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25 First-Date Dos and Don’ts Sex, Love & Life:

25 First-Date Dos and Don’ts Sex, Love & Life:



I think I’ve lived through all of these – either on the receiving end of the faux-pas, or sadly, as the culprit.


– k


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Christmas Gifts A Go-Go…

Work has been crazy busy, but I’m carving out time to get on with making gifts for Christmas. I’m determined to make this a handmade holiday. It’s so easy to buy something, usually made in China, and while that’s fine and goodness knows, I’ve done that a lot in the past… This year I want to walk my talk of buying local or handmade, and better still – make it myself.

I can’t describe how rewarding it is to have an idea then bring it to life. If you’re a fellow quilter, crafter, baker, or anyone creative, then you know what I mean! And I’m not going to lie, I DO love the wonderful exclamation “You made that?!! WOW!!”

So… onwards. Here are some photos from my latest adventure in sewing. Jacquie from Tall Grass Prairie Studio has some wonderful tutorials, and I loved her kitchen set tutorial. I thought this would make a great gift set for a few of my friends. Since not all of my friends go made with decorating for the holidays, I thought I’d make the set in fabrics that can be in the kitchen year ’round. I made a trip to The Workroom to pick up “just one fat quarter” to round out my stash. Ahem.

I walked out of the shop with these:

There’s something about the mix of brown, aqua, grey and linen that just calls to me right now. But then I realized I didn’t really have a focal fabric. Not like the adorable Michael Miller “Holiday Hostess” print Jacquie used in her tutorial.

I decided to improvise and broke out my embroidery floss, grabbed some white Kona cotton scraps, Jenny Hart embroidery iron-on designs and le voila

I made a couple of wonky log cabin blocks using the embroidered squares as my focal point, and cut a 10×10″ square of the Robert Kaufman beater print for the back…

Then I sandwiched using warm and natural cotton batting and insulate — a special batting for oven mitts and that type of thing.

My quilting… it needs work! I don’t know how the fabric went wonky in that one place, but I am getting better with practice.

Here is the complete set — two potholders and a coordinating tea towel.

I just need to put a grommet in each pot holder and this set is done.



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I’m here!

I’m still alive.  For what that’s worth to the random person who comes across this blog.  🙂

Lots going on and nothing going on.  In other words, as the Thai would put it, my life is “same same but different.”

Work is busy.

Men have come and gone.

I’ve lost and found the same five pounds over and over again.

I’ve been quilting.

And saving.

And spending.

And reading.

And writing.

But not nearly enough writing.

My life feels like it’s in a free-fall and I don’t even know if I care enough to freak out.  I wish I did.  It’s the ambivalence that I’m feeling that I detest the most and yet, for all that I hate it, I can’t seem to change it.  I just accept.

Accept that I feel meh about my career, my personal life, my friendships… everything.

I want to have a wild bush burning in my life.  I want to burn down everything that’s not working, slam doors in people’s faces and open windows to something… more fulfilling.

I still have LOTS left on my 101 list to complete.  Maybe hitting a few of those goals hard will shake things up for me, and help to purge what really needs to go and attract more of what needs to stay.



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Scrappy Hedgerow Christmas Blocks Redo

I wasn’t thrilled with the blocks I made and then I came across some fantastic inspiration! Michael Miller’s “Holiday Hostess”. I made three of each for the block exchange and then, yes, a few more for me. I cannot wait to see how this quilt comes together!

More photos to come!

– k

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Scrappy Hedgerow Christmas Blocks

I’m not sure if I like the blocks or not.


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avoid the doghouse – a friendly holiday warning

So funny.  Reminds me of why some years, it’s good to be single!

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#15 wash and pet an elephant (preferably in Thailand or Africa)

I’m getting close!!

Just booked a trip to Thailand in January that includes an excursion to an elephant sanctuary where I will get to participate in the feeding and care of rescued elephants!

Aren’t they adorable?!!

Pachyderms Painting

I’m so excited I could burst!!

And when I’m over there, I’m going to see if I can also knock a few other things off my list, like seeing the sun rise or set in three different countries. I have a stop-over in Dubai so I know for sure I’ll be able to do two countries.

Life IS fabulous!


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