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A sleepover

Megan is going to a sleepover tonight and is bringing Allison and Molly (her American girl dolls) with her.  Since she only had one sleeping bag, Mom had to get some last-minute sewing done before she left.  Since it’s not nice to have two fancy sleeping bags (one made by Grandma and then a new one) for Megan’s dolls and not for her BFF’s doll, I had to sew two.  Thank goodness for all of those fabric scraps that I’ve saved over the years!

Caroline's sleeping bag

Caroline’s sleeping bag

Caroline's trim on her pillow

Caroline’s trim on her pillow

Allison's new sleeping bag

Allison’s new sleeping bag

I didn't put zippers in these, but did make it so that they folded down a little bit to get in easier...

I didn’t put zippers in these, but did make it so that they folded down a little bit to get in easier…

Fancy pillow!  I love the lace trim on Allison's new pillow

Fancy pillow! I love the lace trim on Allison’s new pillow

Molly and Allison are ready to go with the three sleeping bags all rolled up.  (although I do wonder which one of them is going to change their underwear...

Molly and Allison are ready to go with the three sleeping bags all rolled up. (although I do wonder which one of them is going to change their underwear…

A garden story

Once upon a time we bought a house.

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We loved it.  It had landscaping that I couldn’t do anything with (lots of shrubs, lots of rock, lots of work to dig it up to put in new plants).

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Check out Adam’s car! After driving that for a year, he EARNED his Jeep. Poor guy – no fair that his wife totals his truck and he gets stuck with the crap car.

So the first summer I made a bunch of changes to the front garden.

It was exhausting and life got busy so nothing more was done for a couple years…  well, except for taking down 3 or 4 trees.  Gotta love chainsaws!  Then the kids started talking about fairy and troll gardens.

So for the second year in a row, they started them.

Their mom got the bug and started thinking about it and thinking about it and thinking about it.  She then got an idea and without stopping to think about how much work it would be, started in on it.

Check out that front tree.  This is the "before" picture

Check out that front tree. This is the “before” picture

It took many many hours to get the first half done but it looks great.  There’s not *that* much more to do.  After the wall is up, a trip to the dump will be made to get compost and then we’ll have a HUGE fairy/troll garden.  Can’t wait!!

The best part is that so far I haven’t spent a cent.  There were a bunch of those retaining wall blocks under our deck when we moved in and we’ve never had a use for them.  I love the use we finally came up with and it is going to be great!  Can’t wait to get our dirt, fill it up, and let the kids get decorating!

Headbands

More sewing projects!  Meg decided that she wanted to grow her bangs out, so I decided we’d spend some of Spring Break sewing headbands for her so that her bangs don’t drive her nuts while she’s growing them out.  Since I’ve decided to grow my hair out, I ended up making 4 headbands – 2 of each pattern so that we could both have some.  She’s a cuter model, though, so she’ll show hers off.  🙂

Pattern #1.  It is bright and colorful

Pattern #1. It is bright and colorful

 

She may be a goof but oh those eyes...  gorgeous girl!

She may be a goof but oh those eyes… gorgeous girl!

 

 

laptop sleeve

I needed something to keep my laptop in on the way to and from preschool so I found this pattern while browsing the internet and sewed it up this morning.  I’m happy with how it turned out!

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The coloring is actually better in the other picture. It fits my laptop perfectly, though!

Getting ready for summer

Summer’s a week away at our house and I’ve been working to get ready for it. The kids have always needed structure and summertime is no different, even if we have a slightly more relaxed way of providing it.  We’ve been busy making lists to get ready for all of our free time – one of things that will need to be done every week (showering, cleaning bedrooms, doing their jobs, practicing the violin, doing schoolwork, going to the library, going bowling, going swimming, practicing running for the kids triathlon mid-summer) and then we made a fun list… a list of things that we’d like to do over the summer.  I think we’ve ended up with some really great ideas and I can’t wait for school to be over so that we can start them.

I found a ton of ideas on Pinterest to fill up the list but the kids had some of their own ideas as well.  It’s a good mix!  In addition to some road trips to visit family, we’ve got:

  •   Fly a Kite
  •  Go to the beach
  •  Play in the sprinkler
  •  Have friends over
  •  Splash Pad
  •  Pool
  •  Bike Ride (our goals are to bike 100 miles and to try to cover all of the trails near us)
  •  Rockets
  •  Geocaching
  •  Frisbee Golf
  •  Make Bubbles (what’s your favorite recipe? Help me out!)
  •  Golf
  •  Sleep in the tent in the back yard
  •  Wash the cars
  •  Use the Telescope
  •  Make icees
  •  Go to a movie
  •  Water fight
  •  Take an alphabet nature walk
  •  Eat breakfast, lunch & dinner outside all in one day
  •  Go to the Farmer’s Market
  •  Go to a baseball game
  •  Have a PJ Day
  •  Collect stuff to donate to Goodwill
  •  Paint Chip Scavenger Hunt
  •  Have a camping dinner and finish with s’mores
  •  Have a paper airplane derby
  •  Zoo
  •  Waterski Show
  •  Municipal Band Concert
  •  Garage Sales
  •  Old Macdonald’s Farm

It should be a super fun summer!  I’m looking forward to every bit of it and hope to be able to share our fun here too.