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Have I mentioned before how many projects I have stacked up waiting for me to feel well enough to get back at them? Would the visual be more clear if I told you almost half of a small one car garage is required to contain those projects? I promise you, I gave away at least as much each time I got the chance. What is left is what I really want to do.

The question is, how does the finishing get accomplished? Well, spring is right around the corner and the warmer weather with bits of sunshine peeking through occasionally, has brought back a bit of motivation. To help get the work done, I found this much-needed item in a box of fabric. Doesn’t everyone have one?

Everyone needs one of these

Everyone needs one of these

My round-tuit is now hanging carefully on the sewing room wall. It’s about time I get around to it and I did. This last week I finished stitching out this design for St. Patrick’s Day. I bought this design back on March 18, 2009. Too late for that years St. Pat’s day and by the next March I could no longer sew, at all. Complete recovery is still somewhat elusive but progress is slowly being made and finally, things are getting made.

This little wall hanging is far from perfect, but done supersedes perfect any day. I found the glittery fabric after a long hunt. My dog’s groomer had used a bit of it as a kerchief after her March bath and I fell in love with it. So now I’m on a roll. I have washed and ironed lots of flannels and some other cottons to make several Big Shirts. They are next on my list. Or maybe I need to put a spring hanging together first.

When Irish eyes are smiling.

When Irish eyes are smiling.

Must I wear this kerchief? It feels silly.

Must I wear this kerchief? It feels silly.

Easter is too close to get another one done. The hound and saying had 85,509 stitches with 63 color changes. Good thing the machine does all the stitching. I just have to keep changing the threads. Placement can get tricky too, but I love the outcome. That was a good day’s work. Anyone who does this kind of embroidery can tell you it’s addictive. There are so many wonderful designs out there and I want to make them all. I’m 3 years behind but the round-tuit will help me catch up. Sunshine helps too. There is limited light in my sewing area since the good light I had was broken in the last move. I’m hunting a replacement. Good lighting is expensive! So, do you have a round-tuit to help you get your projects finished? Is anyone out there as far behind as I am? I sure hope not.

Looks a little Irish to me. Dad when he still had an Irish smile.

Looks a little Irish to me. Dad when he still had an Irish smile.

On St. Patrick’s Day, it’s said everyone is a little bit Irish. My mother was full German and when I asked my dad about his heritage, he said his family was Dutch, Irish and the devil. Hmmm. He said it was rumored that his family settled in West Virginia and were a band of outlaws. Sounds like an Irish tale to me.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

When Irish eyes are smiling, sure ’tis like a morn in spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter you can hear the angels sing,
When Irish hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay,
And when Irish eyes are smiling, sure, they steal your heart away.

~Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr. (lyrics), Ernest R. Ball (music)

From my heart to yours,
Marlene Herself

Comments on: "In Search of My Round To It" (16)

  1. Yay Marlene! I’m happy to see you resuming your “tuits”. My list of to-do’s has become manageable – barely. I have to start OT for my right hand later this week so I may end up falling behind again but right now I’m pleased with my progress.

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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  2. Well done, Marlene! I’ve found over the years, that getting started is half the battle. Onward! And enjoy…

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    • Thank you. I hope the round tuit works it’s magic for months to come. Do you know what the word bored means? I bet you are like me and never have that word in your vocabulary.

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      • Oh yes! I hear it out of my son’s mouth on the second day of summer vacation. 😉

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      • That’s the only place I’ve ever heard it. When my kids would use that foul language, I gave them jobs until that word was permanently erased. At least they never said it in front of me. 🙂 Good luck with the scale and snails.

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      • LOL! Yes, I’ve been know to point him in the direction of all sorts of things. Like you, I’m never bored. So much to do, so little time. 🙂

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  3. I’m glad you are able to start working on a few things, My list seems to grow with every day. Not only do I have furniture I need to get finished, but then hopefully it will be time to put in the garden. I may be working on both projects at the same time. There will never be rest this summer if I don’t get moving.

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    • You know that old phrase, No rest for the wicked? Well, we must have been very wicked somewhere, sometime. My list could fill pages so I just quit looking. I do now what my body allows. I’m grateful I don’t earn a paycheck from what I accomplish. I’d be living in a tent and skinny as a rail. Hmmmm.

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  4. Awesome job Marlene. I have a soft spot for basset hounds since my best pal growing up had one. Daisy grew up with us, came to all the pyjama parties, bonfires and camping trips. Gads, I would hate to make a list of unfinished projects….it would be very, very long. LOL

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    • Thanks. His eyes just spoke to me. I love any dog but bassetts are so extra sweet. I’ve probably got 20 years on you to make my list way longer.If I could just give more of it away. I’d have to live to be 108 to get it all done. Now that’s a thought. 🙂

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      • Sounds like a challenge to me…go for it! I want to do it all, try this, try that….I lack focus sometimes. I think blogging helps me get things done. Enjoy your next project! xK

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      • I think we both challenge ourselves. The focus is such a problem that I blogged about it. I too, want to try and do it all. When I see the wonder you create with paper, I want mine out of storage. I’m not nearly as creative as you but love to pretend. The challenge will be to live long enough to get most of it done. I’m going to give it a shot. It would help if you would stop teasing me with wonderful new ideas. 🙂

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      • LOL, I’m sorry I’m such a tease…it’s entirely unplanned for sure. I think everyone’s got creativity waiting to shine, it’s just to find an outlet that makes you happy. I’m lucky to have oodles of time to putter, thank you for all your generous comments Marlene. xK

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  5. My daughter says we take on too many projects. Currently, we are trying to totally redo a room – tore out a wall, using old barn wood to try and make a floor, etc. I hope we have it done by Easter, for their visit when we will get to see our grandson. I just finished painting. Still there is the main thing – the floor – much harder than we anticipated. Your work is beautiful! I can’t sew at all, but I can weave. I have both Irish and German. My husband is German and English.

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    • Livingsimplyfree sent me over to your site today. I’ll have to thank her. I work like you do too. It’s called eating the whole elephant instead of one bite at a time. :)Am also a Thursday child. We work hard for our living. Thank you for lowwing my blog and your comment. I’m looking forward to reading more of yours. Thank you for the kind words. I’ve given up the idea of perfection and reach for done these days. You are soooo lucky to have grandchildren. I’ll try not to let my envy show. I will look to see your weaving. No experience with that at all.

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