Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sewing Projects!!!

I finally am getting around to posting some of my lovely sewing projects that I have been working on.
Miss E came to me last month and announced that she wanted to sew a bag... something to carry her drawing supplies in. Not too purse-like and not too fat. We rounded up these supplies from my stash:

which produced this snappy bag....

Then today, after being inspired by a walk through Forever 21 and all their 80's floral inspired summer sun dresses... I finally got out my elastic thread that I bought awhile back. My friend Mo at Lime Gardenias gave it a try last year and created a darling dress for Miss M. So armed with the knowledge from Your Fabric Place, I was off to expand my sewing skills by creating elasticized ruching!

The results are very cute... if I do say so myself. Of course, you can't go wrong with Heather Ross fabric either. This is from her West Hill line... little lily pads with tiny frogs jumping amongst them.

Here's the ensemble in action...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Family Vacation

We just returned from Anaheim and two days and Disneyland. It was a lot of driving, but we had so much fun at the park.
We started off with some Umpqua ice cream at Rice Hill, OR...

and then stayed over night in the Redwood Forest in Northern California...

Then drove like a couple of deranged individuals through central California for 12 hours to get to Disneyland!

Who can resist the gorgeousness of "It's a Small World"?

We had to go through twice.

I could have gone through a few more times and been completely happy.

We did get stuck inside for about 10 minutes when the ride stopped... which let me take some really good pictures... and "no" the song did not get stuck in my head for the rest of the trip.

Then we were off to the Storybook Boats which I had never been on before. There were all these gorgeous miniature scenes from fairy tales and movies... and all the trees and plants are real!

As an added surprise bonus we could see the fireworks from the air conditioned comfort of our hotel room!

We drove 12 hours yesterday and came home at 9:30pm. We want to go back again with the kids in a few years, but we will NOT be driving. It's only a 2-1/2 hour plane ride rather than 2 or 3 days in the car. Money well spent I say.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

More Sadness

We had to say goodbye to Daphne on Monday. This has been a rough few weeks.

We now have no cats whereas 9 months ago we had three. We are taking a break from pet-dom and deciding whether we want to add anymore animals to the house... maybe in the spring. Between now and then we will have to make do with the fish. Unfortunately the most interesting one is nocturnal, so we never get to see him.

I promise my next posts will be of creative sewing projects. Throughout all the goodbyes and housecleaning, I have managed to sew some pretty cool things.