Catching Up


It has been too long, way too long, since I visited this space. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to blog. Perhaps it is because I have been super-busy, or at least busy enough, shifting the way I think, and work, and live. Perhaps it was a lack of gumption.

Amongst other things I’ve spent the last several months of 2012 contemplating how I spend my time. I decided as part of the new year to start living more intentionally. I am not a big New Year’s resolution type of person however I do contemplate a “word” of the year and try to apply it in multiple areas of my life. Last year’s word was “embrace” and so I took in stride all that life was throwing at me. Turning 40, learning and accepting physical limitations (while being surprised at myself about the new things I discovered I was able to do–hello running), accepting schedules and the lack thereof, and embracing the creative blocks (there were many) and moments (which were sporadic).

Japanese 1010In 2013 I have challenged myself to stretch. Part of stretching for me means creating more structure in my schedule, especially on weekends. I started in mid-January with a large personal challenge–learning Japanese. Now that we are at the beginning of March I thought it was a good time to add another element into my schedule–get back to the blog. It’s about time don’tcha think?

So what have I been up to?

boardingWell there has been a fair amount of the snowboarding. Tackling a little bit of the quilting. And perhaps most importantly (and time consuming) is the going back to school. Just today I spent close to five hours studying (no boarding this weekend). It is by far one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult thing I have done in several years. Stretch indeed.

I’ve made and followed through with a personal commitment to spend less time reading blogs (the irony being that I hope someone besides my parents reads this one) and more time creating, contemplating, growing, stretching. “Turning off and tuning in” was a mantra I came up with last Fall. It has been working. More on this later.


I’ve joined a quilting circle with a small group of friends in an attempt to develop more meaningful relationships and share my creative pursuits. One purpose of the group is to give us each more of what we need. Apparently we also need baked goods. Who knew?

anniversary_quiltI’ve got the anniversary quilt back up on the design wall and an inclination to finish it in time for an upcoming show. We’ll see. I’ve started a quilt to be included in a book proposal with the hero and I have a project in the design stages for a challenge and spring blog hop with these luscious fabrics (a favorite of mine for adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to a quilt) mixed with some great solids.

December 31, 2012On the personal challenge front I started Project 365. I realize there are probably formal rules and whatnot with this, but I made up my own rules–a photo a day, with a “real” camera. I post to flickr (and you can find me there and elsewhere as stitchoutsidetheditch). It’s March 3rd as I write and so far I have stuck with it. I don’t post every day, and in fact only post in approximately two week increments, but I do post. With most pics I also write a little bit. I like to think of it as micro-blogging. While the simple intent is a photo a day, inevitably this leads to more. This is good. I find myself taking my camera with me and capturing more of the beauty, the random, the non-important and therefore more important in the every day.

quilt_roomThat’s enough for now. There is time for more of the details, especially on the quilting front. And can I just say, sometimes I find the light in my (messy) quilt room magical.

How about you? What have you been up to?

4 thoughts on “Catching Up

  1. This makes me question my own need for “a group”. Out here in the boonies, there is not much opportunity for socialization and I in fact enjoy my solitude and left-alone creating. And yet…..I’m looking forward to this summer’s TNNA and CGOA and meeting with those who understand my own craft-crochet- in as advanced a manner as I myself, yin/yang, anti/social. Contrast makes the world go round.

  2. I love the idea of living with more intent. It’s kind of funny, as my word is “simplify” this year, I am actually accomplishing so much more! I’m making lists again, and crossing off those things that really aren’t important (blog reading being one of them, though I do like to check in once a week with my slmqg friends and a few others). Having the intent of simplifying has made all the things I choose to do so much more worthwhile.

    Also, I love that you’re sewing with a small group of friends. I do love the sewing Saturdays the guild does to have a little time with lots of people, but the small group I sew with also feeds me in such a different way. I’m excited to see you, I’ve got some cool stuff from my class with Yoshiko to show you. 🙂

  3. Ok elisa…I’m so glad you found me! I just signed up to follow your blog and contact you on Flickr….I’m trying to disengage a little from the Internet ESP. With summer vacation around the corner…but I’m still quilting. Ack! Have even begun contribututing at Quilters World!

    So excited about your contribution in a book with the hero! She was in FW last year for four amazing days of classes!

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