Wednesday, April 13, 2011

My Cute Alligator

Hi There!

Long time no see, right? I know...I've not been blogging and while still reading blogs, not always commenting. Nothing is wrong, just not doing much papercrafting these days. I figured I'd better pop in and say hey, just in case anyone was wondering.

Last night, Jessica's grade level did their musical play, A Froggy Day in Lindentown for the parents. It was adorable. It was about a bully and how the critters got the bully to stop being a bully. The songs were very sweet and the kids looked great. I took pictures and a few of them came out okay. I edited out the other kids pretty much.

Jessica had a speaking part and remembered her lines well. She also spoke very clearly so you could understand what she was saying. Yay! The kids were all different animals and the nurse for the school made each of them headbands to wear. They looked great. Anyway, it was fun to watch. Thanks for indulging my proud mama moment.

One of the reasons I've not been papercrafting is because I've started a few new counted cross stitch projects. I used to do a lot of cross stitching in years past, but I kind of dropped it after my mom passed away. She and I used to stitch together or we were planning our next projects together. It was hard to do after she was gone. But, as time has gone on I've done projects here and there (I recently made a birth record for Kathi's granddaughter) and I'm rediscovering how much I enjoy it. I think my mom would be happy to see me pick it up in earnest again (especially since I seem to have lost my mojo for crochet/knitting for the time being). 

So, anyway, Amy's teacher is going to have a baby over summer break and Jessica's teacher is going to get married and those events are ripe for fun stitching projects. I've been looking and looking for something to make for each of them and not having a whole lot of luck finding something I like. Well, I came upon my box of cross stitch patterns in our shed and went through them. Yay! I found projects I think would be great for these events. But, school's out next month! So, that means, if I want to get these done, I've got to stitch, stitch, stitch every spare minute I've got. And papercrafting has to take a back seat for the time being.

Here's what I've gotten done so far for Amy's teacher. It's called Recipe for a Happy Child.  I started this project last Thursday. And I found an 11 x 14 frame at the thrift store that I hope to use for it. That should give you an idea of the size of this one.  Most of the main stitching is done on the bottom half, which is what I'm working on now. Once I get that done, the words/lettering shouldn't take too long. And the project(s) I have in mind for Jessica's teacher aren't quite as large, so I'm hoping I haven't bitten off more than I can chew. I'm also waiting on another teacher to find out her "colors" so I know which will work best for her project. Wish me luck!

So, if you don't see me around much for the next month or so, I hope you'll be patient. I don't think that anyone would be all that interested in progress photos. If there's something I just have to share, I'll pop in and let you know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are having a good week!


Laurel said...

The cutest alligator I have ever seen!

crochetwithtamara said...


I'm so glad that you shared Jessica's performance with us. I love hearing all about your girls and what they're up to. I also love to hear about what you're working on too. The counted cross stitch piece looks like it will be adorable and I'm sure you will get it done in time. Thanks again for sharing a little bit of you with me.

Love and Hugs,

Kim Burmeister said...

Jessica is darling! I am sure you are a proud mama. I love to go to the boys' events like this.

I knew you were busy creating something. I haven't been stamping lately either. I have been surfing the net and playing with my photography. I guess our mojo goes has other creative outlets.

Your cross stitching is awesome! This is so cute!

Have fun!

Jackie said...

Very cute alligator :) Love the cross stitch too...haven't done that in forever ;)

Carolyn said...

Cute alligator!! :) Such a cute project too.
My mom taught me how to embroider and cross stitch when i was a little girl. Thanks for bringing back some special memories.

Jena said...

What a fun program - such a cute alligator ;-) Love your cross stitch project - I wish I could find a good pattern to get me back into it, I haven't done it for so long! Good luck getting everything done in time - you can do it! Enjoy your weekend!

Alanna said...

So cute. It's been awhile since I've mentioned this to you, but your talent in so many areas is fabulous. You are inspiring. Good luck getting the projects done.

Anke said...

oh my goodness, now she is cross stitching! Do you ever stop? :) Love what you have done so far and that little alligator is just too cute!!! :)