Thursday, December 28, 2017

I like Thursday- looking forward to 2018

Ack! I forgot Thursday was coming up, and didn't have a post in prep! Linking up with Not Afraid of Color with a short post :)

I like the promise of a new year. New habits, new mindsets, the opportunity to think about what worked over the past year and what didn't. This year, I bought the "52 Lists Project" book and will use that to focus, I hope. We'll see how far I get!

I like taking time off over the holidays. I teleworked yesterday, just to be sure I was staying on top of things, but having big chunks of time to quilt, to organize/declutter, and to do things with family (Star Wars this afternoon!!) is precious. My former boss and really influential mentor passed away unexpectedly just before Christmas- I think about all of his plans for retirement and how he never got to do most of those things. NOW is the time to do all the things; retirement will just be a bonus.

I like baking- this is monkey bread I made for Christmas morning. It was DELICIOUS, and I think once a year is about the right time to make it!
edited to add the link to the recipe:   -I used "only" a stick of butter instead of 10 Tbsp, and a less-than-tightly packed cup of brown sugar.

I like how silly my family is. TMOTH got the Karate Kid soba noodles for Christmas.

I like this book series. This was my Secret Santa gift this year- my SS noticed that I talked about how excited I was this was coming out - MONTHS ago - and got it for me for Christmas.

I like finishing UFOs. These four blocks were the start of the Solstice quilt by Pat Sloan, but I got distracted after the first four. They make a nice baby quilt, I think. Now to get cracking on a "big boy" quilt for the baby's brother.

 I like vintage craft supplies. I'm in the process of winding floss onto bobbins. A lot of the vintage skeins have names as well as numbers - this is "Nectarine."


LA Paylor said...

nectarine... great color name! I can smell the orange! I like all those things you mentioned, haven't read the book but thanks for a suggestion. I am too lazy to make monkey bread but would happily sit down and eat all of yours. Love fun and games with family. What is this 52 lists??? Must go check it out! Happy New year from your friend now so far away in distance but close in spirit! LeeAnna

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your monkey bread looks yummy! I like how you finished off those four blocks- the setting makes them fun and interesting, and perfect size for a baby quilt!

PaintedThread said...

Mmm... monkey bread! Been ages since I've made some - your's looks delicious. I didn't know Pullman was writing more in the Dark Materials universe. I've added this to my reading list! Thanks!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Michele,
That floss named nectarine is just the perfect descriptive for that floss! I have never had monkey bread but yours sure looks yummy! I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year! ~smile~ Roseanne

Sandy said...

I had monkey bread a very long time ago. I would love to find a recipe for it. Is yours a family recipe?

Michele McLaughlin said...

So pleased you had a great holiday! That monkey bread looks awesome! I remember that J and P embroidery floss so well! Have a wonderful day! Cheers!