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.
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
Have a great Week!!!
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.
Good clean low budget fun.
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.
Blessings to all.
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......
I can't believe my first week of working at home with Dave is already over. Not sure if I got much done, but I know for sure, we got it started.
Spent a lot of time with this little guy...
Yes, it's true he has a little scrambled egg in his eye and a kind of dirty face, but that's just how we roll.
This got done.....
Well almost done. No tree skirt yet, or stockings. But we did have a campfire in the new firepit, so you know... priorities.
We went legit and made a new website, complete with a favicon...
Not so sure I really knew what a favicon was until this week, but we have one now..oh yeah!!!
You can check out our new website...
It is definitely a work in progress, but that in itself is a little progress right?
Sometimes it’s good to just put on the brakes. Good ol’ Fred Flintstone style slam your heals to the gravel put on the brakes. The peace that follows…..ahhhh.
I mom kids. That’s what I do. I love to do it. Even in the trenches, at it’s most unglamorous. When I am walking around with my hair in a ponytail and barf on my shoulder and haven’t gone to the bathroom by myself in days. I love to mom kids.
I have mommed in the midst of a horrible and lonesome marriage. I have single mommed. And, right now in this moment I am the mom of 6 in partnership with the most amazing man, I was blessed enough to meet. Late in the game but boy oh boy, right on time. I love being parents with him. It hasn’t been textbook, but it has been fun and fulfilling and the kids are thriving.
Lately, I haven’t felt like a connected mom. I work full time and beyond, I chaufer the mini van to practices and games and school and the list goes on and on. I have found myself in a place where I am doing oh so many things and not doing any one thing well. I am getting my job done, I am getting the kids where they need to be, but I am not doing it with a song in my heart. I am not extending myself beyond the bare necessities, because quite frankly when the day is done, there is nothing left. I am doing the things I do, solely to get them done. I know you working moms out there know what I am saying.
So, in a campaign to bring back joy and creativity in our world. I am quitting. My job, NOT my kids. We have been planning for this moment for a year or so and we always said we would know when the time was right. It’s now. The whole thing is very scary. We have 6 kids for goodness sake!!!! The fear is there and we know the stakes are high, but it doesn’t feel wrong.
I will be working side by side with my husband. We have been growing our Rusted Creek brand/etsy site for 2 years now and are ready to give it our full attention. We will create a true work/life balance in our home. I am thinking a new manifesto is in order. (I am big on lists)
So, here I sit. I just got back from CVS and I have a new notebook, a pen and some red lipgloss.
It only seemed fitting. It is going to take a lot of lists to keep this boat afloat. And the lip gloss? Well, I am going to be working side by side with my handsome husband. I couldn’t help myself.
I know it’s serious business. Like I said, the stakes are high. I know we will fail a little, but I will pray that we win more. And, I have learned from experience over the years, that failure is just a door to bigger things, if you don’t give up. Also, I believe in cliches.
Good Night and Happy early Thanksgiving
I am thankful for this beautiful family. Our health. Our home. I couldn’t want for more.
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see....inspired by Soulemama
If you have ever blended a family, you will know what I am talking about. It is hard. The kind of hard where you find yourself in absolutely uncharted territory. And because I am who I am, I compare it to finding yourself in the middle of a pile of shredded and torn scraps of fabric and wishing and hoping it was something more, like a beautiful time worn aged quilt. You are smack dab in the middle of the pile and you see the potential and you want it to be more, but there is so much work to create something beautiful. So what do you do??? I guess you start in the middle of the mess and hope for the best.
Early on in the combining of our families, Dave and I figured out a couple of things. We discovered that when the kids were on neutral territory they all got along really well. In the early days of our relationship, anytime we had all the kids together, we tried to spend that time outdoors doing something fun. Nobody had to worry about sharing or how wierd it felt to have these other people in their space. It worked. Along the way, we have had a lot of fails in our blending, but this was a big win early on.
We have had quite a few adventures in such a relatively short time. Most recently, we spent Sunday afternoon canoeing down the Peace River and hunting for fossils.
It was a most perfect fall day in Florida. The temp was just right. The water was a little chilly, but the sun was shining and nobody complained. We went to the Peace River Canoe Outpost.
We rented canoes and the nice people at the outpost drove us upriver and dropped us in the water. We had to canoe back to the outpost dock. The distance was about 5 miles and took us about 1.5 hours of paddling. All in all, it wasn't a too strenuous paddle. We did it with 6 kids. We had 2 canoes. One adult and 3 kiddos per canoe. We brought plastic strainers with us and sifted for fossils. Each kid left with a ziploc baggie full of sharks teeth.
It was a glorious day. Everyone was starving and we took all the kids to Senor Tequila's for quesadillas.