After an invigorating visit from my parents and Buddy (one of the best dogs ever!), and a great trip to New Hampshire with them to see Willa, her Matt, my uncle, and our cousins for late Christmas celebratin’, we’re getting back into the swing of things around here!
In the spirit of the new year (how is it actually 2009?!?), we are getting organized and getting our goals together so that we can hopefully get things off to an exciting start. This morning I woke up thinking, “What are we going to make today?” and so we’ve been chipping away at that very question.
The holidays offered us a *very* welcome break from work and we got back in to the swing of actually cooking (a LOT). For gifts, I made a tasty batch of lemon curd, as well as preserved orange marmalade, green bean pickles, and apple butter for everyone in our family (the last 2 thanks to Alicia’s wonderful recipes!). Matt has an active batch of winter wheat ale in its secondary fermentation in the kitchen closet right now, and we’re going to tackle homemade cheese soon!
And now it’s time to get organized and really get a sense of what the year has in store for us…well, as much as we can get a sense, that is! I’ve got a huge list of ideas for cards, books, some brand new projects, and I think I can safely say that Matt and I are both most excited about the book printing projects we have on our horizon. It’s been our goal to combine binding and letterpress work for some fine press projects, and the time is finally here! There will be lots of updates on that front, as we go along, and I’m looking forward to sinking our teeth into the design process and starting to nail down some materials and specifics.
We can’t wait to get to work!
What are you going to make in 2009?
Whatever you do, bear in mind wise words from E.B. White’s letters: “We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.”