Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

For all of you 8-5'ers out there, isn't sleeping in on what is usually a workday fabulous!?! Happy Memorial Day to everyone. Did you know that Memorial Day was once called Decoration Day? It was called Decoration Day because people would decorate the graves of those who lost their lives defending their country with flowers of springtime. If you want to learn more....venture over here.

Speaking of springtime, I have a new mama bird! She has been such a good mama and has been sitting in her nest for about 2 weeks waiting for her babies to arrive! She is really calm and seems to like me and Jeff. I can't wait to see her babies! We had a bluebird nest that hatched about 3 weeks ago. They have since moved out of their nest. Birds really seem to like this live oak tree.

This morning after I woke up, I enjoyed my ritualistic morning coffee, french toast, and Regis and Kelly. It has been a while since I have made french toast for breakfast and since I have watched Regis and Kelly. Yes, yet another guilty pleasure.

After my mind was freshly awake, I cleaned a bit and then finished off some yarn that I have been spinning for the Etsy shop. It is hanging to dry now and should be ready to post in the next few days.

The color of this yarn reminds me of blue cotton candy so, that is what I am going to call it! I may fancify it just a bit and call it blueberry cotton candy. I love spinning and my yarn is getting better and better every time. I have been spinning for about a year now so, I think it it time to branch out and start practicing spinning more difficult yarns. It is rather disappointing because here in Funky Town, there really are not many yarn shops and the few that we have do not sell roving. I usually have to order it online but, I am a feeler. I like to touch and feel the roving before I purchase it so, ordering online makes it a little difficult for me. I'm super excited though, my trip to Santa Fe is just right around the corner and there are several places where I can get roving so, I plan to stock up! I can't wait!!! To me, it makes the hand spun yarn more special when I travel to get it!

I also worked in the back yard a bit. I am still in the process of getting my new kitchen garden ready and will post pictures soon! It is coming along rather nicely and I am very excited about it. Soon, I will be able to go outside and pick tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, and strawberries!

So, I tried to work a bit more on the Taxi tote I talked about a few blogs ago. I made a horrible discovery. Seems I was not paying too much attention when I started cutting this fabric and cut right down the middle! So, I need to hop over to the Cabbage Rose one day after work this week and get more fabric. Duh!

Instead, I am going to start a new purse project because, you know, one can never have too many purses. I have had this Robert Kaufman fabric for some time now. I have had every intention of using it but I tend to hoard stacks of fabric. I am running out of room to stash all my hoarded fabric so it is about time I use it! I am also going to find a way to sew some of these vintage buttons that my sister gave me for my birthday on the purse.

I was searching for handbag ideas and came across this cute little blog. She has some great tutorials! She is coming out with a new book in 2010. It seems that many people are coming out with new crafty books and I always wonder to myself, why can't I do that? It would be fantastic to have a crafty book!! Alright sis, it is time to put our brains together. We have been talking about this for months now, lets get on the ball!

You know, off the fabric and sewing topic, there is nothing like grilling on a holiday!! Today, I have also been watching my secret boyfriend Bobby Flay grilling it up on the Food Network, which has given me some inspiration for this evenings meal. I plan to throw some corn and steaks on the Bar B tonight!



What better way to spend a holiday than sewing!! I finished the purse. I really like how it turned out and the big vintage buttons add a lot of charm! I use my own pattern, which I tend to do. I am nooooo good at following a pattern. I just have to make it up as I go along. I really wish though, that I could follow a pattern!

I have had these tortoise handbag handles for a while now and have been waiting for the perfect moment to use them. I actually think I purchased them to use with this fabric.

I sewed little vintage buttons on the inside to so the inside would not feel left out. I also added a pocket with 2 sides. One side is for my cell phone and the other is for my lip gloss.

Now I just need a snap wallet to match!

The grilled steaks and corn with red onions also turned out mighty fine!

Today has been a fantastic day off!!

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