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11/22/10

  01:28:00 am, by Airycat   , 498 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery, Stitches

Doodle Stitching

I've been doing a bit of doodle stitching recently. Not as much as I'd like, but some. I have a lot of stitches to learn.

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11/12/10

  04:58:00 pm, by Airycat   , 18 words  
Categories: Updates

11/12/10

Free brushes in Fancy's Images are updated as of today.

Fancy's images also has a blog as of 9/6/10.

  01:43:00 pm, by Airycat   , 88 words  
Categories: Fairy Quilt

Still Here

I have not forgotten, nor given up on this SAL. I was taking classes (most recently <em>Personal Library of Stitches</em> with Sharon B.) and really haven't had much time for this. Now I'm working on Thanksgiving and Christmas projects, so it may be 2011 before I get back to it.  If you get a comment on an old post or two, that'll probably be me catching up on your progress. I imagine many of you are already finished with this one. For me, it's a very long term project.

11/09/10

  02:05:00 pm, by Airycat   , 274 words  
Categories: Needlework, Hand Embroidery

Final Project, part 2

It isn't even supposed to be a "project." It's supposed to be a sampler. But it is turning into a project. It's much more than I had originally thought it would be. Not that I'm complaining. I'm enjoying doing it. I never would have thought I'd like hand embroidery as much as I do.

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11/08/10

  11:59:00 pm, by Airycat   , 327 words  
Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction

Everything by Kevin Canty

Everything by Kevin Canty

I didn't as much read this story as drift through it. I was caught up in the lives of RL, June, Layla, and to a lesser extent Betsy and Edgar, much the way we get caught up in the lives of people around us, particularly in a small town. It was an easy book to put down when I had other things to do, but also very easy to get back into it when I picked it up again.

This is what I call a quiet novel. There isn't a lot of exciting action. It's not that nothing happens, but none of it is remarkable. It's pretty normal, routine, even. Instead we are put into the heads of the main characters through their somewhat mundane lives. It was as if I were observing them. Their crises are also the normal every day kind that most people face. This is, in part, what made it so appealing to me. I found myself thinking about what was happening in their lives and thinking about my own life. I also found myself telling them to wake up or pay attention when I thought they weren't acting as they should or were missing something that I thought was obvious. While none of these characters was someone I totally identified with, they all nonetheless became people I cared about. They were real to me.

Even though there isn't much action, there is a definite turning point, an apex to the plotline. It's more than simply a set period of time in their lives. It has the requisite change that makes it a novel rather than an overlong vingette.

At first Canty's lack of quotation marks for his dialog bothered me, even tripped me up occasionally. But as I got into the story I didn't really notice it any more. Over all, his writing style is smooth, literate without being snooty or highbrow. I enjoyed this novel.

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Everything by Kevin Canty

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