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Had a very productive day yesterday. Dropped Katrina off at school. Did returns at Old Navy, found a gray fleece hat for Robs, shopped at Aldi and costco, picked Katrina up, went to the Y and lifted, dropped groceries at mom's, dropped groceries at dad's, and home by 2 for Robs' nap.

Put Robs down, and Kat and I brought the groceries in and put them all away. Then I taught Katrina to use the veggie peeler and we finished making the chicken soup. I sewed the shirt for her Astrid costume and made the beef stroganoff. My reading for liturgy this Sunday came in the mail, so i took sone time to mark that up. When Robs got up we went outside and Katrina and I took turns with the leaf blower. We got the upper level of the back yard done. Then inside for dinner (chicken soup) and baths and bed.

Bruce got home right after that so he and I had the stroganoff for supper, then he went to bed and I did some laundry, watched an episode of Bones, and took a magnesium bath. Everyone was in bed by ten.

Today mom is picking Katrina up from school and keeping her overnight, and Bruce is off from work (so far). My big things today are taking dad some food, chiropractor appt at 11, and I want to finish the leaf blowing because it's supposed to rain tomorrow. I'll have to do it again in a few weeks in any case, but I'd rather not have an extra layer of wet moldy leaves under there when I do.

Oh, and the halloween costumes. Might want to get those done soon.

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At long last, the Beatrix Potter color sampler is finished and framed! And Katrina is still young enough to want it hung in her room, which is nothing short of a miracle. I was starting to think it was going to be her high school graduation present.

Whole sampler:


I think the framer did a great job. The narrow green border is exactly the same shade as the lighter green in the grass. The larger cream mat is the same shade as frame. They are yellow enough that they don't clash with the white fabric, and they really set the piece off well against Katrina's orchid color walls.

Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail are probably my favorites. Although Mrs. Tiggywinkle is pretty cute, even from the back!

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So (sew), having asked everyone to help me come up with a name for my cottage industry, I figured I had better share pictures as well.

I have Katrina's owl hat and wings completed, though I'm undecided whether to make feathery legs or not:
The wings are fleece with felt feathers, and the hat is fleece as well. The yoke velcroes in front and attached to the wrist with elastic.

Next we have Peter Pan, including some custom shoe covers that I just love, even though I made them myself.
I love the hat too.

Finally we have Tinkerbell the dog. The collar threads through the top of the costume, and the tutu sits at the waist. The tutu is green tulle and metallic green mesh on elastic, the base is fleece, and the wings are wire armature covered with the metallic mesh. It's to fit a beagle.
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Woo-hoo! Kitkat and I are leaving Thursday morning for two weeks in Pittsburgh. We'll be there for Easter with ma, and will have time so dad can meet his grandpuppy. He's been driving up to Ebensburg every week to look after Gran, so he hasn't had a chance to come down to VA Beach. I'm renting a car, so we'll definitely be going up to see her as well.

I need to check and see if raw eggs count as liquids or what have you for the purpose of flying, because I'd really like to take some pysanky for Gran and Uncle Jim. I don't think anyone in the family's made them since Grandpa died in '86, and mine from the other year turned out really nice. I'll have to laquer them, I guess. One somehow got some wax or something on it and smeared. :-(

So behind on posting pictures. Still none of the baby (who is 3 months tomorrow), and I should put up some pysanky as well. I'm really very proud of them, especially because I can't draw for shit. My artistic abilities are all firmly fabric-based. Plus these are pretty sentimental, since I made them with the kistky Grandpa made, and his old spirit lamp.

Cranky baby needs no nap, apparently...but she sure wants mama right now.

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Today is the complete opposite of yesterday: cold, wet and generally unpleasant. So I have settled in with yet more episodes of The Forsyte Saga, some red grapes and a truly yummy Havarti, to start refurbishing my dollhouse.

My grandfather built it for me before he died...I must have gotten it Christmas '85 or maybe '86.  I think '85 though, as I have furniture my father built dated 1986. He made it from scratch from a set of plans, not from a kit, and all the shingles were cut out and glued one at a time.

Now, I repainted it when I ws ten, so please forgive the color scheme:

Here is a picture of the inside as it looks now:

The funny stripes across the floors and along the walls are copper tapes for electric. It runs through the house in one big circuit, and can be papered or painted over without compromising the effectiveness. In the fifteen years since Dad installed the tapes, there is even an option now to put itty bitty permanent plugs in, so that you can change lamps and such without poking a bunch of holes in the wallpaper.

The top left room is a bedroom or nursery that currently has no decorating or lights. The hall is the top middle, and is papered. I don't know if there is wiring underneath, but there are ways to check. The main bedroom is on the top right. It is papered and I think wired. The door in the hall goes to a little bathroom, but there's really no way to access it.

THe kitchen is bottom left, with a hanging light but no decorating. The dining room is center: papered, wired and with a chandelier. The living room is wired and has a wood floor with boards drawn on by my grandfather.

The opening panels are also wired. The right one has tapes for a lamppost and carriage lights. The left has two deep bay windows, which I'm thinking might make nice little room vignettes. Maybe a sewing room upstairs and a formal hall or foyer downstairs.

More to come as I update!


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