My Year In Review

I’m not one to look back or dwell in the past, especially since 2008 feels like a bittersweet year.  But I am forcing myself to appreciate what happened and focus on progress that WAS made over the year.

In January, I hosted a ladies tea party for my aunts, cousins and their daughters.  The little girls enjoyed dressing up in their princess dresses more than pretending to drink tea.

Me and the girls at the tea party

In late winter, we went to my parents cottage in northern Wisconsin for a winter retreat and had a great time snowshoeing on Lake Michigan on a sunny but very cold weekend. We also went to Upper Michigan for one last ski trip for the winter.

Terri and Dave snowshoeing

We celebrated our seven-year anniversary in May with a vacation to Destin, Florida.

chairs & umbrellas on the beach

In summer, we had a few great trips to my parents’ cottage in Door County, biking, boating and enjoying the outdoors.  We also went to the amazing Art Fair in Madison.

In August, Dave started his new job, a permanent full time job! It was a blessing for us because he has been working as a consultant for over three years.  And because of what was to come in the economy and job market for the months following.  My sister was in town for the family reunion party we hosted at our house before she and her family moved to China. 

In September, I went to the Madison Quilt Expo, which was inspiring but a little disappointing.  Why don’t any of the local shops carry my favorite modern fabric degignerss, like Anna Maria Horner and Heather Bailey and Sandi Henderson? We also went to a Civil War festival which was quite interesting, especially to see how the people dressed in those days, and to see a battle reenactment.

In October, we hosted a Halloween dinner party at our house, and my apron pattern review was published on Sew,Mama,Sew.

my lola apron

In November, I celebrated a big birthday in New York City.  I felt lucky to visit Purl, MJTrimmings, Mood Fabrics, the Guggenheim, the Met, and a few Irish pubs in between.

Me in front of Purl

In December, I participated in the Holiday Traditions Exchange with RaeAnn, and we  hosted a Holiday Open House for our family and neighbors.

Chocolate Lollipop PillowsPicnic Pillow with HandleGarden Party PillowcasesGarden Quilt - FrontMy Lola ApronApron for Holiday Traditions Exchange 08Close-up of Gothic Rose ValanceChristmasy Patchwork BagClose-up of Freshcut ValanceGarden Party TableclothPortable CushionsMy New Laptop Cover

In between all that, I made a bunch of pillows, a couple quilts, participated in a placemat swap, two sets of curtains, a couple tablecloths, picnic cushions, picnic pillows, two adorable padded footstools, a laptop bag, and a lot of other projects I am quite proud of.

Whew, that recap was good therapy and now I feel like 2008 was a good year.

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