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I’m currently in the middle of several longer-term projects and also fitting in some Christmas project-making, so I haven’t had as much content to post here on the blog lately.

BUT! You can also find me on Instagram, where I am more likely to post a little in-progress photo every so often.  I started posting there at the end of this past summer!

https://www.instagram.com/natalie.strand/

Don’t worry, I love the longer format of blog posts, so I will definitely continue posting here!  It’s just easier to share snippets over there more regularly when I’m in the middle of things.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100 (NIV)

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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P.S. Due to commitments to my Etsy shop customers and taking time to celebrate God’s myriad blessings with my family, I will be taking a break from posting on my blog for a couple of weeks.  

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Have a look at this post at Sew Mama Sew, where my summer metallics bag is featured with two other challengers’ bags!

http://www.sewmamasew.com/2016/07/manchester-metallics-summer-bag-challenge-anne-from-annezplace-natalie-from-vegetablog-sandy-from-upstairs-hobby-room/

 

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Look, my contribution to the Citronille Pattern Challenge was featured on the Sew Mama Sew blog!

Have a look and leave a comment on the SMS blog post for a chance to win a Citronille pattern for yourself 🙂

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Goals 2015

I love beginnings.

I love the freshness of a new year, a new month, a new week, a new day. At the beginning, the possibilities seem possible. At the beginning, I have a new start.

I also love setting goals (which anyone who has read the blog knows!). Goal setting naturally comes at the beginning, so at the beginning of a new year, I absolutely itch to set goals.

Right now, though, I am still trying to get a handle on my “new normal.” My days are still unpredictable enough that I have trouble making a to-do list for myself in the morning that I can actually finish by evening (sometimes it seems like everything is a stretch goal, haha!).

That isn’t stopping me from dreaming big about the new year! However, I’m trying to keep it in check. I am going to set some goals here, goals that I think are completely achieveable in the next 12 months–or less! I don’t want to stress myself out, so I am officially giving myself a year. I hope that I will be able to accomplish more than this, but these are the goals with top priority.

In 2015, I will:

  • Finish a quilt.
  • Set up my new craft room.
  • Get back to my pre-pregnancy fitness level (both in weight and “athletic endurance”).
  • Plant a garden (and manage it better than last year).
  • Finish my son’s Project 365 baby book.

Some are broad. Some are basic. They are all quantifiable, and I think attainable! I am still using my old methods to try to break tasks down into manageable sub-tasks.

Switching gears a bit (it’ll all connect in the end, you’ll see)… It was really interesting to read the year-end blogging report that WordPress compiled and sent. It was fascinating to learn that my most-viewed posts are ones from my very first year of blogging about my garden! All of my top five posts were from previous years. I’m not sure what this says about my blog now, but it’s nice to know that my old content is still relevant.

Another part of the report included this fantastic graphic showing my posting pattern throughout the year:

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Note that it is showing the months “on their sides”–Sunday along the top row to Saturday along the bottom row.

I am proud of myself for how (fairly) consistent I was for the first half of the year. Mid-year, something happened! Haha. It’s pretty obvious that I took a bit of a blogging break.

Connecting this back to my 2015 goals: I would like to try to get back to a more regular posting pattern. I’m not going to commit to a schedule, but I’d like to try to post here once or twice per week.

To kick it off, I will be posting for the next few weeks about recipes and projects that I worked on or finished at the end of 2014. I’m excited to share, and excited for the projects to come!

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During the month of August, I’m going to take it easy with posting on my blog.  I might not post anything at all.  Or, I might pop in sporadically to share something I’m particularly excited about.  But I want to savor the summertime, and that means fewer posts this month.

I hope that you all have a glorious month!

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At long last, I’ve been able to cobble together some spare moments to make a new blog header, based on Jessica Sprague’s Photoshop Top Five class (lesson 4.  Remember I mentioned it a loooonnnng time ago in THIS post?)

Supplies:
template & brush: class materials for Photoshop Top Five
ribbon+button:  Audrey Neal (for DHD Digital Scrapbooking Day blog hop 2011)
label: Sara Schmutz (Back to Basics tags)
font: from my handwriting, by Darcy Baldwin
photo of me by Jaime Alvarez

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Some happy news

I have written six blog posts so far today (not counting this one!!) but they are all scheduled to auto-post on later dates…  There’s some stuff coming up in my behind-the-blog-scenes life, so while the posts are auto-posting, I won’t necessarily be able to be following up.  But don’t worry, there’s lots and lots of good stuff coming (like the Lucky Girls blog party– woo!) and I’ll check in as often as I can.

In the meantime, I got an exciting email today– a layout that I submitted to Scrapbook News and Review has been accepted for publication in their upcoming issue 🙂  Yay!

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Blogspotted!

Woo!  I was really surprised and excited to see my paper door cone (made from the October Lucky Girls kit) was blogspotted on the CREATE blog today!  Thanks so much for the highlight!!

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I had trouble sleeping last night, and because I was so restless, I decided around 5:30 am that I might as well get up.  While I don’t plan on making a habit of being up so early if I can help it 😉 , I did enjoy the extra time to get some things done.  I am happy that I finally finished getting my journal article (research from during my postdoc appointment in physics education research) ready and submitted (whew. it’s good to have that off my mind, at least for now).  I also took some time to update the Scrap and Sew tabs at the top of my blog.  Check them out for some (very long ::blush::) lists of blogs and websites– the places where I go for ideas, tips, and inspiration!

ooh, and one more thing… The Lucky Girls September blog party starts tomorrow!  Be sure to check back each day Sept. 1-3 to see my projects using the luscious September kit (there are only a few left!)…

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