Audrey’s second birthday was a low-key affair with family and some out-of-town friends up from Orlando for a visit. They brought her a “Hair Salon” kit which was the cutest thing ever. Every famiy should have a wig!
The Sunday after the birthday my friend invited Audrey and me on an unexpected beach trip which was such an amazing indulgence! I loved every minute of it and even enjoyed the lack of cell and email reception at the beach house. It was a quiet, relaxing trip that gave me the gift of time to catch up and grow closer to a very good friend. I am thankful to Andrew for watching the boys and allowing me the chance to take off.
This week I hosted a few friends over for a lesson on making a handbag. It was fun but I neglected to get pictures to share with you all. Oh well, next time.
Today I am off to a Girls’ Weekend in the mountains. Yes, I am a spoiled princess. No, I don’t mind if you call me that out loud. Now you know why you aren’t seeing great updates of sewing projects here! Summer vacation has arrived with a whoosh-bang and I am loving every minute of it.
Ok, this post is about the pink and green handbag, but check out the two posts below for updates on my two quilt-along quilts.
Yes, this was really just a placemat at Target!
Yes, yes, I know I have a big quilt already in progress. Yes, I know I have another quilt-along (Old Red Barn Co) that I’m going to start this week. But I couldn’t resist starting Elizabeth’s (Oh Fransson) Mod Sampler Quilt-Along! I had a stack of fabulous Flag Day Farm fat quarters that have been begging to be turned into a quilt, like Right Now.
And even though these fabrics were all set in my mind in a Sawtooth Star pattern, I still couldn’t resist changing the plans after seeing all of the wonderful Mod Samplers on Flickr.
It has taken me a couple of evenings of cutting to get everything prepped the way Elizabeth has it outlined. Talk about organized! Here is my first fabric pair organized on its card:
I added an additional pair of FQ’s to her recommended 6 for a total of 14 different of fabrics. While getting all of the perfectly organized cards in a stack I had a fear that my two year old “helper” would get her “helpful” hands on them and rearrange the pairs and all of the cuts. So off to Target we went to get a box with a latching top to keep projects like this together and away from helpful hands. Not three hours after placing the perfectly organized stack into its new box did my child rip into it somehow and chuck all of the cuts from the top three cards onto the ground in a pile. ARGH.
After getting all of the cuts back in order I was short one piece. Huh? I FINALLY found it in my scrap drawer. Now you all know why I gave up quilting for 6 years when I was having three babies! It’s all I can do to keep her out of the pins, scissors, hot iron and machine needle. She also threw all of my bobbins out of the bobbin case and into the little plastic water jug I use to refill my iron. Helpful. Very helpful.
I promised the Middle Child that I would paint his bedroom walls green. He loves green and has been asking for months. This is the child who pretty much does what we say. He’s sweet, quiet, funny, and doesn’t ask for much. So I will put my beloved sewing projects on the back burner (or try really hard to…) and take time this week to get the green paint on his walls. I mean, how can you resist a Clone Trooper’s command?