Monday, January 3, 2011

Sunny Moments

We had a lovely weekend.  Did you?  I swept away the Christmas decor on Friday and have been refreshed by newfound simplicity and clear spaces.

Yesterday it was so warm that we opened windows - in January!!!  A breeze blew through the house while I prewashed and pressed the new cuteness.  The children chattered as they road bikes outside.  My breath slowed.  My thoughts wondered.  And, across the room...

my progress

bursts of color basked in the sunshine.  I had to stop my good work to give them the attention they deserve.

a Symphony of Pattern & Color

A delightful symphony of pattern and color awaited my lens.  When I capture these moments I feel my whole heart smile.  I wonder if this is how God feels sometimes when we do something truly good.  Does He take a God-picture and smile?

A Sea Of sunburst squares

I'm sure He smiles.

Oh, maybe you can help me with a bit of a quandary - to order or not to order more colors?  I love how my crocheted sunburst squares are emerging, but I had it "set" in my head that I would use all my favorite colors.  And, so, sooooo, I meant to add a perky orange, plummy purple, shrimp pink and lemon yellow.   Like so:  


These would brighten it up a bit with more warm tones.  Now, the obvious limitation is cash. I'm supposed to be saving for a special trip this October.  And while I do need to save a good bit of money, October seems so far away.

What do you think?  Are more colors more Stitched in Color or is the impact not significant?

sunburst square

By the way, I should report on the big decision for our 10th anniversary plans. We are going to...... Atlanta. Yep, that's right, to the city we weren't gong to choose.  We almost landed in Tybee Island/Savannah, but since March is SO not beach weather and we are totally over the historical home tours (we've been to Charleston many a time), we convinced ourselves to try something different.  We've both been to Atlanta, but never for pleasure.  I'm sure there's plenty of fun to be had there!  Feel free to point me in the right direction. So far, I've mapped the fabric stores!

22 comments:

  1. I was in Atlanta for a conference a few months ago, and due to some misreading on my part, ended up with an extra day to spend. I really enjoyed the Olympic Park (I spent quite some time just watching the children play in the fountain) and I also visited the aquarium which was fantastic! It was kind of expensive, but the whale sharks and baluga whales made it totally worth it. :)

    As for the yarn colors, I actually love the idea of those four colors making their own blanket. :) It would be so warm looking! Of course they'd look great sprinkled in with your other squares too, so I think you're at a win-win whichever way you decide. :)

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  2. OK, Olympic Park. Got it! The aquarium is one I'm wondering about. We've wanted to bring the kids there, so it seems wrong to go without them. That attitude drives my husband CRAZY, but tis what it is.

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  3. they have many Trader Joe's :) that's good enough for me!

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  4. No idea about Atlanta since I live in Australia - but about the colours - I think it will work both ways - if you want a really scrappy look - add in any extra colours - if you want it more subtle them stick with what you have . If its a cash problem then use whatever you have and as long as you scatter the colours it will still look great. So really I am sitting on the fence!! Not much help am I? LOL

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  5. Being from the Atlanta area, it's hard to remember good things about it=) I do remember Underground Atlanta being very cool, but my favorite place is Stone Mountain. Hike it during the day - SO gorgeous - and then catch the laser show at night! (Not sure they have the laser show every night, though...)

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  6. ooo i love your granny squares! i cannot crochet/knit one bit so i am admiring yours! and have fun in atlanta!

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  7. I went to Atlanta within the last couple of years for an anniversary trip and I should warn you that the Underground area did NOT feel safe near/after dark. We really enjoyed walking through the park and visiting the aquarium.

    As far as the yarn colors go, I'm really liking the vibe you have going at the moment but I worry that the pink and yellow might be too much. Yellow is so tough because it really stands out from other colors. If you went with a darker amber that might be nice. And instead of shrimp pink maybe a mulberry or magenta?

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  8. Love Atlanta--lots of great shopping! The aquarium is supposed to be one of the best around (never been, sadly), and the botanical gardens with its canopy walk looks AWESOME. Also never been. Sad! Haha. But there are lots of good places to eat and things to do.

    And I highly recommend this place for breakfast:
    http://www.highlandbakery.com/

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  9. My favorite thing in Atlanta? IKEA!!!!! Remember, they have fabric!!

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  10. i do love the squares and i think the extra colors will be wonderful!

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  11. Love the crochet squares! The extra colors are gorgous, but it is beautiful as is. And you don't want to derail your Sewing Summit funk- I am heading there, too! How fun will that be!?!? Hope to meet you there!

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  12. i am so in love with your granny squares i can't stand it. dare i add crochet to my list of things to learn in the new year (as if i don't have enough to do)? but they just look so great! i really do love the colors as is, but i have to admit, those bright peppy warm tones you want to add also pull at my heart strings, so i say if you love them, go for it! i'm sure you can find another area in your life in which to save some money? (sorry, i am an enabler by nature.) have fun!

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  13. Love Atlanta! Stone Mountain is our favorite!!! you can ride the tram to the top if you're not a hiker but the hike is actually not bad! and the laser show at night is really FUN!
    The CocaCola Museum is soooo fun too! you get to taste all the different coke brands from around the world at the end. And it is right across the street from the acquarium which I've heard is the most amazing acquarium in the US!
    Decatur is a really cool suberb just outside of downtown...it's really trendy and artsy with lots of unique boutiques.
    Have fun!
    LOVE your blog by the way!

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  14. I love love love your squares! I have always wanted to make one but I am allergic to acrylic yarn so it would be waaaaay to expensive to make one. But yours are what I always picture in my mind

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  15. oh the white in the granny squares just makes it! Lovely!! mmmmmmmmm!!!

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  16. The Georgia Aquarium is fun. Lots of great stuff to see. We used to live down on the coast of GA, and I think March would have been a great time to visit! It's just beautiful with all of the azaleas blooming. Love the granny squares. That is on my mental to do list for this year. I think more color is always good! I like how you've outlined them all in white.

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  17. I LOVE your granny squares. And I say add in more color; color is great! Is there any way you could share your pattern for these with me? I can be reached at azbelle3@yahoo.com. Thanks so much.

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  18. Sandy, you can fine the tutorial here: http://quarterofaninch.blogspot.com/2009/06/circle-in-square-granny-pattern.html

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  19. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this blanket! The link you posted above (quarterofaninch.blogspot.com) is no longer working. :-( Do you still have the pattern for this blanket? Would you be willing to share? If not, do you know where the pattern could be purchased? Thanks! Jessica

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  20. Oh, bummer! She took down all of her old posts. I wonder why? I couldn't find a link to it on her new blog either. I'm sorry, I think we're out of luck!

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