Big things coming

This little space will be active again soon. I'm working on some new, big things and am looking forward to being back here with something of a fresh start in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned!


She's back!

...and married! And back to crafting. Keep checking in as I plan to get back to blogging this fall. :-)

For now, you can see what took up so much of my time for the last year and a half - and was worth every second...

Brendon & Ruth's Wedding from Tammy Swales Studio on Vimeo.


Almost a Mrs.

...well, technically not, because I'm not changing my name. But you get the idea! ;-)

Yep, my wedding is now only 8 days away (ahem, that's where I've been since the last post...planning!)

A lovely colleague of mine, who works in one of my project's offices in East Timor, sent me flowers as congrats/best wishes! So sweet (and amazing that from half way around the world, she simply logged on to a website and ordered me flowers that are now on my desk in Bethesda, MD).

Likely won't be posting again 'til after the honeymoon (island hopping in Hawaii!). Hope everyone is having a lovely summer.


Checking In

I'm here. There's been lots of work travel and lots of wedding planning but very little crafting.

No worries - it's all still there and waiting for me when things calm down.

Some pics from my recent travels to Thailand and East Timor.



Today I am 30. Whoa! 

Here's to starting a great decade. :-)



Here's to a fabulous year ahead!

* turning 30 (in 8 days!) * getting married * going to Hawaii * new job (same company) * more yoga * running and toning * quilting * knitting * ski lessons in Denver * sister blog * 365 project * more cooking and baking * more pictures * getting my shop up and running again * blogging! * thailand * east timor * seeing more friends * maybe a new craft? (cross stitch, crochet, embroidery, fabric design) * biking and more outdoors activities * French * planning a trip to Kenya for 2014 * house hunting (!) * canning * love, patience, kindness, compassion, honesty, determination, enthusiasm, creativity *

Happy New Year and thanks for visiting, always :-) xoxo


Flying by

I have no idea how it was so long ago that I was in this space. Everything is fine - super busy! We are almost to December already. Seriously.

There has been lots of knitting, wedding planning, stuff at work, etc. So much going on but like I said, all good.

Rather than bore you with a narrative, here are some images since I've last been in this space.


Herbivore shawl progress

Odin and Louie

Handknit socks for my sweetie

 Baby quilt



Less than 8 months 'til we get hitched!
 (Engagement pic by Tammy Swales)



We may have a problem.

I'm now addicted to knitting shawls. I'm on number 3.

This might not actually be a problem because a) I am a scarf/cowl/shawl/wrap person the minute the slightest hint of fall settles in and b) I'm only allowing myself to use my stash or buy wool for one project at a time (and fortunately, shawls don't need that much wool).

Seriously folks. It's not even cold out and I'm on #3. (Evidence on Ravelry).

Who wants a shawl for the holidays? I'll start taking orders now...

Wool, now on the needles for Traveling Woman



DC has ridiculous summers. Seriously. I'm done. It's TOO HOT. Though I must say, today is the first day in a while that I would actually not pout about. I'm sitting here with the windows open... and it only hit 89 today (ONLY?!).

Even more hilarious: I'm the crazy girl who is knitting in this heat. Sitting here in shorts/tee shirt, happy knitting and purling away on cowls and shawls. Totally nuts, I know.

I go through these phases with knitting but I think I'm officially back into it. It really was only one phase and that's because quilting has sort of taken over for the past few years...but now that I'm comfortable with my quilting, it's like I finally have room for both again! Heehee.

Come follow along with my knitting and stashing madness on Ravelry.