I can't believe it's winter and January.
In October we purchased our first home! It feels amazing to have a space of our own but I was completely unprepared for how overwhelming it would be! We have so many things stacked in boxes, in storage and at my father-in-laws. We have very little actual furniture but we do have a fantastic stove so we've been eating lots. and lots. and lots. I did get an old sewing machine table to use as a nightstand and last week I finally hung a few prints I got for Christmas! Sherlock is from Nan Lawson and The Kiss is from Maggie Stiefvater. The natural light in our house is my very favorite part! I'll definitely share more once we are settled in. It takes all my willpower every day not to share 900 house photos on instagram. :) My ultimate goal is to have our home be supremely cozy and sweet.
In November we went on a family trip to Texas. We drove so we got to see Arizona and New Mexico and I fell in love. It was the most beautiful place I've ever seen. A horse used me as a chin rest, a cat and I became best friends, I added 14 new birds to my life list (pyrrhuloxia!), I ate my weight in roasted green chiles, saw some cactus, visited Roswell and read a lot of books! We drove close to 4,000 miles in ten days! I've been making a mini book about our trip, hopefully once I finish it I'll share it!
While I was on vacation, Ashleigh launched our 2015 Mystery Stitch-a-Long: Story Time Sampler! I'm SUPER excited for this pattern. I've already started picking my favorite blocks and have been working on Sherlock. Each month folks will receive a new character from classic literature to stitch up and the finished pattern looks like little frames on a wall. It's ridiculously adorable. This fall we also launched our wholesale line of printed patterns- shop owners can purchase patterns directly from us or through distributors such as YarnTree & Hoffman. It is pretty surreal seeing shops carry our patterns!
One of my current favorite things EVER is my Christmas Tote! I used Noodlehead's Pool Side Tote pattern and really enjoyed sewing it up! It's so big and roomy and fits tons of books and projects and is great! I got my kawaii Christmas fabric from fabricsupply on etsy :) I'll probably make a new one that isn't Christmas themed once I get my sewing machine back from being tuned up!
My goal for 2014 was to read 75 books, I ended up reading 153. This year my goal is 75 but I want to read BETTER quality books. Last summer I discovered bookish tumblr, BookRiot & Books On The Nightstand which really helped me read more diversely. I tried a lot of new books I wouldn't normally read and *loved* them. I'm going to do a post of my favorite books this year soon :)
I hope you had a good holiday! :):):)