So it has been almost 2 years since I posted here. Not sure why, I love this little space. I thought about starting a brand new shiny blog, but that just didn't seem right. So here I am!! In 2017 I am going to build and create. Not sure what just yet. I have ideas, but I am going to stew on it a few days before I make my hard and fast goals for the year.
Until then, I am going to post some pretty pictures I have taking lately. Here goes nothing.
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.