While in Texas

We found interesting ways to watch paint dry.

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We had a lovely Thanksgiving, except for the part where Chynna was sick.And the part where I was sick the next day.

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We played video games.

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We photographed the dog

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and the nephews

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and decorated cookies

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and gave my sister’s cat somewhere to sit.

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It was a good trip.


Who needs a truck?

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When you have a convertible?


Happy Birthday Danica

Last I looked, I had this.

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How did this happen?

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Today we celebrate my gorgeous little girl’s 25th birthday. Right about now, 25 years ago, I was just barely recovering from 36 hours of labor. I had no idea what is meant to be responsible for a little human being, I just knew that the little thing I was holding in my arms was infinitely precious and I couldn’t imagine loving anything more. Smart, funny, determined, talented, and beautiful are just a few of the words I could use to describe what an amazing woman she has become. There are many more that exist beyond my poor writing skills.

Happy Birthday, baby girl.


The other one

And here is the other one.

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I’m all ready for Halloween kitchen decorating.

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I somehow managed to not pull out my tubs of Halloween decorations. I blame my complete lack of willingness to go down into the basement. I should probably turn in my Halloween Club card.


A small finish to start the month.

I finished off this little cutie just now. It’s the perfect size, I love how the fabric turned out, and my digital scale tells me I have enough yarn left for ANOTHER one.

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This makes me ridiculously happy. Bring on more Halloween colored crafting!


Too soon?

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First Day of School

I’m so excited for my girls, especially Chynna who is return to college after a two year sabbatical.  Here are the traditional back to school pictures.  I couldn’t get Danica to stand still long enough for a good one. She may be a bit blurry, but I like to think that is because she is so busy. I’m so proud of her for managing a work load, keeping up with college for all of these years and still managing to have a pretty fabulous social life.

 

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Addendum: Danica was kind enough to put her outfit on from yesterday so I could retake her picture. What a good girl for humoring her mother.


Seriously? Again?

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Huzzah

The missing skeins have been located.  I found one in my stash and the other in my mother’s. Yes, this means that I had to search both stashes.

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This is my stash cupboard. It is a linen closet in my upstairs hallway that holds no linen other than the cross stitch variety. It holds instead all of my cross stitch fabric, thread collections, patterns, finished projects, and WIPs. It also holds all of my craft magazines and jewelry making supplies. The blank spots represent bags that I took out to search for the two colors that I didn’t have in my regular DMC  stash (the blue bag). That is everything I had to search through to find two skeins of floss. Now I get to put it all back and try to make everything fit. I will probably spend some time winding the 1000 stray floss skeins onto bobbins.  When everything is put back, there isn’t a single inch of space to spare.  I need to rearrange some things and see if I can’t fix that. I have a couple of stacks of new-ish magazines that need a home.

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Lest it appear that I have given up knitting, I finished a linen stitch dish cloth yesterday and loved it so much that I started another one. I love these yellow and orange colors.

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Search the stash

Would you run to the craft store to grab just the two floss colors you need and thereby risk coming home with a heck of a lot more than just two skeins of floss OR search through this huge, unorganized pile?

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I was pretty sure I had every DMC color known to man.  This means that if I do in fact have the colors, I’m going to have to search my dozens kitted WIPs and the stuff I brought home from Mom’s to find them. Other than that, I’m ready to start. Halloween Hoot Owl from the 2014 Just Cross Stitch Halloween magazine.

 

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I’m going to completely ignore that new colors were introduced in 2013, long after I stopped actively stashing cross stitching stuff.

 

For now.