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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Some updates on family and project

So the picture above is my design for my August BJP journal. I love the 17th century embroidery designs and used one for my May BJP (May Flowers). I printed out this design and then colored it in just using my Prismacolor pencils. I wanted to have a pattern for the colors because I know I'll get lost on where I want green and blue! I want to use only blues and greens..why, you ask? Haven't a clue! Just decided those are the colors I want to bead with.

So off I went to find a piece of fabric. As usual, my photography isn't up to par and the background color isn't really pink at all! It's yellow and orange! Anyway, you can see where
I've traced the pattern onto my background. I'll upload more pics on Thursday of my progress since these pictures were taken I've quilted the background and started to bead some of the leaves (2 of the small leaves are finished). It's turning out pretty good so far but we'll see how the blue beads will look!
So on to some family updates. I posted a few months ago about the book, Saving Cee Honeycutt, by Beth Hoffman that I enjoyed so much. The story reminded me of my childhood days of living and being raised by my great aunt Helen and her daughter, Tootie. My sister still lives in Pennsylvania (that's where we were raised) and a few weeks ago she invited Tootie over for a picnic...actually, from what I understand my sister was trying to fix Tootie up with her 'rich' neighbor! But that's probably another blog post! So back to Tootie...who was such an amazing woman to me as a on the farm, raising a family, taking us to horse shows and just teaching us everything!

Here is one of the most special people in my life! This is Tootie!!

She is a young 80 years old! but is slowing down now a days and only rides her horse 1-2 days a week and walks 2-3 days a week!! Yep, that's slowing down for her!

Is she a doll or what!! I only hope that I can be half the woman she is now! When you meet her, she'll make you think she's known you all your life! Tootie is the sweetest lady around and I feel as fortunate as Cee Cee that I was raised by two special woman.
I still remember going to the fairs and of course all the 'workers' at the fairs would 'hoot' and 'holler' at Tootie. She was a fox in her day and for 80 she is certainly a 'silver' fox! Thank you for all you did for me, Tootie!

Now onto another family member! I've had some inquires as to how 'Sybil' is doing! So I thought I'd post a few pictures of him (for those who don't read my blog often, you'll have to read back on my blog post in May). So here's our little guy! Although I'm afraid he isn't so little! He's getting fat! He's happy and still making bubble nests!

This is a front view! Check out that belly!! He loves his blood worms! yes, that is a ruler in the background. Sybil sits on my cutting table so he can watch me when I'm sewing and so he can watch my birds!
Babysitting tomorrow with grand kids...our last full day of the summer. Amber and I are going to our bead class on Friday so that will be fun. Weather here still warm but it's summer so I won't complain!


  1. You're so clever, Robbie... how you've taken a design you like and found a way to make it into your own blue/green beaded fancy! Tootsie is really a doll!

  2. I loved CeeCee too! I didn't want it to end.

    Sybil is just gorgeous - blood worms? Really - you must really be a good fishy mom.


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