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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pattern of Peacock Feathers

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The theme at Creative Tuesdays this time is pattern. And to keep up with the tradition of my bird theme, I thought I'd use peacock feathers to create a kaleidoscope effect. Each feather is drawn a little differently, so they aren't identical but they make a pattern anyway. I really had fun with this one! And I can't wait to see the other entries. They will be posted at Mr. Toast's blog on Tuesday, February 7th. Go check them out then!

174 comments:

  1. Look at you,
    and bragging, too!

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  2. Wow you sure made the feathers look grand
    I had them actually all the time at my own land
    As we had 4 peacocks in the backyard
    Honking here and there quite hard
    Could hear them all the time
    With their chime
    Like the detail you involved too
    And also I think your psychic power has once more come due

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  3. psychic powers again
    oh dear that just makes me grin
    can't wait to see what you wrote
    maybe peacocks swam in your moat?

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  4. So pretty--peacock feathers are so delicate and you captured that perfectly!

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  5. This truly lovely Betsy. Such a wonderful painting and a lovely idea for a pattern. Wonderful work!

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  6. You got me scrutinizing each feather now!! How brilliant and utterly mesmerizing! Take care
    x

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  7. I just knew you could come up with a "feathered" theme!! Just love those peacock feathers...what a exquisite design they made.

    I went a totally different direction this time. Hope it stayed within the rules...

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  8. thanks, ladies!

    Linda and Wanda, I can't wait to see what you two did!

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  9. Absolutely breath-taking, Betsy!

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  10. Very nice... and once again, you didn't cheat by copying any of them. I'm impressed. Very much.

    I know a couple of uses for peacock feathers you might like to hear about sometime...

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  11. Look nice betsy!!But my eyes goes again to your yesterday food (lol)ha,ha, xxx

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  12. PERFECT! Ha. I have to laugh how you figured out how to get birds in there too. It really is brilliant and pretty too. I like it a whole lot better than my meager offering. TY!!

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  13. Betsy, I made bean soup and cornbread for supper. Your pictures made me hungry for cornbread. :)

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  14. that is really cool betsy...peacock feathers are great..i love all the color in them....

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  15. Janice ~ thanks, dear! :)

    Silver ~ no, I didn't cheat. :) All done by hand and each a little different.

    Gloria ~ just finished some leftovers. So nice not to have to cook tonight! And it was just as good today. haha. Now if I only had a couple of your wonderful marshmallow cherries for dessert! Yum!

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  16. Mmm ~ meager? You've had three weeks to work on it! I'm expecting something amazing from you! :)

    Rebecca ~ that sounds delicious! :)

    Brian ~ thanks, dear. :)

    Silver ~ peacock feathers, you say? Dare I ask? ha.

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  17. About the peacock feathers... Maybe in a private email... Heh.

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  18. Silver, Make an attractive feather duster. :)

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  19. Yeah, Rebecca, that's exactly what I was thinking. Uh-huh.

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  20. Silver, See I'm a mind reader!!!! I should charge for my psychic wisdom. :)

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  21. well Betsy you know are all yours, I make this post to you:)

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  22. If you used peacock feathers in your act, you could charge more. Just sayin'.

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  23. Yes, Gloria! And that was so sweet of you! They look so good! I have the marshmallows and chocolate. I need to get some maraschino cherries!

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  24. Silver, Like I could gaze into the peacock feathers and see the future instead of a crystal ball? :)

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  25. Gloria, I think I'm going to try to make those with my older boys. Hubby wants me to make him one without the cherry. I told him that's the best part. :)

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  26. Betsy, I used to work for a cleaning service and all they would use was peacock feather dusters. Something about them attracting the dust more.....

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  27. Wow...I've never even seen one made of peacock feathers! I wonder if Pat knows. He could have sold them and been a millionare by now with those four peacocks in his back yard! haha.

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  28. Exactly!!! He just doesn't appreciate a good marachino cherry. When he buys a banana split I always get his cherry. :)

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  29. There are too many "straight lines" floating around here for me tonight!

    I'd better behave.

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  30. Silver, awww, I just like to give you a hard time. :)

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  31. This time the jokes were too easy, Rebecca. I threw away two or three good ones!

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  32. Betsy, My husband is at a livestock auction tonight. You think I should worry about what he might bring home? ha :)

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  33. Rebecca ~ hahaha....I doubt there will be any trash to pick through. Maybe he'll bring home a nice big steer. :)

    My Harry loves to watch livestock auctions on TV. It's the craziest thing.

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  34. Silver, Thank you! I think I know you well enough to know that I should be grateful. :)

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  35. Betsy, Yikes, I hope not. :) Not sure WHERE we would put a steer. Maybe in the garage with the tractor and the boat. :)

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  36. Let the steer bunk with the chickens.

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  37. Silver, I'm pretty sure you are distantly related to my husband, and that is all I'm going to say about that. :)

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  38. Yeah, the chickens would like that I'm sure. :) Betsy, if you watched a livestock auction on tv at least you would be spared the smells.:)

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  39. Rebecca ~ true. But some of those auctions I work that are in the barns...oh my. ha.

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  40. Related to your husband, Rebecca? Hm. Interesting concept.

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  41. Maybe I'm silly, but I don't mind if it's a horse barn, but a cow barn......:(

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  42. Betsy, there is no winning with him is there?

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  43. Um, no. But you're doing a great job of trying! :)

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  44. It comes from having all those brothers. :)

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  45. haha...well, it's very entertaining to let you two go at it. :) See...I didn't have brothers. You have an advantage! ha.

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  46. Silver, you could be his older brother.....you both have beards. :)

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  47. How many brothers, Rebecca? Sounds like you and Betsy have both been surrounded by men, at one time or another.

    Oh, Lord, that doesn't sound right...

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  48. Both with beards! That's right! You said that the other night when we were talking about whiskers... and Whiskers.

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  49. Mercy, you make us sound like something horrible. :) I have four brothers.....no sisters. And Betsy and I both have four boys. And we are both nice, and sweet, and pretty, and, and, and :)

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  50. I'm not doubting any of that, Rebecca. And even if I did, I would never suggest anything like that about either of you. :)

    But I can tease, occasionally...

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  51. Really, I never would have guessed, you seem so um austuere. :) hahahahahahaha

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  52. Betsy, just talked to hubby on the phone--no steer--whew!

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  53. No steer? Oh good. ha.

    Michelle ~ thank you!

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  54. OK Silver ~ are you as austere as you appear to Rebecca? :)

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  55. Stern, cold, extremely moral, puritanical...

    Me?

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

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  56. That was kind of a scary laugh. :)

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  57. Gloria ~ are you still there? I know you like older men with grey beards! :) and cool hats!

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  58. Rebecca ~ I thought Silver was very intimidating when I first started blogging.

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  59. I've never been called austere before, Betsy! I don't think the word quite suits me, doll!

    Rebecca, that was meant to be a scary laugh! I think it was the word "puritanical" that really got to me!

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  60. I was being a little sarcastic about the austere, but yeah, a little intimidating. :)

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  61. Yes, Betsy thought I was intimidating at first, but now she knows I'm just cute, and quirky, and swee-- Oops.

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  62. What's so intimidating about me, you two??? :D

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  63. I'm not sure......I'll have to think about it. Betsy, help!!!!

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  64. I'm afraid I'm no help on this one. Anyway, where did Gloria go? I think she got lost in the food next post down. I'm going to go look for her....

    Glor..iaaaaa!

    lol....

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  65. If she's having a bowl of that yummy chili I'm going to join her--even tho I already ate supper. :) You there Gloria? We miss you.

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  66. I can handle the truth. I just have a hard time finding people who tell it.

    Not meaning you, of course, doll!

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  67. I think she's hiding among the lemon bars. :)

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  68. Ok, sometimes it's hard to tell what you're thinking. Unlike me you don't babble, and so sometimes I think I've offended you or upset you, and that's a little intimidating.

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  69. Betsy, we could eat our way to Gloria--I mean through the lemon bars. :)

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  70. Oh, I can babble... sometimes. Ask Betsy. She knows me well enough to vouch for that.

    And seriously, Rebecca, I'm sorry if I've ever made you think I was upset with you. You're not the first person who's thought that when it hasn't been the case, unfortunately.

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  71. I can just see you two swimming through a sea of lemon bars, your jaws working like Pac-Man.

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  72. Silver, you didn't need to apologize--I didn't lose sleep over it. :) I was just trying to explain.

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  73. Gotta run put the babies to bed. G'night! I'll dream about Betsy and I eating our way through lemon bars like pac man. :)

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  74. good night, Rebecca! I need to get on the treadmill after all of that! lol....

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  75. Oh, I won't, Rebecca. That's not the type of thing I lose sleep over, haha. Other, usually nicer things, yeah. :)

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  76. Good night Rebecca.

    Betsy, I hope you enjoy your time on the treadmill. Very much.

    I should be vanishing, too.

    Good night.

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  77. Very pretty!!! You're very talented!!!! Not to mention, clever!! I would've never thought of peacock feathers as a kaleidoscope. :)

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  78. Very pretty. Maybe one day I will learn to draw again.

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  79. beautiful! we used to have peacocks on the farm at home. I loved when they would fan out their tails! and I loved to pick up the pretty ones when they shed them.

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  80. My two favorite Marthas! :)

    I'm sure drawing is like riding a bicycle! You should join the group some time!

    You and Pat with the peacocks in the yard! I'm SO jealous!

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  81. they do sound scary though when they walk on the roof at night!! they also used to roost on the house or barn roof and if they got spooked during the night they would take off flying and screaming as they flew. that was a little bit wierd!

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  82. Martha ~ oh wow..yes, that would be weird! I really don't know much about them...flying and screeching? Hmmm. lol...

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  83. I already belong to a drawing group, one that was started about 4 or 5 years back... Unfortunately it faltered (got flooded with photographs which have all been deleted now...) and is having a hard time getting back up and running.

    http://drawthis.blogspot.com/

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  84. wow, wonderful details Betsy! i used to work as a guide in an old castle once and the castle gardens were full of peacocks & they sure wake up early and screech as soon as at 4am ... lol ... but they are beautiful birds, love them :-)

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  85. Oooooh! I love those color combinations and your feathers are just exquisite, Betsy!! Love this one! blessings ~ tanna

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  86. Birdie ~ wow...fun job! I'm needing a peacock or two at my zoo!
    Well, only if they promise to be quiet until 7AM. lol....

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  87. lol Betsy, not sure they can keep it shut till that late ... :-)

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  88. Very beautiful! Hard to do feathers let alone peacock feathers. Great job.

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  89. Birdie ~ they sound worse than a rooster! lol. Maybe I should get fish instead. They're quiet. haha.

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  90. Jehanne & Eva...thanks, ladies! :)

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  91. it's beautiful. I like your use of colors.

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  92. haha Betsy, rooster is like a sweet music compare to peacock :-) fish won't wake you up for sure ... haha!
    ps: that job was fun, the coolest i ever had i think :-)

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  93. Betsy, I think you should get some fish!!! They wouldn't crow or scream like a rooster or peacock. :)

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  94. I have a "bouquet" of peacock feathers in a vase...a bit out of place in my house, but the colors were too beautiful not to use. Your drawing is wonderful!

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  95. Hi Betsy .. were you doing these during that GAME?! They look great and I can just see the differences - certainly 'pattern' is the theme ..

    Delightful to see - cheers - your snow looks much more fairy like than ours! Hilary

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  96. Rebecca ~ I know! I really want to. I just need to set my tank back up and go pick some out! :)

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  97. Oh, no Hilary. I was eating during the game! hahaha. This was already done!

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  98. I looked at my fish tank in storage the other day--decided I don't have the energy for another project right now. ha I don't know how you do it all Betsy! I wish I had some of your motivation--I've been dragging lately. :(

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  99. Maybe I should drink more coffee.........yeah that should help.:)

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  100. Well, that's kind of how I feel...do I really want to add the tank maintenance to my chore list? ha. But I know once it's up and running, I will enjoy it. I wonder if I should put it on my desk this time? It's only a 6 gallon tank. I would enjoy it here. Hmmmm....

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  101. That's another problem--I would have to put it low enough that the kids could see it, but high enough that they couldn't go fishing-----if you know what I mean. :)

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  102. Oh yeah. Mine has a lid! The lid sold me on that model since I had 2 indoor cats and 4 little boys at the time. ha.

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  103. Oh yes, cats like to go fishing too. :) Mine has a lid, but it's not tight--pretty sure the babies would mess with it. Hey, the sun is trying to come out!!!

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  104. I can just see them wanting to give the fish a drink of their apple juice. lol....

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  105. When my older boys were little they pulled one of my goldfish out of the tank and used a scissors to "trim" his tail---I thought he would die. I threw him back in the tank and he lived three or four more years. He got HUGE. We finally gave him to a friend who had a fish pond in her garden--last I knew he was still alive. :)

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  106. trimmed his tail? LOL! Oh dear. You need to write a book.

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  107. This is so pretty! Love all the details! Lovely work!

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  108. That is totally amazing!! WOW!! They look so real!!
    xxDaniella

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  109. Well, it's funny now---at the time I think I might have cried. :)

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  110. A little hi to Betsy and Rebecca:) how are you dears?

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  111. rebecca your history is scared!!! well I have someones too (lol)

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  112. Hi, Gloria~

    I'm good! Doing laundry! :)

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  113. Oh Gloria, I have lots of other stories. :)

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  114. I love it :) I do miss taking part in Creative Tuesday but just couldn't keep up with it!

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  115. I'm doing laundry too--when am I not doing laundry? How many loads do you do a week Betsy?

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  116. We miss you, too, Claire! Come back sometime if you have a chance!

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  117. Rebecca ~ oh, you know I've never counted. I do 2 loads a day of clothes, then I do 2 loads of sheets, 2 loads of towels and one load of throw rugs each week. So, 18 or so?

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  118. Wow!!! I think I do about 13 or
    maybe 14. Now I know what to expect when these boys get older.

    Laundry is a chore I don't really mind doing. I wish the clothes would fold themselves tho. :)

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  119. Im laundry too dears, and making the lunch too:)

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  120. Yeah, their clothes get bigger! ha. I don't mind laundry either. One thing I do that keeps it organized, is I fold it straight from the dryer and put it away before the next load goes in. No clean clothes basket of wrinkly clothes piling up.

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  121. Dont matter me laundry but I dont have a dry machine so in this time I have to hung the clothes in my yard:) but when is so hot I let the clothes in the basket by a while, sometimes I take out at Night!

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  122. Summer time is a nice time to have a clothes line, Gloria! I have friends that like to do that much more than use a dryer!

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  123. I always think you are so organized betsy, how I love cook or baking I pass more time in the kitchen moppping and washing plates

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  124. yes some clothes smell so good when dry to sun!

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  125. Well, I am terrible at mopping the kitchen floor. For some reason I let it get really bad before I do it. ha.

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  126. I use my clothes line in the summer. I love how clean clothes smell fresh off the line. I wish you could cook for me Gloria! I like to cook, but I run out of ideas of what to make. :)

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  127. Rebecca ~ what is your kids' favorite meal?

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  128. I want one of those steam mops. Have you seen those Betsy?

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  129. Hmmmmm, probably tacos, or some type of Mexican casserole. They like mashed potatoes pretty well too. None of them are picky eaters--they just eat a lot. :)

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  130. I will make fry fish (never make but I wanted today) with lettuces salad, Esperanza love fish and Dito too, I will be happy to ccok you dear, I mad a lot of thing today, yesterday I was out all day:(

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  131. Ooh...I love mexican and mashed potatoes, too! :) Two of my favorites! ha.

    I have seen those steam mops. I don't have one, though. I have a Hoover Floor Mate.

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  132. The kids love mashed potatoes rebecca and tacos too! ha, all the kids love the same, and Ditto love like the food youi made Betsy to the game, he loves all this

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  133. Gloria ~ I love fish...wish I could be there for that!

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  134. Ok dears I have to finish the food :) here is more late than there,see you later:)

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  135. fry fish is one of my favorites betsy:))

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  136. We all like fish too, but my husband especially loves it. That's probably his favorite food.

    What do your boys like to eat Betsy?

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  137. Esperanza dont get up I wake up her for lunch sigh!!

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  138. Ok, Gloria...talk to you later!

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  139. Betsy Esperanza eat times ago alot of cheese but like one of your triplets, but not know and she lost 2 pounds, I dont buy cheese but I miss it! ha

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  140. Rebecca ~ Taylor will eat anything. He loves steak, roast beef, mexican. He's a good veggie/salad eater, too.

    The triplets are harder. Alex likes what we eat, the other two are very obsessive and rigid in their choices.

    So, I'm a short order cook for meals around here. ha.

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  141. Im only using now (for now) grated cheese, but we love pizza:( well Im supporting her:)

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  142. ah Alex was the eaten cheese when you talk I think in Esperanza she ate alot but not know, but what lovely is cheese sigh!

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  143. Oh...yeah, cheese can make you gain weight. But I still like to use it in cooking. My Spencer liked American cheese slices...not really my favorite. So I can still buy shredded cheddar, swiss, and other cheeses and he doesn't care for those.

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  144. We like cheese, too...shredded on salads, in eggs, on sandwiches...oh my! ha.

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  145. Yes I have to see what cheese I can buy...

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  146. Ok...enjoy your afternoon ladies...I need to get back to some housework! xo

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  147. ok I have to go, see you later!

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  148. this is just gorgeous Betsy! Always fun to see what you come up with.

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  149. Besty,
    This is just beautiful!!!!
    I love the colors too!
    The feathers are beautiful and flow so well!
    excellent!

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  150. This is an exceptional pattern, Betsy. Very imaginative and pretty!

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  151. Lovely peacock feathers, they look so delicate

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  152. There is nothing cooler than peacock feathers and your drawing is absolutely breathtaking! Love it! :-)

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  153. Wow! Gorgeous feathers. And I love your new header pic too, so beautiful.

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  154. lovely, lovely pattern. what a work of art.

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  155. Thanks, Ed! I love that you appreciate my drawings..seriously! :)

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