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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Graduation Gift Idea

**Memory Sham**
I created this Memory Pillow Sham for my my sister's middle daughter who is graduating next week from high school. I have so enjoyed the fun Christmas greetings with the 3 girls that she sent over the years, that I made a montage of the pics and stitched them into a velvet pillow sham she can take to college or decorate an apartment with. I would imagine she will have some separation pains as she will be attending a school in Charleston, some 4 hours from home. So I had to make a little something that she can bring to remind her of home. I hope she isn't reading this, it is supposed to be a surprise. I used laser printer iron on paper, from pictures scanned in. I fused to plain black cotton, trimmed like picture frames, and then stitched it down on the front panel before I constructed the sham. I made the back split with a velvet edge and added velcro so that the whole thing is easy off and on. The sham should fit a standard bed pillow, and I packaged it up to mail, minus the pillow, for her to use with one of her own. I had fun with printing them, and made a few more images to make into stuff for myself.

**Abby the Cat **
The extra cat we have been taking care of found a new home yesterday. This is a picture of her new mommy, who found her on a Save a Pet Website, and then met me at PetSmart. I am hopeful Abby will enjoy being the only pet; she had way too much competition with my other cats and dog. I will miss her rubbing my face and walking over my keyboard, and keeping my office chair warm and fuzzy. But it is for the best, for all concerned.

**My Kate**
And lastly, my daughter, pictured here all dressed up for an orchestra concert at school. It is a rare picture of her smiling and not hiding from the camera.
And on the soccer field, bottom row, second from the left.

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