Not tons of progress, but some. It's been hard staying up very late now that I'm back on the school schedule of getting up at 5:30. These sections are really large! At least the last of those cursed dogs are finished. This time around they were easy. It makes me mad that I let them upset the apple cart, so to speak, and got me so frustrated that I ranted and raved and threw it into the spare bedroom where I didn't have to look at it (but then again, it wasn't all them - I have the attention span of a gnat sometimes). I'm being really optimistic and thinking that I can finish her up by the end of the year (okay, maybe not - I'm sure my attention will wander - but it's a good thought).
I have to thank everyone again who entered my giveway! And a huge congratulations to Ranae again (it's going out tomorrow, Ranae). I was surprised at the number of people who posted, but it's made a huge amount of fun for me to discover some new blogs! Thanks everyone!
This weekend we went to a couple of Festivals that take place in the area. One of them was the Peach Festival in Romeo, Michigan. They always have a parade with the marching band, each branch of the Armed Services represented, craft booths, carnival rides, etc.
Don't you just love that house in the background? It's a bed and breakfast. I took a lot of pictures, but decided not to bore you with all of them except for the Peach Queen herself:
Not the greatest picture, but what can you do with a cell phone? I had a reason for making sure that I took a picture of her. My mother grew up in the area (actually North Branch) and actually ran for Peach Queen a long time ago:
My mom didn't win the title of Queen - she's the one on the far right - but was in the Queen's Court. This photo is from a book called Images of America - The Romeo Peach Festival highlighting every year that the festival has been held from 1931 to 2005. I found it in the bookstore a year or so ago and just thumbed through it and was surprised to see my mom in it.
The kids and I, before the start of the school season, stopped at a couple garage and estate sales that were in the area. My kids really scarfed up on the goods! They love going to those things. I didn't find anything of interest except for this book:
Don't you just love this title! I just had to get it! I would like to think of myself as an Uppity Woman! LOL This should really make for some entertaining reading, don't you think?
Work on the craft room still continues. The table still hasn't been delivered because my FIL is a real perfectionist and didn't want to bring it last week in case the finish wasn't dry. You just have to love him for that. But it was a good thing - heavy rains caused a leak in the basement and my craft room ended up being the dumping grounds for everything that was near the leak! AUGHHHHH. But it was just a glitch because of the way the rain hit the house (we think DS opened the window in the basement and wouldn't admit it - you know how those kids are). So no real organizing went on this week because I could barely move in there. But I had the urge to sew and went down there one day, moved some things back out into the room, and was ready to put some quality sewing time in on a project I need to finish up, DD's pointe shoes that needed the ribbons sewn on and my current quilt WIP thinking I would have a productive day. But, as always happens, something is wrong with the sewing machine! Why does this happen??? It worked fine the last time I used it! UGH! After an hour of fiddling with it, I gave up the ghost and off to sewing repair it goes. So we had to go to Plan B.
Plan B involved sorting out more floss. Yes, I'm still doing some arranging of floss, etc. I happened upon this great filing system for my overdyed threads:
I love this set up! I saw this on another blog, One Stitch at a Time, and decided to try it out. I really love it. A shop that carries this system is called Acorns & Threads. The tabs just twist out of the upper brackets, you put them on a floss ring and stitch your project. When done, just snap them back on! I had them in floss bags and thought that they were losing some of their varigation from the bags so wanted to try something different. I toyed with some different ideas like buying another couple of those hardware drawer sets that I used for my DMC threads, but then I saw this on One Stitch at a Time's blog and knew it would be perfect. I've got a long way to go though - that's just a mere dent in the overdyed collection!!!
Well, that's it for now. Haven't had much time for anything with trying to recuperate from summer and the kids being home. Now that they're back in school there are way too many things to catch up on! Hope everyone gets a lot of time to make some X's.