I’ve been taking a break from cross stitch to work on a few other projects as Labor Day weekend approaches.

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I’ve been embroidering some patches – the one for my friend Pixi of PixiCraft was the concept test. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a few more done before Tortuga (aka the big pirate event I’m going to in a week and a half).

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I’ve also been painting for the first time in a while and it’s been going a lot better than I expected. I used to get a lot of fulfillment out of painting prior to my depression diagnosis and it’s been difficult to get into any sort of painting “groove” since then. I’m hoping that given how well this is going, it will kick-start a trend of me painting a lot more.

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I also spent a day with my friend Alex this week and we made a few types of jam for the hell of it – Italian plum & lemon jam, and a few variations on a more savory jam of rowan berry, fennel, & vinegar.

Hopefully next week’s post will have far less works-in-progress and much more finished work (especially since we drive down to the event PixiCraft & I are vending at the next day!).