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The Power of Meow

Today is rainy, but it is supposed to go up to 60 degrees! In February!

Did you have a nice weekend?

Biggest celebrated his 12th(!!!) birthday with a party with friends. It is hard to believe that we have an official tween in our midst.

We recently bought a new investment property. It is always a bit of a surprise when we actually get the official paperwork and can enter the house. You never know what you’ll find.

This weekend, we went to the new place and I found this…

Hee! I cleaned it up and brought it home with me. I love old cross stitches and the stories that they tell. We also found 7 guitars and an organ but this isn’t a musical instrument blog. It’s not much of a cross stitch blog anymore either, but meh… that’s neither here nor there.

Do any of you like Eckhart Tolle? Tom bought me a copy of “The New Earth” maybe two years ago and I just could not get through it. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and, this time, it totally made sense! I liked it so much that I went out and bought “The Power of Now” too. I am having difficulty with that one so far, but maybe in 2 years, I’ll totally get it.

But, anyhoo, I think I’ve been driving everyone crazy talking about my “pain body” and quoting ET (pet name for Eckhart Tolle) a gajillion times a day.

ET knows what he’s talking about!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Shopping Adventures!

Hi Blog!

What?! Monday again?!

On Friday, Tom and I went to dinner and a comedy show with some friends. We saw those guys from that old improv TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” It was hilarious.

Stephanie and I went shopping on Saturday and I bought this old blanket chest. I love it.

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I guess I never finished telling you about our cross stitching adventures in Paris. I looked up some stitching shops to visit before the trip, but we didn’t manage to go to any of them!

One day though, we were out strolling near the hotel and spotted what looked like a fabric store. We stopped in and, lo and behold, it turned out to be a fabric, knitting, and CROSS STITCH store!!! Quelle surprise! They had a whole floor dedicated to cross stitch stuff! In a terrible moment of irony, my phone battery chose that exact time to die. Luckily, Tom was there to snap some photos.

I almost couldn’t focus. There was so much to see!

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Evenweave and linen in every color…

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They had a ton of pre-finished items just ready to be embellished with some cross stitching. Cute pouches of every shape and size!

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And pretty kitchen towels!

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There were soft stitchable bath towels in lovely colors…

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And a whole wall full of embroidery books!

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I had never seen the Rico design books in the US before and promptly fell in love. It was reaaaaallly heard to pick just a few items to buy.

I ended up getting two books, filled with the most gorgeous designs.

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So tasteful…

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And modern…

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Le sigh…

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I also bought a pre-finished runner and a tablecloth that was made specifically for stitching some of the designs from the books. I love the pretty texture on the tan one and … swooooon… white swiss dots! Who doesn’t love swiss dots?!!

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Can you tell how excited I was to find this store?

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The rest of the trip, I carried my stitching stuff around Paris in hopes of working on it during any down time. There ended up not being any until our final day at the Luxembourg Gardens.

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There were a lot of people milling about reading and sketching and relaxing. Can you imagine a dreamier place to stitch?

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I worked on last year’s 12 Days of Christmas stitch-a-long because it is small and portable and not too confusing, especially amidst so many distractions.

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Oh… is someone selling baguettes? Oh… do I smell crepes? Oh… should we walk over there for a quick Cafe au Lait? You know, distractions.

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I also stitched on the flight home and managed to complete Days 1-6. Quick aside, can I say what a treat it is to sit on your butt for 7 hours while watching movies (of your choice) and cross stitching while people bring you booze and food? Other people think that flying is a pain, but this tired working mama says “Bring it on!”

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I think I’m calling this project done for now and try to do a little finish work so that they are ready for Christmas. It only took two years to complete 6 days. I guess I’m not so good at stitch-a-longs.

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Anyhoo, that wraps up the Paris recaps. You’re probably tired of reading about the trip by now, so this week I’ll move onto more exciting things like Soccer practice and Chili making. Haha. Until then!

Monday Bluuuuues

Hello Monday. I am not happy to see you again.

I got new bangs.

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Tom and I went on a date night, where we ate a delicious dinner, strolled some shops, got psychic readings, and drank a wee bit too much.

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I rescued this cute embroidery from a thrift store.

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And cross stitched sloooooowly.

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What did you do this weekend?

This and That

Hi Blog!

Here we are winding down another week already. This was a busy one, with a lot of commuting back and forth to NYC. The best part: I skipped my evening event last night and got home early. The worst part: The train was sooooo bumpy and sooooo crowded, I couldn’t cross stitch at all!

We started off the week with SNOW! Can you even believe that crazy business?

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Tom surprised me with new rugs for the basement to replace the ones that got flooded last year. Charlie approves!

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We got passport photos taken for the boys! Fun Summer trip booked!

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I’ve had the worst insomnia lately. Some nights I roam the house looking for a place to lull me to sleep. Good old Charlie follows me around. He has no trouble falling asleep no matter where we end up. Is it normal to be jealous of a cat?

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David Beckham embroidering. Insert all the heart eyes…

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And this cracked me up. Raise your hands if you can relate.

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Happy Thursday!

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

A FROG!

Last night, I had 2 hours alone. What’s a Mom to do but arm herself with stolen Halloween candy (it’s really much better for the kids if I eat it), cozy up to the cat, and stitch the time away?

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It was going really well…

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Until I added the green. Things weren’t lining up and I finally realized that the Christmas tree is missing a tier.

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There was barely time to get upset before the house filled back up again with people who needed food and reading and bed time. It was probably good timing, as we will think of happier things and deal with this annoying frog on another day.

Speaking of happier things, it has been an amazing week of Indian Summer here. The boys and I had off for Election Day and were excited to get outside.

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The boys really wanted to go to the creek and catch minnows.

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We caught one minnow…

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And one frog (Do I sense a theme?)…

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Before getting bored, setting them free, and heading home.

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Chasing your friends around the house and causing havoc are much more fun than catching minnows anyway.

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Happy Thursday!

The pumpkin that got away

We never did make it to the pumpkin patch this year and when I went to buy pumpkins at 3 different stores, they were all sold out. Total Mom fail. This will forever be known as the Halloween with no pumpkins.

But, what can I say… there have been so many distractions: a rainy work trip to NY, losing power at the house, fixating on green embroidery thread, and this guy’s birthday…

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I could go on and on about how great he is and how much he means to me, but well, he’s a private kind of guy, so I will just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY QT! I LOVE YOU! And yes, that is pie instead of cake. We had a vote and decided that we all prefer pie to cake, unless it’s ice cream cake which changes everything.

And speaking of green thread, I got some options for the stitch-a-long:

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I’ve decided to use both dark and light green depending on which looks better with the particular fabric. Between that and all the different linen shades, this collection might start to look a bit crazy town, but we shall see.

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Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!

YAY! Cross stitching!

Oh boy… Oh boy… What a weekend we had!

On Saturday, I dropped Littlest off at Scouts and ran some errands. A quick stop at Barnes & Noble unearthed this…

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What do you do when you’re giddy with excitement to see yourself in a magazine at the bookstore? You hide behind a shelf and take selfies, of course.

Things only got even more exciting later at soccer. Our timid Biggest begrudgingly took a turn playing goalie. He was dreading it as he hates attention and was nervous about playing the position. His coach gave him a little pep talk and we all hoped for the best. Well… he turned out to be an AMAZING goalie, making all sorts of elaborate saves and fancy kicks. The spectators were cheering like crazy! It was all so exciting and he got congratulated the entire way back to the car. My heart felt like it would explode with happiness as he walked a little taller and smiled his shy smile.

Here we are at the Halloween block party later in the weekend. Love this sweet boy.

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And finally, some actual stitching news…

I am taking a break from “Love Never Fails” and joining Plum Street Samplers 12 Days of Christmas stitch-a-long! This is my first stitch-a-long and I’m already behind but, oh well, fun! I am going to make individual ornaments instead of the full blown sampler. Anyone want to do it with me?

My goals (just because one need goals):

  1. Use only linen from my stash. Since I’m doing ornaments, I thought it would be fun (and frugal) to use the bits and pieces leftover from other projects. That way they’ll end up with a mismatched look.
  2. Embrace this opportunity to get over my fear of sewing/finishing. 12 ornaments = a lot of practice sewing and finishing creatively, right?! Eep. 
  3. Try not to over think things and have fun. HAHAHAHAHA!

So far…

First Day, Partridge in a Pear Tree!

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Second Day, Two Turtle Doves…

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I think this is just the type of project that will give me a kick in the pants to start stitching regularly again. The only downside to stitching regularly?

Getting behind on chores and finding your dog sleeping in dirty laundry. Tradeoffs.

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Colonial Daze

Hi Friends! How are things?

We really enjoyed Williamsburg. I was pretty lazy about taking photos, so here is a random selection:

I think everyone who goes to Williamsburg has a picture like this. Littlest perfected his tortured look.

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Everything is so symmetrical! Squeeee!!! This house looks like it’s straight off of a cross stitch sampler.

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It is nearly impossible to get a photo of everyone smiling. When did these boys get so tall?!!!

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We all loved the ghost tour and I looooooved the house tours. It’s so interesting to hear how people lived back then.

Our tour guide was so cute. She was very enthusiastic!

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One house had cool needlework.

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And check it out! The chair! The wallpaper! And do you see the embroidery hoop?!!! I want to go back in time and be a colonial woman!

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Speaking of which, they had this event which I was BUMMED to miss.

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And, hellooooo…

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Aren’t these dresses great? I refrained from buying one though, as the boys would have been mortified for sure.

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The boys only had so much patience for Colonial Williamsburg, so we broke it up with visits to Busch Gardens…

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And Water Country USA. The waterpark was hands down their favorite part of the trip.

Of course it is always so great to get back home. We had a whole weekend to (slowly) catch up.

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I think that the animals missed us.

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Charlie hasn’t left my side (I’m OK with that).

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Love Never Fails

Yippee! Weekend! Am I the only one who feels like they are living from weekend to weekend? It seems like I am always thinking “if I can just make it to Friday…”

One more week of craziness, then hopefully things will calm down a bit. Fingers crossed anyway.

Yesterday was Take Your Child to Work Day and I had one little buddy with me. He was very well behaved and enjoyed all of the activities. I could use a new junior assistant every day if it wasn’t for those silly child labor laws.

In stitching news, I picked out a new pattern!

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It is called Love Never Fails by Barbara Ana Designs. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I am a sucker for samplers! This one speaks to me. I love the updated colors and the quirky looking people. They are so strange and pale!  And the polka dot birds! And the cats! Squeeee! I can’t wait to get started! If the Universe cooperates, it may be this weekend.

Have you been missing dear sweet Charlie?

Here he is doing some of his favorite things.

Cuddling

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Hiding in hampers

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And rolling his eyes at our antics.

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Enjoy your weekend, friends!

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We had a lovely low key weekend. I spent time clothes shopping and leisurely house-keeping and even had a date night with Tom (Mexican food and tarot card readings!). It was just what the doctor ordered.

I realized recently that I have finishes that have never been photographed. Add it to the to-do list. The problem is my love-hate relationship with photography. I love good photos, but lack the knowledge, patience, and skills to consistently take them. Oh well, another thing for the to-do list; learn photography.

That being said, here is the latest big finish.

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This was stitched on 32 count linen in The Gentle Arts “Cranberry” floss (the perfect red, in my opinion).

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I am such a big fan of Modern Folk and love the way this turned out. Now I just have to work up the courage to actually sew a pillow cover with it. Zippers are so scary.

Any finishing tips, fellow stitchers? Do you do it yourself? Do you hire someone? Are zippers really as difficult as they seem? Help!

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