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Kitten in the craft box

So, I’m trying to work on this latch hook rug kit, but a certain cat has other plans for the box the craft kit came in.

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Perfect night

I seriously must be an old woman in a 23 year olds body. I’m happy right now simply because I have 1. A blanket on my lap 2. A cat on my lap 3. Some stitching going on.

It’s also nice to start on something NOT Christmas related. [side note- I thought needlepoint was basically cross stitch with yarn, but there’s a bigger difference than I thought…so that will be fun to work on something new as well.]

Aaaand it just got doubly-awesome with the addition of cat #2 and a glass of wine from Morgan. 🙂 (“I can’t get up, theres a cat on my lap!” really works well in our house.)

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Thankful

Today I am thankful for many things.

  • Waiting less than 10 minutes for the bus in the morning, and actually getting a seat.
  • Free office coffee [it’s actually quite good!]
  • Billions of Christmas treats at work…including something called Snowman Poop (though my waistline is most likely not thankful)
  • Coming home to 2 kittens awaiting me in the window and a house that smells wonderfully of Christmas tree, citrus and cookies
  • Realizing that if a hobby (crafting) is stressing you out, that it’s ok to step back a bit…hobbies are supposed to be fun

That last point is why the stocking on the left is the one I made for Morgan, while the one on the right is a $2 one for me from Target…the idea of sequining and handsewing and stuffing all those little felt pieces on my own stocking was stressing me out. Finally I realized there is always next year, and was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Christmas stockings

[Plus I think it is quite funny how both Santas are so happy their eyes are closed]
xoxo, emma

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Vintage Santa ornament kit

The first thing I ever bought at S.C.R.A.P. was actually at the one in San Francisco a little over a year ago, right before I moved to Portland. It was this craft kit from the 70’s to make 2 little bedazzled Santa ornaments. I finally got around to making them and couldn’t be happier with their kitsch factor. 🙂 Although I did get a callous on my finger from pushing in a bazillion tiny pins for all the sequins. 😦 And one more emoticon for good measure [and for Britni]: *<[]:0{|>  Santa!

Santa ornament

And another creepy Santa (my favorite!) decking the Halls’ halls: my lights.

Don’t they look sunburnt? I love ’em.

xoxo, emma

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Craft To Do List

My current “To Do” list:

  1. Sew and stuff a stuffed log for my Halloween costume. (The Twin Peaks log lady). I don’t want to carry around a heavy real log so I got felt and fiberfill and will just make my own psychic log.log lady
  2. Applique and embroider 2 Christmas stockings.
  3. Knit fingerless gloves for the BF (his request…may require some cable knitting which worries me a bit).
  4. Finish knitting my scarf (still only about 2/3 done ugh).
  5. Embroider Christmas ornaments…about 5-10.

Luckily it is already becoming very cold so I have an excuse to just stay curled up in the house sipping Trader Joe’s apple cider curled up in an afghan and not answering my phone so I can get all of this done.

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UFOs: Unfinished Objects

I don’t tend to have a ton of UFOs (unfinished objects)/WIPs (works in progress) around, but when I do give up, it is right at the end of a project.  This one cross stitch I’ve been working on is definitely at the frustration point.  I’ve been working on it for so long, completing a little each day.  Now I’m almost to the end and having to force myself to finish rather than start another craft project.  I have been wanting to start one of my tiny embroidery kits just because they are so small, and will give instant gratification, but then I know I would never finish this one.  Almost there!  I find the end of a project to be almost stressful, and this is one piece I am definitely ready to be done with.

embroidery and cat

It is especially hard to finish with a cat on my lap.

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S.C.R.A.P. Haul

I’ve mentioned before how much I LOVE S.C.R.A.P. It is the absolute best craft supply store/non-profit.  I was driving past today and couldn’t resist popping in for a quick look.  I headed straight to my favorite bin, where you can get full embroidery kits for less than a dollar.  I ended up picking up two items, totaling only 50 cents!

My Scrap Haul

I picked up a tiny little embroidery kit which includes everything, even the kitschy mini wire hanger to display the final project on.  It said 50 cents but I got it for only a quarter!  My favorite items to get from S.C.R.A.P. are all their kitchen/gardening/cooking embroidery kits.  One day I hope to display them all on a huge wall of kitsch above my kitchen table.  The second item I picked up is a cool mounting board for finished embroideries or any other type of fabric art.  Just what I need to display one of my already finished kitchen embroidery pieces! I love that I picked up these two cute things for only a measly 50 cents.

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