Archive | May, 2010 you say it’s your birthday

Things I love about my momma:
{in no particular order}

:: she is really good at sewing
:: she loves, L.O.V.E.S. her grandchildren
:: there are moms who get their hair wet in a pool and moms who don’t. She’s a get-her-hair-wet, for sure. but even better, she’ll dive off the high dive, given the chance.
:: you can always count on her to bring see’s chocolates to christmas
:: she finds little gifts while traveling about and wraps them up cute
:: she has a love affair with costco, craig’s list and marshalls, and finds some amazing deals: ::when her oven doesn’t act up, her pies are the best
:: she’s always up for an adventure
:: there is no one more enjoyable to watch open a gift, play ‘oh suzanna’ on a harmonica, or eat an ear of corn
:: she is young at heart and young in beauty and is often mistaken for our sister {and she loves it}
::  she married a man who loves her, loves to have fun and loves this {ever-growing} family



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teacher gifts {part three} and some other stuff

First, let’s start with a fun gift idea:

summer scarf

Dana from MADE is a genius at sewing and comes up with such cute and simple projects to make.


She featured this little project right before Mother’s Day and I just knew my mom would love a ruffle-y summer scarf.

All it takes is a half yard of light-weight fabric and some elastic thread. I’ve been reading about elastic thread so I was excited to give it a try.

It was NOT a good experience.


Apparently some sewing machines just don’t do well with elastic thread, and mine is one of them.

But Dana, the dear that she is, gave a second option for those of us with machines that have elastic thread allergies.

A ruffle-y summer scarf made without the evil thread.


I whipped one up for my momma and she loved it {or at least led me to believe that she did :}


So, if your teacher is the type who would wear a summer scarf, if you want to give elastic thread a try {or just go the traditional thread route} and have a few minutes to make your gift, this is a perfect one.

Click HERE for the tutorial.


On a completely different note :

We moved away from Seattle a few years ago to a suburb with expansive houses and teensy yards. There are so many things I love about where we are now {fabulous neighborhood, a new {rodent-free} house that has a dishwasher and doesn’t need a new foundation, the greatest friends} but when I go into the city I realize how much I miss it. For the shopping. And being close to my amazing sisters. But also for the most spectacular old homes and established landscaping.


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I used to be a nanny and would pick up the girls at a preschool that was located across from this brick house. I’ve always wanted a house just like it. While I was in the area today I decided to drive by just to remind myself of what it looked like.


Still in love.


Speaking of love, here are the little girlies having a sweet cousin moment.


How about that for a random post?

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what i wore

So I’ve been linking to lindsey at the pleated poppy on her “what I wear wednesday” because

1. I think it is fun to see what other ladies are wearing

2. it motivates me to get dressed when I know I will be photographing myself each day

I’ve been pretty good this week about taking pictures {except for while on the retreat} and what do you know, there is no “what I wore wednesday”.  Oh well. But, in case it is fun for you to see what I’ve been wearing and it somehow motivates you to get dressed each day, here are my outfits.

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and the babe:

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