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Where do I begin?! How about this pretty sight from Saturday morning . . .
It rained down furiously for about thirty minutes. Long enough to give us the illusion of a winter wonderland, anyway!
The birds all came in like crazy when it finally stopped. They acted like they hadn't been able to get to birdseed in ages! It's funny to watch them when they're in that 'mode' -- the confrontations on the platform feeder are the best!
All the birds make their moves, but the cardinals hold the ground. There's no bluffing the buff ol' male cardinal!
Saturday afternoon I brainstormed an idea for a gift. One that had to be made and ready to give Sunday morning! After a few discreet texts with one of her daughters and some online searching, I took this S stitchery pattern from Mary Corbet's site, Needle 'n Thread . . .
Used the crayon tinting to fill it in. . .
Outlined it in a variety of stitches (compliments of my recent Redwork course) . . .
And turned it into a pretty cute little mug rug, if I say so myself.
I love how this turned out -- I think I'll probably use it as a gift standard! I'll just go ahead and start stitching up letters now. LOL! Seriously, though ... Mary makes available several different fonts for monogram stitching. These could make nice gifts for both gals and guys. Linking up to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching!
My stash report isn't too bad. I added the Buzz Lightyear fabric that Kate sent, but I finished the top and back of June's quilt and a couple of little projects (and put two fat quarters in the mail) so . . .
Used/donated this week: 3.25 yards
Used/donated year-to-date: 4.0 yards
Purchased/added this week: 2.5 yards
Purchased/added year-to-date: 19.25 yards
Net used/donated for 2013: -15.25 yards
I'll take that!! I'll also go ahead and link up to Judy's Week #5 report over at Patchwork Times.
Yesterday afternoon I picked Sawyer up and we had our own movie night / Super Bowl XLVII / sleepover party. Sawyer is a very enthusiastic football game watcher and matched me cheer for cheer (both in enthusiasm *and* volume)!! But he did finally decide that he'd rather see 101 Dalmatians so we put it in the player and enjoyed it until bedtime. After I tucked him in and came back down (to finish watching the game, of course) I noted this:
He had told me earlier he wanted to take his shoes off, but it wasn't until later that I realized he'd very carefully set them right next to mine. So sweet!!
Speaking of football ... how about them RAVENS??!! I'm a Baltimore (Bal'mer) girl -- and the owner of the team graduated two classes ahead of me at Severna Park High School. I was *thrilled* with the end result of last night's game, albeit on the edge of my seat for the entire last half, practically! That's good football! The Raven's win inspired my color choices for this week:
Yeah ... I'm in mood to play with purple!! I'm not sure what though. Perhaps this cute little Butter Churn Variation I mocked up in EQ?
Maybe I'll darken up the purple and change out the blue for silver . . . !!! Haha!! Linking up with Judy's Design Wall Monday over at Patchwork Times!
I also have June's quilt still to be quilted. I need to get that finished, finished!
But before I do *anything* ... my quilt room looks like a small explosion took place. Yeah, that's top of the order.
It's worse than you thought it would be, isn't it?? Guess I'd better go get busy!! Que sera ... first the dentist, a trip to WalMart and the post office. *Then* I'll wade through my creative genius mess.