Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My Burlap Ruffle Bag

Was a spontaneous sewing decision.
I couldn't find a purse I liked.
Well, I did...but it was $188.
Not going to happen.

I spent $0.
Burlap was from an old table runner I made.
Gingham check liner from leftover pillow remnants.
Strap is a twill ribbon.
Rose is a satin ribbon looped to be a flower.
Polka dot flower and brad....leftover from scrapbooking days.
In my head.
45 minutes in June.
Done and happy.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Highly Recommend

Anyone else read it?
Not exactly a sizzling Summer beach read...
though I did read a bit of it at the beach.

Unbelievable story.

Now I could use recommendations for something a little lighter....
any ideas?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Did They Just Get That Way?"

A visitor (who shall remain nameless) recently asked that question....
Upon noticing that our books are in Rainbow order.
All of them.

"Um, No."
"You took the time to color code your books? For real?"
"Yep, and I enjoyed myself while doing so."
This was my one decorating accomplishment during the month of June.
It makes me smile every time I walk by.
Totally worth the time and effort.

There are two more bookshelves on the other side of the room.
Color coded too.
I was a teacher.... :)
It's helped my kids discover some "new" reads!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I'm alive, and I chose yellow

Ten days back from Mackinac Island....
and I want to go back.

Once upon there was just two of us....

and we needed some time away to remember that.

I danced the night away with cousin Freddy.
He's got some great moves for being a four year old.

My yellow shoes made me quite a bit taller....
See pic above.
I added about 4 inches and they really were comfortable.

No kids.
No dogs.
No bickering.
Made me think, "why did we ever had anyone else to the mix?" :)

But we did.
I love my kids, but we really needed some time away....

We've had a busy Summer.
Sister here for 17 days.
Brother here for 7.
Family trip to Door County.
Getting Carl ready for camp.
4th of July.
Community garden.
Time together.
Lots of time together.

I've instituted the bicker buckets.
They bicker.
They get a bucket to hold together.
Off they go to weed...until the bucket is full.
It's worked.
Except I'm the one doing most of the weeding!