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What I've Been Up To Lately

I never promised I'd be a regular poster, did I. :)  But it's been a while since my last blog post (the giveaway) and I have a lot on my mind that I want to get written down in some way or another, so I figured I'd let you all inside my brain for a few minutes.

The last few weeks were busy and fun!  We went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for one week, and yes, we did take our 2-year-old son, Bret with us.  It was his third trip by airplane and he did very well.  Prior to us leaving I had been working on a few custom orders for woolies and necktie clutches.  Then of course there was the planning and packing for our trip. 

(Bret playing on the beach)

Upon returning home last Sunday of course I had lots to catch up on, including washing many loads of laundry and shopping for groceries.  I didn't touch my sewing machine until Thursday, and that was to repair the waistband on a pair of Bret's shorties.  I finally got down to some real sewing this weekend!  Here are the results:

So what's on my mind lately?  Lot's of creative ideas brewing up there!  I feel like a whirlwind inside and I don't know what to work on first.  I've taken up crocheting again - I used to make simple afghans for my friends as gifts.  Now I'm trying my hand at crocheting hats.

I just bought the most beautiful yarn yesterday and will be making a lovely scarf out of it for my sister-in-law.

I also want need to give my sewing area a makeover.  But I'm saving that for a future blog post.  :)

Until next time


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