Cross Stitch Projects

A couple months ago, I finished this piece I've been working on since around about when Kyle and I got married, so about 4 years:

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It was quite an ambitious project. It's large and completely stitched (no blank space). And I got to do some things I've never tried before to fancy it up, like the beads she's scattering, and her belt.

Sadly, I'm having a difficult time getting it framed. (I have a frame and a mat, but the opening on the mat is a wee bit too small, so now I need to see if I can get it cut to size for a reasonable price.) Anyway.

After such a large, intricate project, I felt like doing some smaller, easier things. I found the patterns for these owls and snails for free online, and used fabric and thread I already had to do them. I think they'd be cute in Heather's room, maybe?

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Then I ordered this design, and I love it. So much.

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And here we have my final in-between project. I found the charts for these four trees online, again for free. I put them together into one design, and I am quite pleased with how it turned out!

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So yes, I've been busy cross stitching. Heather's been napping so well in the afternoons (knock on wood!), and I've enjoyed being able to have some steady me time to do things like these! My next project should arrive today, but it's going to be another lengthy one.

Father's Day Craft

Using an idea I found on Pinterest, Heather and I made these SUPER cool works of art for Kyle for Father's Day:

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They are 8x10" canvases that Heather finger-painted on. I used scotch tape to mark off the designs first, then let her have fun. After it all dried, I pulled the tape off and voilà!

I just needed to show you guys because I felt so fantastic about these. I even made my own finger paints! And I think they came out marvelous. They are now on display in Kyle's office. Yay!

Habitot Children's Museum

We were able to get free passes (through our library) to Habitot Children's Museum in Oakland, so we went to go see what it was all about.

There was a big fire-fighter exhibit out front:

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Heather loved this climbing wall, but got stuck at the top and couldn't get back down again. Fortunately, they are smart and the net panels just unscrew.

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They have a great big water play area:

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And an art room. One whole wall was for painting on, so it was perfect for Heather:

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It was a fun morning. Especially for free!

And now, a bonus picture from Kyle's birthday party. Heather's friend Emma is tucking her into her new (to us) toddler bed. (She doesn't sleep in it yet, it's just out for getting used to.)

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Adorable, right? Love these girls.

Zoo

We took a little family trip to the Oakland Zoo a while back. Enjoy some pictures!

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There was a little play area with animal statues to climb on.

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Heather picked up a leaf while we were walking around, and she loved it and cherished it until...

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...a goat ate it.

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Heather forgave it, though, and I think the goats were her favorite part of the zoo, since she could walk around amongst them and pet them. They're just her size!

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And now, artistic animal photos by Kyle:

We had a lot of fun!