It seems like all my plans of sewing for the summer, were not completed.  But I am not sure where time went.  I did make things, but seems like the heat made me go much slower. I don’t know.  It’s a good excuse anyways, I can blame the heat for everything, I have no problems with that.

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Lucas’s bow tie for a wedding we went to.  He thought he’d wear it with a friend, that’s why I made two, but he ended up being the one to wear his.  He kept the red one, and he looked so cute and he liked it too.

But let me say a word about bow ties.  Wow. I have never tied one before, and I didn’t think it would be so complicated.  It took me five times longer to tie the bow than to make it! It was suppose to be a bow tie he can tie as we were getting ready, but seriously, after watching a series of youtube videos and webpages on how to do it, as Charles said on this video (I love his accent!) just like magic, it came together.

Not sure I could reproduce it again, I ended up cutting the tie in the back, adding a piece of fabric and a velcro.  Yes sir! velcro saved our lives.  There is no way I can tie it again, so I made some stitches in the front to keep the knot fixed.  Wow… who would have known.

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We made a very large order of new wool felt, and oh…. we are so excited.  Mostly this girl right here.  She’s been making and making all sorts of fun things.  She’s on top of things I need to say.  We are going to attend a couple of craft, holiday fairs this year, and she’s been working all year already.  I need to get my act together and follow her dedication!

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Look at how cute these are….And always, a book on tape… well you know, an audiobook.

for the flags copyThese were the fabrics my friend picked for me to make flags for their wedding.

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It was so much fun.  I used some fabrics she had given me a while back, as she was cleaning her drawers.  I love those friends!  Some fabrics from a friend of theirs he had given to them a long time ago, and now lives apart, I could still use pieces from it.  A special shirt of hers torn too early, looking for a second adventure.

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So much fun to intertwine stories, worlds, lives, friends together, in something special they can use time and time again.

DSC_0079 copy DSC_0084 copy DSC_0089 copyA beautiful celebration.  So very special.

And this card made by Lucas.

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For a friend, another baseball player.   Let’s see what October brings us for making.  I am looking forward to that.

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OFFF : Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

I love going to this Festival.  I try to go every fall, but as anything, it depends what’s happening in our lives and our weekend.  But this time, it worked perfectly, once again.

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It was a day to myself.  I was able to go see every table, once and twice and three times if I wanted to. No hurry to be done or to go onto something else.  Sometimes is good to have a day to oneself.  Homeschooling, it is not often I get to do that, nor is it something I crave often, but I took this day to just do that, be by myself and enjoy the sights and a beautiful afternoon.

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And I bought something I really didn’t need, but have been wanting for quite some time.

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So I bought this yarn bowl.  There were 3 stands with them.  Two with bowls made of ceramics, and I looked at them all.  Touched them, saw the glazes, the twirls and turns.  I even looked at the wooden ones…. oh wow… some day I will graduate to a wooden one, because I just love wood and the warmth and the natural feeling of it.

DSC_0019 copyBut this bowl, won my heart.  I am not sure what I’ll do when I change and be done with my project, because it won’t match anymore.  Well? Maybe I’ll have to get another one to match that one!  Because, yes, you might wonder, one does need to match the yarn bowl to the project.

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I loved all the colors, the textures, the shapes, so much goodness all in one place.  I’m ready to dig into my stash of wool and yarn, and continue with my spinning, and start knitting something warm for the cooler days.  Oh all the possibilities.  A day of inspiration.

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autumn is coming

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I think I’m ready.

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rediscovering hula hooping

I don’t know about you, but it seems like we’ve always had hula hoops around the house.  For one reason or another and being used in different ways.  They’ve been places to jump on, as a way to form an island and see how many people would fit in, as rings, let’s see if it stays round if we pull on it, you name it, they’ve been used for that.

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And there’s been some used for what they are meant to do.  Hula hooping.

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As of lately and probably because we have new round hula hoops, they’ve been re-discovered.  Maybe because they are finally not too big for them, and still heavy enough that they actually work pretty good.

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DSC_0107 copyAlways something new to do with them.

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It always puts a smile in our faces.

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It never fails.

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in the house

DSC_0007 copyThere’s been lots of cleaning and re-arranging.  I moved the chairs around, and everyone was OK with this change.  That’s always good for this family.  After a while I need change, even little ones like this, but the rest of my family, don’t feel this need at all, but I am glad they go along with me.

DSC_0048 copyThe kids in the kitchen… I love it.  And wonder how much longer will it be until the height difference is the other way around.

DSC_0174 copyBefore.

DSC_0012 copyAnd after.  I know, not much difference, except that now the white is actually white, not worn out and stained and marked from being used every day by four people for the last 13 years, and holes patched makes it look a little better too.

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A fresh coat of paint makes it feel cleaner and crisp.  And we changed the light fixture to one light, we don’t need more light than that being such a small bathroom.

DSC_0176 copyI did leave our little joke on the window… for some reason, it’s so funny every time.

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It’s cold enough that a comforter and someone to snuggle with is a good thing.

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one last swim and jump

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We headed to the lake one more time few weeks ago, when the temperature still said 80’s.  DSC_0035 copy

A beautiful sunny day.  No wet suits needed this time.

DSC_0133 copyA little hike to see the  other side of the lake, and a favorite spot for the kids.

DSC_0132 copyA mushroom sight on the way.

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Laughs.  Real laughs. The ones you can hear from the other side of the lake.

DSC_0097 copyMemories.  Beautiful memories.

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Stories.  Lots of stories we heard on the ride home.  And the day after.

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Friendships strengthen by these moments spent together. 

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Yes, laughs and smiles and memories.

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‘Til next time.

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in the kitchen

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I guess this one is not quite in the kitchen yet. Mark is getting the beans off the plants and shelling them to store for later.  This year, He and Siena planted lots of beans.  We have so many green beans, and dried beans.  I think it’s going to be good.

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I also dried 20 pounds of pears for winter snacking.

DSC_0004 copy DSC_00133 copyThey looks so pretty once dried against the light.  Doesn’t it?

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I also dried plums.

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Some delicious onces some friends gave us.  So good.

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A neighbor down the street has a beautiful, big Lemon Verbena plant.  She’s had it for years, and it grows so healthy and so big every year.  Last year I asked her if I could have some leaves, because  found a recipe for a simple syrup.  It was delicate flavor and it was good.  So this year I asked her for few more leaves, and she came back with her trimmings getting the plant ready for the winter.  Oh thank you, thank you!  I am ready for some syrup making but also for lots of tea.

DSC_0013 2 copyGrapes are my favorite fruit I think.  I guess, I love other fruits too, but I can have grapes any time, I think.  Sometimes I feel like oranges, or watermelon, or an apple.  But grapes are always good, I think.  Some from the store, some from friends.

DSC_0089 copyThe beginning of a meal. Home grown elephant garlic, and some good hot peppers.

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I feel lucky to have some of the neighbors we have.  These beautiful, delicious figs come from another neighbor who has two fig trees.  This is the first time I’ve really ad them fresh, and I think I’m in love with them.  They are so sweet, so delicate.

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I’ve received two big bags of them, as present.

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I even had enough to make some jam.

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Another new recipe for this summer, and it is so good.

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Especially with warm, homemade bread.  The first loaves of the season. The oven can be turned on once again.  Everyone is happy here at home.

DSC_0085 copy DSC_0086 copyI love the colors and textures showing in our pantry.

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