Back to Work

Hello again. I’m back at my desk after a Spring Break to be remembered.  Amazingly, though I packed yarn and hooks, I did very little crocheting on this trip.

So I am now playing “catch-up” with some projects that have deadlines breathing down my neck.  In the meantime I thought I would share some of the photos from our trip. We spent most of our time in Long Beach, CA.  Though the weather was cooler than we had expected and somewhat overcast in the mornings we still had a wonderful time.

I always enjoy seeing all the wonderful plants in Southern California.

My boys got to see the ocean for the first time in their little lives. They decided that it was pretty great, and enjoyed hanging on the beach looking in tide pools and finding rocks and shells (that were unoccupied).

I reveled in the sound of the surf, while I hunted for shells and super smooth stones.  I don’t know what it is about rounded stones, but I have always loved them. I only found one little piece of beach glass though.

I might have to get myself a rock tumbler to make my own smooth rounded rocks and beach glass.

I’ll leave you with this beautiful shot of the sunset on the beach in Oceanside.  Hopefully it will be as inspiring and restful to you as it is to me.

Gone Fishing!

This past weekend was the start of my boys’ Spring Break from school, and we are having loads of family fun time. Which means the blog may be a bit quiet for the duration.

I had hoped to have some blog entries finished up and scheduled to post during our busy time. Instead I’ve been feverishly working away on a number of design projects that needed to be mailed off.  I will be back to actively posting around April 4th, though I might sneak a few posts in earlier if I can. 

I hope everyone (in the Northern hemisphere) is having a lovely Spring time. And for my readers south of the Equator…Happy Autumn.

My Corner of the World

Sometimes, as a designer and mother, the line between work and home life is quite blurry.

This past weekend has been about creating a work space in my home that meshes better with my family life. We are looking into adding a dog to our family, but random balls of yarn and project bags are far too tempting to most dogs.

A necessity is to create a spot where all the yarnie stuff can be secured away from a curious pooch.

I already had this desk/hutch. It had been where I kept my old computer and took care of bill paying and was tucked away in a corner of our dining room. But it had become somewhat abandoned this past year, since the location didn’t work well for me to crochet comfortably there.

Now I have 2 of my work tubs stored in the bottom part of the hutch, with my laptop and a good lamp on the desk surface. Best of all I’m using my ergonomic split keyboard again, which is much kinder to my hands.

I’m still developing my plan for the best layout of my work area, but I think this is going to be a much better set-up than I was using, as well as being dog-proof.

Out with the Old, In with the New

It’s been a chilly windy end to the year up here on my mountain.  I have spent a good part of yesterday and today tidying my work areas in preparation for the busy months ahead.  Sort of my own version of out with the old and in with the new.

Sarah had been helping me, but today had to take a rest since she caught the stomach bug I had nearly a week ago. So we are keeping her curled up on the sofa with warm blankets and a cozy fire in the wood-stove.

I will have some new designs in my M2H Design line to show all of you early in 2012.

In the meantime, I’m wishing all my readers a very warm healthy and  Happy New Year.

An Inverse Operation

Today I am attempting to catch my breath after a whirlwind week of work and fun at the Greensboro Chain Link show.  Last you heard from me I was packing up to head out.

I spent most of this past Monday traveling home. As my husband drove me home from the airport I was amazed to see all the Autumn color that had made an appearance on our mountain in such a short period of time.  Even down in the plains around Denver and Boulder there were dashes of fall color in the foliage.

My Front Yard

Now comes the un-packing (the Inverse Operation mentioned in the title), the piles of laundry from my travels as well as the accumulation of dirty clothes from my family to be dealt with.

Once I get that all ticking along I’ll be taking some pictures of the yummy yarn that came home with me as well as other tales of Chain Link. Though, still respecting Doris Chan’s rule that “What happens at Chain Link, stays at Chain Link”. 

Amazing enough, I didn’t consume gobs of chocolate this time, was far too busy to actually remember it. Must do better next year.