Puddle jumping

It's taken a while for me to get around to embroidering some doodles that I made a while back. They are for my daughter's bare bedroom walls once I get around to popping them in frames.
I only drew blood twice, which has to be some sort of record for me. I'm still stabbing myself with the needle as frequently as before, but apparently the wounds are shallower. I'm taking that to be an improvement in my embroidery skills...
My husband and I went to an awards ceremony in Sacramento this last weekend. I have now worn a dress 7 times since my wedding day. That's less than once a year. I probably should be making more of an effort to embrace my feminine side. Or my husband should be making more of an effort to take me out to fancier places...
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It also marked our first night away from our kids (well, that'll teach me to live on the other side of the Atlantic from free babysitting, I mean, my parents). I was surprised that I was a little apprehensive about it. I had always thought that I would skip out of the house gleefully when this day finally came, but, since becoming a parent, my mind keeps wandering through wild worst case scenarios, which would have never crossed my mind before.
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Still, I was looking forward to the first morning in seven years when I would not be woken up by my early-rising son. As it turns out, I was woken instead by some hotel guests at 4am. Oh well. The food was good. We did return to find our children happy and healthy - they were spoiled rotten in our absence. I think that they're hoping that we'll go away for longer next time.
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Translation of the day:
UK English: lie in = 'staying in bed longer than you usually would' in US English
My kids like to be up with the lark, so I haven't had a bloomin' lie in in bloomin' ages...

39 comments:

  1. These are really stunning. I really love the water! (and congrats on the shallower stabbing!)

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  2. Absolutely lovely! That last puddle is phenomenal. Makes me want to improve my embroidery skills straight away!!

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  3. Love the puddles! Excellent! I'm glad you got away. Happy Mama = happy children. :)

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  4. Your embroidery skills are fantastic!
    I love the puddles.

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  5. Gorgeous embroideries - I think they look lovely simplay framed in the hoops.

    I have had 2 nights away from my two, both for work (so without my husband). I couldn't wait to get home which probably makes me a bit sad (UK rather than US meaning ;-)

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  6. I am loving your embroidery. They look good in the embroidery hoops as frames.

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  7. Your embroidery is amazing. Love that the picks are your doodles. As a fellow Brit who lives across an ocean from her parents too I know how you feel about leaving the kids. :)

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  8. Ah, yes, the night away! My two are horrendous sleepers so even though Isla's now 5, we've hardly done it more than a handful of times either, coz I just always felt dreadful about leaving some poor person to get up 3 times a night and then at 5am...!!
    LOVE those doodles, they are really lovely pictures.
    Do the Americans not have a word for lie-in?!??!?!?! Gosh. I now have national laziness paranoia.
    x x x
    Catherine

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  9. Last time we stayed away I was so wound up by the idea that I could have a lie in that I couldn't get to sleep till 4;30am. I really begrudged paying for a room I sat and read in while dh snored!

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  10. WOW! I know I'm just saying the same thing, but the contrast between the subtle puddles and the red silhouettes is just perfect.

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  11. These are amazing! So lovely.

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  12. The stitcheries are wonderful!!!

    Loved your story of getting away. I can remember those days of wanting to sleep in without little ones. Nowadays, we still can't sleep in. Guess you just get into the mode of rising early with little ones.

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  13. Your embroidery is totally amazing!! The puddles are extraordinary! Getting away is so important, glad you had your first one. In eleven years we've only had two! I think we're due another and you just reminded me.

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  14. so glad you got out, so glad you got to wear a dress and SO LOVE this little puddle jumper. the water is FANTASTIC and red and grey is a favorite combo of mine.

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  15. The embroideries are lovely - I think they'll look great displayed in the hoop.
    We haven't had a night out on our own since Nipper was born - we didn't even spend our wedding night on our own.
    We went to a family 'do' recently and I had a nice skirt and top but needed to wear a bit of 'structured' underwear, shall we say, to squash down the post baby tummy. My god it nearly killed me. I was so uncomfortable and couldn't wait to get back home and into my jeans and t-shirt!

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  16. I heart heart heart these little stitch doodles! The red is stunning and the subject matter couldn't be more charming.

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  17. Oh my kids are just like that too. Up at the crack of dawn, crawling into my bed and fidgeting like crazy until I get up. And yet, I find it so hard to leave them for a night too:)
    Love the embroidery. Beautiful.

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  18. Adorable. Makes me want to embroider more.
    My hubby is taking me out tonight for a real date and I want to dress up but I only have one dress (tells you how often I get dressed up) and it is the same one I have worn to everything for the last few years. Luckily they were different functions with different people!

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  19. What sweet embroidery scenes. I'm blown away by the puddle in the last one too.
    Oh yes, the kids think it is a treat too to have their parents go away once in a while!

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  20. You've been nominated for a blog award on my blog. Don't feel obligated to participate. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy the cute things you make!!

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  21. Great little embroideries - they will make lovely pics for your daughter's room.

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  22. Your embroideries are incredible - I love the texture of the water in them. And hooray on your child free time too!

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  23. Hi there! Elissa at Birch Swinging suggested I stop by your blog, as a fellow transplant from England whose husband is also into geeky games! I am also having to relearn my language with a three year old who tells me "non Mommy, not trousers, pants!" I am not at all creative but love the pieces you have made for the wall here!

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  24. Love the embroideries! They're absolutely adorable. I like how you did line drawing for everything but the puddles.

    We live a couple states away from both of our parents so I understand how difficult it is to get away. You both want to and feel uncomfortable with it. But it's worth it. For their independence as well as your own. Not saying that I do it often (like once in the last 5 yrs, but I've got a trip later this month too!)

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  25. I love these!! I love the redwork mixed with the white/grey! Well stitched!

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  26. These are just gorgeous Dawn, your drawings and embroidery are fab. Would you ever consider drawing patterns to share?! Re the "lie in", I had never really realised this wasn't a North American expression. My son is a very early riser too and in the very rare instance he has a lie in, (ie to 6:30am) he proudly announces to everyone that he's had a "lion".

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  27. Lovely. They are so beautiful, your daughter is very fortunate.

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  28. oh yeah...i think you and your husband need to get out more ;)

    these embroideries are SO sweet! you should definately enter them in the feeling stitchy rainbow of stitches contest

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  29. Really incredible job!!! You are inspiring me to do a project from that embroidery book I bought a year ago...

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  30. I love the last one - the puddle is very cool.

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  31. I love the one of her splashing!

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  32. I love the puddle jumpers!

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  33. I just simply adore....they are amazing and magical and the last one 'wow!!'

    Nina x

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  34. these are fabulous - i'd love to be able to turn something i'd doodled into embroidery, how do you do this?! do you just sew over the outline?!
    i am in awe! :)

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  35. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! Really, so cute!

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  36. Goodness, your work is amazing! I'm having such fun scrolling through your old posts - the third puddle-jumping picture is my favourite - they're absolutely beautiful. Florence x

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