Saturday, June 15, 2013

About Delays...

It has been more than a month since my last update, and boy have we been busy here!
My son finished third grade and we only have 8 weeks to celebrate before he goes back to start the fourth grade.

Summer has been filled with exciting adventures so far.
We had an impromptu ice cream social on the last day of school. It was great fun!

The kids and I enjoyed a trip to the zoo with friends where we saw flamingos,

we petted sharks
 and pointed at jellyfish.
 We also enjoyed a dolphin show

and a dog show!

 My four year old even participated in the dog show. She took her hat to the center of the ring so that the performers could show us how sensitive the dog's noses are. After she left the ring, a dog came out, sniffed her hat and walked around the crowd until he found her.

It was a fun day for all of us!

 We took a trip to a strawberry farm, where the kids were able to pick their own berries!

These fresh picked, organically grown strawberries are the sweetest, 
most delicious strawberries I can recall ever tasting!

When we couldn't go outside, we found interesting activities to do inside.
My son created a costume out of boxes from our recycling bin.

My daughter asked me to make her toenails fancy and she now has polka dotted toe nails.

While the kids played, I created. I pulled a box of quilt pieces, that my Great Grandmother cut more than 47 years ago, out of the garage and sorted through it to create a few squares of my own. In so doing,  I have stumbled upon my newest project.

This is my BIG story. It deserves its own post.
I hope that you have found ways to make your summer enjoyable as well. :)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

This Magic Moment

We recently celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. We were going to invite all of our friends and family and throw a huge party, but we scaled it back and decided to spend the day together as a family with a photographer to capture the memories with us.
I am so pleased we did, she caught so many special moments of our morning. This one, with me and my son, for instance.
Our photographer is Leslie Ann Grubb, of Photography by Leslie Ann, in case you are in the Indianapolis, IN area and looking for a photographer yourself.  
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

10 Projects in 10 Days: Project 1 complete

As per my usual, I went off the plan and made a different project for day one.
My daughter (a size 6 or 6x in little girls) received an XL tank top from a friend.
It made a decent little dress as it was, but hung around the neck and the sleeves kept slipping off of her shoulders.
I made a few adjustments to the length of the straps and added ruffles (my first successful ruffles!) to the shoulder straps. Now she has a gorgeous little summer dress that she is quite proud to show off!

On a sad note I broke the tightening screw, that holds the needle in place, off of my machine in the process.  Now I won't be able to sew anything for at least three weeks while the machine is repaired.
I am going to check with one of my computer savvy friends and find out why I am unable to add photos to my posts.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my little space on the internet. Have a lovely day!
Until next time,

I will post a photo of the completed dress soon. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Project 8: alisaburke Petticoat Tutorial

 Petticoat Tutorial: For the last year, I have been looking for a petticoat-
Materials required,
two or more coordinating fabrics
sewing machine

Cut front and back of skirt pattern.
Cut several strips of fabric (the more strips, the fluffier the skirt) twice as wide as the panel (this is where you may alternate the colors to add interest to the skirt)
Sew a long straight stitch in the fabric
Pull the top thread to create the ruffle
Pin ruffle so it is even on the skirt panel
Repeat with every fabric strip,
sew to skirt
sew front and back panels together
Add elastic to waist

Newspaper in the flower beds

I am a weekend warrior! This weekend, I mulched along both sides of our modest driveway, around the side of our house, and three large flower beds. It took me three days and a lot of muscle to complete, but I feel quite satisfied with the results. Instead of pulling up every single weed (I pulled up most) that had popped up last week during the thaw, I placed newspaper over the flower bed, leaving the flowers exposed, and mulched over the top of that. It is very rewarding to look at and (hopefully) the weeds won't sprout again! I'd love to post photos, but am still experiencing the photo upload issue.

I changed browsers and solved the photo upload issue. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013