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I had a great time at retreat over the weekend, it was so good to see everyone and I actually accomplished a lot,  but I’m not bouncing back very fast.  Arrived back home Sunday afternoon and finally finished unpacking the car yesterday.  Without going into the boring details, there has been a lot of sleeping and the taking of pain meds for the past few days.  

The retreat photos have been uploaded to the computer and just need to be edited before I can post them.  All of the panel challenges turned out fantastic.  

I do have pics of a couple of projects finished last week.  First of all there are two Dear Jane blocks,

Dear Jane blocks G3 and K7
Dear Jane blocks G3 and K7

 

then there is the needlebook that I made for a Bunco prize.  The needlebook design is my own, but the embroidery pattern is one that I saw made up somewhere, and did a hasty drawing in the sketchbook I’m never without.

 

Wool needlebook, won by Jean

Wool needlebook, won by Jean

The needlebook was won by Jean.   I won a collection of fat quarters and a pincushion pie.
That’s all for now,  Bill is having foot surgery in the morning and we have to be there before the sun comes up.

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Thank you for bearing with me.  I finally finished the pattern for the boot needlebook and converted it to a pdf file.  The pattern is located on the Pattern page (click on the tab at the top of this blog). 

I would be interested in seeing any needlebooks made by others using my pattern.

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I’ve been asked by several people if I would make a pattern for the boot needlebook that I made for Pam.  I’m working on the pattern, but I picked up a bug somewhere and have been out of commission for the past few days.  I just wanted to let everyone know that the pattern is in the works.  I hope to get it posted before I go out of town, if not it will be after the 4th of July weekend.

 

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I just received a phone call from Pam saying that she had received her package.  This started out to be a quick and easy little project.  Had planned to make a small boot shaped needlebook.  While I was drawing the details I decided that the sole and heel of the boot should be a different color, then the foot, toe and leg shaft should contrast.  The leg shaft looked bare so it needed some embellishing.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  The little boot took on a life of it’s own and started telling me what it wanted to be.  Pam likes western things and whenever we have round robins or challenges, you can count on one of her “not wants” to be flowers.  So out of sheer orneriness, I had to embroider flowers on the boot.

The front of the needlebook.
 
Boot needlebook for Pam

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The inside back of the needlebook.

Inside of boot needlebook for Pam.

I haven’t been sleeping well the past few nights which made for not feeling the greatest.  So in the midst of having a pity party for myself, I received this postcard in the mail from some special Skrappy Ladies.  

Cheered me right up.  Thank you!

Skrappy_postcard

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I received an email this morning informing me that my Webshots album of needlebook pics had been chosen as the member’s choice album for today.  The featured photo is the needlebook that I made for Sharron’s retirement.  I had noticed increased activity in the album stats, but didn’t think anything about it.

Sharron's Needlebook
Sharron’s needlebook

Today I was going to drive down to Lawton, visit friends, and then go to the Skrappies meeting tonight.  The weather has conspired against me.  Forecasters can’t make up their minds about where, when and how much snow is expected.  If it’s just snow it wouldn’t bother me, but driving home late at night on roads with possible slick spots, doesn’t appeal to me.  It’s a conspiracy, I tell ya!  Everytime I plan on going to Lawton, something happens to change my plans.

The Celtic Tote is finally, totally, finished.  I removed the knit handles that had started breaking and unraveling after only using once.  The leather jacket that I bought from the Goodwill for three bucks, was cut up and fashioned into new sturdier handles.  Also lined it with a grey cotton fabric.

CelticTote with leather straps

and a closeup.

CelticTote - detail

 

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I finished the needle felted needlbook that I started here.  Now I really have to get busy and finish cutting fabric strips for this weekend’s retreat.

Felted-Cardinal

 

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