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Home decorating (or lack thereof)

I don’t know what happened to Thursday.  I can’t even remember what I did yesterday.  Not much apparently.

Today was spent making the rounds of some gifty/deco/knick-knack kind of places.  Several were having Fall Open Houses, so I went with several friends to check things out.

Amazingly, nothing coming home with me.  Part of the problem is that I’m really terrible about decorating.  For one thing, I have a hard time spending money on things that just sit and look pretty.  I love going to houses that are beautifully appointed, with vases, and interesting bowls of things, and displays of unique items, but I just don’t seem to have the gene that would enable me to recreate that in my own house.

Our decorations are either every day stuff or it is the Christmas stuff.  I don’t seem to be able to manage anything else.  We have some Halloween stuff, but I usually don’t think about it until October 30th.  By then, it doesn’t seem worth the effort.

The other problem is that I find that I don’t even notice the stuff that’s on my walls.

Case in point:

(I can’t even believe I’m admitting this.)

As I stumble out of my bedroom every morning, I walk straight towards a wall that has a cross-stitched picture on it.  About 2 weeks ago I actually paid attention to this picture for the first time in months and this is what I saw:

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Yes, that would be a Christmas decoration.

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Back before I started quilting, I was an avid cross stitcher.  This particular piece was particularly intricate, as it is actually 2 layers — with cutwork on the top layer of the “house,” so that you can see the tree behind the window, as well as a candle in the upstairs window.

What I’ve decided is that I’m EARLY for Christmas 2007.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Suzanne

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Stained Glass Pine Tree

About a year ago, a stained glass business opened in my small town. Dreamland Productions is the company — they do beautiful, beautiful work.

Over the weekend, they had a few pieces on display at our quilt show — one of them caught my eye, and today I decided to go get it and bring it home.
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Isn’t it pretty?  It looks much better hanging in the sun.  I’m not exactly sure where to put it.  Maybe in one of the windows in my studio.  Maybe in one of the kitchen windows.

I love the shapes in the design.  It also kind of ties in with the great big pine tree we have out in front of our house.  I should get a picture of that tree some day.

More red things:

Dorothy’s ruby slippers
wagons
strawberries
clown nose
peppers
red hot candies

I did do some work on a project that is using some of my new red thingies, but it’s not far enough along to share, plus it’s for a contest, so I might not share it at all until after the contest is finished.

Speaking of the contest, it’s for a very good cause. Unlimited Possibilities is sponsoring the contest:  "Have a Heart" Competition — all entry fees will be donated to the American Heart Association, and after the quilts are done touring, they’ll be auctioned off to benefit the AHA.  Quilts have to be 1/4 red fabric and include at least one heart motif.  You can find out more about the contest on the Unlimited Possibilities website.

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