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Monday, October 21, 2013

Wicked Blog Hop! My Day!

                                                 
Hello! Thank you for joining me today on the Wicked blog hop! Some of you know that my husband and I lost our house to fire on October 9, so the pictures I'm going to show are not great. I had them on my phone and they were taken before the projects were complete, but at least you can see what I would have shown! I did finish them, but lost them in the fire.

First of all, I live in south Texas, where many of my friends with a Mexican heritage celebrate Dia De Las Muertas or Day of the Dead. They have explained to me that this is NOT a zombie type thing for them, but simply a memorial for friends who have passed on. It is celebrated from October 31 through November 2. Some of the decorations are a little macabre to some of us, but are not intended to be spooky or creepy. Candies called sugar skulls are part of the celebration, as well as other skeleton figures posed in common positions they might have had in life. Flowers and pretty colors also play a part.
My first project is a doll. She is intended to be a skeleton doll wearing a pretty floral dress and a flower bedecked hat. I was in the process of making her some shoes and underwear, but they are not on her in this early photo.

                                                                                              My second project was a wall hanging depicting two "ladies" enjoying a sweet feast! 
                                                                          
The speech bubble says, "Finally I can eat whatever I want and I don't gain a pound!" This was a fairly large wall hanging and I had finished quilting and binding it, but not in this photo. I quilted in many details that are not in this picture.

Thank you to our sweet hostesses, Madame Samm and Wendy! Be sure you visit our other blogs on the hop today!





Sugarplum and her little friend send their wishes for a happy hop! (Can you tell she's chewing on the skeleton foot!? I had some cute props! I wonder if they gave the firemen a scare! If so, I'm so sorry, but what a story those firemen would have to tell!)

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P.S. - Sugarplum is happy as can be in our temporary apartment! It happens to be over my parent's garage area and is connected to their house. Sugarplum thinks she rules the entire house now and even goes downstairs to make sure my parents are awake when we are! She stands on a trunk at the foot of their bed and makes mewing noises to tell them to get up! We are all doing fine and are getting lots of love from our family and friends here! My love to all of you who have sent prayers and well wishes our way! I can feel your hugs from here!
                                     

                                

118 comments:

  1. Your doll and wallhanging are to die for, LOL! Wishing you and hubby a quick recovery. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. {{{{{{Linda}}}}} ... I am so happy that you and your family are well. I am so sorry that you have lost your beautiful home. As always, your projects are so bright and cheery. May you soon rebuild and fill your new home with your beautiful touches. May God Bless ...<3

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  3. Oh Linda! Leave it to you to make a Day Of The Dead doll adorable ;) .... Your projects are wickedly wonderful and I thank you so much for sharing with us along this wicked trail at this time of trial for you. You are a treasure!! Thank you, thank you !!

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  4. It's just like you to make sure you still joined the hop and I commend you for doing so. Your Day of The Dead doll is so cute! Glad to hear that Sugarplum is so settled in but not sure how your parents are liking the new alarm clock.

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  5. Oh sweet thing - and you are still with us today sharing your talents. Many thoughts, prayers, cyber hugs - thank you for sharing your light, talent, and color with us today.

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  6. Oh yes, these projects were perfect! Thanks for sharing and glad to hear you're settling in...

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  7. Love your projects. I'm so glad you had some pictures to share. You are so wonderfully creative with ideas. Love the bright cheerful colors you use. Thanks for sharing your projects and keeping us up to date on your well being...

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  8. Linda, I love what you were making. The doll is great, and that wall hanging so cool! I hope you will get to recreate them. Hugs are being sent your way.

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  9. Oh my goodness I had no idea about the fire - hope you are all ok it must have been such a shock for you - am sending hugs from across the pond! Loved your creations - hope you get to recreate them again one day. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. You are so creative Linda - love your projects. So sorry that they were lost to the fire.

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  11. I love your projects! How wonderful that you took pictures before disaster struck! I"m glad to hear you are all doing well. I hope you can rebuild your stash and supplies quickly too. Quilting is a form of therapy after all!

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  12. I love your projects and that you could could participate in this blog hop in spite of the disaster.
    It´s good to hear that you are feeling good. Warm hugs from Sweden

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  13. So sorry to hear of your troubles - hope things improve quickly for you. Thanks for sharing your makes with us - your Day of the Dead doll is adorable :)

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  14. Always happy to see you here Linda. I am glad you are getting along okay. Your projects are lovely. You did your usual great job.

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  15. Your projects are so creative. Lucky you had taken a few pics! Glad to hear you are settled in and doing well. Here's one more hug to go with all the others!

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  16. Wonderful projects and explanation of Day of The Dead. Love the forever thin ladies. Good luck rebuilding your home. And isn't it so true that cats become the masters wherever they reside.

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  17. That doll totally rocked! I am sending tons of hugs for you and your hubby...

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  18. Love your skeleton doll! I am so sorry to hear about your loss but at least everyone human and furry got out safely and as you say things can be replace people and animals not so much and remember your cherished memories can never be taken from you either. Many Blessing on you and yours

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  19. Thank you for sharing your creation Linda - I love the forever thin figures!
    I hope the rebuilding of your home progresses quickly!

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  20. Your doll is just great, I did not write lovely, because I do not know if the skeleton fits to "beautiful", LOL!
    I wish you all the best and lots of help to rebuild your house!!!

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  21. Oh Linda, I am behind on my blog reading. I hadn't head about the fire. After reading your post on it, I am amazed at your spirit. Your project is fabulous, and while it's not at your fingertips anymore, it's in your heart which is where all good things stay safely forever! Wishing you the best as you rebuilt.

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  22. Well Linda; I am so glad things are going ok for you during these difficult times. Your projects are adorable; as always.

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  23. Your projects are wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us. I am glad you had some photos of them on your phone. Sending hugs from SC.

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  24. welllll Linda, I smiled and smiled...for someone who has a set back as you still here to show and tell says so much about your true character..not wicked at all...genuine heart....great projects indeed..

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  25. Thanks for sharing your projects with us... your positive and thankful attitude shine through as inspiration to me! The skeleton doll is very cute!

    susie

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  26. These are just the best wicked projects! You are such a creative person, and now the bravest trooper that I know! No matter what, the blog hops must go on! Thank you so much for the example that you set for all of us during this terribly difficult time. Hugs and prayers will continue.

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  27. Great doll. She was lovely as well as the wall hanging. Thanks for posting, and being such a positive influence.

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  28. Glad you were able to join us with such wonderful contributions. The doll is great but the sentiment on the wall hanging is stellar. such a creative mind you have.

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  29. Linda there is a lot of Dia De Las Muertas celebrations here too in New Mexico, so I see a lot of those kinds of decorations everywhere I go as well. You did a wonderful job with your projects. I am so glad you were able to snap couple of photos before they were all gone up in smoke! How nice that you are able to live in an apt. at your parents. Be sure and keep us updated on your rebuilding when it starts happening. I hope you have lots of time to create while in your apt.

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  30. You have done yourself and the celebrate Dia De Las Muertas proud. I love the doll and the wall hanging. You are a Wicked winner if ever I saw one.

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  31. I lived in Texas for several years before moving to TN, and I remember lots of people celebrating the Day of the Dead. Your projects are so cute, and I'm glad we got to see a glimpse of them. Your positive outlook is really an inspiration.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  32. I like the Mexican view of "Day of the Dead" as the following day, Nov. 1st, is All Saints Day. I prefer the idea of honoring the ancestors over the "scare the kids" monsters.

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  33. What creative projects for the Wicked blog hop Linda! I am so sorry about your home but glad that you are okay and your wonderl attitude is amazing!

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  34. Your DOD projects are great! I'm so sorry about your troubles.

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  35. I'm so sorry to hear about your house! Your projects are wonderful and thank you for sharing them!

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  36. Your doll is adorable...what a "scary" idea. Love it!!!

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  37. Your projects are wonderful, so sorry to hear of your fire...glad you are ok!!

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  38. Sorry about the fire! So sad. Your projects were lovely.

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  39. All your wickedly wonderful projects show a great sense of humour...which is helping you to get through your ordeal!! Hang it there! You and your family survived...that's all that matters! You're a Wicked Winner in my books!
    P

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  40. Sending (((hugs)))--you have an inspiring spirit! I love your projects. That spirit shows through in that speech bubble too! :-)

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  41. Wonderful projects! So sorry to hear you lost your house. Best wishes foryou and your family.

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  42. Your projects are wonderful! I especially love the doll!!! Scary cute :)

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  43. So sorry about the the fire... your projects were wonderful... so "cute"

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  44. So sorry to hear about the fire. The skeleton is spootacular. Love your projects.

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  45. My son and family are living in Mexico right now so these projects would be perfect for them. Thanks for sharing

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  46. Great projects!
    Sounds like you have a great attitude about the house... that will help SO much!
    Sending prayers:)

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  47. Good morning Linda...love your spooktacular skeleton doll and the wall hanging made me smile...too cute!! Thanks for sharing your creativity...you are always inspiring us, even at this difficult time...hugs from Michigan!!

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  48. I LOVE her!!! She is just fabulous and so perfect for the holiday.

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  49. Lovely projects and my sympathies on the house. What a trooper you are to keep going with such grace and sharing your projects with us!

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  50. It's great that you had these pics on your phone to share with us...they are wickedly cool! Hopefully, you can get up and running again soon. You've been in my thoughts a lot.

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  51. How wonderful and so unique! Leave it youand your creativity to come up with something wonderfully wicked, imagine not gaining any more weight and eating whatever. SMART! lol

    Jane

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  52. You truly are an inspiration to us all. Your projects are wonderful and I'm glad you were still able to share them with us.

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  53. I'm so glad that you and loved one are SAFE including Sugarplum, that's the most important thing surely. But what a shock you have had. I hope you can continue to keep your wicked sense of humor it always brightens my day and that of so many others.

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  54. So sorry to hear about your house but admire your spirit! I went through a devastating house flood several years ago so I really feel for you. I'm happy to see that you had some photos of your projects and thanks for sharing them on this wickedly good blog hop!

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  55. Oh my gosh Linda! I'm so sorry about your house!!!!!! :( I'm grateful that you and the family are ok and you are here to share these wonderful creations today. That's what matters most indeed.
    Hugs!

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  56. So sorry to hear, and I to admire your spirit

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  57. I am so glad you took pictures to share on this hop. I read about your house and thought, what a great Idea to grab the hard drive! You have my prayers and I hope that you are staying warm and cozy this Fall. Nice to stay with family, hope you get back into your house soon.

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  58. Oh Linda, I had no idea about the loss of your home---I am so sorry---but so very grateful that you and your husband and furbaby got out unharmed. Just think, now you can buy new fabric :D Sometimes my stash is a weight around my neck. Sometimes clean slates can be a very fun thing. Hugs, dear heart.

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  59. So awesome of a project!!! We Texans do have some South of the Border traditions running around here...and your little girlie is LOVELY!!!!

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  60. Sorry to hear about your fire. Try to get a lot of fresh air, it will help clear out your lungs from all the smoke. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  61. Your doll is so cute. I love her smile. I am sorry about the house fire. I am glad you had friends and family there to help you.

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  62. Dear Linda your projects are adorable how fortunate for us that you took some pictures on your phone. I hope that you have settled in comfortably and things will get better. Love your spirit.
    Hugs and Blessings

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  63. Linda your projects are wickedly wonderful. I love the skeleton doll and know that you will be making many more in your new home. Thankfully you have a roof over your heads and loving family and friends. Your amazing resilience reflects your loving spirit dear. Thank you for hopping. BOO-tiful...

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  64. Such unusual goodies. I always love hearing about how others celebrate holidays and how they decorate. Thank you so much for sharing with us....it has to be hard just looking at what you had done not that long ago. Keep your chin up!

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  65. I was in Arizona once and saw some Fay of the Dead celebrations. My sew fun. Thanks for sharing. Stay strong!

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  66. Cool projects! Sorry to hear about the fire.

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  67. Love the Day of the Dead projects. I have a friend who lives in AZ and has made some things with the fabric. So sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sure a lot of your blogging buddies could help rebuild your stash, if necessary. So glad you all are safe.

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  68. Sew Sorry to hear of your loss ,,, I could not image how that would feel. Hugs
    I do love your Day of the Dead projects. Our daughter lived in Mexico for a couple of years as a teacher sew we got to learn of this holiday and celebration of ones family.
    thank you for sharing a little of your heritage with us too
    in stitches

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  69. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose all my sewing things in a fire. Glad you are OK though. I always love your projects. They are always very creative. The day of the dead doll is fabulous.

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  70. Your day of the dead doll is adorable. You are in my thoughts during your rebuilding.

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  71. Linda, your projects are really Spooktacular! I love the little doll. Her eyes look like they would glow in the dark. You did a wonderful job making them
    I am happy to hear that you are doing well and I hope you get into your own new home very soon. Still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

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  72. Linda I'm so glad you are at your parents - that has to be the best place you could be right now in this trying time. I loved your projects...especially the doll....and I'll continue to pray for good things to be coming, including more dolls in your future. blessings, marlene

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  73. Your little doll is so very cute! You did a great job on your projects. Hope every day becomes a blessed and better day for you.

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  74. I love that smile on your doll. The wallhanging is spooktacular as well. I hope you can make them again some day.

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  75. Great projects.....and I also love your Little Red Riding Hood project in process. Will have to watch for that one to be finished!

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  76. I wonder how I missed knowing about the fire. Honest, I do read your posts. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I totally loved the wall hanging. I joke about food not having any calories in this life but never thought of it in the terms you did.

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  77. They were cute Linda...you're such a trooper !

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  78. Blessings to you and your family. Glad to know everyone is safe. You wall hanging is too cute!

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  79. I love your projects. Thank you for sharing with us. I am so sorry for your loss . Glad that yall have friends and family near. Blessings to you and your family.
    xo jan

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  80. Sorry about your loss and thanks for being part of the blog hop. I really like the projects.

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  81. Love the doll. I am so sorry about your fire but glad you have a special place to live while you pull your lives back together.

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  82. I love the projects. I love the story behind the skeleton doll. Isn't that comforting? My ex-husband of just seven months (we were still friends) was found dead on July 30. We are having his memorial service this Saturday. His estranged family of origin and his first wife and children are doing nothing. He laid in the ME's office for over a month and had to be id'd by dental records. It has been very difficult. So I find the story comforting. I love the idea of eating and not gaining a pound EXCEPT my at my appointment last month my oncologist was concerned about how much weight I've lost in the last year. YIKES! He said when he asks folks what has happened since the last appointment most say they have a new grandchild or something, he wasn't expecting what I laid on him. I love your projects as I always do. I again thank you for participating and bringing a great smile to my face and being a great inspiration.

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  83. Great projects. The doll was adorable. Thanks for sharing and participating despite your recent loss. God Bless!

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  84. Fabulous creations Linda, as usual! Keep on keepin' on.

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  85. Your projects are so cute and colorful. The story behind the doll helps make the skeleton a not so scary thing. Bless you for all that you have and are going through. This too shall pass.

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  86. Linda, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your home. You have the perfect attitude. Your creations, as usual, were works of art. I'm so sorry that you lost so much. How fortunate that know one was hurt. Prayers for you and your family as you go about re-establishing a home.

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  87. Glad you are with family! Love your day of the day festival items! So sorry for the loss of your home.

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  88. I'm so sorry to hear about your house. Your projects were really fun. I wish you all the best on creating another loving (and quilty) home for you and your family.

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  89. Thank you for sharing what your projects were, they were fantastic. I admire your strong faith and character, and hope for quick recovery of home life for you and your family.

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  90. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your home. Just from your post I can tell you are going to recover and move on to create a new home for you and your family. Thanks for sharing your creations and the story underlying their significance.

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  91. You are keeping your positive attitude and I'm keeping up the prayers!! Your projects were adorable!! Love the doll and the ladies - so creative!!

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  92. Great projects, I can just imagine the wall hanging looked totally awesome and love the doll.

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  93. Dia De Las Muertas is really a beautiful way of celebrating our lost loved ones. (I live in Southern California). I'm so glad to hear you are doing well and that Sugarplum is in fine form. My cat used to climb in bed and watch me waiting for the alarm to go off so she could get attention. Now that I'm retired she waits for me to get a cup off coffee and wants lap time. I think Sugarplum has it all figured out too!. I love your attitude. Keep the faith and I'm hoping you find your way back to something like normal soon. I love your projects.

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  94. oh my goodness - so sorry that you lost your home and you have such a positive attitude :) LOVE your doll - it was just adorable - thanks so much for joining in the hop - hope everything goes well in getting your house rebuilt :)

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  95. Your projects are just adorable. Thinking good thought for you and your family during this time.

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  96. Just love your doll and matching quilt- perfect!

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  97. Oh Linda, I am so sorry! Thank goodness everyone, including Sugarplum, got out safely. I love what you did for the hop and I know your wall hanging was over the top with quilting. Hugs!

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  98. Your creativity is just amazing, especially after having the loss of your home. Hugs to you..

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  99. Oh, you are so creative!!!! Love it!!!

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  100. Oh my, I'm so sorry about your house! I'm very glad to hear that you and yours are fine. Great projects! Hopefully you will be able to recreate them when you get settled.

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  101. Great projects Linda! It's such a shame they are now lost along with everything else. I got a good laugh over the ladies eating sweets.

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  102. I bet those little undies were cute. Hope you are doing well.

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  103. Linda, Love your projects and sorry they met a firey ending. But more important, how are you?!!! Your experience brought back so many memories of my family's house fire when I was in 4th grade. The dynamics are so similar that I got weepy. We lost Everything. I want to do something to help and I can't come up with anything right now but I will. Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  104. I'm so sorry to read about the fire, but are very happy to know that you are all safe.
    Must be so terrible to loose all your belongings, photos and all the memory that follows a lot of things.
    Impressed that you after all managed to show us some pictures. You will be in my thoughts.
    Hugs and regards from Ingrid

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  105. Like the others I am sorry to hear of your loss. Thankfully you were all able to get out though with little personal items intact. That you still were able to share any of the items for the hop, at all, speaks to the will of a quilter. Very clever idea you had there. Skeleton tea party!

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  106. Oh I am so, so sorry. I hadn't heard before now. As the wife of a fire chief I know how hard it is too loose everything. Huge hugs to you as you recover.

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  107. Linda,
    Your projects are just wickedly wonderful.
    You and your husband are in my thoughts and prayers, giving thanks that you are both safe . You are such an inspiration with your bright spirit, even when life throws rocks at you.
    cheers
    maggie

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  108. Your spirit will keep you going while dealing with your tragic loss. Prayers are with you. Thank God for parents, no matter how old we are. So glad you took time to share with us.

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  109. I'm sorry to hear about your house fire. My parents house caught fire twice in the same night when I was a teenager. We didn't lose the entire house but we still lost almost all of our belongings due to the about of heat and smoke. I know what you mean when you said surreal. Saying a prayer for you and your family. Also really love your Day of the Dead doll. So wonderful!

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  110. Linda, I've gotten behind on blog reading, but have been thinking of you often. It's so good to know that you haven't lost your sense of humor! Thanks for the explanation of the DOD dolls....I always wonder about that.

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