Oof, that’s a lot of photos. But sometimes it’s just too hard for me to choose. And when I think back to how many photos this selection of 18 was pared down from (at least 100, I’m sure..) I don’t feel so bad.
We went for a beautiful drive through the countryside to Bodega Bay and Doran Beach. I was so glad we got to go visit the beach this trip. Not just one beach, but two beaches in one day! I haven’t been to the coast since our bike trip this past summer, and it reminded me that I’d like to get out more this year to the beaches around our home.
Sam and I went on our Christmas trip to Petaluma to visit his parents this past month. It was a welcome rest after a period of intense activity working to get my calendar finished in time. I’m planning to start working on my 2016 calendar soon, and that way I won’t feel so much pressure next winter.
Sam and I enjoyed birding with his Dad while we were visiting, I’ve never gone before, but it was fun to be able to watch the birds up close with the binoculars – it felt funny to be spying on them. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to see (wild) birds up that close before, it was beautiful and somewhat magical. It also really made me think more about getting a better zoom lens for my camera, something I’ve been thinking about for a while.
My new 2015 Calendars are now up in my shop along with four seasonal sets of cards. the card sets include one print from each month of the season, and correspond to the calendar. There aren’t many left after all the craft fairs I’ve done this year – so if you want one, act fast!
Yesterday I participated in Duck The Malls, a yearly craft market held inside Olympia’s Historic Capitol Theater. I had a great time saying hello to the many people who stopped by, and hanging out next to Pope Press Olympia.
I took on a big project this year, and printed a calendar to sell along with my cards. I carved 12 new designs in linoleum, and printed them in calendar format, and as sets of cards organized by season. It was a lot of work, but I’m so glad I took this on, and that I was able to accomplish it. I’m pretty proud of how it looks.
My Inspira Cowl is finished, and I’ve been loving wearing it in the increasingly chilly mornings. If I make another one, I’d probably add more decreases around the neck opening, because it’s a little too floppy for me. I’ve also been thinking about dding a button up there, just so I can tighten the opening when needed. I haven’t decided yet though.
I’ve planted almost a hundred tulip bulbs around the apple and pear trees in the backyard. i’m hoping they’ll provide a well-needed burst of color in the early spring next year. It feels so exiting to be planting something for next spring already!