Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our New Floor...DONE

I'm really bummed we don't have a real "before" picture. A picture before we tore up the tile and the stick down tiles that were on top of this asbestos vinyl that we lived with for several weeks. I think living with this for so long makes me appreciate our new floors so much more.
The kids were fascinated with the process.
Here are our new floors! We love it! Our new floor makes the rest of our kitchen look really bad. No, I mean it...really bad. I need to get to work making it look decent.
We also acquired a new piano today. So, today our home is filled with color and music.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fun Times on the Farm and Works in Progress

We spent some time at our favorite farm (Krueger's of course) on Father's Day with Anne and Ryan. Even though it was raining...there were fun times to be had.
There is a new pizza cart on the farm...only the best pizza ever...just look at it.
There will be the first concert of the Summer...there...this Thursday!
Rhett even got a lesson in jam making from Mrs. Krueger and got to bring some home.
There are several "works in progress" around here. This is a birthday present for Mezmur. I'll share what it is when I finish. I just finished her birthday dress...I can't wait to share how cute that is!
These colors are waiting to be made into Mezmur's birthday banner. The one we will hang up every year just for her. I can't wait to put all these colors together.
I almost don't think this photo deserves to be here, but this is another work in progress...our kitchen floor. Look what I have had to live with for the last 3 weeks! Tomorrow is the day we are getting our new floors! I can't wait.
There will be some "after" photos coming up.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rhett's Sketchbook Shirt

I finished the Oliver and S Sketchbook Shirt today. I love Oliver and S patterns. The styles are so classic and the patterns are pretty and well written. I can't wait to make more Sketchbook Shirts for Rhett. The only issues I had were with the collar...what a pain in the butt and I'm not even 100% happy with how the collar was attached on this shirt, but I don't think anyone will notice, but myself.
The only change I will make is to the length. I will add an extra 2" to the size 6 for my almost 5 and a half year old. I think there will have to be a new first day of Kindergarten shirt and some long sleeve shirts for winter. The best part was when I had him put it on this morning. He got the biggest grin on his face. I asked him what he was smiling about and he said, "I just love everything you make me." Awww...he knows the way to his Mama's heart. I just hope number 2 will feel the same way, because...oh, the dresses I want to sew her.
Now, let me present to you...real smile...
...and fake smile.
Coming up next...a little girl party dress and other birthday gifts for the almost two year old.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Deluxe Yurt

We went on a family adventure to stay in a deluxe yurt on the coast. We had a lot to be grateful for on this trip.
We were grateful for a wrong turn to realize that we needed new breaks that very moment.

We were grateful for the hour and a half we had to spend in Cottage Grove while the car was being worked on. We had time to go to a used book store and find a new Gyo Fujikawa book and G. F. print for Mezmur's room.
We were grateful that our first day at the yurt was stormy and wet, so we could spend some time at the Umpqua Discovery Center.
I highly recommend the Umpqua Discovery Center even on a sunny day!
We were grateful that it rained heavily every night while we tried to sleep (do you know how loud it is in a yurt when it rains?), because we all took naps during the day and I didn't even feel guilty.

We are grateful that the kids woke up earlier than usual, so we could go on an early morning walk around the lake before the rain came in again.
This was my favorite part of our trip. We spent the time looking for Gnome Homes and cawing ( Bottle Rocket style) loud enough to hear our echoes.

This look...was for the other group that was on the beach.
We were grateful for the remnants of a typhoon that came in on Wednesday night. It brought us treasures on the beach. This barnacle bottle was found...probably circa 2009, but cool non the less. Another bottle said 'product of France.'
Also, check it out! A blue green glass float. We found out, with a little research, this float traveled all the way from Japan. Based on our research it was made by the Kawaguchi Glass Company. Why is Rhett making this face? Maybe because he thought it was weird and, "we should probably just leave it on the beach."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Few New Dolls

I had a stack of dolls to finish last week. Most are headed to their new homes, but one is up in the etsy shop.
Different hair styles.

This doll is available in my shop! My first red head.

Monday, June 7, 2010

First Berries of the Year

We braved the mud and went berry picking for the first time this year. Mezmur was in heaven when she learned she was in a field of her favorite red berries. She didn't know what to do with herself. The mud on the berries didn't stop her from savoring the sweet goodness. Instead of a red mustache of berries eaten she had a mud beard. I'm glad we wore our boots.
No caption necessary.
We picked 5 pints of strawberries in 30 minutes.
Do you like my new bag? It is a QueenBee Rita bag. It is awesome. I don't do a lot of trades, but when Becca said she wanted a doll...I said, "I would like a bag." And thus the result of the trade. Thanks Becca!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Just in Case I Forget How Beautiful it Was Yesterday

Yesterday was beautiful...today, not so great. That's ok, because we soaked it up yesterday. Farmer's Market, long walks, snacks outside on the blanket, barbecue,
lollipop bribe for hair day...
...book performances on the deck...
...yard work, but it still looks like nothing was done...
...sneaking apples before they made it to the grill...
I know the sun will come out and stay out one day...until then, yesterday will have to last us a while.