Needles and a Pen » Knitting, Sewing, and Nursing School

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  • Welcome to my blog!

    Hi! I'm Traci. I'm a nursing student and CNA who loves quilting, knitting, cross stitch, and the great outdoors. In my pre-scrubs life, I owned Real Photography, and you can still see my old wedding and portrait photography site here .

    I've created a map that shows links to our camping/hiking/general family fun review posts that you can find here. It's pretty much the coolest thing on this site. Thanks, Google!

    I great big puffy heart *love* comments, so please let me know you visited! I try to always reply!

Happy Mother’s Day

A very happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers and nurturers out there!  I was lucky enough to wake up to my mommy (who sadly had to fly back out before lunch).  She taught me to appreciate all the crafty parts of life, like Halloween costumes made by hand and scrapbooks and quilts.  She was 20 years before her time–she would have been the QUEEN of the mommy bloggers if there had just been an internet for her to blow away in the 1980s!  Instead, we just won Halloween costume competitions and had unique hair bows with glitter inside them and all my British friends wanted to come to my house where it was like “an American television family.”

scrap quilt

She brought her latest quilt finish with her and I made her stand out in our snow this morning for an obligatory quilt shot.  My mom taught me the importance of adding a color that ‘pops’ into a quilt–just look at that orange!  She did not, however, pass on her affinity for not buying fabric and only using what she already has.  The self control gene apparently went a different way.

Kelly - I think I took all of that gene…although it can also have it’s downside when you are working on a project and do not have enough fabric. Then you have to wait to buy it and wash it…it blows.

Love the blog!

Yo Momma - You have taught me more than I will ever teach you! And gone farther with your skills than I ever will! Potholders and straight line quilting is as far as I go! 😉

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting us to camp last weekend and for the sweet Mother’s Day post. Getting to see both my girls and both of my grandkids on Mother’s Day is the best gift EVER!

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