In the "bleak midwinter" I get a little SAD and find that the only thing that really gets me feeling good again is a nice project to work on. This year I decided that now was as good a time as any to work on the quilts I started two years ago! (Not the pinwheel quilt--I finished that one last year.)
A bonus of this idea is that I have most of the supplies already lined up to go--so I didn't have to spend any money to get started working on a big fun project right away--hooray for procrastination. However, it wasn't too long after I started sewing circles on squares that I realized that what I needed first was the genius sewing machine pincushion idea I saw a long time ago.
stash of leftovers.
(Also, I'll admit here the awesomeness of having a designer for a husband--he lets me buy the more-expensive colored pearl pins because "if they improve the aesthetic experience then they're worth the added value". And yes, they do improve my sewing experience--every time I use them I smile!)
Now, back to that stack of circles and squares. . .