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Wife, Mother, Mimi, lover of all things creative... sewing, embroidery, painting, collage... God and family are the most important things in my life.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Catching Up

So I missed an entire season of posting, or has it been two?   To catch up a little,  here is a little synopsis of our summer so far:

 There ha been a little kayaking...

a little bike riding...

a birthday or two, three, or four...

a lot of joy from the plant world...

some camping...

and some camp style meals...

a little tree climbing...

and a little more tree climbing...

and some close calls...


lots of watermelon...

a few porch napping episodes...

and lots of fun outside...

just being a kid.

I hope each of you are having a wonderful summer too!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Little Red Riding Hood Embroidery

Happy Saturday!  I hope it is beautiful wherever you are, and that you are getting to spend your weekend just as you'd hoped you would.

I finally finished the Little Red Riding Hood embroidery that I started way too long ago.  (You may remember it from here.)  I know this is a wonky mess, but it really ended up being a series of little experiments.  I say I'm finished, but in truth, I'm thinking of adding a little cloud or two to the background before I completely quit the hand stitching.  This has been a project that has kept growing.  I started out to do just a quick outline of the picture, but then what is Red Riding Hood without a really red cape?  I had to fill it in somehow, so I attempted a small chain stitch.  After I did, the tree called for more detail.  I stitched in just a little bit (I don't even know if that is a legitimate stitch.) to suggest a bark like texture, but it didn't look right with just a few here and there.  So, of course,  I went ahead and filled in the whole trunk.  You know where that led...  those green globs of  leaves had to be filled as well.  That resulted in a wonky, haphazard mess, but I just left it that way.  This was just for fun and to get me back into the swing of embroidery.  It still keeps wanting to grow,  now it seems to need a little background.  Especially since it got a stain on it that needs covering somehow.  Oh, well, I'll see what I can do with that and then try to figure out what I'm going to do with it when I'm finished stitching.  Any ideas?  I'm leaning toward making a small quilted wallhanging.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Little Sewing and a Show Like No Other

My sewing seems to come in spurts. So here is part of  the result of my latest spurt. I've made several diaper bags lately, but this is the only one I took time to photograph.
I also made a few bibs and burp cloths
 This bag I did from a tutorial I found on Pinterest.  It is reversible, and I actually up-cycled the outer layer from a pair of pants. The reverse side is small red gingham. It needed a little something so I embroidered a little flower based off a design I found in this book.

While some of the grandchildren were here they decided to put on a show.  Angel Eyes asked me to stay in the kitchen while they got ready.  Soon everything was set, and they called me into the room.  I was informed that every audience member would get their back scratched during the performance.  

They had a stage set up with props, and upon seating me the promised back scratch commenced.   However, the actress of this one child show, staring Sweet Cheeks,  developed a serious case of stage fright.  

The play was cancelled, and I started back to the kitchen to finish my work.  As I made my way to the doorway the crew began to invite me, gently at first and then more insistently, to fill in and put on a show for them.  I agreed and did an impromptu monolog that brought a great deal of laughter. 

When they saw that I was willing to make a complete fool of myself they began to open up and lose their stage fright.  They all wanted to participate and asked if I would pull out the dress-up box.

Soon they each had a role and I was delightfully entertained for the rest of the evening.

These two put on a fashion show.  

This little nut put on a combination opera/comedy routine.  It was hilarious!

And who knew that Superman played the violin?
"What violin, Mimi?  That was a fiddle!"

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Heavenly Harvest Festival

It has been almost two weeks since our church's Heavenly Harvest, and I'm just now getting these pictures posted.  Well, no one ever accused me of being timely.  

Everyone had a great time!  
My daughter-in-law made all of these darling costumes.  I think she did a great job!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More of the Beach

This time I think I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.