Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hope you had a nice Christmas, if you celebrate it.

candice and virginia xmas

Virginia didn't really know what was going on, but I'd like to think she had a nice time.

I've been taking a sort of "winter break" right now since I am between projects. I had a very intense Christmas season due to custom orders and a demanding baby, so I'm glad to be doing some projects just for me. So far I've embroidered a wall hanging for us, one for my friend's new baby, and am starting a new one with crewel wool, which I've never used before. Has anyone else? The project says to split the wool into one strand, but that makes it so delicate that it's impossible to sew with. Anyway, after this week it will be back to work as normal, or whatever the new "normal" is for me now.

Hope you have a happy new year! I will probably go to bed before midnight on the 31st, sort of like that time my best friend in high school and I rebelled against new years by not paying attention to the clock and writing in our journals.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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she's grabbing and holding things now. so cute!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Life has been pretty hectic and slow all at once. This girl keeps me guessing:
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One night she'll sleep for 5 hours, the next for 9. I never know what to expect. It's always a gamble: do I stay awake to work after she's gone to bed and risk only 4 hours of sleep? I usually end up just zonking out at the same time as her. Especially since I am currently ALMOST caught up with all my christmas orders. Everything I have left can be hand-delivered, so I'm not rushing against time and the post office. It's nice to take it slow for once.

I've also been working on a personal embroidery project, and plan to do a few more in the immediate future. I checked out The Embroidery Companion from the library, and it is amazing. Usually I will check out craft books, flip through them, think the projects are nice, want to attempt to make them, but never do. But I feel like almost every project in this book is just calling out to me. I can't resist. I like it so much that when I realized I can't renew the book any more since someone else requested it, I decided to buy it. I suppose since it's a reference book there's a loophole in my "YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO BUY NOVELS ANY MORE" rule (we have too many books!). I also usually look at craft projects with a business woman's eye: How can I alter this idea into something that I can make and sell? This time, I'm not doing that! I'm embroidering for the simple joy of embroidering, and I'm loving it.

Oh, Virginia must be hungry. See you later!

out the window