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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Summer Stuff

I tend to think of Summer as ending in August. So, by my standards Summer is almost over. I know it runs until mid/end of September, but September 1 is the beginning of Fall in my mind. With that, my thoughts are quickly turning from Summer activities to ones carried out in cooler weather. How about you? In my sidebar to the right, you'll see I've had Shepherd's Bush "Green Snowman" as a WIP, shamefully, for a LONG time. I can't believe I haven't updated to show him finished. Not framed yet, but still-he's finished. He wasn't as much fun to work on as the Red Snowman, but I do love him nonetheless. That green fabric just doesn't translate well to a photo.  Tried it many times!


So, there he is, all finished up. As I mentioned earlier this year in a post below, I'd like to try the Gray Snowman too. This time last year, I made learning to crochet and knit a goal of mine. Work keeps me away from crafting a good portion of the year, but I do have summers off, so I picked it up again this summer and I've done pretty well! Going slow, but I'm really enjoying it. Forgive all the loose ends not worked in yet, but here's a couple examples of what I've been up to.

As if I don't have enough trouble keeping my stitching supplies organized, now I have yarn too! But you know, that's a good problem to have, now isn't it? :) My boy turned 17. Impossible I say, because I've not aged one day since he was born. ;)


Elizabeth Stone said "Making the decision to have a child-it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." When I take that statement in, I wholeheartedly agree. He is my heart. Love that kid. This (Aug 26th) will also be the last "first day" of high school for my son. Every day I drive him to school will be the last of them. This time next year, he's off to college somewhere and I'll be seeing him much less. I think college is a good transition for kids. I got married early and never had that transition time, so I'm glad he will.

It has been a busy and sometimes overwhelming year so far. Though my work is set to start up again, I again make a promise to myself to stitch more. I have let so many things slip by the wayside. Fall is a time of renewal for me. Lots of cleaning out, physically and mentally. My husband knows he has to gear up and have lots of trash bags at the ready, because I have a burning desire to lighten my load this time of year.

So, have you found Pinterest? Yeah. Me too. Probably one of the more valid and real reasons I haven't gotten much done this summer. It's wondrous, amazing, and lovely. It's also EVIL. :) I guess I should link my boards somewhere on my blog. I'll take a peek and see how others are doing that and most likely will do that myself too. So many blogs to catch up on! I'm excited to see what everyone is working on! I leave you with many wishes for a lovely remainder of summer!

4 comments:

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

I like your snowman, especially the little buttons. :)

Chris said...

Yea! stitching and crocheting. Lovely projects. Yea for fall :) My favorite time of year.

Brigitte said...

Great to see him finished. I love this series of snowmen each stitched on a different fabric colour.
Your crocheting looks gorgeous. It's also one of my goals to take up crocheting again after many many years and make a blanket.

Loraine said...

Hi Tammy,

So great to see your post. I haven't been looking at very many this summer (or year for that matter), but I had to stop by and say "Hi". I can't believe your son is 17. I'm only a year behind you, and mine had his first job this summer at a scout camp. We only saw him a few weekends all summer. I miss him, but I loved getting more projects done! LOL.
Love your finish. I hope you have more stitching in progress.
Have a great one! Hugs to you.