Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First day of school 2017

 Eighth grade for Jack (With an independent study ninth grade math)
 Pre-k for Grant
First grade for Sam.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Last day of summer vacation

I've survived 84 days in this house with the children.  While everyone else has been going places or doing things, we've just been here, in the house. I cannot even wait for the bus to come tomorrow.

I felt like we should do something today, but I have not slept in two days and it's hotish, so I needed easy.

Park and splash pad it is.










Tomorrow three hours of peace will descend upon my house.  Amen.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Flea Market Sundays

Some days you get SUPER lucky, some days you don't get lucky at all and some days you have to go to two banks because of non working ATMs, put gas in the car, arrive very late, spend too much time dawdling and still get *just* lucky enough.

You can guess which day today was/

Even though I just spent three days selling off a HUGE pile of quilts, apparently I can't stop, won't stop when it comes to the quilts. Especially antique quilts in double pink and indigo.



Or putz houses.

See? Just lucky enough! :)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Shark Whale pencil pouch

I was cruising etsy for fabric the other day and they showed me a shark pencil pouch in their ads.  Of course I thought "I can make that."  I wanted to make it for Sammi for her gifted ed pencils.

So, off to google a pattern.  A pattern was easy enough to come by, but oh boy. I WISH WISH WISH I had had the foresight to google a different tutorial on putting a zip in a round pouch and used that instead.  Pain in the rumpus and not as nice as I would like.

It's cute, but I want to try making it again. You know, when I am done with the other 90 million projects.
Here is the pattern and tutorial, but really, do yourself a favor, go find some better zipper instructions and just use that. Assemble the fins and stuff, put the buttons on, then use the curved zip pouch tutorial to do the zipper, lining and finishing. You will not be sorry I told you so. Also please note SHE DOES NOT MENTION SEAM ALLOWANCE. You must add seam allowance.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Kids craft - sun paper

Sammi has been bugging me forever to get out the sun paper. Today I said sure.  First we had to go for a little drive to hunt down some wildflowers.

I do love this craft. That's lace from the sewing room on the bottom right. I wanted a big piece of lace but I couldn't round one up fast enough.

The kids were like oh look! A fish! A butterfly!  They see things I wouldn't see at first.

The new wise craft quilt book has an AMAZING quilt from cyanotype fabric. If only there was enough time to make all the quilts I want to make in the world, right?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Way to go Sammi!



Sammi received her acceptance letter into the gifted ed program at school. I couldn't be happier for you Sammi!  Last year was a real struggle and hopefully this is going to make school a lot more fun for you.  (Plus, once again the IQ score of my kids literally knocks me over.  These kids are not just smart but top 1 or 2% of the entire world smart. No wonder I often feel DEAD. LOL)

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Fairy wands

I was working on a SERIOUS bugger of a project the other day (which I will show you tomorrow).  While I was at the sewing machine for hours trying to interpret a very bad pattern the kids got out a bunch of craft stuff and made themselves fairy wands. 

All by themselves! Woot!

Above by Grant, below by Sam.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

S is for slime

Thanks to tv commercials the kids were SURE they HAD to make slime.

They did enjoy it. Mostly.

They did not enjoy when they mixed several colors together and it turned into brown poo. (Told ya so.)

I did not enjoy it finding it on the walls, the couch, the carpets...you get the idea.






Monday, August 07, 2017

What Cheer, the spoils

This time nearly everything in my cart was made of fabric. What a shocker!


First purchase - green/aqua picnic tin.

I passed up several nice, reasonably priced quilts and only bought this little beauty. It's flannel, the best aqua color (cloudy day today), and so, so soft!
Kids toboggan for Christmas card photos.

Oh boy, tablecloths again Sarah? My love is reignited, what can I say?


Fabric Scraps, some feedsack.

Vintage flatware. My kids want to know why. Why! For parties, no more disposable.
From the $1 bins. Doublglo angel, easter chick, two teacup wall plaques I have no clue what to do with.

Barely enough quilt squares to eek out a doll quilt. Maybe I should try hand quilting it.  And a rag ball. Why? It's like a fabric surprise ball as you unwind it! I was thinking it might be fun to try string piecing with it.

The fabric.
The sacks for my quilt in progress.
Feedsack border print pillowcases, my fav! 

For some reason while I was wandering I became obsessed with the idea of a kitchen rug. I found a few I liked, but at $10 I was having a hard time pulling the trigger (plus they were mass produced rag rugs).  Then I found this one - handmade and $3, score!

Thanks Iowa, I do not love your rural "no place to eat, no place to pee, no place to sleep"ness but I do love your junk!




Sunday, August 06, 2017

Come flea with me - What Cheer


Dave and I took a little impromptu trip to the What Cheer flea this week. I do still love and adore this flea. It's so quiet if you get there early! Our flea is loud and chaotic. 

We were super, super lucky to be there in the middle of a huge cold front. It was 53 degrees at 7 am in August! Wearing Jeans and sweatshirts and wandering around junk as the day dawned was just what I needed.

Sorry the pics are meh, the light in the morning is just not flattering. 

A few pics of the flea:



I loved all of this stuff so much. The prices were actually really reasonable except on the one item I wanted to own, so I didn't buy any.
So many rusty old farm signs out here.
I really wanted to drag home this cabinet too.

This quilt top was $50, too pricey for a quilt top, but if I ever get a chance I want to play with this color combo myself.


The $1 bins. I found two sets of pink depression glass candlesticks in there (also not acquired bc just not really useful for me.)

Tomorrow  I will be back with what I did buy!