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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mug Rug Swap ~ Goodies Received

Remember back in March when I was knee deep in school work and I joined the Springtime Mug Rug Swap? I wrote about it HERE. It was just what I needed to look forward to so I could push through the semester and get back down to my sewing room.

This afternoon, George the mailman made my day when he delivered a package from De in Georgia. Want to see what De sent me? Keep on reading...

Besides the two mug rugs, which are lovely by themselves, De included an oversized mug that can be personalized, and packages of some of her favorite teas. She knew I like tea, and she suggested that I could use the mug to commemorate my return to school. So thoughtful!

Aren't these colors just so happy? I think so!

I love the pieced section on this design and that busy butterfly too! The bow tie leaves are fun!

Our tulips are past blooming now, but I have some lovely tulips and flowers on this mug rug to enjoy! Thanks, De, for such a fun swap!

Once I hear that De has received the package I sent, I will post pictures of what I made for her, so stay tuned!

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Two years down...almost...and two to go!

Do you remember not long ago when I wrote THIS POST announcing that I would be putting Hooked On Needles on the back burner for a while in favor of earning a college degree? Sitting here right now, that post seems like just yesterday and at the same time like forever ago! This coming week I will finish my fourth semester, eleven courses (all prerequisites and electives) under my belt, my acceptance letter in hand for the Registered Nursing program starting in the fall, and a grade point average of 3.95! Not bad for an old lady, I'd say!

The past two years have been a whirlwind of activity here at home after adding my own school schedule on top of the children's school and activities, starting a 3-day-a-week job last fall, and still having at least one creative project going at any time. There is no need to add to that list all the usual tasks of daily family life since you all know what they are anyway! It's been so exciting and challenging, and quite satisfying. Of course I could not have gotten this far and had this kind of success without the grace of God and the full support of my sweet husband who has taken on whatever tasks necessary to keep things running smoothly while I am in class or studying. And the kids have enjoyed seeing me succeed, and hopefully learned a good lesson from watching me struggle and work hard to reach my goal.

So I just wanted to check in today and give a little update on my progress in school and assure any Hooked On Needles readers that might still be out there that I am still around and just itching to get back into my sewing room to create some new things to share with you. I have a few video tutorials on my list of things to do and a few quilts that I need to finish up and photograph so I can list them in my etsy shop. But I must finish two more finals and wrap up my semester, and maybe give the house a good cleaning first! Then I'll be in good shape to get creative again.

Hope to share some new things with you very soon!

Happy Stitching!

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