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Good news, Internets! After more hours than I care to admit, I have finally finished the last of the Christmas stockings for the boys.

This was one of those “seemed like a good idea at the time” ideas: 4 of those felt and sequin stocking kits you can get from craft magazines. Do you know how many pieces each one has?? Well over a hundred! Each!!

I first started the project in (gulp) the fall of 2000. Yikes, I hadn’t thought about that until just now. I made the first two and was finished by the following Christmas. I think. Can’t remember anymore. I bought the second pair of kits in…..ummmm, I have no idea. 2005 maybe? I know it took me a while to get started, and even longer to finish. As evidenced by the fact that I’m blogging this in May of 2009.

The fourth stocking belongs to Captain Earthquake, and he’s been remarkably patient as I worked on it. This project accompanied us to football practices last summer and has been my focus of attention for every piano lesson the boys have had for ten months. I’ve decided that the boys will only be able to have these in their own adult homes once their wives have signed a contract in blood stating that if the house is on fire they will stop and get the stocking before leaving the premises.

It was a long and often tedious project, but it’s finished. Now I can move on to the next thing on my todo list. (Like mailing out my Christmas cards. Do you think folks will notice if I say “Happy Spring” instead?)

How about you? Any really long projects hanging over your head?

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