Rainy days

I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of rain boots for years now. I always look in spring, when the snow gives way to slush and winter boots are too heavy, yet tennis shoes always get too wet. I’ve always struck out … never quite finding what I was looking for and not wanting to settle. So, imagine my surprise when I was at Menards …

Quilting work on the pouches

Just a sneak peak – these are the finished panels of my largest size Wide Open Zipper Pouch I’m making for my daycare provider. I went with purple patchwork and quilted using 1/4-inch lines. I quilted the other pouches in the same way. I still have the pink, small pouch to quilt and then it will be time to cut the linings and assemble them …

Planting our garden

Today after work I took Hannah plant shopping and we picked up some plants to add to our garden. A lot of the garden is going to be started from seed, but I know from experience there are just certain things it’s easier to buy the plant instead of hoping the seeds sprout. Basil is one of those things … a favorite for me on …

Playing in the dirt

I spent yesterday – the majority of the day – playing in the dirt. I got up early and beat all the church-goers to Wal-Mart and Home Depot and picked up potting soil, garden soil and plants. I seem to always underestimate the amount of potting soil I need, so I did end up having to make a second trip during the busy after-church morning, …

A whole day to myself

Yesterday morning, the rest of my family left, leaving me the house – and the entire day – to myself. I started the morning with some cups of coffee and dove into the second patchwork Wide Open Zipper Pouch I’m making for my daycare lady. I pieced the panels using blue scraps I’ve been keeping and the same natural linen for the bottoms. I really …

Working with what you have on hand

Because my fabric stash is embarrassingly large and I have no business being near a fabric store, either online or in person, I’ve made something of a pact with myself to sew only from my stash. So, yesterday, that’s exactly what I did when I needed to make a thank-you gift for my daughter’s daycare provider. I pulled out my bins of miscellaneous scraps and …

Baseball

It’s that time of year again – baseball season has started for my nearly 11-year-old son. I went to his game on Tuesday night but was unable to stay the entire time as I had to get up early to work and the game was a late one. Isaac sat on the bench the four innings I did get to see, but they put him …