Where has the time gone and is it already February 2014? Gulp. I didn't mean to take such a long break from posting but that's how it goes sometimes. First there was the holiday busyness that kept me sidetracked. In the middle of it all we were also dealing with an unexpected family emergency, followed by a string of houseguests as a result. Things have finally quieted down and knock on wood that it will stay that way for the foreseeable future. 

Many projects have also fallen by the wayside, partly due to the fact that it's winter. And what a winter it's been! Can it please be over now? I deliberately titled this post "Wintering" because it seems like it should be a verb. It takes a lot of energy and perseverance to get through a tough winter like this. Since December 6th we've had 38 days in which the temperatures have dipped below zero...that's fahrenheit! We saw temperatures as low as -26 and that didn't factor in the windchill which made it feel much, much colder. Props to my husband who has not let the cold or snow deter him from making his 4-mile roundtrip daily walking commute for work! He says it's easier to get himself going on cold mornings than the car, which is probably true. So, because of the less than ideal weather and roads, I haven't made as many trips out to scour new items for my Etsy shop. Projects that involve spray painting are on hold until warm weather returns. Likewise, other indoor projects that might require ventilation, aren't happening when the storm windows are on. 

What I did manage to get accomplished before Christmas was a bit of sewing, and fun sewing at that. I knew my niece, who just turned five yesterday (happy birthday, Grace), was going to be receiving an American Girl doll for Christmas. Of course every doll needs a wardrobe, right? It's been at least fifteen years since I last made doll clothes and I'd forgotten how much fun it is. I sewed skinny jeans, a tweed coat, One Direction t-shirt (her fav boy band), and pajamas. Then I ran across a Star Trek dress pattern for an 18" doll. My daughter, now 24, is a self-confessed Trekkie. She wore an Uhura costume for Halloween a couple years ago, so when I saw the pattern I knew I had to make it for her. She certainly wasn't expecting a doll outfit for Christmas, but was thrilled with it anyway! I wrapped it up and gave it to her on Christmas morning, doll and all. (The doll model isn't an AG doll, but a different brand 18" doll.) Crappy phone pictures below...

I hope to get back on track with regular posts again. The weather will soon...had better... give us some signs of spring on the way. I've already heard a pileated woodpecker hammering in the morning and the days are getting longer. I'm counting on you to just do your part and  THINK SPRING!