High Five for Friday!

Happy Friday! You know the drill… these five highlights are my way of recapping the week and a reminder to stay grateful.

 


1 – Thankful. The official holiday to give thanks has come and gone, but I’m still thankful for the time we had together. I’ve been thinking of them all week while I finish up the leftovers!

2 – Twinkle Lights. Feeling cozy with the house decorated inside and out. 

3 – 7 Weeks. So smiley these days!

4 – Gilmore Girls. Stretched out the revival episodes as long as I could this week. Very satisfying!

5 – Sewing. I had a few minutes to set up my new machine this week and plan to attend a Sewing Night with my guild… the milk is pumped, the machine is ready… wish us luck!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress🙂

Merry and Bright Cross Stitch

Over the holiday, I had a chance to get started on the Merry & Bright pattern from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I’m still working on the border so the progress pics aren’t very exciting, but at least it’s a start! The second part of the pattern releases next Monday, so we’ll see how far I can get before then…

The Amateur Librarian // Merry and Bright Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Merry and Bright Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Merry and Bright Cross Stitch

And that’s about it!

The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch: November

This is my third year to work on a year-long cross stitch project, and the second year to play along with a mystery stitch-along month by month. Stitching Once Upon a Time in 2014 and Woodland Creatures in 2015 was so much fun – it’s addictive!

In 2016 I’ve joined the Frosted Pumpkins on an adventure around the world. The eleventh stop was Peru, complete with a llama and Machu Picchu in the background. The final destination will be revealed on Friday… I can’t wait to see where we end up! (My guess of South America for November was correct… let’s see if I’m right about ending the year in the U.S.)

A few progress pics:

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The finished blocks so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November: Peru

November: Peru

Here we are: eleven months down, just one to go!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

High Five for Friday

High Five for Friday: Thanksgiving edition! Five things I’m most grateful for this year. 



1 – Parenthood. This little lady has changed our lives so much already in the 6 weeks since she arrived. We still have so much to learn but we’re figuring it out together!

2 -Family. Every one of these people make my days brighter and lighter whether they’re here in person or far away. Having them all together for Thanksgiving is so much fun. 

3 – Grandparents. These 2 celebrated their 35th anniversary this Thanksgiving and I couldn’t have better role models for marriage or parenthood. And they’re great grandparents too!

4 – Motherhood. Everyone tells you your life will change, but there’s just no way to truly prepare for the adjustment. The balance between holding my baby close while still maintaining hands-free time is a work in progress. 

5 – Holidays. Cozy is my favorite time of year. 

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress🙂

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

A little bit more progress… I’m getting very close to finishing the November portion! I’m still fitting it in wherever I can, whenever I decide a naps are not a higher priority! Peru has grown on me as the llama came together and the bits of greenery added color. The last stop will be announced soon!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Maybe I’ll even finish in time to make a start on the Merry & Bright pattern from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery… we shall see!

And that’s about it!

I See the Fan

Sung to the lyrics of “I See the Moon”:

I see the fan, the fan sees me
Waving ’round so prettily
I love the fan and the fan loves me
I see the fan, the fan sees me.

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The Amateur Librarian

 

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Meow Monday: Thankful

I have a lot to be thankful for this year, especially this week. I’m not sure when regularly scheduled blogging will resume but for now it’s not top priority… a feeling which the cats can relate to, I’m sure. So what have they been up to?

A lot of this.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

And that.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

 

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

The usual!

The baby hasn’t affected their lives as much as I feared, although they might not agree. When Amelia cries, both cats are concerned but react in their own ways: Cora meows and leaves the room; Tali comes closer but eventually leaves if it doesn’t stop.

We’ve also had to institute a locked door policy as soon as it gets dark, and the cats are checked at the door before entering to avoid live rodent incidents. The nights are a lot more peaceful without the threat of rodents, dead or alive, making an appearance.

I won’t say this is the last Meow Monday ever, but as the cats continue their regular routines and Amelia keeps growing, i just don’t have as much to say about them anymore. As long as they’re living the good life, I’m sure they’ll continue showing up in the background.

The Amateur Librarian // Meow Monday

Happy Monday🙂

High Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!

I’m sharing the highlights of my week… five to be exact! H54F is all about focusing on five little things that made me happy: my way of recapping the week and a reminder to stay grateful.

The Amateur Librarian // H54F The Amateur Librarian // H54F
1 – Family. Amelia got to hang out with her aunts and grandfather this weekend and go on her first stroller outing to downtown Franklin. Everything is new to her (and us) which makes even the simplest outing seem like a big deal.

2 – Wonder Weeks App. This app was recommended by the hospital and it lets you know when developmental milestones or “leaps” are happening… and even more importantly, when you can expect “stormy” and “sunny” weeks. A long day with a fussy baby is a little easier to bear when you know it’s because her brain is working overtime.

3 – 1 Year. I can’t believe it’s been almost one year since we moved into this house! We had our 11-month warranty review this week, and fortunately all the fixes are cosmetic. We’ve come a long way in a year.

4 – Merry and Bright. I couldn’t resist the newest Christmas pattern from the Frosted Pumpkin gals which will match the Trick or Treat pattern I just finished. I know I keep saying it, but having a project that I can pick up for a couple minutes at a time is really saving my sanity these days.

5 – A Very Kacey Christmas. I made it all the way until one week before Thanksgiving to break out the holiday music, and we’ve been singing along to Kacey Musgrave’s new album all week long. I’m so excited for Thanksgiving next week and even more excited to start decorating on Black Friday!

Firefly Baby Quilt

Finally, finally! This little baby quilt has taken quite a while to make its way from start to finish, and then the photos sat on my computer for a few weeks, but here we are: finished!

Firefly Baby Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

Finished size: 48 x 48
As with everything else lately, I don’t have much time to spare, so I’ll keep it brief. In fact, I won’t even come up with new words since I already wrote about the completed top a few months ago:

I love the Wee Wander fabric line by Sarah Jane Studios, and this free pattern was the perfect way to showcase the panel in the center and sweet details like fireflies in mason jars and galloping horses in the patchwork. I added two other prints in the patchwork to bring in some more color (and unicorns) – Cotton + Steel basics in Sprinkles Alexia Turquoise and Heather Ross Far Far Away Unicorns in Purple. I really like this saturated color palette and simple patchwork. This little quilt is destined to hang above the crib and since we’ll probably keep everything in the master bedroom for a while, it will fit in nicely with the little patchwork quilt hanging above our bed already.

I sent this off to Studio V Quilting and absolutely love how the stars and loops quilting in a light grey thread looks. I hit a snafu with the binding when my old machine quit on me, but one of my guild friends had pity on me and finished the binding (in her spare time.. during a move!). What would I do without quilty friends?!

We did indeed hang this little quilt in the baby’s space, although it went above the changing table instead of the crib.  I love waking up to see it every morning (and throughout the night, ha!). It fills up the big blank wall and echoes the patchwork quilt hung above our bed on the opposite wall. At 5 weeks, Amelia has just started noticing it during diaper changes, and pointing out the colors and animals is one of those moments I always envisioned when I looked forward to being a mother.

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

Anyhoo, here’s a quick recap of progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

I loved this quilt from start to finish and as cheesy as it sounds, I’ll always remember the time I spent making it, wondering about the baby I had yet to meet… and the friends who helped make it happen!

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday🙂

The Amateur Librarian // Firefly Baby Quilt

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress🙂

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Very… very… slowly, I’m working on the November portion, Peru! Not my favorite, probably because the colors are so muted, but the llama is cute!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

I can’t believe November is already halfway over… and the holiday season is officially here! I’m itching to start on the Merry & Bright pattern from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (just got the kit in the mail!) and I couldn’t resist Alicia Paulson’s newest pattern Love & Joy either. I probably won’t get either done before Christmas this year, but cross stitching in the wee spare time I have, and looking forward to new projects, is helping to keep me sane during this crazy newborn phase!

The Amateur Librarian // Merry and Bright Cross Stitch

And that’s about it!