This won’t be much of a round-up but I thought I’d end the year with a blog post.

I’ve had this week off and it’s been a relaxing and somewhat productive time.

I’ve read 6 books (3 that I got for Christmas and 3 that I bought after Christmas), crocheted a new throw for the tv room, baked bread, made lots of meals in the Instant Pot, did a half-decent gutting out of my craft room (I could do better but I love my stuff!!!!), and even made a quick wood sign for my kitchen this afternoon!

In other news, my older brother sent me a heat press so that’s exciting!  Rich (DH) had bought me a Cricut Easy Press for Christmas but this unexpected gift has a few more bells and whistles.  I returned the Easy Press and bought a piece of furniture to hold the larger heat press as it weighs about 60 lbs and I didn’t really have appropriate real estate in my craft room.  Special thanks to DH who came to the rescue when I started to put the cart together – the parts were well-labelled but there were a zillion pieces!  I went with a mobile cart as the press is the swing-away type and I wanted to make sure there was plenty of room to move the hot plate out of my way while using the machine.

I haven’t used the press other than to test it to make sure it functions but it did a fabulous job melding the heat transfer vinyl to a scrap of cotton and it was MUCH faster than using the iron.  Should be a very cool toy!

That’s about it for my last post of the year.  I hope everyone had a great Christmas break and that 2018 brings you much health and happiness.