I’m not sure if I want to call this a weekly update or am October wrap up. Either way. . . We’ve been trekking along in school. AppleBlossom is 5 years 4 months old. OrangeBlossom is 3 years 2-3/4 months old. Almond boy Blossom is 3-1/2 months old. AppleBlossom is doing a plethora of fun things. We call this year K5 but a majority of what we are doing is technically called First Grade, although we are in no rush. This week we have come upon the first quarter in Seton Home Study School First Grade, our intent was to make this curriculum last two years, but so far outside of art and music it doesn’t look like it will, so we might make it with lots of reading being our second year of it. But this is only the first quarter so who knows what the next three quarters. . .
Instead of the usual author interview, Margaret gave me the option of discussing some of my own “Creative Madness” and sharing one of my favorite hobbies with you. I couldn’t resist. Especially when I saw that Margaret herself shares my passion not only for reading Christian historical fiction but for cross-stitch.
One Word to really shape your upcoming year. Rather than a huge list of resolutions, this One Word becomes a theme about where you are focusing in 2013.
So of course I’m still working on the pregnancy. We’re at about 14 weeks or so and our next checkup is next Friday. Maybe we’ll find a gender then?? I was able to completely finish the center applique piece for my SisterB’s Wuthering Heights Quilt. (Sorry this picture is awful and not of the completed part, but it’s close). The next step is an embroidered border. The only problem is I cannot seem to find that fabric. For whatever reason it is not in the craft box that I have been keeping this project so I’m a bit confused. However, all my sewing stuff is mostly packed up for our move to our new house! That’s right, that’s another WIP. We are in the process of buying a house and are set to close on March 18th! Pray for all to go well!! Lastly, other than reading my main project. . .
Have you noticed the background of my blog? Do you know what that is? It’s a quilt block. When was the last time you saw something quilt-like on my blog? 🙁 This blog started as a way to share my current quilt projects with my mom and sisters. (I know one sister reads daily, and my mom has started reading more and more…) But there are hardly any quilt projects here. *sigh* Frankly I’m unhappy with my blog. With blogging in general. I feel like I keep getting disappointed about lack of interaction and this that and the other. (Woah, that was a different blog post that has merged into this one, sorry.. more on that later.) I need more sewing, quilting and cross stitching in my life in addition to in my blog. In case you missed it, www.MadebyMardi.com is up and running and I’ve been busy filling some. . .
Last year was the last time I finished a cross stitch project (well there are these bibs that are complete except for some outlines, but AppleBlossom is too far beyond using them – wouldn’t use them for food so much as for a drooling baby). The quilt was for my niece, SisterL’s #5. Now I am making a Baby Hugs Bunny & Bear matching sampler for my new nephew, SisterL’s #6. I’m also going to start a different one soon for my brother’s son (four months younger that AppleBlossom). And just started today, I’m going to make a birth sampler for my AppleBlossom. (I’ll come back to the boys…) this one just arrived in the mail. It could not be more appropriate or perfect. So how about it do you want to keep track of my journey with status photos?
This is going to be a wordy post. As this was originally a conversation response on Facebook, but then it got too long for my wall… The nursery originally was painted with a satin kitchen and bathroom sage green paint below a natural wood chair rail installed by the Enginerd with a Vanilla type color above it. The doors to the closet and the door inside the nursery was also painted with the green. The far wall with the window had paneling that we put up that was a beautiful natural color. It was gorgeous. We then had sage green curtains that went to the floor as well. About the week, the Einginerd finished with the chair rail, we found out that he was going to lose his job with 90% of everyone else and we had to sell our house. We now live in a rental, and AppleBlossom is. . .
… reading Eternity’s Edge by Bryan Davis, book #2 in the Echoes from the Edge trilogy and cross stitching ornaments. No, not at the same time. I have yet to figure out how to master that skill, I’m alternating. *grin* What are you up to today? I have recently found out that my sister is pregnant, with baby #5. Exciting!!!! So, I had to jump up go to the store and find a cross stitch quilt, because as I started a tradition with my first niece, now each of my nieces and nephews have one. So, now I get to make #7, and I have just about six months to do it! How do I fit that in with all the book reviews?!?! Ack! Niece #1 (Brother’s oldest daughter) received the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” quilt. It was the first one that I made and took me 18 months to. . .
This is the cross stitch Christmas present I made for my daddy, but after the fact I realized I should have made a second one for my brother… MJ