Every day is an adventure. I share the view, the gratitude and the news  on Fridays – you’re invited to join in. You can find all my adventures here, or follow along via email here.


For this weekend only, shipping on a signed copy of my book is $5, no matter where you live. I'm gonna change it on Monday (it's a mistake! Shipping Priority to Europe costs  $20+!), but until then, grab it here. (Note that this doesn't apply if you buy it from my publisher or Amazon…because I'm not in charge of their shipping!)

The View

This is the give-me-your-dinner look. Seriously, yet sleepy.
Because it's a snow day (again). Because it's my mom's birthday (hi mom!) & I wish she was here to have a cup with me. Because it's also my roomie's birthday & I miss  her. Coffee break with #Vegan coffee cake in the middle of a workday. #yearofmaking 29/
Turning row for the bottom hem. Yay! #yearofmaking 27/365
From breakfast: fluffy, amazing pancakes. After a week without sugar they were PERFECT. (@isachandra's recipe, from theppk.com) #yearofmaking 26/365
As much as I LOVE snow, this is keeping from my pal's bridal shower. Not loving that. (This was taken about 15 minutes before I tried to drive up my driveway. Where my car got stuck.) #snowedin

I am so grateful for…


The Finds

I just love these “Rules for Living Online” from Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.

Don’t Share What You’re Not Ready to Hear Feedback On

The internet is a two-sided street. You’re not talking in a vacuum and you’re not talking only to people who agree with you. So if you want to rant about something, be prepared to hear from people who disagree. If you want to expose something you’re deeply sensitive or unsure about, be prepared to have people challenge you on it. If you’re not ready for that, it’s not the right time to share that thought.”


I spent the first part of the week obsessing over creating my own DIY planner (I just can't find one to suit me, and while I love my journal for weekly planning/daily to-do lists…I need some place to track future plans.) iHanna's pages look perfect. As do the (many) downloads from AhhDesigns. I'm going to experiment (of course!) and report back.


Quilts! I'm back to geeking out over them. Especially this St. Louis 16 patch, Quilt Improv (I really really want it!), and everything at Red Pepper Quilts + Stitched in Color. And my mom texted me (again!) to thank her for the Christmas gift of Quilting Happiness (here's why I loved it).


Recipes we tried this week: 


How was your week? 


4 Comments on The Adventures

  1. Susan Hammond
    February 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm (10 years ago)


    Take a look at personal-planner.com. I ordered two different sizes…if I weren’t still so left brained they would have worked for me. I loved that I had some say in the design but ultimately the format didn’t work for me. I went back to the junior version at plannerpads.com. I figure I can use the others for art journals.

    I understand you live in or near Boston. I live 30 miles south. Perhaps we can meet for coffee some day!

    Keep well.

  2. iHanna
    February 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks for the mention, and good luck with the creation of your personal and awesomely crafty planner! The most important thing is to have fun, and make something that you can use!

    Love the snow photo, and your knitting! Yummy!

  3. Tara Swiger
    February 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks for the suggestions, Susan!
    I don’t live anywhere near Boston (I’m in TN!) but I have taught there in the past and look forward to coming back again this year!

  4. Tara Swiger
    February 3, 2014 at 2:40 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks Hanna!