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Happy Halloween!

  • Posted on October 31, 2011 at 12:01 am

Happy Halloween to all who celebrate this crazy little pagan holiday that has taken on a life of its own!

I know 4 kids who received their Halloween goodies this weekend, so I can unveil the finished products:

These little cuties are barely big enough to fit a quarter into when finished. They aren’t perfect, but they turned out pretty darling. 🙂

That’s all from me for now. Have a great week!

Creative Craziness

  • Posted on October 17, 2011 at 11:33 am

I had another one of those massive creative spurts in the wee hours this morning. In the span of about an hour, I laid in bed and composed an entire blog post, part of a classical flute solo and roughly half of a children’s book I’ve been contemplating for a while. The only thing I bothered to get up and write down was the book, unfortunately. There was no way I was going to get up and try to bang out the flute solo on my keyboard and write down the notation. Although, in hindsight, I probably just could have recorded myself humming it, but that still would have required me to get out of bed. As would the composition of the blog post, since I would have needed a full keyboard in order to type quickly enough to capture all of my thoughts. At least I was able to write out the verses for the book on my BlackBerry while laying in bed. Still, it does seem like a waste of perfectly good creativity. Shame on me for wanting to try to get some sleep. 😉

It goes without saying that I didn’t quite get enough sleep overnight. As a result, I woke up with a headache around 6 AM and am now on a lovely caffeine high from the Excedrin which has made me exceedingly excited about life in general this morning. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you. Not bad at all. The fact that it’s a bright, beautiful and sunny day and I’m finally feeling mostly human again after being sick for a week isn’t hurting, either.

On the stitching front, I finally bit the bullet last night and attached the finishing touches of ribbon to the adoption sampler that I designed for a co-worker:

It’s not precisely as I had envisioned and I have an idea of how I might tweak it if I were to do it again, but it embodies the concept that I was going for enough for me to be willing to let it go home to its owner tomorrow. For the record, the ecru ribbon really doesn’t stand out that starkly against the rest of the piece, but the flash reflected off of it. It’s proven to be a difficult piece to capture correctly, so I just finally had to declare this one good enough, after many attempts.

I’m going to let my co-worker get it framed so that it suits her tastes and her home perfectly. It would be nice to have a picture of it framed for my records, so I’ll have to see if I can get her to take a picture of it once it’s done.

With this finish, I have completed my first grouping of 5 finishes in my newly restarted 5 Finishes Challenge. Which means I can buy new stash. Which is great because I have a bunch lined up and waiting for me from my own ONS. 😉 Is that cheating? Perhaps. But I did force myself to wait until I actually completed the finishes. And I’m going to make myself wait just a little longer until I finish some outstanding accounting for OSL, as well. See, I’m being good. Honest! 😀

Okay, I need to try to gather the bits of my caffeine-addled and scattered brain and get back to work now. Ta!

Halloween Stitching

  • Posted on October 14, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I’m sick and have no desire to actually say much, so here are the photos of what I’ve been stitching lately. I did each of the four Just Nan’s Wee Pumpkin Pockets. I finished Skelly Jack late last night. Now I have to put them together into tiny pockets. They will be about an inch square when finished.

Witchy Jacky

Ghostly Jack

Batty Jack

Skelly Jack

More stitching in the works, of course. I have a very small baby piece that I’ve been working on, plus another custom design that I will probably start this weekend. I also need to put the ribbon touches onto the adoption sampler that I designed for a co-worker. And a baby afghan. And start a baby sampler. And. And. And…

In the meantime, I need to get over this nasty crud that has grabbed a hold of me. Which seems to mean a lot of sleeping and a lot of Sudafed and Tylenol. Fun stuff.

Have a great weekend, all!

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