Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

I have always thought of Memorial Day as a wonderful kick off to Summer. Having not had anyone in my family serving in the military and honestly not knowing many people at all serving in the military I didn't take the holiday as seriously as I should have. 

For the last year we have been living in an apartment building with a lot of very recent veterans. Most of them are missing limbs and are in rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital. My eyes have really been opened in the last year. I can't even imagine what they and their families are facing and how hard their every day lives are now. My heart especially goes out to their wives. These guys are in their very early 20s and their wives are about the same. They have to do so much and I am so thankful that they are here, sticking it out with their husbands.

We've had some great conversations with some of our neighbors about the war, their recovery and their future plans. I am so glad many of them have great plans for their futures.

I'm so thankful that Calder has had the opportunity to get to know some of these guys. He now realizes and understands that those who look different than he does are still just normal people. I hope Calder's open understanding and compassion have been cemented enough to last a lifetime.

Thank you. To all those who are and have served our country. Words cannot describe my appreciation for your service.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

June Photo Challenge

Over on A Feathered Nest I saw this adorable photo challenge for June and would love to invite you to join me. Above you'll see the list of photos you should take every day. There isn't any sort of award or anything. It is really just for my own fun and I think it will be a good challenge.  The only rule is you must take the picture the same day you post or take it the day before to post it on the day it is supposed to be posted.

Don't worry, I'm still doing the Me Made June challenge, so start getting excited for daily photos of my outfits on Wednesday!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Easy Peasy

 I have this black shirt, that was fine but honestly it was a little tight and I didn't love the way it fit. So, I cut it from the bottom to the neckline, leaving the neck hem in place. Then I added 3 inch strips of fabric to the front and back so they would peek through. I added a little tie around the neck to add an extra flair.
 It took me about 20 minutes from start to finish. I love that I totally revamped my shirt to look so different in such a short amount of time. Easy peasy.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Book Recommendation

A few weeks ago I was looking for new books to download to my Kindle. I was particularly interested in the free books, since I can't buy any new ones this year (although I have a gift card for Amazon burning a hole in my wallet). Anyway, I found this book called Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter. It was free and had awesome reviews. Oh is it ever good. If you have a Kindle, please download it for free and read it, if not, buy the book or get it from the library. 

It is based in the Limberlost swamp in Indiana. It is a compelling story about a boy, without a name or family who comes to find love and great wealth. I couldn't put it down once I started and I really think it is worth seeking out.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Shirt

 The marvelous Kathleen over at Grosgrain is hosting a free pattern month. The first day she featured an adorable top called The Sunny Resort Blouse by The Sew Convert. I had mixed feelings about it at first but then I just kept thinking about it and decided to give it a try. I totally love it and find it incredibly comfortable. Oh and it is incredibly easy and takes just a yard of fabric. I made it in just one nap time! So there's no reason not to make yourself one! Get sewing!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thrift Store Finds

 Check out this adorable purse. I found it at the thrift store - with the original vintage tags still on. It is really three purses in one. You see, there's the polka dot version up above here. And down below we have the winter wool version.

 And down here we have the winter plaid version. Each cover buttons on and comes off as you change your outfit. And, this means I can make a million other covers to go with it! It is the ever changing purse. I love it. Oh and it came with extra buttons. I wish I could call whoever keeps donating these brand new, tags still on vintage wares to the thrift store and just ask them if I can save them the trouble and I'll come by and pick them up.
If you want your own amazing vintage Banner House purse, check out this one, or this duck one or this really cute one.  

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Easiest Necklace

Wow, I'm glad Blogger got it's act together so I can share this project with you today!

I was at G Street Fabrics the other day and noticed their grab bags of buttons for $4.00. You get a ton of buttons and I like to have unique buttons to use on projects here and there. Among some very unique and very gaudy buttons I found these things. They aren't buttons and they aren't beads because they don't have any holes in them. They are just flat on one side and rounded on the top. I decided to use them to make a necklace.
 I started out by laying them out in the configuration I liked on a piece of felt. Then I hot glued each piece down. Next, just cut out around the discs, leaving a tiny bit of felt showing. Cut a second piece of felt for the back of the necklace.
 Glue a standard necklace chain to the back piece of felt. Then glue the front to the back and you're done!
Super easy, super cute necklace!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pintrest Love

I'm sure you all know about Pinterest by now. In case you haven't it is the greatest thing since blogs. Seriously. You can pin things to your board that you find around the web. That way you don't have file after file on your computer that you never seem to look at. Or is that just me? 

Another great thing is that you can look at other people's boards to get inspiration. I have found so many great things this way! Every week I get an email from them with very spot on suggestions of boards I might like. I love every bit of it! Here's a quick peek at what's in my board.

Want to see the rest of my boards? Go here. And to get your own account, go here. We can even be friends, so you can see what else I put up! Happy pinning!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and those of you who are mothers felt celebrated and loved. Heck, I hope all of you, mothers or not, felt celebrated and loved this weekend. 

I had a fabulous weekend. I got to sleep in on Saturday and then took my little boy to National Train Day at Union Station. It was awesome. We watched demonstrations with celebrity Chefs Michel Richard and Gerard Bertholon. They made us chocolate mousse and it was delicious. Calder's favorite thing was probably the model train exhibits. There were two large displays that he could get right up to and were right at his height. He also liked the professional hula hoop performances. Who knew there were such things but these girls were good! It looks like National Train Day is a traveling thing. They are going to Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, LA and a few other locations, so check it out.

Today was also wonderful I woke up to an awesome water color picture the boys made yesterday and a very large pot of white chrysanthemums. I love them! Hopefully they stay alive.  Calder was so excited about the picture and I absolutely love it. I can't wait to frame it and put it above my desk.

In sewing news I was stuck in a rut for a bit but am back on the band wagon. All I needed to get back in business was a trip to G Street Fabrics. Oh I love this store. Since I am more of an apparel fabric shopper instead of a craft or quilt fabric shopper, this is the perfect place. Their fabric is a little higher priced but really good quality and they have a massive wall in the back filled with $3.00 a yard fabrics. I found some amazing black fabric to make a dress. I have been frustrated with my nice dinner options and decided to just make one. Last night Jason was at a work related party and so I cranked it out in one night. I will show you soon! I still have to finish the seams on the inside. I so wish I had a serger. Someday.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Me Made June - A Call to Action

I have an announcement to make. As you know I just finished Me-Made-March about a month ago. I loved it and am so excited to hear Zoe of So Zo is doing another round in June. So, look forward to June when I wear at least one item of clothing I've made each day of the month. She also does Self-Sewn-September and my goal for that is to ONLY wear things I've made. I have a lot of sewing to do!  

Along with this announcement I would like to call you to action! Please join me in Me-Made-June! You could always just make a bunch of scarves, headbands and broaches to get you by. If you've made a few things for yourself, you could totally do this! It's tons of fun to see how you can re-work the things you've made into different outfits.

So, are you in?

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thrifty Finds

I have had killer luck at the thrift store lately! Check out these shorts! They are original 1970's running shorts with the tags still on! I love it! They are size 4 but they fit my son well. I think they will fit for a long time. He LOVES them and thinks they really can make him run faster. Who knows? Maybe they do!
 Here they are in action. Isn't this picture just classic?

And check out this necklace. I love it a lot. I am struggling to find things to wear with it but it is awesome enough to have in my collection even for the rare occasion I get to wear it.


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