A few weeks ago we made a trip over to my cousin’s farm in Kittitas. My cousin and uncle usually plant hay, wheat, corn, and the typical Eastern Washington crops. This year, my cousin had a contract to plant 60 acres of sunflowers.
I still haven’t posted pictures of my daughter’s finished room because… well… the room isn’t exactly finished yet. The curtains are still hanging in puddles on the floor, waiting to be hemmed and embellished. The quilt is still at my long arm quilt lady’s house, being finished, and I haven’t even started on pillows or cute pillow cases.
I did finish up the gallery wall with some cute painted frames though!
I used frames I had around the house and painted them with colors that coordinate with my daughter’s quilt. I purchased four different colors of sample sized paints from Lowe’s. I knew we’d be doing a few projects in this room and paint seemed like a cheap and easy way to go.
I started pinning several different arrangements for gallery walls. My original idea was to include an old window or some sort of subway art, but this seemed like plenty. I had planned to let my daughter choose all of the pictures for the frames, but she was a bit overwhelmed when I started scrolling through options on the computer with her. So, I just picked photos I like instead. She was happy with the finished wall, even though there wasn’t a lot of ownership into the selection.
This wall is above the long part of my daughter’s bed, so I thought a reading lamp was a good idea. I found this one for about $12 at IKEA and my friend, Diane, picked up the wood block that the lamp is mounted on from Michael’s. I love that redish-pink color and wanted to add one more little accent with it on this wall.
Old picture frames and several paint colors make a pretty cool gallery wall, if I do say so myself!
I can’t wait to show you the finished room! Maybe I’ll get everything done by Spring Break! Now, I need to find more things to paint with those cute sample size paints!
I think I’ve discovered a perfect project for someone who is learning to sew.
My friend, Diane, had a birthday last week. Diane is my co-mom. When our big kids were 3, and we were pregnant with the little kids, we had this grand idea. We decided that if we both worked half time, opposite schedules, that we could take care of each other’s kids, save a bundle in child care, and choose any preschool we’d like for our kids to attend. So, we bought new cars that could handle 4 kids, traded in our sanity, and raised our kids together (with the help of my mom when I went back to work full time). I’m lucky enough to have lots of family close by. We have many aunts, uncles, and grandmas who have always been like additional sets of parents to my kids, but Diane and her family get “honorary family status” around here.
Anyway… Diane’s birthday was last week and my daughter wanted to make something for her. She has a new sewing machine and I thought this would be a great way for her to get to know her machine. We have a stack of flour sack towels in the sewing cupboard, and I have every color of thread in the rainbow, so we didn’t even need to purchase supplies. She chose her stitch, threaded the machine, and got to work.
There are a few things I really love about this project:
1. You have to thread the machine 6 times. Threading the machine can seem like a daunting task when you are unfamiliar with your machine, it’s new, or you haven’t used it in years. This project gives lots of practice in a very short amount of time.
2. It may sound crazy, but sewing a straight line IS NOT always easy! The most common sewing question I’m asked is, “Do you have any tips for sewing a straight line?” It takes practice and you need to know where to look as you are sewing. (Looking at the needle is not the way to go. You need to watch your presser foot or an outside guide that you have set up.) You can see that my daughter’s lines are not always perfectly straight. (Friends, Diane doesn’t mind. As my daughter was sewing, and noticed that she was off a bit, she said, “It’s ok, Diane will like anything I make for her.”)
3. The number one reason this is a great beginner project is that it is really cute and practical! Who doesn’t want a rainbow dish towel in their kitchen?
I buy my floursack towels in a 5-pack at Target and keep them on hand for quick sewing and embroidery projects. If you are learning to sew, this a great place to start. Play with your stitches too! My daughter’s machine has 60 different stitches. Her next dish towel could take on a whole new look!
I woke up pretty early on Saturday morning. The sun was out, so after a shower, I headed for the garden. We didn’t need to leave the house until about 10:00, so I knew I’d have a few hours of quiet time to get a little yard work done.
I absolutely LOVE having a garden. Herbs are probably my favorite things to grow. I have several areas of my garden devoted to herbs, but this little box, on the deck, usually houses geraniums. Well, I decided to shake things up a bit this year and plant herbs right by the back door. It’s a pretty small box, so it wouldn’t fit too much. I planted basil, parsley, and a few purple basil plants (which I have never tried before).
My mom gave me this box several years ago, as she was moving out of her house. She found it in the back of the garage and knew I’d love it. She was right! I love cool old stuff. (My hubby tells me that it’s just someone else’s junk that they didn’t want, but I’ll stick with calling it cool old stuff.)
This was my last little project before cleaning myself up and heading out to do a few errands. My whole garden had been weeded, new dirt had been added, and a few veggies had been planted Ahhh, the peace and quiet of spending time in the garden.
The peace and quiet was suddenly broken by my son threatening to shoot his father with his Air Soft gun, and his father threatening to soak him with the hose. Long story short… one got pelted with plastic air soft pellets and the other was so wet that he had to change his clothes. Good times!
(By the way, I’m the mom that was NEVER going to allow guns in her house. Ever. Now the boys run around my yard shooting each other and cracking up laughing about it. Who wants to nominate me for Mother Of The Year?)
Happy peaceful gardening, friends.
My son will always remember the beach, riding the waves, and snorkeling with the fish.
There’s just a laid back style in Hawaii. The locals know how it’s done.
The fruit markets are filled with “fresh picked today” fruits.
We even tried some new things!
Easter Sunday was a bit different this year. We contemplated going to the Purple Place of Prayer for our Easter Service, but then decided we’d just do our own thing.
We hit the aquarium when the kids were needing a break from the sunshine.
(Fair skinned Seattlites!)
The show was quite entertaining too.
(I see London. I see France. Someone’s not wearing underpants!)
Once we finished up at Molokini, we headed to Turtle Town, where the water wasn’t nearly as choppy. By then, the Dramamine started to kick in and everyone was feeling a bit better.
We swam with turtles and felt much better on the ride home. For the rest of the trip, when the kids misbehaved, we threatened to take them out on a boat again. They straightened right up! I don’t think they’ll be asking to go on any whale watching tours any time soon! (Although we son TONS of whales from the shore!)
(The date is not correct on the photos.)
She absolutely loved her tour. It was an all day bus ride with lots of stops along the way. My hubby and kids get seasick (as we now know), but for me, I can’t imagine anything worse than a five hour car ride on a winding road. I get horrible carsick. (We make quite the crew, huh?)
Have I mentioned how similar my boys are? They both packed their luau clothes, not knowing what the other had packed. I love these guys.
A few weeks ago, my friend Tammy said, “I knew you must have been sick because I kept checking your blog and there was nothing new.”
Yep. I had kidney problems again. It was almost exactly a year ago that I had to have kidney surgery. This time it wasn’t quite as bad and I was only down for a few weeks. The day I was told I needed surgery I told my doctor, “You have 19 days to get me better because we’re going to Hawaii.”
The hotel was booked, airline tickets purchased, and the kids and grandmas were practically packed. I absolutely HAD to get better quickly. I probably went back to work too soon, but just a few days before my trip, I was still in pain and completely exhausted. Fast forward to the day before the trip… hmmm…I was finally starting to feel better! Now, it’s never a good thing to “start” feeling better the day before a long vacation, but I was hopeful.
Sunsets also imply that there was plenty of sunshine. Oh, how we all loved the sunshine and HEAT! My daughter (and my mom) could have spent all day, every day at the pool. My son and hubby spent most of their time at the beach. My mother in law took the Road to Hana tour and spent hours happily reading her book on the deck. I bounced around from the beach to the pool, going wherever the kids wanted to go. As long as there was water and sunshine, I was as good as gold. I took almost 800 pictures in Hawaii, so you know photography kept me quite busy.
We ate way too much (shaved ice every day), had very sore muscles from boogie boarding, and loved every minute of the Aloha State.
Now that I’m home, healthy, and rested, hopefully my blog won’t be quite so quiet.