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I faced my fears

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I sat down almost a week ago now to start sewing the buttons on these cuffs. And the first push of the needle through the thick strap sent the needle deep into the tip of my finger. I’m not saying it went all the way to my nail, but it really, really hurt under there. So, I put them down for a little while. 
Last night I got them all finished and the appropriate old button selected from my stash, for each one. I have to say I really like them and I’m going to have to make one for myself now. I’ll slowly (dialup, remember?) be putting them in my etsy shop this afternoon.
We had a wonderful weekend filled good portions of work and play. Well, Dan really did most of the working…On Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day and gave Dan his gift–a CD of bird songs and calls so that we can begin to identify birds by ear. When I was in college, I spent one summer at an environmental science school taking a natural history course. It was probably my favorite college course. We learned to identify birds by their appearance and song, trees, flowers, animals, tracks, etc. When you are able to know the names of some of the plants and animals you see and hear around you, it really gives you a deeper appreciation for nature. You’d never know if you were catching a glimpse of something rare or amazing, if you didn’t know what  you were looking at in the first place. So, I’m excited to refresh my knowledge with this CD, and I know that Dan is excited to learn them with me, too.
Hmmm….does it sound like this gift was more for me, than my husband? no. never!!

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I sat down almost a week ago now to start sewing the buttons on these cuffs. And the first push of the needle through the thick strap sent the needle deep into the tip of my finger. I’m not saying it went all the way to my nail, but it really, really hurt under there. So, I put them down for a little while. 
Last night I got them all finished and the appropriate old button selected from my stash, for each one. I have to say I really like them and I’m going to have to make one for myself now. I’ll slowly (dialup, remember?) be putting them in my etsy shop this afternoon.
We had a wonderful weekend filled good portions of work and play. Well, Dan really did most of the working…On Sunday, we celebrated Father’s Day and gave Dan his gift–a CD of bird songs and calls so that we can begin to identify birds by ear. When I was in college, I spent one summer at an environmental science school taking a natural history course. It was probably my favorite college course. We learned to identify birds by their appearance and song, trees, flowers, animals, tracks, etc. When you are able to know the names of some of the plants and animals you see and hear around you, it really gives you a deeper appreciation for nature. You’d never know if you were catching a glimpse of something rare or amazing, if you didn’t know what  you were looking at in the first place. So, I’m excited to refresh my knowledge with this CD, and I know that Dan is excited to learn them with me, too.
Hmmm….does it sound like this gift was more for me, than my husband? no. never!!

13 comments on “I faced my fears”

  1. I would love that CD too! I wonder if you can buy them according to the area you live in?

    I love your cuffs so much! Making some for me and Hannah is on my list.

  2. These are so so cute. Any chance you’d make boy versions, you know how it goes, if sis has one, brother wants one, yadda yadda… Anyway, I’m stalking your etsy shop (whenever I have the chance to sit at the computer, my kiddo’s are home for the summer for how many weeks?? goodness!)

  3. Ouch – I don’t blame you one little bit for setting them to the side after that! Glad you’re on the mend, and they turned out so nicely!

    The Natural History class you describe sounds amazing… My mother can do all that identifying, and it really is wonderful to go places with her and have her point everything out. I wish that I had gotten some of that knowledge from her – I feel like I really only know the most basic of stuff… (“that’s a robin. That’s a dogwood…”)

  4. oooh. i had a little nervous breakdown when i broke a needle on my sewing machine and it came flying at my face. took me a while to go back. the cuffs look wonderful, i love your fabric and button choices! aaah. nature. for some reason its not so fun actually working with environmental scientists. at least not at my company.

  5. They turned out real nice! I’m sure they will sell in no time. I like the blue polka dotted fabric,very cute. And I can’t wait to see your pottery buttons done, put me on your mailing list…LOL

  6. These cuffs are awesome! (I just snagged one off of etsy!) 🙂 Can’t wait to receive it! Your story behind them makes them even more special!

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