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I got this idea in my head that I wanted to make Varuna a Halloween themed quilt for Christmas. I participate in an on-line forum for Random Acts of Kindness. People in the group can post a wishlist or just respond to someone’s wishlist. I had requested scraps or fat quarters of Halloween fabrics or any scraps that I might be able to use in my quilt. I received a great assortment of fabrics.
With NaNOWriMo over and my word goal met I am working on holiday gifts for the remainder of the month. I cleared the kitchen table and spread out all the fabrics that I had generously received and the few that I had purchased. I ironed them all then began the painstaking task of trying to figure out how I was going to approach this quilt. I have started several quilts in the past but just realized today that I have never actually finished a full quilt! I thought for awhile about how I wanted to make this piece. Did I want to follow a pattern? Did I want to created a repeat design? Did I want to make a crazy quilt? I’ll be honest I have always had a fascination with crazy quilts. I would love to assemble a quilt from velvet, corduroy, lace satins and all types of materials but I was staring at a table full of 99.2% cotton material that quilters normally use. So I decided to just cut up a few pieces and begin to sew. Half of the material is in irregular shapes already as what I had asked for were just scrapes of materials that people might have leftover from their projects. You know the kind of scrap too good to toss even though you probably will never use it again? Well people were generous and shared these with me as well as some fat quarters. So I took out my scissors and began to cut. I stopped. Then I found another pair of scissors and began to cut again. I stopped again. Hmmm, I found out all my scissors are shot, but that did not deter me. I used the best pair of what I could find in the house and though my fabric edges are choppy, no one will see those when the quilt is finished. So if you see my jaggedly cut edges, I really can cut…..the scissors are just not sharp. Here are a few pictures. I am unable to make the image files smaller at the moment so be forewarned if you click on them they will take a minute or so to load.

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December first is here. WOW, where has this year gone? After achieving my NaNoWriMo writing goal I began to think about the Resolutions I made at the beginning of this year. I am happy to say that I have kept with my blogging goal. I feel that if you are going to blog, then you really need to do it, even if some of the posts are short in length. I personally find it disappointing when someone starts a blog and then doesn’t update it. I’ll go back a few times to check but after that my desire to check it wanes. So that being said, I have done my best to update with posts on the average of once a week. With only 4 weeks left in this year, I am confident I can maintain the rest of this year and uphold my own resolution. I am a little bit behind on my goal of my twelve new born hats but I will be returning to that this week and am confident I can meet that goal as well. In truth, the hats work up fairly quickly. I have already donated some of the hats I did make this year to several different charities. I promised a very special lady a dozen hats for the New Born ward at her hospital so I plan on making twelve hats before the end of the month to send to her.

What has currently been on my hook, aka crochet project, started off to be a rug but has since evolved into the beginnings of a market bag. A girl can change her mind you know! My Mom sent me the crochet hook I am using for the project. The hook actually lights up and you can practically crochet in the dark! Thanks Mom, it works great!
Here is a picture of the bag in process.

FREECYCLE…
Yesterday being the last day of the month I decide to list a bunch of items on my local Freecycle group. I posted a dozen or so items and the experience has been very interesting. I love the idea of keeping usable items out of the landfill. Sometimes you have an item that you just no longer have a use for but you hang onto it because it is too good to just throw away. I found I had one of those piles. So I took several hours taking measurements, writing descriptions, taking pictures and submitting my “OFFERS”. I probably did not need to take that long but this was my first time posting so many items at once and I wanted to make sure to do it right and make less work for the volunteer moderators that check each listing.
Our Mod had sent out a message suggesting that perhaps we(the group) could find some items that were no longer needed(or wanted) and maybe they could make someone’s holiday season a little brighter. I took that to heart as I began my clearing out process. I know I have more to clear out but I made the first step in what I believe makes a difference in this world. I met several nice people in the process. I heard from single moms, families, individuals, and some of the recently laid-off population. They touched my life and I am grateful. Grateful for what I have and also grateful for what I can share.
Have you thought about what you can do to make a difference? Sometimes what we perceive as the littlest thing, or no big deal, might make a huge difference in the life of someone else. I know this has been true in my life. Thank you to those of you that have touched my life.

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Glance to right of your screen, behold the brilliance that is the widget of a NaNoWriMO WINNER! That winner would be me, as tonight I completed the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. **Round of applause** I still have more to write on my novel but I made the word goal and am feeling very happy at this moment in time. Thought I would share the love 🙂

Here is the badge again….

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With the deadline lingering over my head I am fastidiously writing and typing away to meet the 50,000 word goal for the NaNoWriMo challenge. I am currently at 39,000 words. The sun is shining through the window and warming my back as I type. I feel like I am being hugged by the sky.
Virtual hugs gladly accepted too.

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I have just passed the half way mark on the goal of 50,000 words. Only another 25,000 to go. I can do it! I know I can 🙂

Please cheer me on! It helps!!!!

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I just updated a widget for NaNoWriMo on my blog page. You will find it on the right hand side of this page. This will give my current word count. The last day is November 30th, so as you can see I still have a way to go. I am still confident that I can do this goal. I can do it! I know there are plenty of others doing this event as well so if you drop by here, let me know. As sleep seems to be eluding me at the moment I am typing away and valiantly making my attempt to reach the finish line. Feel free to cheer me on!!! Encouragement always welcome!

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Even though I have been blogging frequently I feel so far behind in my blogging.  So that being said, here is a bit of a rundown of what I want to share.

  • I am still involved in NaNoWriMo and working towards 50k words this month.
  • I have had several requests for more polymer clay pens so I have been busy working on a new batch of them.  Still deciding on if I should put some up for sale here or start an etsy shop. ANY THOUGHTS????
  • My follow-up to my afternoon in  Torrance… I met a wonderful couple from Rancho Borrego Negro in Fallbrook, California.  These super friendly people took the time to answer all my questions, and BOY DID I HAVE QUESTIONS! Kathy Lambert has an etsy shop that you can check out here. I love the pay-it-forward principle and I hope she doesn’t mind me listing her shop here but I am asking those of you that read this blog, please go check out her store.  When I find kind people, not to mention the fact that the  fibery goodness at her booth looked awesome, I like to tell other people about them.  There really needs to be more kindness in this world. At their booth they had a few large baskets of assorted roving, which they were more than happy to identify for me as I kept pulling them out and inquiring what type is this? One thing that I also thought was fun is the fact that they told me the name (the name they gave them because as you will read on her etsy site “every fiber grower has a name and many have a story as well”) of the animal from which the various fibers came. I walked away from the booth with my only purchase of the day, my first ever roving purchase!

Pics to come…..

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