Another Purse


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I’ve been trying to create all sorts of things out of the fabric I have been designing, but I always seem to want a new purse. When I was trying to decide if I wanted to find a pattern to use or not, nothing really stood out to me. So I decided to just wing it and make up a purse pattern of my own. My ideal purse always has at least one front pocket for tossing in my keys and cell phone. Otherwise I am forever rooting around in the big pocket trying to find them.
You can see all the coordinating fabrics in this collection here.

Garden Report

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I am super proud of this year’s garden & the back yard really. Our previous dog Muffin would dig up anything and everything you tried to plant in the yard and run around with it like it was great fun. He even did it with rose bushes. Before he passed away we ended up putting in a little metal fenced garden to keep him out of the fruits and veggies at least, but didn’t plant much in the back besides a magnolia tree.
Sirius on the other hand could care less about plants, so this year I decided to take down the fenced garden and start something new.
One Thursday Tom and I went to Lowes so we could get a ceiling fan for him to install and lumber for me to build my raised garden beds. I already knew in my mind what I wanted to do, and it seemed like it would be quick but it took me the same amount of time to make a box as it did for him to install the fan. Now you’ll have to picture this but originally I built the box so it was “two boxes high”. Just invasion the boxes you see above stacked on top of one another. Once I started going out and getting garden soil to fill the thing (and thinking about how much nicer two big garden boxes might be) I took our handy Christmas tree saw out into the yard and sawed the whole thing in half. I was really just sawing those little pieces of wood in the four corners, but oh my gosh it was quite the workout. Now that I had two boxes I could spread out the soil between them, and I was very happy that I wasn’t going to need to make yet another trip out to get more. Besides the garden beds I moved some cement blocks we already had again the wall and filled them with a mix of herbs and sunflowers. I am hoping these being up against the wall will help cut down on weeds growing in there. I still need to get a few more cement blocks to go the whole way across.
I had been super eager to get all of our seedlings into the ground. We had so many pumpkins so I planted a few along each edge and the rest went into the yard along the fence line.
One day when I was picking up mulch to go around the garden I noticed Lowes had all these sad looking perennials on the discount cart for $3 each. The same ones that they were selling for $12.99. Some of them didn’t even look so bad! I bought nine of them and planted them along an ugly cement wall. Most of our yard is fence we had installed, but one portion of the back/side area meets up with a neighbors building. They’ve only been planted for a week or so, but they are doing wonderfully! Also I realized you can see my pathetic bruised toe that I knocked over a plastic shelf onto last winter. Who needs nail polish?
Besides the garden we have also planted this year wisteria along the back fence, two lilac bushes, a butterfly bush, and a little maple tree that we relocated as it was growing up by the fence. I’ll do a garden update in a few weeks to let you know how very over crowded the boxes are becoming and a check in on the sad-cart flowers.

Spinning Yarn

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I finally spun up some yarn a few weeks ago. I used to spin all the time, but its been so very long since I made the time to sit down at the spinning wheel and mess around with fibers. It felt great, though I would say I am pretty rusty! I spun the blue & pink yarns and the next day once the blue was dry I turned it into a yarn cake and started knitting with it. Sheesh, I forgot just how much fun knitting with handspun is!! I am already plotting a spooky Halloween themed yarn that I want to spin and then turn into some arm warmers for this fall.
Meanwhile in case you are new to my blog, here is a trip down memory lane to some of the kooky yarns I have spun in the past…



Summer “I’m Bored” List

Today is our first official day of Summer vacation, and so I thought it would be fun to share our “I’m bored” Summer list. I’ve added links where appropriate (and if its an amazon link its an affiliate program link), but feel free to ask me any questions, and I hope you have an exciting boredom free Summer!
1. Go Letterboxing
2. Plan a picnic lunch
3. Play in the sprinkler
4. Make shaved ice (we ordered this machine because we wanted something that makes shaved ice like snow, not ice pellets)
5. Check garden and pull weeds (you can make this a game like who can pull the most weeds, or pay 5¢ a weed etc.)
6. Play games in backyard at night with patio lights on
7. Ride a bike
8. Learn origami
9. Play a board game
10. Use air popper to pop popcorn & watch a movie
11. Write a story
12. Go do “Paint Your Own Pottery”
13. Learn to make friendship bracelets
14. Make butterbeer
15. Read a book
16. Tie dye t-shirts
17. Play with water marbles & food colored water
18. Make a cardboard box city
19. Make homemade rock candy
20. Dye paper with shaving cream and food coloring
21. Make kool-aid ice cubes to drink in Sprite to make a magic potion like drink
22. Make outdoor waterbed
23. Play Jenga with cut up sponges as the Jenga pieces add water to make it interesting and play outside
24. Decorate a pair of white shoes with fabric markers
25. Take a trip to the used bookshop
26. Go to a new park and feed the ducks
27. Wash the car
28. Make one inch buttons (we have a button maker and I forgot how much fun it is to make buttons out of little drawings)
29. Make a toothpick marshmallow house
30. Go see a movie
31. Check newspaper for festivals and carnivals
32. Clean a tiled floor with dish soap and sponges like Pippi
33. Go bowling
34. Play Bingo
35. Make gummy bear popsicles
36. Shaving cream filled water balloons
37. Make smokes
38. Make rainbow bubble snakes
39. Fill a mini pool with water and bubble bath
40. Make window clings
41. Make scented kool-aid rice for playing in (don’t let all the stuff about toddlers fool you, my son is eleven and loves playing with his action figures and lego people in rice, bags of pearler beads etc. its perfect quick sand etc)
42. Make pressed flowers and leaves
43. Make a yarn maze
44. Watercolor paint in the rain
45. Make a sheet fort with old sheets and clothespins
46. Microwave a bar of soap
47. Make ice cream in a bag
48. Drawing scavenger hunt, give kid’s a list of household items to find and draw
49. Sparklers & snaps
50. Go on a hike
51. Try geocaching
52. Listen to a classic novel on “tape” (there are many online for free at Librevox.org)
53. Write letters and cards
54. Make acrylic sun prints
55. Take photos with a disposable or underwater camera
56. Visit the animal shelter to pet cats & dogs
57. Make a batch of jello worms
58. With rain ponchos go on a walk in the woods during a rainstorm to spot frogs
59. Grow pots of grass for our cat
60. Build a fort from a big cardboard box
61. Do a puzzle
62. Create a scrap book with photos, drawings, writing and stickers
63. Wash the dog
64. Visit the zoo
65. Go swimming

Heidi Braids



I found this haggard insulated bag thrift shopping with my sister. I thought it had a great shape and was a nice roomy size for packing picnics. It even has a little plastic trash can like insert which helps keep its shape and prevent spills from wrecking the bag. It was falling apart though and I wasn’t a huge fan of the colors, so I bought it with the idea I’d re-cover the whole thing.
I decided to use some fabric I designed called Heidi Braids. It’s an homage to my namesake Heidi. Little mountain girls with goats, wildflowers, butterflies, and mushrooms. Seemed perfect for a picnic. You can check out the coordinating fabrics here.