I ended last year and started this one just as I mean to go on.

On 30th Dec I stepped out with my honey. Our perceptive next door neighbour very kindly gave us a restaurant voucher as a Christmas present so that we could have a night out. Hubbie and I had a lovely meal while my mum babysat and even walking to and from the restaurant was just blissful. Spending time with the man I love (with and without the children around) is wonderful but I would like to spend more time this year with just him!

New Year's Eve we stayed in (though I was taxi for my mum and step dad), lit sparklers (outside) and danced to the Proclaimers.

On 1st Jan we all went to Formby and enjoyed some time on the beach - amazingly it stopped raining and blue skies appeared so we could have a lovely (if cold) afternoon looking for shells and bits of crab (yuck!). We then went to visit my amazing Nan, who filled the kids full of biscuits and chocolate. She's just as brilliant as a great-Nan!

I snuck in a little make too and finished the apple bib (pattern in Patchwork Please!) from my FAL list:

Love, family and sewing - sounds like a great recipe for a happy 2014!

Have you seen the Wishes Quilt Along? The Fat Quarter Shop is doing a monthly qal and asking for donations to their campaign for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Moda and the Fat Quarter Shop will be matching up to $10,000 of the donations made. So you can download the patterns and help raise money for a great cause!