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.


My July so far

For my birthday, Chynna dressed in a purple shirt, jeans without holes, hung out with me and plied me with treats of my choice.  I overloaded on birthday carbs comprised of a vanilla Dr. Pepper from Sonic, a bag of cheddar sour cream potato chips, and a pint of Hagen Daz dulce de leche. I snuck away for a manicure and pedicure. I didn’t get a picture of the birthday balloons that invaded the living room, but a TARDIS teapot vworped its way onto my desk.

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Followed by a Knit Picks delivery and a Barnes & Noble gift card.

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The 4th came and went with its many evenings of fireworks and sleep-deprived nights. I did manage to display some small measure of patriotism by finishing these socks and making a festive fruit pizza a few days later.

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Later in the month, orange knitting happened while I learned the linen stitch. This might be my new favorite way to make dishcloths even though it’s a little more time consuming.

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Then some sewing/quilting happened.

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Fabric stash was obtained along with a gift of supplies offered by the hubby who believes that if I’m really going to do this, I should have the proper tools.

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Keaton seems to think that all I need is him.

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Patriotic

I’m a little late, but still feeling rather patriotic nonetheless.

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Graduation Stimulation

Our third adult graduated.

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His siblings were thrilled.