One day a week a homeschool friend and I trade kids. She teaches mine Algebra 2 and Pre algebra and I get to play in the art supplies with hers. I know that I have the better end of the deal! Here is what we finished up this week. This is mine in the middle of the work. Yes, it is an artwork off of Pinterest.
Working with her boys is lots of fun. We cleaned the table off with Shaving cream and they loved that. We will water color next week.
I have had a busy six weeks. It is incredibly boring to sit around doing nothing for six weeks while you recuperate from surgery. I can say that I am working on my list of boring hard things to do; finish the AARP defensive driving course, finish up the sequin stocking kit that I started in 1999. Yes, I did finally finish it, minus the instruction sheet and cover sheet. I found a photo of the complete kit on E-bay. Printed that picture out and went to town on it yesterday. It is now just waiting on me to put the embroidered name on it for my sweet new daughter in law. She and our son will now have matching Christmas stockings. I am now on to the dreaded 1994 cross stitch project. I have finally found all of the parts, pattern, cross stitch, missing threads but I am missing a cross stitch needle. It will turn up quickly and I will get this done and marked off my list. I am sorry about the size of this photo but I took it with my phone and it is just not working quite right I can’t figure out how to resize it today. Tomorrow I will have more brain power I am sure. I do know that if you click on it, it will take you to another window and show the a bigger photo if you are really want to see it.
So we will see if I get to show you the finished project. I will have to say in my self defense that having four children under nine is not the time to be doing counted cross stitch anything. So now that they are older (23,20,18, and 15) and we have moved four times. I think I can get it finished.
Long ago, well about seven years ago, I planted a half dead pear tree at the wrong time of year. It had been on sale at the end of the planting season so the choices were small and trees in bad condition. It was a simply a stick with two leaves. I simply planted it in hope that it would some day bear fruit. I watered it faithfully for the first summer season and then promptly forgot it. It was at the bottom of the yard and outside our backyard fence (so the dogs wouldn’t be tempted to chew it up) We had two summers of incredible heat and drought. I had forgotten that it was even there. Every once in a while I would think about it and wonder if the kids had mowed over it or if it was still there. I could see it was getting taller and in each Spring it would have a few more leaves. I still wondered what was happening to it and would it bear fruit or be barren. This year we have PEARS! Only about 30 or so but it is growing and looks great!
Evidently even neglected fruit trees bear fruit. My little thought this morning is that we and our children are much like this little pear tree. There are great character qualities growing in them and us that we have planted that we never see until it is the right time, season or condition for them to show up. Those little forgotten twigs of hope, faith, kindness, love, gentleness; are there growing and leafing out. We just need to water them and encourage them to grow. We must not loose hope or think that they haven’t taken root.
Just a quick look at what I have been sewing up in the studio. It is amazing how much you can get done when you break your work down into baby steps.
First you get the fabric….
Then you cut it out and start stitching.
I have the ever present boot on my left foot and while it does slow me down. I have to take frequent breaks and put my foot up so it doesn’t swell too much. I think that things are looking better for the Christmas season, especially since I will be recovering from surgery and the kids will be starting school. I am using about 10 hours a week to get the store stocked for the shopping season. Sewing will be off limits for a month or so and I am trying to get ahead by sewing extras.
What are you doing to get ready for the holidays or have you even thought of it yet?