3 distractions

Thing one – new smoothie recipes for my healing journey. I ordered this to add a bit more pink to my mornings.

Thing two – more sewing inspiration. I have made Dress no. 2 and have wanted one in black linen so that will be a July project.

Thing three – trying to keep my caffeine intake low and this substitute is hitting the spot.

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summer with my word

This will be very brief because I am sinking into my word on this for week of my summer break. REST is showing up for me in so many ways. Restful books and fiber diversions, restful food and beverages, but most importantly, restful time.

Join me with your summer words post here

Three decisions

I will be heading off to our annual “quilt” retreat in a few hours and I have just made three decisions that will make it an more enjoyable adventure.

1. I decided that I won’t be quilting. I don’t have a project that I want to wrangle. I have my string blocks but need to cut more strips. I have that quilt on the wall but the next step also requires cutting lots of different fabrics. And I have a stack of fat quarters that would make a fun quilt but I need one more color and it isn’t currently in my stash.

2. Instead I have decided to take lots of bag making supplies. I have my backpack from last summer that needs to be repaired. I also have fabrics to make two bags in the Black and White issue of Making magazine. And I have some stash fabric to try out a top from that same magazine. I am also packing up a sleeveless dress that will come home with short sleeves and be much more wearable.

3. I didn’t get those little treat bags made. The last week has just been too full and I decided to set that project aside. Instead I got some small bowls, lovely tea, and beautiful fabric to give to my retreat mates.

The only decision left to make is which pair of yoga pants I want to wear for three days!

Happy Thursday. Off to visit Carole and friends.

on my mind

Yesterday we had a lovely evening with our daughters and their husbands and I sat thinking about the blessing of grown up kids and time to talk and hear their ideas and be inspired. Isn’t it great when our kids inspire us?

This morning my mind is buzzing with ideas but sadly, I have another day of meetings ahead of me. But I don’t want to lose these thought so here is a little mid-June brain dump.

Gardening – I used to love digging up my yard and planting and weeding and harvesting. As soon as those meetings are over I am going to get some starts planted and then I will head to the library to pick up some gardening books. Anyone know a good garden memoir book?

Sewing – when I’m not in the garden, I want to be sewing. I want to pull out all the fabric that I have for clothing and make some tops and tunics to wear with pants and I want to find a good pants pattern – suggestions? I found some new sewing blogs and a sewing podcast and I just want to sew!

Reading – Saturday was beautiful and would have been great for gardening or sewing but I had fallen into this amazing book and just had to finish it. The book is The River by Peter Heller. Such a good story.

Well, time for a cup of coffee and a morning smoothie and off to that meeting with flickers of summer fun to keep me company.

Fiber Friday

I have been looking for small projects that will make use of my fabric stash. Yesterday I played around with this pouch pattern. My first try had a wonky zipper, my fault because I didn’t trust the pattern and used a too long zipper. On round two, I followed the directions and was much happier. The words are a small fabric sticker that has been waiting for just the right project. The fabrics and zippers are from my abundant stash.

I ordered some nicer zippers and hope to make these pouches for my quilt retreat friends. I have plenty of stash and interfacing – just need a free afternoon to get them sewn up.

I picked up The River at the library this week and it is such a good read. With just one day of reading I am almost at the halfway point. i need to figure out where I put my summer book bingo card because I know this one will fill a spot.

Happy Friday – hello weekend!

3 things Thursday

I am joining Carole and friends with three things from my summer bucket list.

1. Iced tea and reading on the deck. We don’t usually get this kind of weather until after July 4 but I am welcoming an early start to summer #readingonthedeck

2. Exploring new creative endeavors. I impulse ordered this book and it arrived just in time for deck reading and a day off. I have a pair of jeans and an old linen blouse that would benefit from some mending. This book has beautiful pictures and instructions but also a lot of stories from makers and menders that have inspired me to keep working toward a handmade wardrobe.

3. Eat more greens! This summer I am working on 6-8 cups of veggies every day. And to help me stick with this, I am heading to the garden store today to buy some plants for my salad garden. There is still plenty of time for hand picked salads this summer.

Sometimes Monday

helps me remember what is important.

It is easy to forget how much I love our home. Too often I think it is too big (now that it is just the two of us). Or I think it needs too much attention (cleaning, dusting and all the things I do t like to do). But when it is filled with wonderful people, people who have been such an important part of my life, I find my heart bursting with love and joy.

Yesterday I hosted a party to mark the leaving of one of my favorite co-workers. I tried to find someone else to host. But I am so happy that we ended up here. My amazing husband vacuumed, dusted, mopped, and cleaned the bathroom. I guess he knew it was important.

I used my quilts and mom’s beautiful china. I let Whole Foods provide the yummy snack. And friends, it was a great afternoon. Our home was filled with love and celebration. Did I say that it was good? Because it was so very good.