Monday, January 9, 2012

… the new year


happy new year! i finally took down the christmas tree today (i know, i know) and felt so sad that the holidays are over. there's this dark little corner in our living room that looks so empty now. sigh.

but i do like a fresh new year. every year we have a family motto. last year's was "don't be scared" and the year before that was "don't be a slave to comfort". this year it's "make it happen, cap'n!" i love it. there are so many things that i need to make happen. so many exciting things that i can't wait to share with you.

happy cake

c's birthday is early january, and he doesn't like a big to-do about the occasion, but i made a little cake (lemon cake with lemon curd and cream cheese frosting… yum!) and we had a tiny family celebration.


we also had our annual new year's day party. we should really just call it the scone party. i make a whole bunch of my favorite scones and friends stop by throughout the day to say hi and welcome the new year. i have to admit, it was a whole bunch of work this year, what with having a baby to take care of, but still i love having this party. there's nothing like spending the first day of the year with good friends and good food.

let's see, what else have i been up to?

herringbone blocks for rachel

making herringbone blocks for rachel's quilt for do. good stitches.

My banana cream pie

Kate's peanut butter pie

Cookbook envy at The Pantry at Delancey

becoming a pie ninja at the pantry at delancey. i would like to move into this kitchen, thank you very much.

26 weeks

fabric: joel dewberry rustic dots in peony (from the deer valley collection)

27 weeks

fabric: my mind's eye dot in purple (from the so sophie collection)

taking pictures of my little snowdrop, as usual.

my new favorite block

and working on something new. meet my new favorite block, arkansas traveler. this was a block from the summer sampler series, but i'm so smitten with it i'm going to make a quilt made up of just this block. i honestly can't remember the last time i sewed something just because. i love it.

i'm making it happen, cap'n.


  1. Beautiful Arkansas Traveler! I've been wanting to make a whole block from that quilt myself.

  2. Um, that should be a whole quilt from that block. Time for bed. : )

  3. Happy New Year.
    It looks like you've been busy, but busy with good things!

  4. what a delightful looking cake! and those herringbones are just too beautiful! and your little one....well she is just a little angel. too sweet!

  5. So glad you're sewing just because. That's such a great feeling. That was one of my favorite blocks of the bunch. Will be a lovely quilt! And, the way you iced that cake is so pretty. I should learn how!

  6. Oh too many gorgeous (and yummy!) things in one post!! The cake looks divine and all of the blocks are so lovely, especially the Arkansas Traveler.

    Happy New Year to you!

  7. That lemon cake looks stunning! And Happy New Year!

  8. I love your annual family mottos! That's such a great way to start off the new year. (And that Arkansas Traveler Block is awesome!)