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In the House of Sylvestermouse

Updated on May 23, 2016
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My real name is Cynthia, but in the virtual world I am Sylvestermouse. My life centers around my family, our fun times and my online sites.

About Sylvestermouse

My real name is Cynthia, but in cyberspace I am known as Sylvestermouse.

In the physical world, I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. I am honored to be called by either of these names and I am grateful for all of the people who make my life complete.

Above all else, I value my God, my family, my friends and the time I spend with each of them. I adore all animals and I strive to see beauty in every creation even though sometimes the beauty is hidden at first glance.

My hobbies include sewing, cross stitch and creating beautiful craft items. I also know how to crochet and knit. Even though it has been many years since I have picked up a crochet hook or my knitting needles, I still collect patterns and books in preparation for the day when I will grab my hook/needles and start casting or stitching 'til my heart's content.

I love my whole great big, hugely diversified family (and I actually like most of them:) and I am happiest when I am making something for one of them. Unfortunately that means that I do not have very many things in my own home that bear my signature except my children and my husband, and they are gifts I am keeping.



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Why Sylvestermouse?

Yes, I know, you want to know, "Why the name Sylvestermouse?" Eons ago, when we bought our first computer, and we were setting up our first "aol" email accounts, I had absolutely no idea what to use as my email address. After hours of quandary, I asked my children, as they are, after all, the wisest people I know. After discussing favorite songs, favorite color, nicknames, hobbies, and various activities, we finally made it to first pet.

I grew up in a very large family where just about everything was shared: albums, clothes, bedrooms, bathrooms, parents, etc. My first "mine only" pet was my all time favorite. Sylvester was a wild field mouse that my brother caught for me in a Dixie cup outside of an old grocery store. One reason I loved him: He was a gift from my brother.

Another reason he was my favorite pet ever is because my sister, who shared my bedroom / clothes / makeup / hair curlers, hated rodents of any kind.

In spite of the fact that Sylvester was blind in one eye, he was very active and very alert. His nighttime frolicking made for endless entertainment for me and unrelenting torment for my sister. Even though he was in his cage, my sister was convinced that he was in our bed, eating her love letters or simply exploring the entire bedroom and using her jeans as a "rest stop." She could not sleep and I could not stop laughing. Literally years of fun!

So, when asked what my favorite pet was, Sylvestermouse was chosen. Thus, House of Sylvestermouse became the name of my Ebay store.

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Family Tradition in Sewing

I honestly can not remember a time when I did not sew. My mother and my grandmother both were accomplished seamstresses (I have yet to reach that level) and it just seemed natural to pick up a needle and go to work. As a child, my favorite animal was a big grey stuffed mouse that my grandmother made for me. My daughter has it now and it will probably grace another child's bed in the future when she passes it down to her daughter or niece.

When I was a teenager, I attended a lot of dances. My mother made some of the most beautiful formals for me to wear and I loved being original. If someone asked "Where did you get that gorgeous dress?", I would laugh and say "my mother made it." Responses were always something like "I wish my mom could sew" or "wow, you are really lucky." Knowing the hours and days that my mother spent bending over the sewing machine, made me feel privileged indeed. Mom continued to sew for me after I graduated. She made the most beautiful blouses! My favorite was a black satin blouse with a lace trimmed ruffle down the front. I wore it until.... oh, wait, I still have it. That blouse is over 20 years old and it still looks great. Just a little 80's style going there, but who cares. Fashion always comes back around if you wait long enough and some things, like my black blouse, never go out of style. Just last Christmas mom gave each of her children a hand quilted blanket. Mine, of course, was Peter Rabbit. Had to stay in the rodent family you know.

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A Love for Sewing Continues

Now to move to the next generation: I love to sew, cross stitch, quilt, crochet, knit, latch hook, etc. Just about any craft I can get my hands on, I try. Over the years, I have also made lots of wreaths, painted wood décor and even faux painted the walls of my home.

Because I enjoy so many different crafts, I am "master of none", but I sure have a lot of fun. My current favorite craft activity is making costumes for my son. Since he grew up during the "video game explosion." Halloween is always fun.

The first costume I made for him was the Black Mage from "Final Fantasy." Wow, talk about a challenge! I am currently working on Link from "Zelda." I thought it would be simple compared to the Black Mage, but it is not. Frankly, for the first time in my life, I am stumped by a costume. It is incredibly difficult to duplicate, but I will endeavor to persevere.

Some of My Other Fun Sewing Projects

Some of My Other Fun Sewing Projects
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Family Fun

When you come from a really large family, Christmas is always reminiscent of a rock concert! Folks packed in wall to wall; Noise level equivalent to a jet engine; People you can't identify; Odors you can't identify; Food you can't identify and nowhere near enough seats in the house.

Even if you buy the biggest tree on the lot and decorate it with tons of ornaments, you won't be able to see it until after Christmas day. Why, you ask, because it is totally blocked by gifts!

Due to job changes, new homes, new cars, more babies, adopting a dog, etc, the economic status of each household varies from year to year. We all have years when money is tight. In order to save money one Christmas many years ago, I made gifts for just about everyone in our family. Thinking of a gift to make for a guy is not as easy as one might think, not to mention, my brothers are all very different in personality. So, I thought, what do they all have in common. Then the brainstorm; they all wear underwear! Well, my legs couldn't carry me fast enough to the store where I purchased wildlife themed fabric, if you knew my brothers you would understand why I chose wildlife. I raced back home and started to work. The machine was humming, I was humming, and life was great. I quickly finished, wrapped the boxer shorts and sat sipping coffee, pleased with myself for having thought of such a great gift.

Well, Christmas came, the gifts were opened and everyone was complimentary of their gifts. The guys were thrilled with their wolves, bears, and other wildlife boxer shorts. My brothers are a pretty considerate lot and they all have the memory of an elephant. So, it won't surprise you to know that six months later a group of us got together to take our children to the zoo. What did my older brother wear? His wildlife boxer shorts, a t-shirt and a proud grin.

Because he really went out of his way to show his appreciation for that gift and because he was so pleased that he remembered his wildlife shorts, I didn't have the heart to tell him they were meant to be boxer shorts and not walking shorts. I would greatly appreciate it if you wouldn't tell him either.

My Hobbies Turned into a Business

My love for cross stitch, sewing, quilting, crochet, painting, and crafts in general, coupled with my desire to earn a little money, lead me to start selling on Ebay.

I enjoy selling patterns and kits. I have been thrilled to find out that needlework, quilting and sewing are not "lost arts."

With everyone so busy these days, it is hard to find time to indulge in crafts, much less time to go shopping, so I offer a way to purchase patterns and kits online 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week and have them directly delivered to your door without the hassle of leaving home.

Would You Like to Read More About Me, Sylvestermouse

Below the Guestbook, I have included a link list to many of my articles, separated into categories.

Since I have published over 150 articles on Hubpages, they are not all listed, but enough are there to give you an idea of the types of articles I enjoy writing.

To see a complete list, please visit my Hubpages Profile page.

Thank you for stopping by!

Do Come Back and See Me Again!

~ Sylvestermouse ~

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Please leave comments! It would be great to hear from you and I would enjoy hearing your crafting stories too.

© 2009 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 months ago from Templeton, CA

      I really enjoyed reading this and finding out how you became a mouse online. I've never enjoyed any sort of needlework or crafts except for a brief time when I played with decoupage and making candles. I didn't inherit the sewing gene from my mom. She was very good with her sewing machine and made most of my clothes as I was growing up. That includes my prom dress and my wedding dress. For years she made matching PJ's for me and my cousins to wear on Christmas Eve. I've always been grateful, but I never learned to enjoy sewing myself. I did make a few things and I did learn to mend a bit, but I never really enjoyed it. I much preferred writing.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      My current sewing dream is to obtain a Singer treadle machine that I can use for basic sewing. I learned how to sew on my mom's treadle machine when I was a little girl, and I know it would be enough for the things I want to do today.

      So enjoyed getting to know you a bit here. I particularly enjoyed the story of the brother wearing his wildlife boxers to the zoo!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I can't believe I am just now finding this lens. Sure is good to finally know these things. My mom made nearly all of my clothes when I was growing up. Love those boxer shorts you made. :-)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I don't have a sewing story but enjoyed reading yours and how you came by having the web name. What a nice brother. Does he get part of the profits? :)

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 3 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Hi! The best I can do is the one in which I sewed long dresses for my four- and six-year-old daughters from a light-weight upholstery material that I found at the Salvation Army! What was I thinking! Actually, I wanted to use the material for slipcovers and when that didn't work, the girls were next :-)

      I brought my sewing machine along when I moved six-plus-years-ago, but haven't sewn anything in years. I keep hoping to do begin a project I came up with a decade ago and now I know where to get advice! Thanks for all your great lenses!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      What a great lensography. Now that the panda updates are in place we really do have to have plenty of text on them and you did an amazing job of taking care of that.

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      Genjud 4 years ago

      Loved your story. I am an avid sewer, quilter and embroidery fan. I have been sewing for over 55 years. My mother and Grandmother both sewed and taught me a lot. I was also in 4-H for 10 years in sewing, crafts, home improvement, food preservation, dairy, pigs, and chickens. Living on a farm gave me a wide range of experiences and opportunities. I have 13 grandchildren now to sew for and I am loving it. I just need more hours in a day.!!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      @anonymous: I am really sorry, but in compliance with Ebay seller agreement, I am not allowed to sale a listed item outside of Ebay. I did find it for you on Amazon. I am not the seller here, so there should be no problem with me giving you this link.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1592170617/ref=as...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: I tried to purchase it on Ebay but was not successful. Something about my ID and password they did not like. Can you get me a copy?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      @anonymous: That Book is currently available on Ebay, Auction # 160649374722

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Learn-Quilt-LEATHER-Quilti...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Please let me know how to contact you to purchase "Learn to Quilt with Leather".

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      FamilySolutions1 4 years ago

      I agree that sewing is a lost art but there are still some people out there that sew. We sell iron on and sew on clothing labels on our website www.starlightlabels.com. During our heaviest season which is the camp season, we sold approximately 1 set of sew on labels for every 30 sets of iron on labels. During the rest of the year its probably more of a 1 to 4 ratio. I'm not sure if the disparity in seasons is the type and age of clientele during camp season or the lack of time but we're definitely trying to research it. At this time of the year we have a surge in orders for labels saying "made by_____" which people use for the holiday gifts. The crafters and do-it-yourselfers are my favorite customers and spark my imagination as I wonder what they are attaching our labels to. So, yes there are still some people out there that sew and knit and make other creative stuff on their own.

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      rattie lm 5 years ago

      Oh dear Cynthia (Sylvester!), my mum was a terrific sewer too. The trouble is, there were too many children in our family and she never ever got around to teaching us to sew too.

      I can knit but don't because i don't have the time. I once knitted a very complicated Aran sweater and it was far too big for me - fitted my brother-in-law, so I never ever knitted another!

      My mum could knit, sew, tatt, crochet and she did them all regularly. She made the most amazing things. Maybe one day when I am more relaxed........

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I come from a family of sewers No wait, that doesn't look right I come from a family where all the females learned to sew. I sometimes wish they had made me learn too. Since I'm a male they didn't even let thread a needle. I guess i had more manly things to learn. Great story, especially about Sylverstermouse the original.

      TonyB

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      AdityaAgarwal 5 years ago

      god bless you

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      Elastara 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your sewing story. I would love to crochet one day and I am bookmarking your ebay links so that I can reference when I have more time to devote on learning crochet.

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your story, it's great. pastor jimbarnes

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      I know you better now with this lensography.

      Thanks and all the best.

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      Magda2012 5 years ago

      Nice to know about you Cynthia, I like reading your lenses..

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed your story. I admire your setting up your ebay store and you're a top seller. I often have ideas but sadly they remain so.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I loved reading about you.

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      FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

      I really wish I had time to learn sewing. You can make anything you can imagine. I was a bit worried that you had taken a mouse out of the wild but having learned your mouse was blind in one eye you probably saved that animal and gave it a longer happier life so good on you.

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      designworld lm 5 years ago

      Very nice page

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      Margarita Boettcher 5 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

      We appreciated all the little things too. We didnât have a lot of money but we had a fabulous childhood! Your brother bringing you that little mouse got me teary eyed:P My brothers used to catch lady bugs for me. And my two sisters hated that I always had bugs in our room:D My cousin began making these shorts that were one color and when you turned them inside out they were another color. I miss those shorts! He sold them for 5 bucks! I was so happy when I raised enough to buy these black and white shorts. I didnât sow much. But I do remember sitting in front of the TV in the evenings with my mom and sisters with a bucket of socks that needed mending. We would spend hours mending the socks. Great lenses I really enjoy them!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      I know how to darn socks, which now that I think of it, is something that I have never mentioned on a job resume.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I wish I could sew but sadly that isn't something I am good at. I have tried to crochet and knit and that doesn't work so well either...haha....I will stick to gardening! I love your lens. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Just had to return to the House of Sylvestermouse to leave a special 'High Five' on this wonderful page all about my favorite 'little mouse'. :-)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      And I read a little further - your boxer shorts story is very cute! You know, you have inspired me to start to sew I think.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Thanks for letting us know about SylvesterMouse! I love personal lenses like this.

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      Just had to stop by and wave hello - I have such fond memories of the formal dresses my mother made for me while I was in high school. It was fun to read about another seamstress-mother.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      This is all very enjoyable. You certainly made that Christmas memorable.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story. I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful sewing projects. And got a good laugh about the boxer shorts!

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      It was great getting to know you better, I especially enjoyed learning how your name came about! :)

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      claudiatuli 6 years ago

      loved reading your story

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      Like Mimi I cannot believe I haven't seen this. Just loved the story of your field mouse Sylvester :) And I was laughing at the visual of your Christmas's and those boxer shorts your brother wore to the zoo :) *Blessed*

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      yayas 6 years ago

      I used to own a 1913 White Sewing machine that I worked to death... literally. I loved that machine. I can't sew much, but when I started a project I was in heaven. If I made a mistake in the middle, my project simply became something different. After all, who would know besides me, right? How I do miss that ol' sewing machine. Now, I have a nice, new machine that I have never been able to figure out how to make 'Go.'

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Can't believe how much we have in common. Loved reading this.

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      EndeavourToys 6 years ago

      Loved reading this lens. Very well written. I'm an only child so my experience growing up was probably a little different than yours. Our house was very calm and collected. However, my childhood best friend was from a family of 9 children and her stories are very similar to yours. I'm going to read your vegetarian lens next. Hope you have time to stop by my lens and let me know what you think. Nice to meet you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice to get to know you and a lot of great and wonderful people at Squidoo. Best wishes and God bless. :)

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Just lovely to get to know you better. Cannot believe I haven't been here before, and I've always wondered about your name. :D

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Congratulations on your Purple Star! I've always loved this 'Little house of my favorite 'mouse'.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Sewing is not my thing, but nice lens

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Sewing is not my thing, but nice lens

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      robinrags 6 years ago

      Awesome lens!!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Just stopping by to give you a blessing and a promise to stay in touch with or without squidcasts and fans :) Why don't you email me whenever you have a new lens and I'll be sure to stop by for a visit.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      I don't know how I have missed this jewel of a lens. It did bring back some of my sewing memories. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      What a delightful tale of how your name came to be. So nice to get to know you better. Congratulations on your 200th lens.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Great lens! Love how you got your name! I was once an avid needleworker, knitter and crocheter, all that stuff... before computers, hahaha!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I enjoyed this so much! I used to cross stitch, but haven't in years. My family has many cross stitch gifts I gave them through the years.

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      I wish I knew how to sew, but I seem to be hopeless when it comes to sewing! I really admire people who are talented in this way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Dearest Cynthia, I was attracted by your name Sylvestermouse. I grew up as a Sylvester and was actually sad when I married and gave it up. So I wondered if one of my cousins had chosen to use the name online. But, no. You seem to be very nice and I like your website. I also sew, quilt and do may crafts and it sounds as though we shall see each other in heaven one day. That will be grand! Thanks for letting me peek at your life for just a moment. :-)

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Hi 'Mouse' -- I've always thought this lens filled with your family and crafting stories was terrific. Now that I have some 'angel dust', I know just the 'House' to sprinkle it over. ~~Blessed by a SquidAngel~~

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm not too hot with sewing - you should see the mess I make - but you are very talented. I loved this lens about how you came to be called Sylvestermouse!

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      Amy Fricano 7 years ago from WNY

      Super. I am a costume maker from way back,too. great tips and goodies.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      @Laniann: I know - that was so funny!

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      Your brother wore the boxer shorts as regular shorts???? I love it. It sounds like you are surrounded by lots of love and laughter. What more could you ask for. Great lens!

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      Laniann 7 years ago

      I came to send you a note and found myself in the House of Sylvestermouse. I really enjoyed my stay and your stories. Your brother in his Christmas shorts. :)

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      missbat 7 years ago

      You sure know how to sew! Some really beautiful creations. I learned how to sew in 4H many many years ago, but nothing more then the basics. Thanks for sharing all about your hobby!

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      callinsky lm 7 years ago

      You are a very creative lady. I love the pillows, and adore the story of the field mouse. Very nice.

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I can't believe I never saw this one before. Stunning sewing projects! I love to sew too and made all the curtains and drapes here and everwhere we have lived. Wish I were still an angel. Love it!

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      This is great. Nice to meet you! I had a bear when I was little. When my son was born I gave it to him. I hope someday he passes it on to his child.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a wonderful lens, it's so nice to meet you Cynthia, I loved reading all about you and your family! - Kathy

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      BW Duerr 7 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      I also love crafting, and am master of none. Costumes for the kids and home decor are my usual MO. :D Loved seeing your story about how you came up with your online name. The shorts story is priceless. Lensrolled to my lensography and Princess Halloween costume lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good to meet you at last. I had a similar upbringing with the sewing, knitting and crochet. Have passed it on to my daughter meltedrachel, who goes in for it all in a big way. Now I've found you I shall eaplore more of your lenses.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      I do all the above. My Mom taught me how to sew. She used to sew my school clothes till I was old enough to sew them myself. Today I still have unfinished projects mainly caused they are packed away. But my favorite would have to be quilting.

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      How great to revisit your first lens- what an amazing year- Happy Birthday to a great Squidooer!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      What an interesting read. You are a very special person and I'm glad to know more about what makes you special. I like to sew too...cross stitch, quilt. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you and you know I consider you a friend also. I do hope you saw you were featured on my "Friends Make it all Worthwhile" lens.

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping back by to wish you a (upcoming) happy one year anniversary on Squidoo. I will have been here a year the end of August and admire the many lenses you have created in just one year (I'm only up to 22 at the moment ) :-). You're a faster 'learner' than I am! I consider you one of my Squidoo 'friends' and love to read your writings, and admire your crafting abilities. Look forward to reading more 'stories' from you in the coming 'year' on Squidoo.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Wow. I didn't know Sylvester was an actual mouse! I used to sew as a teenager and young wife and do many of the usual crafts. Unfortunately, my old sewing machine quit working and I couldn't afford to replace it. I wouldn't love to get back into sewing and dig out the old needles again. Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary on July 7th! :)

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      I never had a talent for sewing. As a matter of fact, many of my sewing projects were disasters.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

      To think that a little, lovable, one-eyed field mouse was part of the inpiration for all these wonderful things in this lens ....! May the House of Sylvestermouse flourish and bring joy to everyone associated with it.

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens and I liked your little story,lol.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      What a wonderful lens, Cynthia! Your sewing work is fantastic (I can never sew properly) and I love your family anecdotes and that boxer shorts story is hilarious! Of course you didn't have to tell your brother that it was meant to wear, er, as boxers. This lens is just sheer joy to read. (; *blessed*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I sewed most of my own clothes in high school and recently taught my mentee to sew (we made a lens about it); my next challenge is sewing my own "mother of the bride" dress, I bought a vintage pattern on etsy so old it calls the zipper a sliding closure... I also had a mouse I loved to pieces when I was young, his name was Julian and he was rescued from the high school science lab and he was a secret, as my dad had said we could only have one pet at a time and we had a cat. I had to "out" him for summer vacation and everybody grew to love him. I was so sad when he died. Love your lens. And thanks for blessing mine!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Loved the sewing story about the 'boxer' shorts made for your brothers. (I'll never tell). I don't really sew anymore, but do crochet all the time, and craft with plastic canvas. The subject of sewing fits in with my fiber arts lens, so am lensrolling....

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Woo, a new Angel! I might try out for that job one day. Looks like lots of fun. I love all the fiber arts myself but have always taken it for granted. I sew as much as you - along with embroidery, patchwork and all sorts of other crafts. Your boxer shorts sewing story made me laugh out loud! I won't tell your brother ...

      Thanks for stopping by my Clip Art Borders Lens ... it's one of my favorites.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      You're an angel now!! That's so great! You're perfect for the job!

      Thanks for stopping by my lens. Love ya!

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      Great lens... I used to sew baby clothes when my boys were little... now just home decor items now and then... nice work!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      wow, you are quite the seamstress. I was never too good with a needle and thread although I have done some cross stitching.

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Very nice lens , I love the story about you came up with your name. Blessed by an angel :)

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      I loved how you picked the name Sylverstermouse. What a great memory. My daughter and I love crafts. We begin doing all types of crafts before the holidays and give them as gifts. This is a great lens.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I used to sew all the time. I even made my wedding dress, but today I limit it to crafts and quilts. I spend all of my free time reading and Squidoo'ing.

      Great lens

      Lizzy

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      Nice nice lens! Must 5 star it and lensroll it into Singer Featherweight Sewing Machines, it's a nice fit:-)

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Excellent lens!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Hello Sylvestermouse,

      Love your name and your story telling talent.

      As far as boxer shorts are concerned, I did the same

      with my sons and they loved them also.

      Poutine

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      Cygnus76 LM 8 years ago

      Love your lens :)

      wish i have the patient for sewing stuff. lol

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Excellent lens, your personality shines through in every line. 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      This is a wonderful ,warm, snuggly lens. You have reader engagement 10 fold.5* Welcome to Team One. I too have enjoyed creating gifts for my family and friends and they have varied over the years. I pretend to sew. My grandmother spent hours over her sewing machine and over the years I have come to admire her amazing talent.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Love this lens! I love to Cross Stitch but find little time to do it anymore. Welcome to Team One!

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      Stuwaha 8 years ago

      It's great when people actually explain their usernames :) I come from a family of seamstresses too but I've never taken to sewing machines. That black mage costume is fantastic!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Great lens. Our Mother sewed alot but we just crochet. Thank-you for sharing. 5 stars*****

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      karen550 lm 8 years ago

      I like the Bolero jacket...yes I know its from the 80s, but aren't they coming back? They are so stylish. Great lens!!!!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      You sell some great items, nice job with this Ebay lens. Squid Angel blessed!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Its lovely that you have made this lens so personal and for that you get a Blessing from this SquidAngel.

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      I loved reading your lens and hope to see lots more. This is really really good for a first lens (or any lens!). 5*'s.

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      Jessica Tobey 8 years ago

      I love how you tell a story instead of just giving the info. You should include some photos of things you made. Also, you could create an additional lens about how to do some of the crafts you do, like a lens on how to crochet, for example. That would be super helpful to people like me who have no clue;) Great job and keep up the good work!

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      You've got a great knack for telling a story and I love the blouse your mother made for you.

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      V1 8 years ago

      I love the biographical data about the brave and heroic "Sylvestermouse."

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      blue22d 8 years ago

      Hi, welcome to Squidoo. I love your lens name. I would love to see pictures of your craft. You could probably develop 3 or 4 lenses just from the topics mentioned in your current lens. Five stars to ya and best Squidooing.