Sunday, June 20, 2010
Dad, It was hard to find pictures of you for this post because there were not a lot of pictures with you in them. You were always behind the camera, taking the pictures...just like you have always been in my life. You have been there behind the scenes giving me your love, support, and direction. You helped me grow up with security and confidence. You are such a good man, with a quiet, loving heart. I love all these old pictures of you. They are such happy memories of my wonderful dad! I love you!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Does anyone else have trouble remembering to take their reusable grocery bags to the store? I do! I realized that it would help me remember if I could just carry a bag easily in my purse. I have all of these slick, reusable bags that end up in the floor of the car on on the counter at home because they don't easily fold up and stay put in my purse. I decided to do something about it. Here is how I solved my problem. I made a little bag for my bag!
You will need:
pre-made reusable sack like these from Amazon
small fabric scrap (about 7x7 inches)
1/4 inch wide elastic
Start with a 7 x 7 inch scrap of fabric.
(Your fabric square may need to be bigger, depending on the size of your bag.)
Stitch near the edge of the fold.
I put a large safety pin through the end to help pull it through the "tunnel.
Pull the elastic through being very careful...
Line up the edge of the elastic with the outside of the tunnel and stitch.
Back stitch several times to secure it.
Pull the elastic all the way through the other side and stitch that side down securely.
Fold your pocket in half, right sides together and pin.
I didn't want to mess with pretty seams so I just pinked the edges.
about 1-2 inches from the top of the bag.
I made that rookie mistake the first time and it wasn't cute!
Monday, June 14, 2010
It is funny how something as small as the glass you choose to drink out of can make your day. The small things really matter. For example, I always drink my morning tea from a certain mug on Saturday. I save that mug for Saturday I guess because it is my happy mug. I want to savor the relaxing morning. It is the only morning of the week where I am not completely zombie-like after waking up earlier than my body says I should have. On Saturdays I wake up feeling refreshed. I want the mug I use to drink my tea to match my relaxed state. It makes me happy.
It is funny how the little things can make your day. How great do you feel when you hear your favorite song on the radio, wear some new shoes, put a single rose from your garden on your table, pop a bag of popcorn with your rented movie, smell the earth right after a rain, or get an unexpected card in the mail? Sometimes the little things just happen to us; sometimes we create them.
Last week I bought a new cup. This one is not for my hot tea, but for my iced tea. Julie Guyot is an artist that sells her wares along side mine at Textures. I have always admired her work. Each of her pieces has such whimsy. She uses a lot of color, just a touch of vintage, and some unexpected elements. I love her style. Her items are perfect for creating that happy mood. I bought the tumbler above for those days when I need to create "a little thing" to make my day.
What are some of "the little things" that make your day?
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I haven't been thrifting in so long because I am anticipating moving sometime this year and do not need to add anything else to the pile of things that will go into my future garage sale. But I was down at the public library last week to get some audio books so that I could listen to them while sewing. And there next to our little county library was a large thrift store that I hadn't been to in over a year or more. I just had to check it out and once I did, I just had to buy somethings. I couldn't resist. I justified my purchases by thinking that I would sell them in my vintage shop...but I may just have to hold onto the owl pillow. He is too cute, and in my favorite colors.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Yippee! One of my bags made Etsy's front page early this morning. Thank you to Harem6 for putting me in their beautiful treasury! Check out their shop. They make amazing dolls and other little beauties:
Olga by Harem6
Hope you all are having a happy Saturday!
Friday, June 4, 2010
Today is my beautiful friend, Courtney's, birthday. We have been close since college. We were on the same hall in our dorm during our freshman year. Years have passed since then and so many things have changed. We are far apart. She's in Oklahoma, I'm in Florida, but I always know that she is there. My best friend is there for me. We share a love for garage sales (she is the queen of thrifting), we both enjoy crafts and beautiful blogs, we love watching fun TV ("Sex in the City" and "Twin Peaks"), we have traveled to exotic (Grand Cayman) and not so exotic (Hot Springs) locales, we have shared laughter, tears, hopes, and fears. Courtney I just wanted to say....