heading to the Heather Ross retreat in Palm Springs next month, and then the Whipstitch retreat in the north Georgia mountains the month after that.  I’d best get started cutting the pieces for my Tony Danza wall quilt if I expect to take it with me!
  • I have four days to complete the sidebars and inset text for my new book, before my editor really goes to town on it and we’re one step closer to having it published.  The patterns are done and nearly ready to go out to pattern testers, and I have made some really lovely things to be photographed, if I do say so myself.  I am looking forward to resting on this book’s laurels for a minute, though, because it’s a doozy.
  • There are still some boxes to unpack, but the folks who moved us also unpacked a bunch of them, which is awesome.  They didn’t organize anything, but they took it out of boxes so at least we know what it is.  We don’t have a pantry–we call the dining room “pantry” for now–but we will.  And if I ever get around to actually painting the cabinet doors, maybe we’ll be able to put away our dishes, too.
  • I think I have napped more in the last three days than I have in the past year.  It’s awesome.
  • We have no real plans for New Year’s Eve.  My husband mentioned something about dinner out?  I hope it’s romantic.
  • Oh, and last minute reminder, since it really did just pop into my head: 2012 e-courses are still discounted to just $99 each if you register before December 31!  Button is here.
  • I’ll let you know if I think of something else to ramble about.  Over and out.

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  • MJ
    December 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Can’t wait to see the kitchen remodel, that’s our favorite room to makeover 🙂

    and if you need any pattern testers, I know where to find one!

    • Deborah
      December 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Um, dude. The kitchen isn’t even done yet and it’s GORGEOUS. Am super excited.

      And adding you to my pattern tester list!! 🙂

  • Miquela
    December 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Ok, first of all, Tony Danza wall quilt?

    and second, a gentle reminder that I would love to be a pattern tester.

    Catch your breath!! Happy New Year!

    • Deborah
      December 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Tony Danza: because I use the “You’re the Boxx” power phrase in my book and in my classes in person, so we totally need a 60″ x 60″ wall quilt to celebrate that, don’t you think? Composed entirely of solid fabrics in 2″ squares, because I’m crazy like that.

      Totally have you on my list for pattern testing!! 🙂

      • Miquela
        January 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        Ha! I totally get it now!

  • Clovet
    December 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I hope you are going to the second wknd with Heather Ross. I would love to meet you in person!

    • Deborah
      December 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      I totally am!! I saw your email on the list she sent out recently, along with two or three other folks whose names I recognize–it’ll be like a bog ol’ sunshiney blog meet-up! Woot!!

  • Courtney
    December 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Happy (almost) New Year, Deborah!

    Can’t wait to see the new kitchen and happy to hear the poisonous spider issue was resolved. I’m sure that’s some type of good luck…

    Looking forward to the 2012 e-courses! Do you think you’ll offer the Modern Quilt 2 as an e-course? Or is that the essential sewing course?


    • Deborah
      December 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      I’m not planning on doing Modern Quilt 2 online this year–I really love seeing everyone in person, and while I will likely work on finding a way to post some of the information for those folks who inevitably miss classes in person, I don’t plan to offer the class online. Unless, of course, I am coaxed inexorably into doing it toward the end of the year–I have a little wiggle room in the schedule in the fall! 🙂

  • Zoe B
    December 29, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    I still want to know how you get it all done!? 🙂 🙂 I’m excited to see what you have going on in your new book!

    • Deborah
      December 30, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Ha! Um, you and me both. 🙂 I think I plug away a little at a time–and the fact that my kids nap is a huuuge help. When they stop napping, they go to school around here.

      I’m ready for the book to be done and OUT! I can’t wait to share it with everyone–I’m really pleased with the projects and the structure. It’s maybe a little better than Stitch by Stitch, if I do say so myself!

      Hope you’re well, Happy New Year!