Sunday, July 24, 2011

Buckets o' Bucket Hats

I love these fabrics - it turned out well although this was one of my first ones and it is pretty deep in the crown - I shortened the pattern on subsequent hats.

This one has a shorter crown and petal brim. Silly cutie beneath optional.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Little Yellow Coat Rack

This was a garage sale find for a dollar. A coat of yellow and hung vertically and we have a few more pegs for our million and one coats.

Monday, July 18, 2011


A lovely outing to a local lavender farm. Our closets are smelling really really good.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Garden Bounty

This was the first tomato! Tons of basil, and a neighbor's gifted onions = yummy summer pasta sauce.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Table Redo

Yeah, it was icky. This is an old Ikea table that was a kitchen table, then an outside table, then a table we painted for showing our house (it sold, yay. Probably not just because of the cute table) then a spray painting table, then we *may* have left it outside again forgetting that I hadn't put any poly on it - because we were just painting it for showing the house, right? Three years later, we can't really eat on it without paint chips in our food. yuck.

Nice. This time I remembered the poly. White may not be the most adventuresome color choice with our porch but I thought it would be more flexible if we move it again.

Next up, the Ikea chairs that went with it.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Last of the Lettuce

Its hot. Like, a million degrees hot. The lettuce battled bravely then began to turn bitter. Who could blame it? On the plus side, we have a teeny tiny watermelon who LOVES the sun who is well underway.

This thrifted sheet set makes me think of summer. Found at a garage sale a couple of weekends ago, destined for a little girl bed.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Patriotic breakfast!

Rocket decorations! (One year, I will get my bunting made for the porch. Until then, yay for recycling tp rolls and stickers from the dollar bin!)

Real rockets! Happy Birthday, USA!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Wedding Sign Gift

Kathy and Steve met in a bike shop. Kathy spent several years in Russia in the 80s. I had Mr. Sycamore's student who speaks Russian send me the phrase "Steven and Katya Unite" in Cyrillic script (hopefully that is what it actually says!) My idea was to make a propaganda-y wall-hanging - until I remembered that I don't actually have a lot of artistic ability in the drawing department. As I was doodling ideas, I sketched them with a bicycle and decided to simplify everything down.

I copied the couple in permanent marker on a piece of white first, then cut the phrase out of scrap red felt and heat-and-bonded it. I painstakingly sewed tiny bike helmets out of silver lamé - I thought it sent a better message of my hopes for a safe, healthy, long marriage! - then stapled the whole thing to a painting canvas.

To be clear, the joy on their faces is probably because they just got married. They hadn't even opened our present yet.

Congratulations, guys! Your wedding was beautiful, with thoughtful kiddie bags and mac and cheese on the menu. Long life and long happiness!

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