Friday, December 30, 2011

In December I . . .

When I started this blog, my hope was that it would have two primary functions. First, it would be a way for me to share my sweater designs and ideas (as well as special offers and other happenings) with all of you. Second, it would be a way for you to get to know me personally—to learn more about the person behind the sweaters.

But as I’ve gotten busier with sweater orders (and life has gotten in the way), I think I’ve lost some of the second piece. The focus has become much more about the sweaters and less about me. That’s obviously GREAT from a business perspective, but I don’t want to lose sight of why I created the blog.

So, I’ve decided to introduce a new feature called “This Month, I . . . .” This new feature will highlight a handful of the things I was up to—big and small—that month. I hope to publish it toward the end of every month. Tomorrow is already slated for the annual Year In Etsy, so I’m going to kick things off today.

And so, without further ado:

In December, I . . .

--Went to see the Miniature Railroad and Village at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. Even though the exhibit is now available year round, checking out this amazing miniature replica of Western Pennsylvania (circa the last turn of the century) is still one of my favorite holiday traditions.

--Ran in the Run with Santa 5K in Rockville. There was one heck of a hill toward the end!

--Went to the What’s Cooking Uncle Sam exhibit at the National Archives and learned all about “vitamin donuts.” The exhibit was a super interesting look at the government’s effect on what Amercians eat. Right after, we had a delicious lunch at America Eats Tavern, a coordinating pop-up restaurant that specializes in “American” food. Mmm . . . hush puppies and mac & cheese and pecan pie.

--Played elf as I delivered more than 500 cookies to my family and friends, another of my annual holiday traditions. This year, the favorites seem to have been the gingerbread men, the key lime shortbreads, the carrot cake whoopie pies, and the rocky road bars.

--Tried the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for crash hot potatoes and fell in love. (I’m not a huge rosemary fan, so I used thyme instead.)

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