Monday, February 17, 2014

Thanksgiving in Florida

We spent the week of Thanksgiving visiting Florida. We spent 4 days in Orlando and 4 days in Miami. John's brother lives in Miami so we spent some quality time with him, his girlfriend, and John's parents who also joined us on the trip. 

It was such a treat. We spent 2 days at Disney and 1 at Universal - it was so much fun. Disney is really a magical place, no matter what age you are. Harry Potter World was also great - but a little too crowded for my taste. 

In Miami we visited gardens, ate good food, spent a day on the beach and visited some cool historic 

Disney was as magical as ever!

Harry Potter World

Orlando, FL Temple

Thanksgiving Day on the Beach! It was fun to BBQ, and we still had pumpkin pie!

I love this man. 

Visiting a way cool butterfly garden. The butterflies loved my Father in law!

Finished Quilts

I finished a bunch of quilts in late fall / early winter. I love designing and picking colors, and even piecing quilt tops. But finishing! Uck! I will wait around forever to finish a quilt. Proud to have these out of the "queue" and in the hands of their new owners!

Remember the very first quilt top I ever made? 6 years ago?   Well I finally got around to binding it.  I used muslin on the back mostly for thrift, but I have to say it is one of my warmest quilts. That is especially needed considering all of the snow we have had this crazy winter.

I made this beauty over the course of the last 2 years. I love love the bright colors and the contrast/negative space of the white. I saved a block for me to make a pillow because I loved it so much. It was finally finished and quilted for a dear friend who had her first baby girl a few months ago.

I chose super warm batting and backing because they also live in a cold area.

This was another of my super quick quilts for a friend's baby. I loved the fabric!  I love giving homemade gifts, I wish I had enough time to make them more often. I make these easy strip quilts often, and love using ric rac to give it a little bit of spunk. This was also my first project where I used free motion quilting and a walking foot. I still have a lot of practice to do, but it was a neat way to quilt on a normal machine.

Christmas Sewing Projects

I did a ton of sewing before and during the Christmas Season. It was fantastic, and a much needed break from my normal life of spreadsheets and powerpoint presentations.

While visiting my family in Texas, my sister and I made  few fun item. Including this lovely headband...

This maxi skirt. Looks really wrinkled here, but it really is a lovely skirt. 

I made 100s of infinity scarves for Christmas. Okay not 100, but probably 20+. I taught a workshop to my colleagues on how to make these and we churned them out!

Teaching my colleague to sew! She had never touched a sewing machine before and was surprised how much she loved it.

What projects have you been up to lately?

Friday, January 3, 2014

Christmas 2013

We had a lovely Christmas this year. We spent it with our families in little rock and Dallas, and then spent a few days at home in Boston before heading back to work.

At the mcelderry's in LR we did a special Christmas program that was very tender, where we had some music and a nice activity where everyone reflected on their past year. I felt so very close to everyone. 

In Dallas, we did another Christmas celebration with a beautiful dinner (see my moms lovely place settings). We spent most of our time sewing and relaxing together. What a treat. Also- a Christmas miracle. My dad had another pet scan and is still cancer free. Considering the scary events and treatments the last two years, this is such a relief and blessing to our family. 

When we came back to boston we got our house in order. We also went skiing, which was a blast. We hope to go again soon. 

Happy new year!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas from the McElderry's!

 We are so grateful for our friends and family and all of their support in 2014. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Everyday Photos

 These day we don't take many photos, unless we are with my family. We don't carry any camera besides our respective phones, and just snap photos on a whim. We don't have many glamour shots, but we do have many day to day moments captured. Often they are simple pleasures or fun finds. Rarely are they breathtaking or well shot.  But, they tell the everyday stories of our lives and I think they are beautiful.

I wanted to share some of these with you that I just pulled from John's phone-- they contain many stories and share a glimpse of the "day to day" in the McElderry lives.

 John calls this one "Nude cow reclining". Do you see it? This is on our trip in Florida recently for Thanksgiving.

I see advertisements for my company everywhere in airports and can't help but take a quick shot. I sometimes think Accenture advertises in the airports just to raise the morale of their people (who basically live in airports).

 We occasionally  take photos of delicious food, since we love to share and savor yummy food. This is a Belgian waffle John had while in Belgium for work. He swears it is the best waffle he has ever eaten. They eat waffles as a late night snack/dessert, and not for breakfast.

This is the Boston Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. John and I have a goal to see all of the temples in the world, so we often have many photos of temples on our phones. This year we saw 4 new temples. 

This was from a Family Home evening bike ride to see the U.S.S constitution in Boston. We barely missed a huge rainstorm. We try to have a family night every week and try to always do something fun and enriching for our little family of two.

John in the pursuit of the elusive perfect blazer. There are a surprising amount of photos of John trying on clothes -- he is a lot more fashion conscience than I am. 

What do you take photos of day to day?

50th Birthday!

In July and August, my parents both celebrated their 50th birthdays! John and I went down for the weekend and we had a nice family dinner. Below is the yummy and delightful food, as well as the pretty decor done my mom, sisters and I put together.

I am so grateful for my parents. They have accomplished so much in the last 50 years. I am constantly learning from them and having those "Aha!" moments where I realize they were right all along.

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