On March 30th, my eldest turned 28. She and her boyfriend came down from Brooklyn to celebrate last weekend.Here’s birthday girl, Lauren, with our formerly feral cat, Brippy. This picture was taken in the middle of a party. Brippy has adapted.This is my youngest daughter, Laney, and Brippy. Laney is the one who tamed her with love and attention and time and treats. When Laney comes home from college, Brippy will often play hard to get – punishing her for her absence. But Laney is the only one who gets this melt down head-on-the-shoulder hug. This is my son, and Laney’s twin, Patrick. Oh, and Riley. Riley knows how to seek out the best sofa/pillow experience.Here is a quick shot of some family members at the party. I don’t usually include family photos; we’ll see if I get the business.My brothers in law made this amazing onion bread for the party. Spike and Daniel recently moved up from Florida and we are so happy to have them so close!Here’s my new favorite thing – the cutting board Spike and Daniel gave me. It’s a cut from a tree of theirs. Pretty awesome. Oh, and those rosemary bar nuts? Amazing!
I wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember, and I have been blessed to be a mom for more than 27 years. I desperately wanted to be the best mom in the world, but I didn’t know how. So, like every mom, I did the best that I could.Luckily, my best was good enough. These three people are all stellar human beings.This week, my youngest moved out.Our spice jars sent him on his way.
EDIT – FOR DERRICK
Ever since my kids started moving out, I’ve been thinking of ways to lure them back. Not permanently, I love that they are off living their own wonderful lives, but I do like lots and lots of visits.
My latest project has been a “guest room” in the space in the attic that was my former office. I cleaned it up and used what I had to try to make it cozy. I guess it worked; my daughter’s boyfriend liked it enough to take a picture.
Then my daughter put it on Reddit last night and almost 30,000 people liked it. Cozy Spaces
My grandmother’s rug anchors the space. It was a real treat hauling that up from the basement. Old pillows and pieced-together fabric scraps make comfy floor pillows. The sturdy felt bin is great for blanket storage.
I recovered a chair the cat had ruined. Then I layered on a quilt and another pillow. I use the old shutter and clothespins to put up pictures and notes.
An old milk crate is the night stand.
I didn’t want to block any light with curtains, so I made a “valence” out of embroidery hoops and fabric scraps.
My husband built this bookshelf years ago. It’s great for storage and keeps people from plummeting down the steps.
Have you met Riley? She’s 112 pounds of hairy love. And I do mean hairy.
I’ve made a bunch of scrap quilts to try to keep the furniture clean. I pull them up and wash them: so much so that they are now frayed along the edges.
I sewed a second binding to this ragged quilt and loved the result. Not only did I clean up the ragged edge, but I added a second layer of fun to the binding. Super cute. It makes me want to have a double bind on all of my quilts.
After months of cleaning and painting and organizing, I am finally calling my new office/sewing room done.Here is my printing/cutting/mailing area.If you know what a Cricut is (my Christmas present from my family,) then you will know that I am spoiled, indeed.Here is my desk with my new computer system – a birthday gift from my family (I wasn’t kidding about the spoiled thing.) My geranium and begonia are struggling to hold out until spring.Here’s my sewing area – my focus was overcome by the cuteness of Brittney – a violently feral cat when she came to us pregnant – two years ago. My daughter spent a ton of time feeding her treats, one by one. Now, she’s a full-fledged people person. And here’s the area behind my desk – the wall I see from my sewing table. I am having a ton of fun, these days.
I am so excited! I am moving my office/sewing room from the attic to the basement. I am still organizing and decorating, but it’s starting to come together.
This space is so much nicer: not as hot/cold as the attic – and I can actually see some of my bird feeders from my desk. I enjoy that. So does Brittney, the no-longer-feral cat. (Pictures of her in the future.)
When I take the time to look critically at my surroundings, I often find things are looking tired.
A trip to the hardware store and a couple of hours later: things are looking fresher.
I like the changes in my life that come about naturally with the changes in the seasons. This time of year, as the garden fades into fall, I turn my thoughts and efforts indoors.
Now – on to the next room!
The weather hasn’t been good, so I have been doing some paper gardening inside. I made a sign for my kitchen using a great tutorial at Design Cuts. I also made some signs for my garden. I printed them on cardstock, sprayed them with clear coat, decoupaged them onto wood, and polyurethaned them. Not sure how long they’ll last out in the weather, but aren’t they fun?
The sun is out . . . Time to get dirty!
When I first read this quote by Iain S. Thomas, it made me cry. Not only did the quote describe the way I feel about my husband, but it reminded me of those first moments after my children were born: when I finally got to meet them. Then I cried again. Anyway, I made the quote into a sign, which I hung in our kitchen, just to give my family a warm little hug this February.
It feels so good to get back into my sewing room again. (Sewing room in the attic + New Jersey summer = No fun.) I’ve been on a bit of a pillow kick lately.
I have not yet succumbed to the washi tape craze, but I want to. My homemade Christmas tags were the perfect excuse, but I held to my green Christmas promise and tried to think of alternatives. How about patterns stamped on strips of paper, ribbon, and sheet music?
My goal this Christmas is to craft a little more and buy a little less. AND before I go out to purchase that perfect thing to finish my crafting, I want to think a little harder about using something that I already have.
I had an old grapevine wreath to which I attached fresh evergreen branches and some Christmas ornaments. Snow optional.
I remember when I first saw them; it was during back-to-school shopping 2013. . . I was in love. Mini 3 ring binders! Have you seen them? I didn’t need a 3 ring binder, but I needed one of these.
Just to up the cuteness factor, I made a cover and some divider tabs.
Organization has never been so fun.