This was our Christmas card, which I sent out by email at 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Day. Epic fail.
I am going to start this post by apologizing for missing December. I am not even sure December happened at normal speed.
I am not going to try and explain the crazy. I will make a list. I like lists.
1. I worked. A lot. Let's see I think I was only in Tennessee and Georgia this month. But, oh the deadlines.
2. I made Christmas happen. I believe the holidays should be special and this was our first real, grown-up, "at home" Christmas. I got a tree, made stockings and cookies, wrapped presents, wrote cards (well, some cards), played music, and sort of nested. It was wonderful. I also watched the entire "Fireplace for Your Home" episode at least four times (it is on Netflix, check it out).
I made these stockings. Including the embroidery. It was intense. But they sure do look good with Fireplace for Your Home.
The best baby Christmas Tree.
Potica. A Croatian Christmas bread.
3. I started and (almost) finished my first quilt. It will not be my only quilt. This was a magical experience and I am totally hooked. I am going to write a real post about this, for now I just need to say this process appealed to me creatively and aesthetically.
My quilt top. Clearly, I really like flowers.
5. My true love came home for two weeks (which are actually not quite over yet). There have been many meals, laughs, couch cuddles, episodes of Parks and Recreation, and long cups of coffee. I will miss him a great deal when he returns to Germany to work on his research.
My true love with the skin of a salmon we cured. Doesn't he look so manly?
For now, I will just say Happy New Year! Welcome to 2012. It is going to be a great year. I know it.
I am going to come back soon (I know, show it, don't just say it) to share some of my treasured moments from the past couple of weeks and talk about the food. Oh the food! I have a brussels sprouts recipe that will blow your mind, without ruining any newly created resolutions.