Saturday, January 11, 2014

So this happened...

I said a little prayer when the holidays were finally over.  They were rough.  I spent much of them in denial but, just twelve days into the new year, I realized I hadn't stuck my head in the sand nearly as much as I'd thought.

Case in point-- My last month in pictures...

Our family welcomed a new baby cousin.  
I made this quilt and hope it keeps him cozy and warm. 
 Glam Clam Quilt Pattern by Latifah Saafar
All fabrics from the fabulous Sew Modern in Los Angeles.

My BFF made homemade marshmallows and shared some with me.  
They were seriously delicious and light as a feather.


My friends also shared their Christmas with me-- 
Their tree was magical and filled with vintage ornaments.


We had relatives from out-of-town visiting for two weeks so we took in the LA sights including the Space Shuttle Endeavor--  I never get tired of seeing this magnificent ship.


We saw "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" at the movie theater and LOVED it.  (Thanks to great cinematography, I also want to travel to Iceland and Greenland now too!)


Husband hung the blue stained glass in my kitchen window.  It belonged to my mother and looks perfect with the blue glass I've been collecting for the past 30 years.


And we also visited The Skirball Cultural Center. 



This quote says it all for me.  I'll try to keep that in mind as I plow through 2014.

Happy New Year one and all.
xo Joanna


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36 comments:

Mari said...

I would say you have already been a blessing to so many! The quilt is beautiful and I know it'll be a treasured keepsake.
The stained glass is perfect in that spot and it'll bring good memories of your Mom when you see it.
We haven't seen Walter Mitty yet, but we're looking forward to it!

Christine said...

Your quilt is beautiful as is your blue glass display, wonderful month in all and a testament that life does go on...happy new year Joanna!

DJan said...

Nice quilt! It's beautiful, and I also love that pretty vintage ornament tree. That is a perfect quote for me, too. I'll remember it and try to be a blessing. :-)

Brian Miller said...

hey i love that quilt...its lovely...you have been busy...i so want to see walter mitty, it looks good and encouraging as well....

diane said...

If I had had the talent and patience to make a quilt like that, I would feel that my life was complete. It's magnificent.
Love the photo of your friend's Christmas tree. We had a beautiful Christmas here too. Still have my tree up. Got a little one in the kitchen too (first time). Would love to see Walter Mitty. Loved Danny Kay in the original. I just got back to blogging after months of being busy. Your blog is the first I've visited. Stay well Joanna. xo d

StarTraci said...

The quilt is stunning. You have blessed them mightily.

The stained glass is gorgeous and I hope it brings you joy.
Traci

Jeanie said...

I have heard several people say they were inspired by "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". I haven't seen it yet but will go soon.
Your quilt for the new baby is gorgeous and a beautiful affirmation that life goes on.
I'm glad you have the beautiful stained glass to remind you of your mother.

retired not tired said...

What a wonderful start to the new year. Love your blue glass collection.

Heather Smith said...

Jealous of your blue glass collection... It is my favorite kind of glass! The quilt is fabulous and I am sure it will. E treasured for years to come!

lauren said...

I love that quote! And you are a blessing. xo

Jeanie said...

Joanna, it's one step at a time. Good days, bad days. And truly, as painful as it is at times, it does ease. I'm glad you are finding joy in being creative and sharing time with family and friends. Remember, there are all different ways to honor those we love. Grieving is one of them. Remembering and going forward is another. I so remember that first year of new holidays and birthdays and special occasions that felt a little empty. Years later, some of those still do. They always will, but with less pain and sorrow.

Your quilt is gorgeous. There is a lot of love in those stitches. A true keepsake.

Hilary said...

Joanna, that quilt is just amazing... the colours are wonderful. And your mothers stained glass ornament looks terrific amid your blue bottles. I love cobalt blue also. A fine quote worth remembering and following. Hugs to you.

dkzody said...

Your window is so beautiful with the stained glass and all of the collected glassware. I admire people who have serious collections like this. I've never been able to stick with collecting anything for very long. Your collection is wonderful. It must make you smile every time you look at it.

Dorothy said...

That quilt is beautiful!!! As is your weather in the yard...I'm jealous!

Tammy said...

I for one know you are a blessing and will continue to be one in 2014. Sounds like you made it through the difficult holiday season. Just remember it's okay to be sad too and allow yourself those times my friend. I think visiting the space shuttle would be something I'd never tire of either. How cool!! I love your Mom's stained glass there with all of your blue glass - beautiful and speaking of beautiful, that quilt is gorgeous and will be well loved I am sure. Hugs!!

savannah said...

Happy New Year, sugar! Here's to goodness and light for all of us! xoxoxo

molly said...

I love the quilt... I wish I had the skill to make one of those

Mollyxxx

Tara R. said...

The quilt is amazing. I'm sure it will become a much treasured family heirloom.

Leovi said...

Beautiful framing, wonderful photos, I love!

Davine said...

No you haven't had your head in the sand. Yummy looking marshmallows! The quilt you made is beautiful. I love the quilting is it hand done or machine ?

Mocadeaux said...

I have three dear friends who, like you, lost their mother last year. I know that the holidays were tough for them as they were for you. Unfortunately it's true - the pain is as deep as the love. Sending hugs and warm thoughts. Time helps.

beth said...

thinking of you and hoping your days get brighter and brighter.....xo

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

It brings a smile to my face to see that Hebrew blessing. Thank you, Joanna.

Be well.
xoRobyn

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Ah, what a great list of blessings.
That quilt is gorgeous. What a design!

bill lisleman said...

since you mentioned your interest in the shuttle (space too?) I'm wondering if you had seen Gravity. I liked it. It was not the best movie but good.

Cindy L said...

I thought of you, and wondered how you were doing. It's so hard to deal with mother loss -- any time of the year -- but the holidays can be especially hard and cruel. I am glad to see you are coming up for air, though the grieving process is hard. Take your time, and keep moving along as you are. Take care of you!

Casey Freeland said...

Oh, Joanna, I just read back through your posts. I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Your tribute to her was beautiful. I'm glad I read these in reverse. You seem to be doing OK (better) now. You're awesome. Big hug from up north. I lost my mama when I was five. Too young to really know what was going on. And my dad when I was 19. Too stupid to realize. I think now, at 45 it would be much more difficult.

Take care,

Casey

Davine said...

Just caught up on your posts Joanna. My heart goes out to you but know your Mum is still with you in Spirit. Love the quilt too. xxx

Suldog said...

Happy New Year! Great quilt. Now I'm off to find out how one makes marshmallows. I want some.

Secret Agent Woman said...

I hope the things you have been doing have been healing. That's a gorgeous quilt. Here's to a year of blessings.

Beatnheart said...

thank you so much for your visit...

My condolences to you and your family during this difficult time...happier days ahead ....

cynthia

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots -- it would seem that you managed a lot this month. Love that quote.

Pauline said...

The quilt is gorgeous. You have wonderful patience and skill. Hope 2014 is a good year - I'm sure you'll work at making it so.

CiCi said...

You accomplished so much in January. The quilt is lovely and I am sure will be cherished for more generations. The blue collection is great. A significant accomplishment is I can hear you breathing more naturally again.

Lilly said...

Your quilts are so beautiful. You are very talented. And I am a collector of blue glass too. In fact since I was 11. I am sorry to learn about your mother. There are no words as it is a huge loss for you and your family. The beautiful glass piece will be a constant reminder of the love and light she was to you all. Take Care x

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

I'm so glad to see you could share yourself and your talents with so many. I know they felt you were a blessing in their lives as much as you felt the same about them. Sometimes we feel it's so difficult to move forward, and sometimes it is but as you experienced by doing things for others if gives us the strength to do so whether we know it at the time or not. I'm going to remember your journey this holiday season. I appreciate you sharing this with us. Love, Marilyn