Yesterday afternoon while I was out in my yard enjoying the glorious spring weather, I was reminded of old times. Ava, Alex and their friends were playing on the swings while I piddled around the yard with Ceci.
There was a time not so long ago when this was our routine, only Ava was the baby, and Alex before that while Lily played on the swings. So many afternoons we spent in this little yard of ours.
Our playset has seen better days. The dry rotted canopy is in need of replacement, and it's just about time to add a baby swing. I had Matt tighten up the loose boards that have wiggled out of place from all the many hours of play.
As Ceci's babyhood is quickly flashing before my eyes I find mysef reflecting on how quickly it all goes by.
Can you believe that Ava will be celebrating a birthday soon? 6!! Another birthday party, another celebration.
Before I know it I'll be preparing for Ceci's birthday party. It will most probably be right here in the backyard.
Okay, I'm getting all weepy now. This little (big) family of mine needs to slow down already!!
Oh lordy, what a week! I couldn’t be happier that Friday is finally here. Now that our soccer seasons are over, we have a little more breathing room on the weekends, which is very much looked forward to. Well, there’s still things going on, but different things.
To end this week on a high note, I’ve decided to reflect on those things that I am grateful for. On this beautiful Friday, I am most grateful for:
the gorgeous weather we’ve been experiencing. it seems that we really are having a spring. with a non-existent winter, I was afraid that we’d jump right into the scorcher temps, so this is a pleasant surprise.
the antics of Ava. Oh my, that girl. this was yesterday. I can’t help but laugh at her. it saddens me a little that when I was taking this picture she told me “don’t put this on anything”. she’s growing up! and yes, I’m the bad mom who didn’t listen and put her picture on the internet.
good insurance agents. after a few nerve wracking days, we’re fully insured again. it’s a long story, but last weekend we found out that our homeowners insurance had dropped us, so there was a scramble come Monday morning to get things straightened out. I don’t have time for that kind of aggravation!! thankfully, I was able to find a NEW insurance agent who took care of us, and now we’re good.
Y’all!! my goodness, I was blown away at the response to my pattern tester request. I never imagined that so many of you were willing to help. I haven’t figured out how I’ll choose, I may have to do a drawing or something. Thank you!
my new spring/summer uniform. this week somedresses I ordered from Target arrived and I love them. most importantly, they FIT! they’re comfortable, flattering and easy to wear (and I can nurse in them). I’m sure my friends and family will get sick of seeing me wear them. now my challenge is mixing them up with accessories and cardis (and maybe some new sandals)
The Scribble Diary – so much fun! this book arrived on my doorstep last week from the publisher (surprise!). it’s a journal, but different. there are prompts to jog your brain and space to doodle. I’ve been doing a page an day and really have enjoyed it. doodling doesn’t come naturally to me, so this has opened a new creative outlet.
tax refunds – wahoo!
feeling inspired again, thanks to working through some mental blocks (my scribble journal played a part in that)
Ah, and now it is the weekend! we’ve got the kids’ school Spring Festival on the agenda as well as a visit from friend.I’m choosing to not think about all the laundry waiting for me :)
Anybody out there care to do some pattern testing for me? I have two patterns that I've been sitting on for at least a year, probably longer. Ridiculous, right?
One is for a bag very similar to my free Phoebe Bag pattern. I get so many requests to make & sell these bags (sorry, please don't make & sell my free patterns), that I decided to come up with a solution - The Ruby Bag. The Ruby Bag, is slightly larger than the Phoebe and contains two additional variations on the design - a front pocket and a center panel. I started making samples for the pattern cover of this bag last summer, but petered out before I got them all made. My solution to the Phoebe dilema is that if you purchase the Ruby pattern you get rights to make the Phoebe for sale in limited quantities (as always), as long as proper credit is given.
The second pattern is the ??? Bag (still figuring out a name). I first made this one about a two years ago, but never went anywhere with it. It's a simple, roomy bag with a few pleats, a center panel option, and a top band.
One thing I always strive for in my patterns is simplicity. I like making patterns with different components (center panel, top band, etc) that you can customize to your own liking. If you're feeling adventurous, you can use different fabrics for each component. Feeling more reserved, make it all out of one fabric. Want to add some ruffles or covered buttons? Go for it! I also don't do zippers and fancy pockets. This isn't because I don't know how to do those, I simply don't like to. When I make a bag, I want to make it with as little fiddling as possible. If there are too many details to deal with, I lose interest.
Y'all, I've got so many patterns that I've drafted to near completion that are just sitting on my harddrive. Sitting there because I've doubted them in some way or got sidetracked by other projects (or got pregnant and had my brain sucked out of my body!). It is my goal to get those babies out!!
So, any takers, er testers?
P.S. don't forget about the Hand in Hand giveaway! (I just realized that I titled that post hand AND hand instead of Hand IN hand. yes, i'm a dork)
P.S.S. If you were ever curious where I get the names for my patterns, Phoebe was my dog. Gosh, I loved that dog, even though she was a mess! I got her when I was a in college and had her until she passed at 13 years old. She was a brittany spaniel and chewed/ate everything in sight. Boy, do I have some stories about her. One of the funniest involded her cast iron stomach and a bottle of suntan oil...I'll spare you the details, ha ha. Ruby, well, you know Ruby. She's also a mess!!
Many. many months ago I was asked to contribute to a book to be written by Jenny Doh, Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids. When I read the list of contributors I was floored. Was she really asking me? To say that I was honored is an understatement. I was over the moon!
It truly is a lovely book. This isn’t just a book of projects to do with your kids, though the projects are fantastic. Hand in Hand features bloggers I’ve admired for a long time as well as some that were new to me (you know I live under a rock!). Reading their thoughts on creativity and crafting with kids is what I loved most. So inspiring! It reminded me why I got into blogging in the first place.
Here are a few pages from my section. We made felt DS/Leapster/small electronics pouch. At the time, my kids had each received new electronics for Christmas, so it was a perfect craft project for them. They had a blast making these little pouches. After our photo shoot, Lily made a few more of these to use as coin purses and whatnot.
Lucky for you, I have a copy to give away! Simply leave a comment and I’ll do a random drawing. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate jumping through hoops to win giveaways? Gah! Just a simple comment will do :) Be sure to include your email address so that I can get in touch.
Comments will be open through Sunday April 22. I’ll announce a winner next Monday. Good luck!
It's a Happy Day around here of the birthday variety. The man of the house has turned a year older. At this point, knowing the exact year isn't a such big deal, or so we're trying to stress to the little ones (who keep reminding him that he's 42 - ha!).
Because I love him so much, I did something miraculous this morning - I didn't hit snooze, got out of bed before dawn and cooked him a big breakfast. I was amazed that I was able to pull it off.
We agreed to do gifts this evening because our mornings are usually too hectic. Today happened to be quite an unusually smooth morning. We compromised and gave him a few cards. The funny ones. Who doesn't love singing dancing bacon?
Looking back, we probably should have done gifts this morning because the afternoon was pretty jam packed - dance for Lily and a baseball game for Alex. Sigh. That's our life, always on the go. I surprised him by picking up his favorite meal on my way home from work. Mmmm, ribs.
After Alex's game we were finally able to do the cake and ice cream thing. Just us, now a family of six (!!). It was way past bedtime, but that's okay, Sometimes you have to give up school night baths for chocolate cake. You only turn 42 once.
I’m afraid that I’m stuck at the moment. I can think of nothing other than stitching designs with vintage sheet bits. Dreaming up the designs, creating a stencil, hand stitching all the little pieces and parts, I love it all.
As I near the completion of one design, in my mind I decide that I am going to make it into someting, but that something never happens. Before I know it, another design has been sketched and the process starts all over again. Wash, rinse, repeat.
It doesn’t even bother me that I find little bits of fabrics and threads all over the place. I suppose that’s because it is I who is making the mess.
The mingling of colors, the texture of the stitches, the repetitive motion of the needle in and out - it makes my heart happy and lets my mind wander. Perhaps it is the mind wandering that I find attractive. With life so full these days, there is little time for mind wandering, especially when I can barely remember what day it is.
Once I gather all those wanderings, I'll be sure to share....maybe ;-)