Slice of Life & EPP Starflowers

It’s been a hectic few days around here :)   My son and DIL went away to Jamaica for four days along with close friends and met up there with my oldest son ( who lives in St. Louis ) and his fiancee.   They had been on vacation there before and made some good friends who were now getting married down there.

The DIL is very organized.

  • They were to leave for the airport at 3:00 a.m. My youngest son would stay overnight, though I kept his dog Koopa HERE, so that Merle ( their dog ) and Koopa would not decide to play at 3:00 a.m. and wake the kids.
  • Leaving Koopa here I went down at 7:00 to get the kids off to school. Nate then retrieved Koopa later on, and brought him down to play with Merle. I went down to get the kids off the bus, look over school work, etc.
  • Early evening, Tallica’s twin sister came for the kids for an overnight and she’d have them Saturday night as well.
  • After church, their aunt would take the kids for the day and stay overnight and get them off to school in the morning.
  • Meanwhile Nate would continue to stay with the dogs until the aunt showed up.
  • On Monday I cooked a big pan of lasagna, prepared some things for their Tuesday lunches, did their weekend laundry, and then we did after school homework, showers, pajamas,dinner, and then later on popcorn and a movie until their parents got back from the airport.

In between all of that a few wrenches got thrown in. Koopa and Merle are both young dogs and played non-stop, very noisily and in the end I kept Koopa here because they were driving my son crazy after about 12 hours of non-stop playing and noise.

A cousin on their dad’s side died of a tragic head wound accident and he and my youngest were quite close so things got even more hectic. He was just 29.   They’ve played together since they were little kids.  His older sister had to handle everything because their mama died years ago….so I mostly kept Koopa so that Nate could help her with everything….

Meanwhile a recommendation for you if you have Amazon Prime and can access their videos. I was cuddled up with Koopa and tried this one :

And then I got hooked and stayed up until the wee hours going through at least 4 episodes. I highly recommend it. It is a BBC production and set in the same time period as “The Crown”.

As to the EPP project, I’d started making some EPP Starflowers awhile ago and in a prior post I showed how I’d made a mistake and needed to un-stitch a few connectors.  ( HERE )  It was painstaking work to take out those tight little whipstitches but I did manage to do it without damaging the fabric.

Then I made another crimson shaded one….

And a gold / red / black one….now attached to the black and grey one. Doesn’t look like a lot of progress but these take a bit of time :)

Slow but satisfying…there’s something about EPP that is rather addicting :)

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13 Responses to Slice of Life & EPP Starflowers

  1. Karen says:

    sounds like you survived and glad the weather didn’t mess up the flights, sorry about the young man dying.
    I too never thought I could get addicted to EPP – really I am amazed that I enjoy it and here I have two in progress, one in the planning stages and have the fabric and pattern needed, mini hexies sitting aside waiting their turn to be finished – how did this happen!! :)

  2. Kim says:

    Lots going on in your world! You’re going to need a vacation. Also, so sorry to hear about your loss…very sad.

  3. Kyle says:

    I got tired out just reading your list! What would young families do without us retired folks! Your stars are turning out lovely. They’re like potato chips and then you find yourself making another.

  4. Margie Miller says:

    I have Prime so I will check out the video. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Susan says:

    That is a lot of busyness for one short time period. I’m sorry for your son’s loss of a close cousin, so young. The stars are looking great! Still cutting fabric here. The shoebox from the post office is about half full.

  6. Janet says:

    Love your Starflowers and want to make some too. Where can I get the paper pieces? What size are they?

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Janet I have a PDF of the starflower that i found online somewhere ages ago…I print it out and then trace it over to Freezer Paper…I’ll dig it up and email you :)

  7. BillieBee says:

    So sorry for your sons loss….so young. Really love your hexie’s especially the red one.

  8. Deb says:

    That’s quite the coordination! So sorry for the loss in the family. Love that you are all close and help each other out when needed. Nice to see that =).

  9. Joyce says:

    Goodness, lady! Reading the intricacy of that schedule alone made me want to lay down for a nap! But you did your parts and even dealt with the dog glitch that showed up! I’m glad the “kids” had a chance to go off for a fun vacation. The way they handle 5 kids (sports, homework, church events…) entitles them to something nice once in awhile. Like Kyle said, what would they do without us retired folks? My husband was an over-night dog/cat sitter all last week while one daughter’s family was off to Hilton Head.

  10. Now, that’s a schedule. She put some planning into that, but those pups can add a little excitement to any schedule. :-) Sorry about your loss. Hope this week is calmer, well, except for the snow. :-)

  11. Karen Beigh says:

    I like the fabric in the center of your one English Paper Pieced block. It looks like it has writing in the background.

  12. Judy Miller says:

    You sure are a wonderful Gramma!!! There is NO way I could take those dogs for any period of time!

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