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I love this sampler - the cow just makes it, I think. But, if you've been reading my blog for any length of time at all, you know that I am a klutz with a capital K. We used to call my son, Tyler the Master of Disaster because he was so accident prone but really, I am the one that owns that title. I have spilt tea (I always have a glass of iced tea with me) on not only my own samplers but others, as well. Remember this incident with Deb?
Or, how about the time that I left my Friendship Sampler outside and it got tossed around by a mild tornado? Forgetful and Klutzy!
Isabella wasn't treated quite that poorly but, bless her heart, she is now a tad stained. See the stains on the tree on the right and all the splotches on the right side?
It's Rob's fault.
We were leaving Virginia a couple of weeks ago to drive back to Michigan. Before we hit the road, we always stop for a sweet tea at one of the local fast food places. The two Master's of Disaster were sitting together in the back seat. Rob reached back to hand me my large, sweet tea and it tipped slightly and splattered on Isabella. I thought I heard her screaming in disgust and then I realized that no, that shrill voice was mine.
For REALS???? A tea spill on a sampler - Again! Are you Kidding Me????
I am hoping that because Isabella is being stitched with DMC that I will be able to wash the stains out after I'm done stitching. We'll see. There are many reasons (IMHO) to love DMC floss - washability is but one.
We were heading back to Michigan after participating in the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond, VA a couple of weeks ago.
What a great time! It's always a treat to get to visit my parents but to do this run with my dad was extra special. There was but one, little problem. I was sick.
I'll spare you the boring details but the day we left my doc gave me a shot of something, a prednisone pack, an antibiotic and an inhaler for the wheezing I had developed. He told me he doubted I'd be well enough to participate by Saturday, but I was hopeful. I wasn't quite up to par by race day but there was no way I was not going
I managed to complete the 10k (6.2 miles) in 1 hour and 9 minutes. No, I didn't
set the world on fire but I was able to finish without having a heart attack, so I was happy. Rob, Matt and Ty also participated and as expected, my dad and Tyler kicked my butt. My Uncle Charlie was there and he completed it as well. Rob and Matt finished together but Matt twisted his ankle somewhere along the line and limped in to finish.
No quitters here!!!
After the race we celebrated my dad's 75th birthday and all of us being together to participate in such a fun event just made it that much more special.
My mom found this sweet, little sewing box that she gave me when I was there. She is such an enabler and loves to help me build my collections! Isn't this sweet? I wonder if a woman bought it for herself or if her boyfriend or husband came back from Miami with this to give her? Can you hear the convo? "Honey, I'm home! I brought you a present. I wanted you to always be able to find a needle and thread and scissors to mend my shirts!" Do you think he'd have gotten hit over the head with a frying pan? Not the most romantic gift from a husband or lover but a great gift from my mother to me!
This is what the inside looks like:
Isn't it sweet? Thank you, Mom! I love it!
This past weekend, Julie, Sheila, Gretchen and I all went to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Vera Bradley outlet sale. As we were headed down there, Julie said that her DD Meghan reminded her to keep her elbows up! When we saw this billboard, we had to stop for a picture...
We had a great time and did a little antique shopping on the way home. I found those sterling silver thimbles in the IJ and the sewing box pic for $3 each. I will put one of them on my charm bracelet.
Here are a couple of other things I found - nothing too exciting but I love the little spoons. They're great for parties to put in bowls of nuts or M&M's.
The spikey thing is a reproduction, I think, but I'll use it to hold receipts (which was it's intended purpose).
I found these old picture frames ages ago at a local re-sale store and snapped them all up since they were half off the marked prices. Aren't they pretty?
As you can see from the backs, they are quite old. The one that is the second from the left says Helen Irene Cavanaugh and is dated 1914. Don't you love the woman in the frame on the left in the ballet type dress? And that old guy in the black frame looks kind of like Alfred Hitchcock, bless his heart. Not sure what I'll do with them but will likely try to find a sampler to fit the little frame on the left.
Finally, I found a pink flower frog/bowl like the one Debbie gave me for my birthday. If it hadn't been so pricey, I would have bought it to give one of you. But $65 was jut too pricey after all the other shopping I had done.
I have started a new sampler as an SAL with Julie but there's not enough done to warrant a picture but perhaps next week I can show you.
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