Friday, September 19, 2014
One more project off the to-do list!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Only 100 days until Christmas! This time of year I tend to increase my stitching hours on seasonal projects. It's just part of how I personally celebrate the holidays.
I have Christmas projects yelling at me from my stash. They just have to wait though.
Linking up today with Heather at Books and Quilts.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
This is a milestone I never expected to see. This post is the thousandth that I've written for Lit and Laundry.
If somebody had told me, back in April 2008 that I would have 1000 entries for Lit and Laundry I never would have believed them. This has always been a little experiment for me, a place to hold my thoughts so I could hold on to moments in time. A place to watch my kids grow and my creative projects evolve. I meant to write about the books I love to read but to be honest, I feel like a lousy book reviewer. People will just have to trust me that I read a lot.
My ideas and my writing have changed over time. Back in 2008 blogging in general was different. We were like a small club, passing awards and badges to each other and visiting everywhere every day. Now I see many more sleek, professional-looking blogs with gourmet recipes and diy tips worthy of Pinterest. They're great too. It's a big blog world out there with room for every style.
I've watched fellow bloggers' kids grow up. Seen tragedy strike blogging families and smiled with true joy at reading wonderful news that others have shared. I've been inspired by projects and parties and great ideas and especially, by great writing.
But one thing remains the same from the very first post to today. The one thing that means the most to me, and to any blogger, is the comment section. The fact that people take a moment to stop and write a response. These tiny nuggets can make such a difference in my day.
So thank you, dear reader for joining me, or sticking with me, or giving me a quick scan as you go through your reader. It's nice to know you're out there.
On to the next thousand!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
And speaking of fall, I have a new favorite soap. Did they have this scent before?
Now I have the urge to make some pumpkin muffins. Must be fall.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Kids are back to school and we're starting to settle into a new routine. I've had a chance to work on some of my current projects.
My "Mysterious Halloween Town" by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery is more than halfway finished, and getting cuter all the time. The section I'm working on on the left will be a bakery.
Finally, because she discovered she needed some beloved books she left behind, I had to send a package to Drama Girl. I couldn't resist making this amigurumi brain for her. Pattern is from Mad Crochet Lab. Here is the little bag I put it in.
All my stitching keeps me happy as I adjust to her absence. I suppose there are worse things I could do to cope.
Monday, September 1, 2014
This has been one of the hardest things I've ever done in my life. There has been real grief and real joy in this process. I am still recovering. I'm going to apologize in advance for the blurry photos. Everything happened so fast. It will give the realistic impression of looking through tears.
Step 1: Packing.
Step 2: Arrive at destination, hit all the stores.
Step 3: Visit the campus even though move-in day is the next day.
"Mom,this is the lawn, this is the castle..." is about the level of detail I got from her. She had been out to visit earlier in the summer with a friend to take placement tests. She was thrilled to show me the "writing room" in the library where she plans to hunker down with her laptop.
But the castle! Oh my, what a beautiful place. I learned the next day that it was modeled after the castle in Scotland that was later used to film the Harry Potter movies.
Step 4: Try to sleep the night before move-in. Fail.
Step 5: Try to survive move-in day
This was so well orchestrated that it all went pretty quickly. Parents backed cars up to the curb in front of the dorms and all the sports teams descended on the cars and unloaded them and took everything up to the room. It felt like it was about 130 degrees and these poor kids kept their good humor despite being drenched with sweat at 10:00 in the morning.
Step 6: Make the bed.
Step 7: Meet the roommates and their parents
Step 8: The final goodbye
But when all was said and done, it was such a happy day too. As one parent said, it was like "releasing a trout." A flip of the tail, a shimmer of light, and they were off, happy in their environment.
Good luck Drama Girl. I love you.