I have a new cross stitch pattern coming soon to Kitschy Digitals. I’m going to finish mine and then turn into into a Halloween sewing bag with some halloween fabric to make it bigger. I’ve been working on an orange knit infinity scarf for myself as well, and I need a Halloween bag to keep it in.
Thanks for everyone who left a comment for the bento giveaway, the winner is:

I’ve been working on some exciting Halloween DIY’s for you all. I’m hoping to have 8 in total–starting on tuesday Sept 11th, and every tuesday following until Halloween.


I’ve been making slow (very very slow) progress on my Halloween cross stitch. I realize it’s July, but I don’t work on this one very often (maybe once a week for 30 minutes or so) so I figure this way I can have it done by Halloween. Have I told you how excited I get for Halloween? Oct 1st starts 31 days of Halloween on this blog, haha be prepared!

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first harvest

I harvested the first veggies from our little garden this morning. I shelled the peas, and cooked them up with the beans with some olive oil and sea salt as a lunch side. Not a big bounty of anything right now, but I’ll take a few veggies any day!

first tomatoes

We also have the first little tomatoes growing out there, so exciting!!

halloween cross stitch

I couldn’t help myself and started on a Halloween cross stitch that I made. It’s a big one so it might just take me all of Summer to have it done in time for Halloween. I also may have had an iced pumpkin carmel coffee the other day, and that can make you do strange things in the month of June.


The weather has also been pretty lovely lately. Cool breezes and not too hot so we’ve been taking lots of walks and spending as much time as we can outside before it gets too humid. My sister and I took our youngest kids on a little road trip on Wednesday. We went to Hershey PA (and the surrounding area) for some thrift shopping (what a surprise!) and to also do the free Hershey Chocolate tour, it just never gets old. My youngest son has made a list of things he wanted to do this Summer and the tour was one of them. Even though he has probably been on it about 8 times…I guess it’s a Summer tradition for us.
****A bit off topic but I keep forgetting to ask! Someone asked me a few weeks ago why I made my blog images on the small side (not as large as they could be) and so I made an effort to use larger sizes from then on, but I find when I view my blog on my website–they almost seem a bit too big. In bloglines they look fine, but I wanted to see what you all thought. Are they took big now? 628 width is what they are set on now, and previously they were 491. Thanks for any input! To give you a better idea below is the last photo but at the old size I would have posted…