Sometimes the only thing that will slow down the swirling chaos in my brain is a really good list. Last week I made one for this week. It was good.
I was going to conquer the world with that list. Too bad I lost it. Spending Monday morning recreating it. Among a zillion other things. Life is super good.
When your work is right in the middle of every little thing you do, it's pretty cool. We are a lucky team. But a small team. When things don't go well and you have a horrible week, well it's probably your fault. Yep. We had that week. And it makes your stomach turn and your heart squeeze. Because, hey, we feed 6 kids with this life. The stakes are high and little bumps like this feel huge. But the reality is... They are bumps, not roadblocks. We will figure it all out. So I am going to remember a few things tonight when we take a break to cast our fishing poles for a few minutes.
1. We are living our dream. When we met we knew we wanted to work together and we are doing it!!
3. Nothing is permanent. (Except for of course the obvious) and I will enjoy working side by side with my true love for as long as it works.
4. Boundaries are good. (Maybe I should stop answering etsy convos after 11pm EST)
5. We are blessed with a beautiful family that makes all the hard work worth it!! Remember to enjoy them and love them every chance we get. They are growing too fast. TGBTG (to God be the glory)
There are so many fun printed burlaps out there, I have been trying to think of some uses for them. I thought I would try to make a throw rug. I was able to find this cute printed Valentine's burlap at Joann's.
This little 24" x 36" door mat cost about $13 to make and took about an hour of time to create.
Use 1/2" seam allowance for all seams
Step One- Sew with right sides together the 5" x 29" strips to the long sides of the printed burlap. Iron seams flat.
Step 2- Sew with right sides together the 5" x 25" burlap strips to the short sides of the printed burlap. Iron seams flat.
Step 3- Pin and sew together the pieced burlap and the canvas with right sides together. Leave a 6 inch opening in order to turn right sides out. Iron seams open and then press along the edge.
Step 4- pin opening closed and along the outer edge of the entire rug
Step 5- Top stitch 1/4" from the edge all the way around.
We are having that glorious type of weather that drives the northerners to our narrow little state until it overflows with our snowbird friends.
Dave and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful day and take Jasper to the zoo. It is always a little strange to go on outings when we don't have all the kids. There is a little twinge of guilt that happens. We decided to go with the zoo membership, which made me feel better. We can come back whenever we want with all the kiddos.
The honey badgers were pretty funny. Kind of gross too in a TMI kind of way.
Our favorites were the anteater and the giraffes.
2 of my Handsome Fellas
He had some fun on the slide. I love the way he's looking at his dad in this picture.
With the budget a little low after the holidays and all the kids out of school. We went in search of cheap to free adventure. Our mission took us to the little college town of Ave Maria right down the street from us. Isn't it strange how there can be a places so close to your home that you never explore.
It's kind of in the middle of nowhere the opposite direction of our beach, so we had never even passed by. A cute little town. The kids were taken with it. We spent time in the coffee shop and stumbled upon a group of skateboarders making a movie.
Had a great Day at Delnor-Wiggins Pass today. Planned on going geo cacheing, but our phones didn't work inside the park. So we just walked around and loitered on the beach for a bit. Finished the outing off with some wings and laughs.
We accomplished some big goals in 2013 and are hopeful that 2014 will bring good things. I am beginning to understand that good things come wrapped up in big challenges, and I am ready for the 2014 variety. I am so grateful for my family. Love them so much and looking forward to watching all our little people grow into another year.
I am so completely over the top excited about dyeing with rust. This is our first attempt. I have to say, I am pretty happy and have so many ideas for applications. For now we are adding pillows to Rusted Creek. It just seems like a good compliment to Dave's work. We used rebar for the rust patterning and dyed linen a denim color to coordinate.
I am seeing lots of earthy tones to coordinate with the rust. I am thinking I need a skirt......