2020 Recap

I went through my photo library from 2020 to find good moments, and there were a lot considering it was a tough year.

I filled up a lot of sketchbooks and made a lot of art. If I had to pick some of my favorite illustrations from this past year, I would choose these top nine:

Looking back through my sketchbook art, I wish I made more art! Ha, I know I’m being hard on myself.

I’m also illustrating a children’s picture book for an author, which would go on my list of favorites but I can’t show any of those yet.

I took a lot of pictures of the birds in my backyard and the squirrel shenanigans. If I had to pick some of my favorite nature photography of backyard critters and birds from this past year (with a couple from my trip to Florida in March), I would choose these top nine:

I am so grateful I got to travel to Naples, Florida before the world shutdown. I also got to spend time at my parents’ lake house on Lake Michigan in Door County, visit my sister in Nashville, and go on a few adventures close to home. If I had to pick some of my favorite adventures from this past year, I would choose these top nine:

The year 2020 was a really tough year so I’m happy to have found so many good moments that made me happy. Cheers to 2021!

2015: A Year in Review

I always like to reflect on the past year as a reminder of all the good things that happened.

Enjoy the Journey tiny art

We both got new jobs.

new job at Nancys Notions

We took our first trips in 5 years, and traveled to Naples and New York City.

sunset in Naples bryant park

I completed 12 months of daily doodles.

daily doodle December to July daily doodle June to January

I started making tiny art again.

collage of tiny art and sketchbook pages

I did a lot of drawing.

collage of sketchbook pages

I made all my sewing patterns free and offered a new tutorial.

Sewing Patterns Collage1 Sewing Patterns Collage2

I made a couple new patchwork tote bags.

Patchwork Bags Collage

I participated in my first craft fair.

craft fair table

I published 105 posts this year!

Here’s to a great year in 2016!


2014 Recap

It’s always fun to pause for a moment and look back at the past year, the events, the adventures, the struggles, and the accomplishments. It was another amazing year around here!


• We had to say goodbye to our beloved Angel who passed away

• I took a few road trips to visit my sister and my brother and my parents’ lake house

(More family fun below)

2014 Recap Family


• Started my own graphic design studio

• Came up with a series of fun home office rules

• Completed a variety of fun freelance projects


• Completed five licensed art collections with Nancy’s Notions

• Illustrated a Whale Watching Map (and lots of maps for freelance clients)

• Finished my Garden Party Quilt

• Was reunited with my sewing friends at our annual quilt retreat

• Filled up a few sketchbooks

2014 Recap sketchbook

Go Outside:

• Enjoyed the farmers market over the seasons

• Went to the botanical gardens more often

• Worked at a greenhouse

• Enjoyed a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers each week

• Filled up the house with houseplants

2014 recap gardens


• Traveled to my parent’s cottage on the lake a couple times

• Tried stand-up paddleboarding

• Went to a couple rock concerts

• Went to the beach

• Went skiing with my sister and brother and their families

2014 adventures

At the end of the year, we had to say goodbye to a close friend who passed away at the young age of 47. I miss her but know her spirit will live on in our hearts.

BeckyUnfortunately, funerals and weddings reunite people. So I’m hoping to stay in touch with my college friends better in 2015! (without a funeral) college friends

I learned lots of new things, enjoyed a variety of fun experiences, and met new people. Hope you had a great year too, full of fun and adventure. Happy New Year!


It’s fun to look back on the previous seven years of my blog, and crazy to see how much my perspective and interests have changed over the years!

My Year in Review

It’s great to have a blog to be able to look back on how I spent the past year. Here are my highlights from 2010. (note: I’m choosing to ignore the low points!) I finished a couple quilts.

completed Mod Girls quilt

completed Darla quilt

I started a couple more quilts.

(my chocolate lollipop Road to Spring quilt top)

(my Pop Garden quilt top)

I joined my first quilting bee. I went on my first quilting retreat. Had the time of my life! I shared a few tutorials. I made lots of great new friendships this year that I cherish, so I hope we continue to stay connected. We did a little travel to Las Vegas and New York City.

(Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas!)

(Radio City Music Hall)

I went to a few rock concerts. I experimented with lots and lots of new bag designs. I shared a series of Best Practices. We enjoyed our gardens. We enjoyed the farmers market. I spent some time at my parents’ cottage. I organized a Christmas in July ornament exchange. I am happy my etsy shop was more active. (By the way, did you know I started advertising on a couple blogs? I looking for a couple more to try.) I made lots of custom orders, which are always fun to do. They are challenging and so fulfilling! (still have a couple more to finish) I entered my first craft show. I squeezed in a little hiking and a little skiing.

(trail at Peninsula State Park)

(riding the chair lift at Tyrol Basin)

I lost a total of 22 pounds! I quit my corporate job! Scary and freeing in the same breath! I went back to school! So far, I’ve taken a design class, a drawing class and a computer graphics class. Looking back at the amazing variety I experienced this past year makes me feel like one lucky girl! I am excited to continue to move forward, so cheers to a Happy New Year!

A Year in Review

I love being able to look through my 2009 blog posts and Flickr pages to remember what I did this past year! Here are a few highlights:

In 2009, I took an art design class, a couple drawing classes, and a silver smithing class.

Texture QuiltAccordion Book of ValueBlack-White and Analogous Logo DesignsMy Recreation of the Spring FaeryLook at what I made!

I made a few quilts.

Finished Candy QuiltAva Rose Quilt TopJoin Me for a Picnic?Zig-Zag Quilting on My Zig-Zag QuiltMod Girls Quilt Top - Ready for QuiltingMy Coin Quilt with Bell Bottom FabricsQuilted Darla 9-Patch QuiltFiggy Pudding Patchwork Quilt Top
I spent two weeks in China visiting my sister and her family.
Me at The PeakLaundry Hanging OutsideFive Rams StatueMy Sister Getting Help at the MarketMy Mom and I in Foshan
We did a lot of gardening around here and planted several new trees in our backyard.
My Favorite TulipsFlowering Crab Apple TreePink Bleeding HeartsAnother Flowering Crab for My Garden
I spent my summer vacation with my sister and family at my parent’s cottage.
Chillaxing on the beach!Taylor kayaking at sunsetBonfire at DuskCool trail through the woods
I made a few bags, mini quilts and entered a few swaps.
Garden Party Pin Cushion CaddyBack Side of My Chocolate Lollipop BagHalf Square Triangle Mini QuiltString Pieced Mini QuiltMy Three Newest Mini QuiltsMini Coin QuiltsMini Quilt for Spring Blooms SwapFriendship Bags for Two of My FriendsMini Quilt for My PartnerExtra Squares Make a Potholder and CoasterFall Tablerunner
New Patchwork Trails LogoTechie Bag for FallStuff SacksCheckerboard Set in blues and redsNew Laptop Bag - Posing!Zippered PouchGood Folks Patchwork MatChristmasy Stuff Sack for Gift Bag
I spent my birthday in New York City.
Me on the Walking Path in Central ParkMe in front of a statue at St. John'sMe at the Bethesda FountainSkyline from Central ParkThe Mall in Central Park
I started an regular exercise routine, and I lost 10 pounds!
I lost 10 pounds!

It was actually quite a productive year! I am looking forward to starting fresh in 2010 and switching gears in a couple areas of my life. I am also looking forward to seeing what next year brings for all of you, my blogger friends. I hope you all enjoy a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!