This weekend we worked feverishly to finish planting the garden and putting up the electric fence in an attempt to keep out the deer.
I also worked on testing a pattern for Patterns by Figgy called the Tee for Two. We worked all day Saturday and Sunday digging in the dirt and I am so happy with what we got accomplished. While the garden looks beautiful there are weeds next to our house that are beginning to match me in height. Spring in a new house forces you to prioritize and right now the garden is at the top of our list. We'll tackle those five feet dandelions soon...
I was excited to test this pattern because I've always wanted to sew with jersey knit but wasn't sure I could.
I'm so happy that I now have a pattern that I can use to customize tshirts for my kids. This is one item of clothing I'm sure that they will wear.
raining and dark. I took my morning shower and upon walking into the living
room past Ben I heard, “You look beautiful.”
dropping Miles at preschool I was in the kitchen with Ben when I suggested we
turn on some music. He said, “Dance with me.”
(Charming boy with cute bunny. . . does it get any better than that?)
We finally got some things planted in the garden today and I
finally found myself back in the craft room sewing. With most of the weekends
full of rain, we’ve been waiting for the right time to begin planting and with
the pure blue skies up above, we dug into the dirt and planted shallots,
garlic, strawberries, asparagus, swiss chard, spinach, potatoes, rhubarb and
I’ve been amazed at how much prep work has been involved with a garden
this size leading up to actually putting the seeds and seedlings in the ground.
Hopefully next weekend we can plant the rest of the garden.
This week begins the Kids Sewing Challenge at Elsie Marley
where the challenge is to spend at least one hour each day sewing clothes for
your kids. I’ve spent the last several days just tracing patterns and cutting
out. I still have more of that to do and now I have a pile of cut fabric
waiting to be put together.
I have very ambitious plans that include 6 pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of pajama pants and 2 hoodies. I know I won’t get all of this done in one week but hopefully with the momentum I’ve got started I can finish these projects I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.
I had a wonderful Mother’s Day today. I got up to find Tim
placing a nice hearty breakfast on a tray to bring to me in bed. Then Miles
kept sneaking away to the craft room to make me things. One of his surprises
had real flowers glued to it. So sweet. After dinner Tim took the boys out to
play baseball and I went into the craft room to sew. But after a few minutes of
watching my boys play in the yard I couldn’t stay inside and I suggested we go
for hike. So, to end this great day we took a hike in the woods just before the
I’ve been trying to get into the craft room almost every
night to prepare for Kids Sewing Week over at Elsie Marley. The goal is spend
at least one hour each night in the second week of May sewing for your kids. This
is just the push I’ve needed to get back in the sewing room. I have plans to
make pajama bottoms, several pairs of shorts and even a hoodie for each boy.
Wish us luck on fighting this virus. A little luck and some powers from Batman and super B should do the job.
This weekend marked our ninth wedding anniversary. Although
we didn’t plan ahead for a babysitter and I got a terrible cold, we still
managed to have a nice day. We worked side-by-side in the garden moving dirt
into the newly built raised beds. It was nice to stop and reflect on who we
were nine years ago and to ask Tim if he thought then that he’d be here now
where we are. Of course he said no. A dream has manifested for us that I don’t
even think we could have come up with that day in our twenties. Here we are now, moving
dirt, realizing this dream of beginning to be more self-sufficient by growing
what we eat; living next to a woods with miles and miles of hiking trails; and
listening and watching our two beautiful boys playing nearby. It feels like all
of this has become reality because of that day nine years ago.
We continued to celebrate our marriage and our family all
We went to this families first ever tball game.
We went hiking and like usual Ben found the perfect walking stick. Can you see where his brother cut his hair while they were playing barber shop earlier this week? There is a big chunk of hair cut from the front and a big chunk from the back. Luckily his hair is wavy enough that it’s not too obvious.
Earlier today Miles set up this “Dog Sale.” By dog sale he does not mean he is selling dogs, rather selling bones for dogs. He has found all of these bones (and more) in our yard and surrounding woods. It was a great weekend. I can only imagine what the next nine years will bring for our family. I feel so lucky to have gained all that I have these last nine.