Pharoahs, Pi Day, and Pepperoni

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I have gotten some of the skin color done on Nefertiti’s face and… wow!

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I am liking how this is turning out. I think I am going to have a hard time stopping work on this one to go back to A Summer Ball. I might have to put that one on hold for a bit and try to just finish this one up.

I might not get a lot of stitching done in the next few days. Tomorrow (Saturday) is Pi Day. Actually, it is “the Pi day of the century” because the date falls on 3-14-15. My son, who is 10, is a little genius when it comes to math. He is currently in 7th grade math at school and has about 160 digits of Pi memorized. I am not a math whiz; I can honestly say he does not get it from me. The other day when I made the Dr. Seuss hats, I needed his help to determine how large the circle of fabric for the brim needed to be. I had the tall part of the hat finished, and I needed the inside of the fabric ring for the brim to have the exact same size circumference as the hat. I couldn’t just trace around it because the felt was way too flimsy and it kept falling over. So I measured the distance around the hat and then he used his Pi skills to figure out the diameter of the circle for me to cut out. And if you saw the hats, you know how well they turned out! ūüôā Since Pi Day is on a Saturday, we are celebrating it at school today. There will be an assembly and my son will get to recite as many digits as he can from memory. A few teachers are even supposed to have students throw pies in their faces! Since there is a play at the high school that they have to go over and see in the afternoon, we have to cut our Pi Day celebration a bit short. On Monday we will continue it and deliver pizzas¬† – complete with pepperonis arranged in the shape of the pi symbol – to each class. This is something my husband really wanted to do for the school, and I think it will be fun for the kids. Since March is reading month, we are tying that in to the celebration. In order to earn the pizza party, the kids have to read a certain number of books. There is a large “pizza” in the hallway and every time a child reads a book they get to add a piece of (paper) pepperoni with their name on it. It should be lots of fun!

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Carrie


Dr. Seuss Week

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Schools all over the country are celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday, and ours is no exception. Every day this week is a different theme, and today’s theme is “dress like your favorite Suess character”. Since my daughter already had this cute T shirt from Grandma and Grandpa, I decided to make her a Cat In The Hat hat to go with it. Normally my son doesn’t really get into this kind of thing, but he said he wanted one too. So here are the finished hats, and I am pleased to say it cost less than $2 to make both hats, thanks to two 50% off coupons from JoAnn Fabrics and the awesome math skills of my husband. I had found directions online on how to make the hats, and he figured out how much fabric I needed down to the inch. Although it took away from my cross stitching time, I had fun making these and hopefully the kids will get more use out of them in future years.

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Carrie



For the Teacher

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My daughter will be graduating from preschool at the end of the month and I have decided to cross stitch gifts for her two teachers. One loves elephants, which just happens to be my daughter’s favorite animal as well. I wasn’t sure what to stitch for her other teacher, though. Then Adrienne told me that she loves owls, so I was on a quest to find a cute owl chart. I found lots of charts in my stash, but they were either way too big, the wrong subject (an owl with a bandaged wing and the saying “get well soon”? I don’t think so!) so I searched online. I found a picture of an adorable already-stitched owl but unfortunately didn’t know who made the chart. It was quite a simple design, though, so I just got out some graph paper and used the photo to see where to put each stitch.

Here are the progress photos for Saturday and Sunday.

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Hopefully this will only take another 2-3 stitching sessions to complete. Once it is done, I will start on the elephant. I am not quite sure yet how I will finish them off. Frame? Mini pillow? I guess we’ll just have to see.

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Carrie


Too many ABCs

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My 4 year old informed me that I was stitching this all wrong. When I asked what she meant, she said “you already stitched all of the ABCs”. True, I had already stitched the entire alphabet once. Why was I doing it again? She will probably be shocked to see how many alphabets this thing ends up with when it is finished.

I haven’t been able to do much stitching lately. We went on a wonderful trip to Disney World during the kids’ Spring Break, and when we got home there was the usual unpacking to do plus lots of catching up work-wise. I am still not completely done, and we have been home for 6 days. But the trip was so worth it. We have been to Disney before, but this time we stayed an extra 2 days longer than usual. We are already talking about when we will get to go back. Whenever it is, it won’t be soon enough for me.

Today marks the start of the weekend and I am hoping I can get some major Spring Cleaning done in the next couple of days. My daughter doesn’t have preschool on Fridays, so she was home today. This meant that I couldn’t get any work done, so cleaning was about all I could do. I washed the kitchen floor and the cleaned the cabinets, and got caught up on laundry, vacuuming, dusting, and dishes. Tomorrow I tackle the bathrooms. The windows will have to wait, since we still have snow and they are calling for another 8 inches in a couple of days. Yes, I realize that it is the middle of April. That doesn’t mean much in Michigan. And the day the snow is all gone, we will have to turn on the A/C! That day can’t come quickly enough…

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Carrie


The Littlest Cross Stitcher

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Yesterday¬†my 3 year old watched me cross stitching and decided she needed to try it. She has done one project in the past – I found a plastic canvas circle and gave her the full 6 strands of DMC and a really large, blunt needle and let her have at it. They were all straight stitches, all over the place, but she had a ball. This time I figured I would teach her the real thing. My first cross stitch project was on a piece of pink gingham fabric when I was 5 years old. My mother drew large X’s in the shape of letters to spell my name, and I stitched on top of them. I actually had some pink gingham in my quilting fabric stash, so I decided to do the same thing for Adrienne. Since she is only 3 and doesn’t have the greatest coordination (or attention span for that matter), I decided just to do a letter A. I helped her with the first few stitches but then she got the hang of it.

I was right about her attention span, though. She quickly tired of it. But today she wanted to work on it again, and did much more. This is how far she has come:

Looks like we definitely have a new cross stitcher in the family!

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Carrie