today was Mom's birthday...sigh...thinking about her off and on all day...
thrusday is the last day of the semester (!). i have signed my contracts for next semester and i am looking forward to break and then starting thing all over again...i have got to ask how to make sure the semester don't run together and make me think i have talked about something that we have not covered yet...i am sure it is just as frustrating to the students as to me...wow. there has to be a trick some where, huh? i will ask around.
i have been making pocket kitties (and a pocket puppy) from The Red Boot Quilt Company (http://www.redbootquilts.com ) she is AWESOME and has some really cute patterns - very heavy on the applique, but a lot of fun and really cute. i can't wait to make more - so far i have been working with fake-fur and "minkie" fabric and they are really cute, but they were originally devloped for "flat" fabric and they are still cute...they have a built-in kickstand : ) their tails : ) i will make more and post photos as i take them...she has also posted a pattern for a cute bird (free!), so check out her blog at the above address and you can find a link to her store for patterns in paper and pdf format - the pdfs are pretty cheap...be aware that she is in Australia and therefore a WAY different time-zone than us here in North Carolina : )...she will contact you back ASAP... she is fun and nice and neat and she has a very dry sense of humor (based on email conversations and blog-reading)...hope she is really a nice person, she is very creative...
anyways - here are the photos of the first Kleber pocket kitty... front and side (showing kickstand) - they are only about 3 inches tall =^..^=
ok...the end of the semester can't come fast enough, but is coming too soon...and then the crazyness of the holidays and all that jazz...wonder if we can go on a blackout of all the crazies? probably not, as some of them are our families (haha!).
wishing that one of my students had not doused their study-guide with a blob of perfume of some kind - it is 3 feet away and in the middle of a stack of papers ~1.5 inches thick and i can still smell it! wow! thank you that i do not live with that student!
ok - enough for today. missing mom, overwhelmed by the end of the semester, and a friend in the hospital for a reason we are not sure of yet (thoughts and love to her!), and then to add to that: all that i need/want to do...sigh...all i can do is keep breathing : ) and remember the what the white rectangle on the back of my care *used* to say "the only constant is change" (from Mom)...
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