my melody

I have been a fan of My Melody for as long as I can remember. Her world is so sweet and magical. IMG_4356

One of my favorite Japanese brands, Liz Lisa, has a special collaboration mook (magazine/book) with My Melody. It always comes with a cute tote. llquilt

Liz Lisa also has a My Melody collection of goods and clothing, and this year it came out right around my birthday, so I was able to pick up a few cute items. melody trioThis plush sits on my dresser. I really like her flower crown. IMG_8077

And the mini bag charm has a beautiful plate that reminds me of stained glass. tiny melody

Even my Line Play character has been decorating with a My Melody theme. IMG_9603

My first project of 2014 was a tiny tote bag for my little niece. I was pleased to use a bit of this fabric I’d been saving for awhile.melody bag

Happy the heart shaped marshmallows are back in the stores…melodymarsh

And with so many snow days and chilly evenings, I’ve been baking away. IMG_9042

Now I’m gearing up for Valentine’s Day, getting my papers, punches, seals and stamps in order.

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Stay warm and thanks for visiting!

 

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a new year

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I hope you had a merry Christmas and are enjoying this beautiful New Year. I had a bit of a rough December. I was sick for most of the month, and then got especially sick on Christmas Eve. My family actually had to postpone Christmas on my behalf. That made me so sad. But I am doing better now, and I discovered that there are some definite perks to prolonging the Christmas season.

I am still in a New Year’s mindset, as I’ve had to go at a slower pace than usual. So before I get started on my projects for 2014, I thought I’d look back on some of the things I made last year.

2013 was really a return to sewing for me. I dusted off my sewing machine and set up a little craft room in my attic. This was definitely a learning year for me. There were lots of bumps along the road (and unpicked stitches), but I rediscovered the thrill of making something new from fabric and thread.

To that end, I decided to create a couple collages of some of the sewing projects I made in 2013. 2013 collage

Before I got started on any sewing for the new year, I had to finish my traditional first project of the year- a new calendar.

A few years ago, I started printing off some of my photos from the year with a calendar template to give to family and friends. This year, I only gave a very few and decided to make things easier on myself and got them printed at Walgreens.

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And here are some of the calendars from years gone by.

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Wishing you happiness in 2014!