I'm thinking of changing my blog name to "I'm Back!" because that's how I seem to be starting too many posts this year. When I wrote my last post, I was preparing to settle in for a quiet, focused fall after a flurry of summer activity. And the next thing I knew, I was in the car, driving from Cleveland, Ohio to Dallas, Texas!
It was a last minute thing...we unexpectedly found ourselves with an extra car, the kids had just landed and were in need of one (at least) so Molly flew up to join me and we made the north-south roadtrip with a fun stop at my brother's place on the way. As soon as the plan was in place, I could be found darting around the house, pulling things from closets and making piles to load in for the trip ~ household items saved from the college apartment, wedding gifts left here last summer that were too large to bring back to Japan, golf clubs ~ you name it, if it was Molly's and it fit in the empty car, in it went! She reclaimed her things and I gained some closet space. Win, win!
Although I was gone less than a week, the prep and recovery ate up more time. And today it's October! I'm now back in my routine and am happy to say things are getting accomplished again. Lists are being made and most importantly, things are being checked off. I got a quilt basted yesterday and with three deadline projects to be quilted, well, let's just say I'm happy that cool weather and the new tv season has finally arrived!
During the warm weather and busy weeks of late summer, I've been chipping away at a cross stitch project I started earleir in the year. I'm not much of a pattern person, but when I'm stressed out or on the run, I do like to have something to pick up that doesn't require any decision-making.
Years ago ~ the early 1980s, actually ~ I designed and made these cross stitch project cases that I sold at craft fairs. A knitting stitch holder easily unclips to hold floss.
The large pockets hold charts, hoop and in-progress work.
It folds closed, secured with ties, and can be slipped very neatly into a tote bag for travel or storage. I love the functionality of it, while in truth, I loathe the '80s fabric prints. If I didn't have a very long list of other projects ongoing, I'd remake it in something more contemporary.
I have lots to share ~ the list has grown as I have gallivanted around. But dare I say, "Back soon!"?