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Side note: the evergreen shrubs are untouched. Why couldn't they have eaten the bushes I want to rip out? Really, I don't think the lilacs will come back from this kind of damage.

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That's no trick of the light. Bunnies ate the bark off of all our lilac bushes. Piles of bunny droppings underneath each one. Damage is severe and permanent. On the bright side, the bushes had been getting on the large side, and will now, essentially, start all over again.

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The Textile Center's sale this past weekend re-lit my creative fires. I'm thinking about pillow covers, table runners, and a lightweight blanket.

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More words, and started work on la bicycletta (the wheel and handlebar).

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Here's the new project. Much larger, but on a larger grid fabric and a lot more open space, so it's actually easier. This time I'm going from palest floss to darkest floss (full cross stitches only, half stitches, outlining, and French knots at the end), so the picture will appear more defined as I go on. A lot more words in this design, but the font is a lot nicer and they look better. I'm loving working my way through the pinks right now. :)

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Finished this more than a week ago, but finally got a picture if it after rinsing and gang drying it to get the hoop marks out. Looks really nice. Think I'll get it framed. Where to hang it?

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Squee!! Only half stitches, a few French knots, and all he outlining left. So pretty!

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Vase done! Next up? Flowers!

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Finally made it through the huge white section in the middle of the vase. Whew! I'm getting into the purples now. Loving this!

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My current project. When Prince Charming asked me what spurred the interest in cross stitch, I told him that I was feeling a bit burnt out on being creative, but I still wanted to create. That's not to say cross stitch can't be creative, but this is a kit, complete with all the floss, so it's more paint by numbers, if that makes sense. It's been probably 25 years since I last cross stitched. Having fun though.

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It's a pretty good "big hair day" I think. Yay for hot rollers.

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I love LED candles! I just swatches out some plain LED candles with ones that have timers, and I'm usurper happy about this corner in our living room. So warm and friendly. Very nice to come home to.

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As part of Candy's stash if beading stuff, I got these design boards. Lately I've been doing the layout one night (from picking out the beads to a rough layout) and then assembling the next night. If I do my design work well, it goes fairly smoothly. It might actually be quicker this way, or at least it feels like it. I'm making charm bracelets these days, btw.

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Prince Charming gave me this puzzle for Christmas. I'd mentioned that I would like an all-white puzzle, so he found this one. It's actually silver, and has a really interesting pattern – look closely. It's a lot of fun. Started the day after Christmas, and have made pretty good progress, but tonight has been stellar. Welcome 2014!

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We're all having some trouble waking up this morning. Back to work, back to mornings, back to naps only on weekends, back to waking up before sunrise… Boo.