Friday, February 27, 2015

Have I Mentioned?

I'm a Quilter. That's where the "cotton" comes into the picture in case you - if anyone out there - is reading and wondering.

I am really enjoying it. I've always loved to sew. I started my first quilt right after my son was born - this will help me remember how many years I've been doing it!

I joined a local Quilt Guild and it's full of ladies, mostly older but my mom, sister, cousin, and I are in the group too which makes it all the more enjoyable. I think we're the youngest ones and it's fun to be able to see a wide variety of quilt styles, colours, and interests in the group. It's also one night a month away with the girls which is always welcome.

We have a New Years Resolution Challenge in the group too which I've participated in. The first year I did not complete it but last year I did! It's so satisfying.

This year, my New Years Resolution list is pretty intense:
  • Houndstooth Quilt ("Horizon" by Kate Spain)
  • Half-Square Triangle Baby/Child Quilt ("Fox Trails" by Riley Blake Designs)
  • Hexagon Quilt ("Sunnyside" by Kate Spain)
  • Table Runner (No plans yet)
I'm looking forward to how they'll all turn out. I have the fabric for all of them already so it's just a matter of sitting down and doing it.

We'll see how it goes!

Cruisin' into 30

So I'm turning 30 this year (what?!) and my husband is taking me on an Alaskan Cruise!! I am so excited.

We've gone on a few cruises before:
- May 2009 (husband and family, no me): Alaska

- August 2010 (us only - Honeymoon): Mexico (Los Angeles California, Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Mazatlan Mexico, Puerto Vallarta Mexico, Los Angeles California)

- February 2011 (us only): Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Florida, Coco Cay Bahamas, Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas, Philipsburg St. Maarten, Port Canaveral Florida

- February 2012 (us with my parents): Western Caribbean (Fort Lauderdale Florida, Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, Cozumel Mexico, Fort Lauderdale Florida)

- December 2013 (us with my sister and her husband): Eastern Caribbean (Fort Lauderdale Florida, Philipsburg St. Maarten, Basseterre St. Kitts, San Juan Puerto Rico, Labadee Haiti, Fort Lauderdale Florida)

I have never been to Alaska and I've heard that everyone who goes there loves it. All the cruises we've done in the past have been round-trip but we're trying a one-way trip this time and flying back home at the end.

Our Itinerary (7-Night Northbound Alaska & Hubbard Glacier):

  • Day One - Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Day Two - Cruising the Inside Passage, British Columbia
  • Day Three - Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Day Four - Icy Strait Point, Alaska
  • Day Five - Juneau, Alaska
  • Day Six - Skagway, Alaska
  • Day Seven - Cruising the Hubbard Glacier, Alaska
  • Day Eight - Seward, Alaska

We have always traveled with Royal Caribbean and they have been amazing. For that reason, I won't comment on any other line because I have no experience with them.

Any packing or sight-seeing suggestions??