My Cup Runneth Over

I’ll be honest- I’ve had such a hard time getting myself to sit down and blog this month, despite so much going on (or perhaps because of?).  Somehow, with spring bursting into it’s full glory, it’s like the world has awaken from slumber- it’s magic to feel the grass between my toes again and I think I just needed a bit of a web break this month to let it all soak in.  Aaaaaahhhhh.  Some days, or weeks, it’s all I can do just to stay sane and keep everyone reasonably fed and clothed.  Sometimes “I need to blog” might as well be “I need a European vacation”….’taint gonna happen.  And I think that’s ok.  I’ve decided this year not to beat myself up about those weeks, and not to ever let my blogging feel like an obligation, which is an easy slope to slip down.  Sometimes just taking a break, and enjoying life, enjoying spring, without feeling the need to share about every single thing I’m sewing and cooking and thinking ALL the time is A-OK.  Keeping it real. :)

I also must confess that this season is destined to be one of my most challenging here on the blog.  I’m quilting quilting quilting my little head off…the house is a flurry of thread and lint right now…and yet I can’t share a single photo with you.  It’s the oddest predicament and I don’t quite know what to make of it, other than to ask you to bear with me.  I’ve not given up on quilting, I promise.  There will be wondrous fabric eye candy at some point in the not so horribly distant future.  The fruits of my secret sewing labor will not be lost.  And I’m sure you can guess why, as I keep catching myself not so subtly hinting to you, so let’s just be out with it.  I’m writing a book- my first book.  Yes, it’s happening.  And all I can say is I am so incredibly excited.  There are no words.  The dream I’ve dreamed for as long as I can remember is actually coming to fruition, and I’m hanging on for dear life as I work work work as hard as I can, as fast as I can, to make it happen and still keep my household in tact.  I do still have some special quilting posts planned for the coming months, but I appreciate your understanding as my blog is temporarily void of pretty patchwork. :)

So what can I share today?  Special moments.  This month has been chalk full of them, so I’ll share some favorite snippets of what my posse has been up to in recent weeks…

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You might have seen on Instagram that we got a puppy a couple of weeks ago.  Our first family dog- Ranger.  And although training our little pup has it’s moments, it’s still be totally delightful.  The kids are entranced, and my husband is in heaven.  He actually raised Huskies as a boy, and I, on the other hand, have never had a dog.  So needless to say, this is interesting.  I’m feeling my comfort zone being stretched, and I really don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.  Learning to let go of a slipper here and there is a small price to pay for the experience of falling in love with a dog for the very first time.

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Yes, spring is here and our yard is just about on the verge of glory.  The lilacs are peeking out, the trees are flowering.  It’s my favorite time of the year.

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Last week it snowed and now all of the sudden we are barefoot in the grass, and having a ball.

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Warm days make for warm evenings and that can only mean one thing: S’mores.  Nothing rings in great weather like pulling the fire pit out of hiding and toasting up a bit of magic.

My Cup Runneth Over 10And Easter, yes, ah, a lovely Easter.  We hosted family at our house and in honor of the weather, decided to lunch on the patio this year- a first for us.  I don’t know if it scored any points with our neighbors, but I think this is definitely the start of a yearly tradition…and perhaps a deck makeover.

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And that’s our April!  Thanks for stopping by to visit.  It’s been so long, I know.  I’ve missed you!  Hopefully your month is in full bloom as well!



  1. I can’t wait to see the new book in print, I’ll put it on my Christmas list! In the meantime, I am in the middle of the Granny square twisted Irish chain which I am finding quite a challenge, thank you! It doesn’t help that I now have baby chicks living in my sewing room which are proving to be something of a distraction!
    I soooo love your puppy! We have a husky/collie cross who is just the best dog in the world! Good luck!

  2. Looks like a lovely April to me. You don’t always need to share quilty things here. I love seeing your sweet family and the new puppy is so cute. Such pretty eyes. The best picture is the joy on your husband’s face while hugging that pup. Melted my heart. Enjoy your spring!

  3. Congratulations on your book! I can’t wait to see what surprises you have in store for us! Your new puppy, Ranger is adorable! I love Huskies – those blue eyes are fantastic!

  4. Pam noble says:

    Congratulations on your book can’t wait to buy it!!!’ Perhaps signed

  5. Congrats on the new book and new puppy – he’s beautiful! You may have to make him a dog bed when he’s over the chew everything in sight stage!

  6. I can’t tell you, I was so excited to see in the email…. Oh, new posting from SDD!!! Oh glorious spring!! My very favorite time of year, but not to mention also a birthday last week – bleh! Fabulous photos you shared of your beautiful family!! I am so excited for you of the news of your new book, that’s wonderful!! It will be a must have for me!! I must also find you on Instagram, so I get my photo fix sooner – I’m new to it so only have one photo myself – LOL!!
    PS: I have an old pair a slippers for the trash bin, I should send……..they may turn him off of chewing altogether!! haha!!

  7. Congrats on the book, Ranger is absolutely adorable. It’s great to see your family growing up. I know the feeling about not blogging. I try so hard but until the end of the school year I’m afraid not much will be accomplished. The end is in sight only 29 more days. Happy Spring

  8. A book? Yay! That will be on my must-buy list for sure! Yours was the first blog I ever followed and it started me on the path to my own blog, which has been so much fun. Your little ones sure are growing! I’ve threatened to stop feeding my boys so they’ll stop growing, but for some reason they don’t like that. Go figure!

  9. Woohoo!!! I’m so excited to hear more about this book of yours!! Congrats lady!!

  10. Wonderful, wonderful news! I will be the first in line for your book, Amy.
    I’m sure this is a busy, stressful time for you, with all you have on your plate. You just do what you need to do. We will wait. ;-)
    And now a new puppy! Oh, is he cute! TONS of work, but certainly worth it when you look at that little face.
    Congratulations on all that is happening for you.
    Thanks for taking time to catch up.

  11. Sharon Russo says:

    A BOOK…WOW!! You totally amaze me!! Oh yes, add a mere 4 children and a new puppy??? You’re a crazy lady! Thanks for sharing you’re life. I enjoy every word!

  12. elsabean says:

    How exciting to be writing a book! Looking forward to it!
    Lovely photos ~ Spring is the best time of year!

  13. Anne Ogletree says:

    How you can write a book and manage 4 kids is beyond me. I shall be looking forward to reading it. Thanks for your blog – it is always so encouraging.

  14. Kathy Fair says:

    Amy, don’t feel bad. As much as I love your posts, I totally understand other things taking precedence now and again. I have not been keeping up with my blocks like I want to either, because I am trying to get my house in order so it is always ‘company ready’. So glad you are getting to fulfill a dream of yours. Blessings to you and your family and also to Ranger.

  15. Oh, what a lovely new pup you have!! There is nothing like the unconditional love of our animal companions. Ranger is a very handsome boy, and he’ll have lots of fun with you all. Good news about the book!!!

  16. Love your puppy! My sister has one and uses a shop vac to rid her house of fur! They are beautiful dogs though. Can’t wait to see what you’re working on.

  17. I enjoyed your post. Your posts are full of beautiful photos and words. Being outside on Easter had to been a great way to celebrate the day.

    I will look forward to seeing your book in quilt shops later this year. How exciting it must be for you. What a great opportunity.

  18. What a wonderful post. It’s always fun to see what you and your beautiful family have been up to. I can’t wait to see your book. Puppies can be so much work, but so worth it. Congratulations!

  19. redeemedsheep says:

    Oh!!! A book!! It will definitely be on my “to-buy” list!!

    Your puppy is way too cute!!! Have fun!

  20. Congratulations on everything in your life Amy! It all takes time and priority and that is what you are doing! Can’t wait for your book and you will love your pup! Our husky was the best dog ever! Your house will be a flurry of thread, lint and now husky hair! And that is totally OK!!

  21. Meghan H. says:

    Though I have to say I’ve been eagerly checking your website often to see if a new post has been added, I have to say I totally understand when life gets in the way! It is so exciting that you’re in the process of creating a book—that will definitely be on my to-buy list:). And Ranger is beautiful–what eyes! I love the photos of your adorable kids too. They look so happy:). You must be a great mom. Take care!

  22. barefootweaver says:

    What a great post! It looks like you’re enjoying your spring. Congrats on your new puppy-those vibrant blue eyes look mischievous, don’t they?

  23. Hi Amy! Yeah a book – Congrats – I can’t wait to see & get your book. I just love all your patterns (yup I have them all) currently working on Prism pattern, along with the Sugar Club BOM. I love the photo’s and clear and easy descriptions! Another congrats on your adorable puppy – he is so cute! Bet he has the best comfy and cute blanket to snuggle with that you made him! Well I can’t wait to hear when your book will be out. Well, enjoy the nice weather with those cutie pies of yours! Cheers to YOU!

  24. You are one busy woman! You recently settled into a new house, are writing a book and hosting the Sugar Block Club and have added a puppy into the mix of your wonderful hubby and four kids. Whew! Take time and smell the dandelions with your kids, they are grown up before you know it! (My twins are 30, how did they get there?) You are a breath of fresh air to us and we love you!

  25. Congratulation on your book! Congratulations on your puppy! Congratulations on your new Family Easter Tradition!

    If you only blog when you feel like it, then your blog will always be interesting, fun, and fresh!

  26. Margaret V says:

    Dont beat yourself up. We understand your very busy.I surely cant keep up with you and I,m retired. cant wait for the book. Love the puppy

  27. Yea!!! Congrats on your upcoming book!I’ll be watching & waiting- in the meantime- enjoy your life & family!!!

  28. Michele Valdez says:

    A book!?! How excited am I for you? VERY!!! And it’s already on my want list! Now all I have to wait for, is for you to start designing fabric (if you secretly haven’t already started!) And don’t worry about blogging….I think we all understand where your priorities are….your family….and that where it should be. In the meantime, just think of us as true friends who don’t need to talk every day or even every week. But when we do hear from you, it’s as though you never left and we just pick up where we left off! All the best to you and yours. OX

  29. Congratulations on your book! Can’t wait to hear details.

  30. Amy ,so great to here from you again. Looking forward to your book .You taught me how to quilt will need to get your book and that will be my first quilt book.Great to here all is well and you have been enjoying your life.Still waiting to be warm enough to go bare foot.

  31. Mary Ann says:

    Wonderful news about your first book. Enjoy,enjoy, life and don’t beat yourself up about not blogging! I always like reading your blog and seeing the pics you send whether it is about quilting or your family. The dog is so cute………..beautiful blue eyes. Can’t wait until your book is published.

  32. farmquilter says:

    You must have more hours in the day then the rest of us!!! How do you manage to care for your family (and that new, adorable dog!), sew and quilt and write a book!!! I’d like to order about a month’s worth of those longer days!!! Are you sure you are sleeping??? We will be here whenever you get a minute to share about your incredibly busy life…no worries about not blogging every day :) Enjoy your family and living the dream!!!

  33. I along with everyone else am excited to hear about your upcoming book. You are a joy and I know your book will be a keeper. Lovely family photos and the cutest dog ever.

  34. Ann Becker says:

    A book. I can’t wait. I sure missed you. Thought you fell off the face of the earth. Glad your back.

  35. Congrats on writing your first book can’t wait till it comes out. Hope you guys had a lovely easter and it look like you guys did. Out on your patio in what looked like amazing weather. Your little puppy Ranger looks so adorable. What a gorgeous addition to your family. Hope you continue to have great weather and making amazing memories writing your first book. Love Karen XOXO

  36. Oh Amy!! I’m so excited for you! Secret – I’m more excited for me because I cannot wait for your book! ;-) Glad that you are enjoying spring and your precious family!

  37. thank you so much for sharing your little bit of heaven with us! It is always so enjoyable to see how the “littles” are growing! You are amazing Amy!! as to tackle a book with everything you have going on on a daily basis! I admire you sooo much Amy.!! and love the eyes of the new puppy!! how can you not fall in love with that! Great pics!!

  38. Its wonderful to hear and see Spring has finally arrived in your part of the world, enjoy your busy life. Your pictures are lovely.

  39. Linda J Wilson says:

    I guessed that a book might be in the offering as your posts slowed down. It happened to another of my favorite bloggers. I look forward to your book and all it’s goodies! Your family is so dang cute!! Thanks for sharing them with us via photos on your blog!

  40. Congratulations in your book endeavor! I am so happy for you! Nay I also say that you are a fantastic photographer!

  41. omg, congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! i will be first in line to buy your book – can’t wait! (and that pup is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!0

  42. No need to apologize for having a life and living it well. Family first. Congratulations on the new book. I look forward to see the fruits of your creative labor in the future.

  43. I love hearing about your life Amy. Congrats on writing a book! I will buy a copy for sure. I love blue-eyed Ranger and the kids are so cute! Blessings from MI !

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