A New Year, A Trip, and a Camera Case!

First off let me thank you for all of your lovely comments on my recent projects, particularly the baby quilt. You sure do know how to boost a gal’s self esteem! I might start to get obnoxious to live with if I keep getting so many compliments!

I can hardly believe that 2008 is over. I was trying to remember what goals I had for myself this year but I’m having trouble remembering, to be honest. I do know that I wanted to make a “real” quilt (I made one for my mother-in-law last Christmas, but somehow I never felt like that one really counted). I definitely achieved this goal, having just completed quilt #7. I also wanted to learn how to knit. I did manage to make one wash cloth, though the seed stitch that was supposed to be the border only came out right on one side. 🙂 But I think this counts, since it’s a completed (and functional) knitted object!

I started this blog in July and have been having a lot of fun with it. I’m thankful for all of you who have stopped by to see what I’m up to and left comments, suggestions, and kudos.

I make it a policy not to talk about work in this forum, but I made a very difficult decision late in 2008 and quit my job. My last day was Dec. 24. I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I just know that I have to do something different. I have not been happy with the jobs I’ve had for a while. So, there will likely be a lot of soul searching going on this year as I struggle to figure out what I want to do amidst the competing interest of paying the bills. I will just keep my fingers crossed that I can both find something I love to do AND pay the bills!

To start off the year we will be heading out on vacation! We have had this trip in the planning for a long time, which is kind of funny since it takes very little planning on our part, really. My husband and I went to the same college, and we are tagging along with a group of students and a professor from that college on a two-week trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. We are really really excited about the trip. We leave on Sunday (we have to meet up with the rest of the group in Kentucky, so we have an extra day of travel on each end) and return on Jan. 20th. Since it’s a group thing, we didn’t have to arrange the plane tickets (except round-trip to Kentucky), or the hotels or anything. Very different from our trip to Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany last spring!

My husband owns a Canon Rebel that I usually use to take photos for my blog. But he will be using that camera on the trip and, truth be told, I would not want to carry around something that big all the time while sight-seeing, no matter how good the pictures are! So, I bought a Canon G10.

New Canon G10

I actually haven’t had a chance to try it out much, what with all the trip preparations underway here. And with the extremely pressing need for a new camera case for my new camera! I used mostly leftover fabrics from the baby quilt and a piece of Heather Bailey’s Fresh Cut for the inside.

Front of my new camera case

On the back I put a cute little pocket that will hold three extra memory cards. I think this is so cute! I even took enough photos as I went to put together a tutorial for the blog, but that is going to have to wait until we get back from the trip.

Back of my new camera case

So, we leave on Sunday and I will be basically incognito until Jan. 20. We are not taking any computers with us, so we may be able to check mail on a public computer at a hotel somewhere, but that will be it. I’ll have so many blogs to read when I get back! BUT, after we are back from the trip I hope to spend a significant amount of time here with you. I’m taking some time off work and part of what I want to do is devote more time to sewing and quilting and blogging. I hope to see you here lots in the New Year! In the meantime, since I hated to leave you for so long without posting, I have queued up a whole slew of Family Quilts posts for pretty much every week day while I’m gone. So keep stopping by for some inspiration. There are some really gorgeous ones in this batch, including some very sweet baby quilts.

Happy New Year to you all!

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4 comments to A New Year, A Trip, and a Camera Case!

  • Steffi

    May all your dreams come true and may you find time to figure out what job you want to make.
    I quit my job once and started to go to university for a second degree, it was a lot of hazzling but it was worth every single test, exam, etc.
    It is great to love the job that you are doing!
    Enjoy your journey, it sounds great. Take care and pictures!
    Best wishes,
    Steffi
    (from Germany)

  • handmadeoholic

    That’s really cute! Can’t wait for the tutorial :0)

  • Your little case is so cute! I can’t wait to see the tutorial as my little point and shoot is hanging out at the bottom of my purse in agony right now (don’t worry, it’s five years old).

    Enjoy your trip! My boss is actually there right now too.

  • Tracey

    My husband came across this on one of his blogs….and liked it enough to point it out to me. Hope I can make it before Valentine’s Day! Thanks for posting.

    Tracey
    (from Germany too)

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