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Embroidery Lizard & An Embroidery Blast from my Past


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Just wanted to share with you this little piece of embroidery that I’ve finally finished. It was on my to-do list from forever ago, and was about 50% done before I got distracted by other projects. I finally decided to pick it back up, and I had it finished in a matter of hours. It’s intended to be part of the decoration for Mister’s “Salamander Room”, but I haven’t quite found a frame I like for this little lizard pal. If anyone knows of any nature-y embroidery frames, be sure to leave a comment! I’m even looking into DIY frames made from bark or twigs….anything, really! It felt really great to get back into embroidery. When I was younger, I did a lot of cross stitch as encouraged by my sister and my grandmother. Cross stitch was about the extent of my embroidery skills until high school, when we learned a variety of embroidery stitches as part of our home economics class. One of our projects was to take any image and embroider it onto a pillow that we made. Being my geeky self in high school, I was a big anime fan, and my image came from the anime Inuyasha. Geeky, right? Well, the geeky part is that I still keep that pillow on my bed. I guess I just like the reminder of my humble embroidery beginnings. I think it has come a long way. 🙂


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This couldn’t get more random…


My brain is a little addled with all the work, stress, pressure, etc. I am under at the moment, so I doubt this post will be very cohesive at all.

First and foremost, I want to do a plug for the absolute love of my internet life: Etsy. Seriously, if you have not been to the site before, stop reading this and click the link! An entire website where users sell their handmade or vintage goods. What could be better than that? I literally spend hours every week building up my list of favorites and crying when I see that my bank account has inadequate funds to feed my etsy addiction. I don’t currently have an etsy shop of my own, but I’m sure there’s one on the horizon. While I’ve purchased several items including handmade jewelry and books, my latest purchase is just making me absolutely giddy. Check it out.


Nerdy Snow White = Amazing. This is even more amazing due to the fact that, by the end of this semester, I will have spent an entire year working with the Snow White character as part of my Senior Project/Paper/Thesis…whatever you would like to call it. I am, in fact, a supreme Snow White nerd. I scored this sweet decal from the folks at Vinylstudio.

Anyhow, I also wanted to share with you an amazing (and quick!) meal I threw together last night. I defrosted some chicken and Italian sausage we had kept in the freezer, and sauteed them together in a pan while tossing some penne pasta in boiling water.
My sauce consisted of the following:
2 cloves garlic
1/2 yellow onion
3 or 4 sun dried tomatoes
–sautee those together in just a tablespoon of EVOO at the bottom of your saucepan-
1 can of diced tomatoes — let these sweat for a few minutes with your garlic, onion, and sun dried tomatoes
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. cajun seasoning
I like to add a few extra shakes of oregano here…

Pour in 1 pint of heavy cream
1/2 stick of butter
(because what could be better than cream AND butter)
1 Tbsp. of flour
Stir together and bring to a boil then let simmer…

When your chicken and sausage is done and you have drained your pasta, toss it all together and mix in the sauce….

Chicken and Sausage Penne in Sun Dried Tomato Alfredo


Last, I just wanted to share with you the thing that made me smile today. When I walked into ValueCity Furniture, sitting on a bar directly in front of the door was this giant glittery lizard. I couldn’t help but laugh! It’s so unique it makes me want one, but I certainly won’t be shelling out the $129.99 for it, although they did have quite a few miniature versions for $4.99. Tell me this doesn’t make you giggle…