I’m on holiday with a friend this week, volunteering at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and otherwise soaking in the stunning scenery of southwestern Utah (and a little bit of Las Vegas). Best Friends is a massive no-kill facility; we’ve met dogs rescued from hoarding situations, puppy mills and some surrendered by families who could no longer afford to care for them. You can follow along and learn more about the incredible work Best Friends does all over the world by following me on Twitter and Flickr. While I’m off playing with cats and dogs and bunnies, I thought I’d share some crafts.

A few weeks ago Greg went to a conference and I had the place to myself for five days. The universe shined on me those five days, as much as the universes shines, and as much as it directs its shine onto individuals.

During those five days home alone I was, as the athletes say, in the zone.

Between the Friday and Wednesday nights, I:

  • Knitted this slouchy hat:
    I used a button to cinch the too-loose brim of the slouchy hat I knitted.
  • Took a full-day quilting class at Spool of Thread and left with this nearly completed baby quilt (more thoughts on quilting soon) – can you tell I really love that chicken fabric?
    I took a quilting class at Spool of Thread.
  • Sewed my first zipper pouch, following instructions at Home Ec:
    I made a zipper pouch.
  • Sewed a patchwork pincushion, a la Home Ec:
    I made a pin cushion.
  • Sewed a potholder following instructions by Linda Permann:
    I sewed a pot-holder.

Oh, and I also read the second two books of The Hunger Games trilogy, got boatloads of work done, had a coffee date with a friend and kept Cleo fed and exercised.

Cleo likes the fall.

Friends, I want every day to be like those days (but with Greg in town).