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. . . just go too fast, don't they? But now it's Monday again. Time to . . . 

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As usual, on Mondays I share a bit of this and a little of that and things I discovered over the weekend.

(And I always start things off with my quote-for-the-week.)

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"Resistance is the secret of joy."
        --- Alice Walker

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I haven't shared a dictionary word on a Monday for quite a while, but I wanted to share something about a word today. Merriam-Webster is planning to revise its definition of the word racism. You can read about it here -- and be inspired by the young woman who spoke out and asked Merriam-Webster to make the change.

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Ever since my childhood, I've had a fascination with . . . scissors. I wondered how they worked and how someone figured out that they could work. I marvelled at how efficient they were at cutting paper or cloth or flowers or hair. Over the years, most of the crafts and projects I like best involve scissors, and I've amassed quite a collection (and just ask my kids: don't EVER use my sewing scissors to cut paper) (ever). I have everyday scissors for paper cutting and special paper scissors (that I hide) for cutting paper when it really matters. I have my sewing scissors for cutting cloth and snippers for cutting threads and pinking shears for a zig-zag edge. I have embroidery scissors and knife-edge scissors (especially good for cutting Alabama Chanin layers) and a couple of small snips in my knitting bag. I have garden snippers and loppers and flower stem cutters. I have kitchen shears.

Basically, I have a lot of scissors.
And probably there is not a day that goes by when I don't use at least a couple of different pairs.

So. I was intrigued by this article about scissors (from the Alabama Chanin newsletter). If you're fascinated by scissors, you might enjoy reading it, too.

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I was sitting in a Zoom meeting last week, and the topic drifted (as they do). We got to talking about things we'd created during the pandemic . . . and one of the participants showed us an amazing paint-by-number painting she was working on. She explained that paint-by-numbers had gotten her through the lockdown months. She'd tried various kits from various makers with varying success (mainly related to paint-quality), but she particularly liked ordering kits from this company: MiiCreative. They put together custom paint-by-number kits from your photographs. I haven't tried one, but they sound like fun and got a rave review from my Zoom-pal.

(I loved paint-by-numbers when I was a kid.)
(Even though they didn't involve scissors.)

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Still not traveling? Yeah. Me neither. But thanks to The World Through a Lens series at the New York Times, we can go to the Nash Islands in Maine for the annual sheep shearing! The photos will almost make you feel like you're there! (Almost.)

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And that's it for me this Monday morning.
I hope your week is off to a good start!

 

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Bonny

I had no idea there were so many types of scissors, or that you had a slight scissor obsession! I've only got six or seven pairs, but I sewed over the weekend and do agree that good sharp scissors are a joy. Those MiiCreative kits are intriguing and I know just the photograph I would like to try. Thanks for the link to painting that I'm confident to try!

Carole

My kids knew that rule about my sewing scissors, too! If those scissors were in one hand there had damn well better be fabric in the other! I have my mom's scalloped pinking shears and I love them.

Kat

I love the scissors article! Fascinating! (and I love the update to racism in the dictionary!)

Vicki

I have a thing for scissors, too!

Maddy's done quite a few paint-by-numbers and they're WAY different than the ones my mom did. (I have one of a set of two ballerinas that Mom painted for me, though.) I am definitely bookmarking that company -- a custom kit would make an excellent gift!!

Vera

Cool scissor article. My sewing shears (and pinking shears) are kept away from everything else. And then I have a collection of various embroidery scissors. The paint-by-number idea is interesting too. WE've had photographs turned into jigsaw puzzles, but I had never thought of having them turned into paint-by-number. Neat!

Kim Sheehan

Love learning about scissors! Can't believe I wrote that sentence!

Jes

My scissor obsession is about the same. But I have a pair in the kitchen, the pantry, the garage, the freezer mostly to open Costco butter but it works. And then that tree in your pic is that a tri color beech? Lost mine the second time this year. First one was pulled right out of the ground by the mid nite landscapers in its second year. This one was cut nearly in half at the base by someone with an over aggressive weed eater. Ouch

kathyb

No traveling yet here either. Aching to see my kids though.
I love your love of scissors!!!!
I saw a paint by number Jesus at a antique resale shop and have been sorry ever since that I dint buy it!

Geri

The paint by number kits would make the perfect gift for my granddaughters! I might just order them so I have them for our trip to Maine. This will be our first attempt to add to our bubble.

Sarah

I literally just asked my kid if she was at all interested in doing a paint by number. She wasn't, but she might change her mind if she can paint a replica of a photo she chooses, so thanks for the link! I'm now off to click though all your other links.

Margene

If only reading a definition helped people to really understand what racism is. I hope the change gives a little more insight. My mother did several PBN kits to pass the time when my father was away. I was always fascinated by the process. You may remember my obsession with embroidery scissors. I have quite the collection and, even though I do little with embroidery, I still buy small scissors when I see them (and just got one from AC, too!).

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