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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

For Good Measure

I got the second row of the multi-color alphabet done and started the third.  My reward when I get the alphabets and numbers done is to get to stitch a bird and a strawberry and then a couple of bunnies.  It is good to have goals to work toward.

I made a Father's Day card for my mother's husband.

 It was fun.  I used some Stampin' Up stuff and made a decent card.  I have to get the card done early as I'm leaving next Wednesday for the June retreat in Phoenix.  It will be a fun time with friends.  We are planning visits to The Fractured Prune and The Attic.

I stitched the tag that goes on the end of the tape measure.

 I love the cherry "o's".  I made a mistake and stitched the nun stitch around the edge first when I was supposed to do it after and attach a lining.  So I'm having to figure out how I want to back the tag and have it still look nice.  We'll see what happens.  I really want to stitch the little bag next.  I love the sprig of cherries on the front.  I should finish the Just Nan mouse though.  Which one usually wins when you have a "should" and a "want"?


  1. Amy, I don't know whether you like poetry, but your question brought this Ogden Nash poem to mind. I discovered it one week when a) my parents were coming and I needed to clean house and b) I was working on a really exciting quilt. What do you think? I finished the quilt first and named it after the poem. :)

    Kind of an Ode to Duty
    O Duty,
    Why hast thou not the visage of a sweetie or a cutie?
    Why displayest thou the countenance of the kind of
    conscientious organizing spinster
    That the minute you see her you are aginster?
    Why glitter thy spectables so ominously?
    Why are thou clad so abominously?
    Why art thou so different from Venus
    And why do thou and I have so few interests mutually
    in common between us?
    Why art thou fifty per cent. martyr
    And fifty-one per cent. Tartar?
    Why is it thy unfortunate wont
    To try to attract people by calling on them either to
    leave undone the deeds they like, or to do the deeds
    they don't?
    Why are thou so like an April post mortem
    On something that died in the ortumn?
    Above all, why dost thou continue to hound me?
    Why art thou always albatrossly hanging around me?
    Thou so ubiquitous,
    And I so iniquitous.
    I seem to be the one person in the world thou art
    perpetually preaching at who or to who;
    Whatever looks like fun, there art thou standing between
    me and it, and calling yoo-hoo.
    O Duty, Duty!
    How noble a man should I be hadst thou the visage
    of a sweetie or a cutie!
    Wert thou but houri instead of hag
    Then would my halo indeed be in the bag!
    But as it is thou art so much forbiddinger than a
    Wodehouse hero's forbiddingest aunt
    That in the words of the poet, When Duty
    whispers low, Thou must, this erstwhile youth replies
    I just can't.

  2. Great progress, and the card is nice too.
    I say the JN Mouse wins!! :)

  3. Oh Fractured Prune is so yummy. Was at the Attic a couple years ago for a retreat and we went to the Fractured Prune. Yummy