The girlies are on a competitive gymnastics team. According to Mama, the coaches are very particular about the hair. It must be French braided in two braids starting at the front, down to the nape, then joined into one braid. It is later looped up and secured. It must be heavily sprayed to minimize loose wisps--those could lead to unconscious hands reaching to brush it away from a face costing point deductions. I am the designated stylist for Caitlyn and Chloe. If we braid it wet and give it a good spray with an extra-hold spray, it can be done the night before the meet and still be acceptable in the morning. Last time I braided Caitlyn's hair, she scolded me for going crazy with the hairspray. Apparently the previous week she woke in the morning with her ear glued to her head! LOL We did Caitlyn's hair tonight, and I think I finally got it right. She wanted to see the back, and approved the photo. Chloe is at a sleepover tonight, so we will do hers in the morning. Braiding her short hair goes really quickly, since I don't have to join the two braids into the one down the back. And if I may go back a generation...
This photo of Kasey is one of my favorites. She was about four. When I used to braid her hair and loop up the braids and secure with ribbons, she called them 'baby swings.' I'm not sure why. But they have been known as baby swings ever since in our family. :) The little blue dress is probably my favorite of the ones I ever made for her. I loved the pattern...A-line with the round yoke. I salvaged that fabric from an old garment found at my mom's house...I can't remember whose it was, but I think I remember that it was a gathered skirt in its former life. Sigh...my sweet baby girl. I'm glad I still have hair to braid.
I have some catching up to do with my 52-letters-in-52-weeks goal. And while I have a million things on my to-do list, and at least a thousand areas of chaos in my house right now, I thought I should make some progress on that goal today. That, and the cool front and lower temperatures we got over the weekend made me antsy to use some fall-colored papers.
I started out by putting in a brand new adhesive refill...which turned out to be defective. Aargh. Luckily I had bought a three pack. But still, I was really ticked to have to throw a whole refill away...believe me I tried really hard to get it working before I gave up.
And since the blade on my paper cutter has been pretty dull for awhile now, I thought I'd put a new one of those in too.
Well...they looked like the right ones in the package...old one on the left, new one on the right. Double aargh. Guess I am doomed to having rough-cut edges on this batch of cards.
And lucky me...I got the adhesive working fabulously...right before I dropped a piece sticky-side-down on the floor. Triple aargh. Turns out dust really is a protective layer...I just tucked the dust bunny edges to the underneath side of the circle and attached it to the card. :)
See? Ya'd never know.
I have a new Martha Stewart circle cutter I had to put through its paces.
You know, if I was smart I would have made multiples of the same card, but I guess I had a lot of creative ideas to work out of my system.
I saved the worst for last. I hesitate to even show this one. The duds keep me humble. :)
Now that I can get these in tomorrow's mail and feel like I've accomplished something, I can get back to work on organizing the office/craft room. I have to accomplish a lot in the next two days...I have to work 8 to 5 again part of this week and next week...and more urgent than that, Carey is due back home. :)
1. I wish that I could insert an aroma.pie file into this blog post. I have two Chocolate Bourbon Pecan pies in the oven, and the house smells SO amazing! Pecan pie is Carey's favorite, and since he had to be out of town on his birthday, this is the first chance I've had to bake for him.
2. A couple of months ago my sweet baby girl decided that she wanted to start a tradition of having us over for Sunday dinner each week. She cooks the dinner. I bring the dessert. That wasn't a requirement of her invitation, but the grandchildren have been quite pleased so far. :)
3. Four days straight of working 8 to 5 last week was hard. I am out of practice. And the desk chair was really hard on my back. However, it was a great branch...really efficient and everything very straightforward. I have quite a few more work days this month and a few next month as well...some at this same branch, and some at another.
4. And work hasn't left as much time for reading! Current book is challenging, so though I've been at it for over a week, I'm only about half-way through.
5. Saturday an old friend came to visit for a few hours. She hasn't visited since we moved, so she got a tour of the house...the very, VERY cluttered house. Then Carey's brother spent the night last night. They weren't supposed to be back from the lease until today sometime. I had hoped to straighten up a little. Oh well.
6. Anyone thinking about Christmas gifting yet? If I want to hand make things, it is time to get on the ball. I have materials gathered for one project ready to start on.
7. We have several projects that need doing around the house. Three big ones. New floors in the non-carpeted areas of the house (which is everywhere except the bedrooms). Kitchen remodel. New front door. I'm hoping we can get started on those fairly soon.
I'm filling in this week. It's a branch I've worked in before for one or two days. That was at least a couple of years ago. It's so hard to walk into someone else's office and try to figure out what's what. Luckily the person on vacation this week left really good instructions for me. I didn't sleep well last night, however, so I yawned ALL day. MUST get more sleep tonight. Starting right now, in fact.
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