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Baseball and Jo’s Brooch

In Fun, Phillies, Sewing on October 2, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Before I go on about baseball and brooches, I want to thank everyone for their kind and generous comments about my tree skirt. It really meant a lot to me. I’m thrilled that you like it. Dan had said the same thing, but he’s biased and can’t be trusted.

Speaking of not being able to trust Dan, last night he told me he felt in his gut that the Phils would win the National League playoff series. This is the same man who informs me at the beginning of each season which is his favorite player on the Phils. At the start of the next season, that player is no longer on the roster. It’s happened 3 years in a row. Patty (Pat Burrell) is his new favorite and wouldn’t you know Patty is a free agent at the end of this year. So, don’t you see? Dan jinxes the players. I won’t have him jinxing our playoff hopes. I just won’t.

We did win last night. Hamels pitched a great game. Lidge had us all on pins and needles in the 9th inning, but managed to pull out the win. Score: 3 to 1.

I don’t have any pictures of the game last night, because we weren’t there. We watched the game from home with Jake bouncing between us every time we cheered.

I do have pictures of the game we went to see on Saturday, Sept 27th though.

Dan and I traveled into New York to catch a Mets game.

Allow me to set the stage:

It was the 2nd to last game of the regular season.
The Mets were 2 games behind my Phillies for the NL East Division Championship.
If the Mets lost their game, the Phillies would clinch the title.

The Mets were playing the Marlins. Guess which team I was rooting for.

Rats. I don’t have my baseball cap on in this photo. Well, take my word for it; I wasn’t rooting for the Mets.

By the 8th inning, I found it hard to not root for the Mets. No, I didn’t want them to win the title. I wasn’t feeling that generous. Yet, I was just amazed by the performance put on by the Met’s ace, best starting pitcher in their line-up. Johan Santana was on fire! He pitched a shut-out game on a 3-day rest (typically a pitcher gets a 5-day rest for you non-baseball fans). It was just a splendid and awe-inspiring performance by a very talented baseball player. As Dan said, “It was a privilege to be able to watch a game like that in person”.

Of course, later that day, the Phills won their game, clinching the title anyway.
The next day, the Mets lost their game and with it their hopes to sneak into the playoffs on the Wild Card.

I normally don’t write that much about baseball on my blog, but these next few days I may have a hard time shutting up about it. We’re in the playoffs, baby!

Just so I don’t alienate the non-baseball fans, allow me to show off what I did with Jo’s brooches, Jo of Blissed Out – that is.

I quickly sewed up some tie-backs for the dining room curtains and pinned the brooch on it. I think it adds a bit of whimsy to the otherwise formal curtains. Since Jo only sent me the one brooch in my contest winnings, I snagged the last brooch from her Etsy store for the other tie-back.

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  1. What a great idea! It looks fantastic on the curtains. Aren’t those the curtains you made about a year ago. They look so nice.

  2. OK, I will admit that I just kind of skimmed the bit about Baseball, really, I mean REALLY fast, so don’t ask quiz me on it! I wanted to get to the crafty part! I really like the tie back idea and the brooch looks great there. Good idea.

    I also like the tree skirt, it turned out great and I know you will enjoy it this season. I made one last year just about in time to put it away!!! LOL, I did get it done before Christmas, but just barely and I think it will be a nice addition this year to the tree decorating as I’m sure you will find your to be as well.

  3. I’m right there with you on the Phillies — we’ve been watching from down here! And, the tree skirt is beautiful! It photographs well, too. I love how the sections are tree shaped.

  4. oops – that wasn’t supposed to be “anonymous.” I just didn’t notice the name blanks on the side.

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