a crafty post: embroidery


I meant to post this yesterday but didn’t get time to. oh well. I’m here now.

I’ve been really crafty lately and have lots to post on this subject. I thought I’d start with this. I ordered some Mitch O’Connell pin-up girl templates from Sublime Stitching and transfered them to a tea towel. This is one of the patterns. I’m not sure what caused me to order pin-up girls because I’m not really into them and I never have been, but oh well. This was really fun to do. I could really get into embroidery. Actually, I think I already have. I love it. It’s really fun and very easy to do. But, still, just challenging enough to keep my mind occupied. I could never really get into cross-stitch for some reason.

I remember really loving embroidery as a kid. My mom showed me how to do it and I really got into it. It’s something that my grandmother on my dad’s side really loved to do. She would embroider pillowcases and give them to us as gifts. I still have some of her beautiful pillowcases, stored away in my cedar chest. I think it’s kind of cool that I’m carrying on the hobbies of my two grandmothers. My Granny Franny loved embroidery and my Granny Mary loved knitting.

Review: Stay by Allie Larkin

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StayStay by Allie Larkin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Van is devastated when her best friend marries the man she is in love with. When she comes home from the wedding she drowns her sorrows in kool-aide and vodka and accidentally orders a German Shepherd off of the internet. A German Shepherd from Slovakia. That only answers to Slovakian.   Hilarity ensues. And so does romance.

I LOVED this book. I absolutely loved it. I looked forward to reading it and enjoyed every minute of it. I didn’t devour it. I just enjoyed it. The characters are wonderful. Somebody mentioned in another review on Goodreads that they are not good or bad characters. They just are. They are themselves and they are living life and getting through the issues that they have to get through. I love that. People are people. We all have our things that we have to deal with. There was a line that Van ¬†says that I loved and I don’t have the book in front of me to quote exactly but it was something like “Life is complicated. Relationships are complicated. They aren’t easy. You have to work at them. And some people are worth the work.” I probably butchered that quote but the idea is there.

Allie really does a good job of pulling the reader into the story. I really felt like I was there with Van, experiencing what she was experiencing. I love a story that I can get lost in like this.

Highly recommended reading for people who just want to read a good book about life. Great characters and a good, solid story.

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Sick, Sick, Sick


I have been sick. Oh boy. very sick. I started out with a little bit of a cold that turned into a fever for a couple of days three weeks ago. I started feeling a bit better the following week, (the week I posted here last) but never really got back to 100 percent. Then it suddenly got really hot. Like, it went from 50 degrees to 95 degrees in a day. I marched in the Mountain Festival parade that Thursday evening and then the next day it all went downhill. I started running a fever by Saturday and missed the whole Mountain Festival. I was so bummed out. I’ve been looking forward to it since I moved here

I ended up running a fever for six days. I had to go to the doctor twice. It turns out that I had/have bronchitis. Both doctors said it was a virus. The second doctor gave me an antibiotic anyway and the day I started taking it I started feeling better. Thank god. I’m finally on the road to recovery.

My big brother blew through town on Sunday and fortified me with all sorts of supplements to boost my immune system.

So anyway, all of this to tell you that I’m still alive. I’ll get back on the blogging train soon. Just need to get my bearings first.