Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
I finally finished these bags for Connor's Nanas. I was hoping to have them done by the time he started kindergarten, but things never seem to get done when I plan. They are "Thank You Bags" for all of the help we have received over the past five years. Justin & I both work and have been lucky to have one nana with a home daycare and another stay at home nana who loves helping & loves playing! We have been so fortunate, both financially (daycare at a reduced price of $0) and more importantly knowing that our child is in good hands!
So for Nana Jeani, a pleated bag from this book:
And for Nana Yvonne, a pocket tote from this book (with some changes to the handles)...
and another clutch from Bend the Rules Sewing. I love these things. They whip up nice and quick (in other words they fulfill that need of mine for instant gratification).
And of course both bags embroidered a bit on the pockets.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
It is hard to believe that it is that old considering the impeccable shape it is in. There are very few snags & the colors are still very vivid. The letters that make up the border are really unique. They appear to be Arabic, although, I am no language expert so could be completely off on that one. Maybe I will have to do a little investigating.
Everything about this blanket is intriguing: the patterns, the patterns within patterns, the double sided coloring effect... I did just sit and stare at it for quite awhile. I would like to keep it out to enjoy rather than wrapped up and protected in a box where I will never see it. Perhaps a corner of the room that does not get much sunlight (to avoid fading) or many visits from the cat (to avoid snags and thick clumps of white hair). I feel honored that my grandma would hand such a special heirloom down to me! This will mark the fifth generation (at least) of ownership. When I look at it I will think fond memories of both my grandma & my nanny. Thank you Grandma for such a thoughtful & special gift!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
And a new clutch for the event from this book. The fabric for both the outside and lining as well as the button all came from the same garage sale last weekend. It was one of those "jackpot" sales. The entire living room was stacked with fabric, the hallway filled with vintage buttons, trim, binding, thread... pretty much anything crafty you can imagine, even sparkly red pipe cleaners for Connor. The woman, an ex-interior designer, was getting rid of 99% of her pocessions (home included), buying a motor home and taking to the road. Wow!
Anyhow, farewell to our summer weddings. This last one was quite nice. It took place outside at the bride's parents' home: candles, lanterns, fresh outdoor air, and old friends that we have not seen in a long time. It reminded me alot of my own wedding - good memories.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
The cabin itself was just the quaintest little place nestled on a lake (love the retro kithchen floor).
Much thanks to Justin's family for sharing their getaway, enabling us to enjoy the last weekend of summer in such a wonderful place.
Endings mean new beginnings and with the end of our weekend came two tired boys...
and Connor's first day of Kindergarten!
I think the backpack is the same size as my little guy. This day is bittersweet for me. Connor is so excited to start school (and very ready), but I can't help wonder what happened to that little baby. Oh, I must be strong and let him grow up. Congratulations Connor! I know you have been looking forward to this day for a long time. What big changes for us all.