Monday, August 06, 2012

Simple Joys

Simple Joys has been riding around in my stitching bag for quite a while now.  Earlier this year it made the journey from my box of ready-to-go stitching into the bag where there's some hope that it may actually BE stitched.  And once I started it, it was fun, fun, fun.  My favorite part to stitch was the flower pot, mostly because I loved the purple flowers with that overdyed thread (CC Plum Paisley).  And the lettering.  I love me a nice purple!

I'm not sure about its final finish.  It needs to be stretched - either in a frame or box top, because, although you can't see it in this photo, the fabric has some pretty heavy duty creases in it.  A sweet pillow would be nice, but not with those stubborn creases.

What an odd end of summer I'm having this year.  My son, the researcher, was busy in Georgia and not able to come home at all.  My daughter, the traveler, left for another extended trip a couple weeks ago, and from there she'll be going straight back to college.  I'll tell you...it's weird being completely out of the "back to school" loop.  There was something solid about preparing kids to go back to school, whether it was kindergarten or college.  Schedule-producing, goal-setting solid.  Now I feel like August is melting into September.  There's not a single solid thing about it.

Or maybe it's just that I love school supplies and now I don't have a reason to go buy them.  Crazy, but true!  I think I'll go buy some nice pens and see if I don't feel better...

26 comments:

  1. Your Simple Life is beautiful! Don't you just hate when those stubborn creases don't come out? I find that so irritating. I love school supplies, too!

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  2. I'd love to know how you deal with those stubborn creases, I find some of them impossible. I like the sentiment in your stitched piece.

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  3. Pens - binder - something organizational. Simple Joys is beautiful!

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  4. Lee - I recommend Sharpies - they can give you the same thrill as a new box of crayons!

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  5. Simple Joys Simple Life looks terrific! I know just what you mean about school supplies. The first few years I really missed shopping for them too. Now I have grandkids, so I use this opportunity to buy new boxes of crayons for my three-year-old granddaughter!

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  6. So sweet. (It would make for a wonderful pillow.) I kinda know what you mean about the "back to school loop", I am left with only 1 out of 3 now. I was just telling hubby it felt weird not having to get the girls ready for school and meet their teachers and all that. (Both my girls have graduated now 2011 and 2012; I am left with the 10 year old boy in 5th grade this year.) He's almost at the half way mark, then it is a matter of time before I start experiencing that "empty nest" sensation too. LOL I won't lie though, I am excited about NOT having to dish out loads of $$$ this year in school supplies and whatnot...XD

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  7. Simple Life is lovely! I know about "school supplies", I just bought pens at Staples and a plastic utility box..and I did not even need them!

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  8. What a beautiful finish! That's one of my favorites. I started it once, but I didn't like the fabric, so now I need to restart.

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  9. Simple Joys came out beautifully! I love the purple that you mentioned but also the gold in the house. it's a great project.

    I'm out of the back to school loop too. I actually went to the mall this weekend and it was tax free weekend. Something I always avoided at all costs when my kids were in school!

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  10. I adore this finish ~ Congrats!

    As for school supplies, I have the same reaction every August. Fortunately, we have a local business that takes donations of backpacks and school supplies that they turn around and give to children living in foster care who need them. It's a wonderful program so I still get to fulfill my urge.

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  11. I love school supplies. Now that my nieces are out of school, I have taken to adopting a child from my best friends non-profit. I get to buy school supplies and a pair of shoes, one school outfit, underwear and socks. I ask for a younger child because I think the little jeans are so cute.

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  12. Beautiful finish Lee!
    Aren't there any school supplies that you need for your stitching? Rings to hold floss bags? high lighters? I always like looking at what is out there.
    And I love when Back To school is over because they put out the Halloween stuff!! Yahoo!
    Have a great week :)

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  13. The Simple Life is so beautiful.

    Greetings Manuela

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  14. I look at this beautiful finish and I just get a peaceful feeling. We all need a more simple and joyful life!

    I know what you mean about preparing for school. I haven't had to do it in years and I sometimes find myself wandering down the school supplies aisles at Walmart, gazing a the notebooks and pencils. Oh I do love me some #2 Ticonderoga pencils!
    :o)

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  15. and folders. It's the only time of year you can get fun and picturesque folders for next to nothing. Oh, graph paper and loose leaf paper. Be sure to stock up on those things. It doesn't seem unreasonable to think about Christmas stockings, either. Everyone needs a few new pens by Christmas.

    Cheer up. I could send you one of my kids to outfit for school....

    Pam

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  16. What a great finish, Lee!! I need to get mine stitched up one of these days... The words are so "me!" (or how I want my life to be!!)

    It is very weird not having kids in school any longer--I don't even know what day school starts this year! I actually find myself missing the guys a lot at this time of year--must have something to do with not going back-to-school shopping with them...

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  17. Love it, Lee!

    Yes, drop some supplies into a box at Walgreens or somewhere, a child will thank you. Know what you mean though, children really 'ground' you, don't they?

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  18. I love your finish and good luck wiht the darn creases, they can sure be annoying especially if you've used overdyes as it limits your options for dampening etc.

    I don't even have any kids but I still like to see the school supplies in the stores...it's tradition. I loved getting a big new box of Crayola crayons...ahhhh..I still remember the smell!

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  19. What a beautiful finish - Love it :)

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  20. What a sweet simple finish!!
    There is something about preparing for school and getting back into a routine that I know I will miss when my guys are older. We have enjoyed the lazy days of summer, but I am looking forward to that routine!

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  21. Hi Lee!

    Love the finish! That will now be in my "to do" list.

    School supplies are great! And just keep me out of the office supply stores....they are deadly for me!

    Debbie in Kansas

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  22. Although my kids left school many years ago I still have to buy school supplies, but I have to do it throughout the whole school year - I'm a teacher, lol.
    Great finish!

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  23. I love your Simple Joys!
    And let me tell you...they have beautiful composition books now-a-days...much prettier than the marbled black and white ones. A new set of ink pens and a cute compsition book would be just the thing to get you going :)

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