This time of year we start getting into the "sorry, can't talk about it" or "sorry, can't show any pictures" mode.
We know my challenge quilt is still in the voting stages, and that won't close unitl next Saturday. Maybe they ought to consider a 10 day voting period, instead of 2 full weeks. Anyway, time's moving along on that one.
I'm also in another swap, The Twelve Days of Christmas. I participated last year, and it's fun. At least 12 people join in, the more the merrier, and each person makes 12 items that are mailed to the coordinators. They swap out the gifts (they are wrapped when sent in, and have our individual names on the outside of the package for being "from"), and mail them out in time for us to open one a day before Christmas. As we open the one a day, we get on the forum at HGTV and let them know we opened something, but can't say what so the other people will be surprised. Last year I sent in my embroidered hankies, and received among other things a potholder, decorated journal using scrapbooking supplies, and a hot pad for the table. The idea is to do an inexpensive remembrance type gift. While I can't say specifically what I'm doing this year, I can say I'm using up some of my binding tape that I've had awhile! And I'm learning a new-to-me technique too, so that's a good thing.
Shifting gears, every fall the local Friends of the Library hosts a Mansfield Writes program, as well as a Mansfield Reads program in another part of the year. I went to the writing program Friday night, and it was an enjoyable evening listening to 6 authors, mostly local people. Diane Kelly, Liz Lipperman, Carl Stower, Wendy Watson, and Melissa Bourbon, and newspaper columnist Judy Lee spoke and answered questions, and also of course had their books available for purchase. It turns out the fellow I was seated next to has also written a couple of books, Ken Aldridge. I don't know that Carl Stower has ebooks, but the others do, and I'm ready to read the few I've downloaded. I think they'll be entertaining.
I was talking to my neighbor the other day, and she homeschools her girls. She talked about craft time, and I may be helping them learn to sew. There are several projects that they could do, and would serve to introduce them to sewing...pillowcases, pot holders, and coasters, and who knows what else. Should be fun.
Guess that's it for now. Have a good week!