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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!

mushroom mug rug

Our guild is doing a swap today, and the theme was a spring mug rug.  I’m in love with this gnome fabric, and hope my partner is, too!

When I lived in England we had about 70 other American families living in our cluster of towns that were all there working for Boeing, too.  We had an ongoing prank with one of the families wherin we would leave a garden gnome on each other’s front step.  Initially, he was dressed as just himself, but as time went on he got dressed up.  In the tradition, you could only ADD to his costume, not take anything off, and I’m pretty sure at the very end he had to be a ghost with just a white sheet over him for Halloween, and then I’m pretty sure we ended up coloring the sheet green and adding a star for a Christmas tree, but that might also just have been brainstormin.  In June it will be 10 years since I left, so my memories are going!  Anyway…ever since our ‘gnoming’ escapades, the sight of a garden gnome never fails to make me smile.


Fran - Super duper cute! Sarah Black would love this!

Natalie - This is adorable! I love the little mushroom 🙂

Kristie at OCD - Very cute! Love the gnome fabric as well! And great memory.

Nancy - What a great gnome memory! I have a soft spot for gnomes – they are one of my favorites!

Pam Carlson - Dear Traci
This may sound weird, but during the ’50’s, my mom had a best friend named Trudy Turchin. We are from Chicago, and I believe in the early 60’s, Trudy got married and moved to Australia. I believe she had 2 kids..anyway,I was very young when all of this was going on. My mother has since passed away, many years ago, but I always wonder about Trudy…which brings me to you. Are you in any way related to this woman? I loved her dearly as a child and would love to know if she is still alive and what happened with her life. If you have any insight and can give me any info, I would so appreciate it. I’m 61 yrs old now and this part of my life meant a great deal to me. Thank you for anything you can tell me!

Pam Carlson

Greenstylemom - You are so creative. And I’m loving my chicken! Makes me smile every time I see it.

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