Simple good


My birthday was a good one. Thank you all for the lovely wishes (here and on FB).


We had a lovely dinner, and then went to the track meet (like here and here) where my girls both ran. I love cheering them on, rather loudly, and watching them try their hardest.




Running in her Brazi dress, because running should also be stylish.


I love this last photo. I instantly hear the theme song from “Rocky”.

Anyhow, it was a good way to end a good day.

Happy Birthday to me!

Today I am 43. I spent yesterday surrounded by some of the loveliest people I know, dressed up, eating sweets.


It was a good day. 90 degrees, the sun was out, and my husband showered me with every sweet I could imagine. Yup. GOOD day.










Aaaaand 43.

If you want to see more about that dress…click here.

Otherwise, Happy August the 3rd to you:)

Shopping in my Garden

Please excuse the absence of On-Our-Shelves Sunday this week. Just completely slipped my mind! I honestly forgot what day it was.

But I wanted to share something with you in its place.

I am LOVING this whole garden thing. Whenever we go out (usually a few times a day), I feel like I am shopping in my very own private store. One that has only well-tended 100% organic plants. And they are GOOD. Such a treat.

Mostly we have gotten a whole bunch of green beans, snap peas, cucumbers, and a little lettuce… up until yesterday.


We planted some cheddar Cauliflower and it finally was ready to pick!


And boy was it yummy!

How about you? What is growing in YOUR garden?

Brazi for my girl

Remember the Brazi I made for myself? Well, I decided to try again. Only this time I would use 2 way stretch fabric instead of 4, and increase my seam allowances, and finally, shorten those straps.

Well, I guess I went a little too far to the left, because



But, it DID, however, fit my 15 year old.


And she LOVES when I sew for her.


I love when I can give her my mistakes, and she makes them look good.


Such a cute back.


One of these days, I will get a Brazi of my own. For now, though, I am happy this one will be worn.


What have YOU made today?

Lady in Red

My 43rd Birthday is coming up in a few days, and to celebrate, I made myself a sassy new dress.


I used the off-the-shoulder variation pattern from Sew Many Dresses by Tanya Whelan

*affiliate link*


I was not asked to review this book, but I feel compelled to share my opinion anyway. I really loved how there are just a few base bodice patterns and she walks you through altering them to create completely different looks! This one was made with a princess seamed bodice, and then I altered the shoulders, according to the book’s directions. Brilliant!


It is written so clearly and the bodice change was really easy to do.


For fabric, I used a red flat bed sheet (one of my favorite fabrics to use) and lined it with the same fabric I used for this dress. The only thing I needed to buy was the invisible zip. YAY for being thrifty(while aging).


I was on the fence about adding boning to it, so in the end, I didn’t. But I cannot seem to solve the sinking boob problem that comes with wearing a strapless bra! I feel like it would require some heavy duty armor to keep my girls in place. Sheesh. For now, I am hiking the bra up, inappropriately in public, by reaching down the front of my dress.


Anyhow, I think this dress fits my birthday theme this year (the movie Chocolat),*affiliate link* perfectly. I have a theme every year and make my guests dress up. Oh yes I do. We plan on having only desserts to eat. I can’t wait!

How do you celebrate getting older?

Closet into mudroom

We have lived in this house for almost 4 years now, and over these past years have been getting to know what we want where. We rent, though, so are limited in the radical changes we can make (or want to make). Paint, a little wood, and some removable installations are where it is at, for us.


This is how the closet started out. It was gross…and the first thing you see when you open the door!


For a while, it looked like this. I was babysitting children during the week, so it had to be simple and accessible for them. But I have always dreamed of having a mud room. Seriously. It is the little things.

So I took everything out, and revamped it over this past weekend.


I gutted the whole thing, patched up all the holes, gave it a fresh coat of paint, and started again. This time, I painted the trim white, along with the top shelf. Then we all built the bench. I say “we all” because the girls painted the cinder blocks, Jim cut the wood planks and installed them, and I painted the planks and made the cushion and pillow. It was a family effort, and I really love it.

On the left side, there are two more hooks for our library bags, and a basket for our umbrellas. We only have three bins underneath for shoes, but have been making it work (even though there are four of us).

I wasn’t sure how I would like the cinder blocks. I really didn’t want it to feel like a college dorm room, but I didn’t want to build anything that we couldn’t easily take apart, either. Since they are painted, and mostly covered, I think they look good! I actually love walking into our home and seeing it.

How about you?

What is the first thing you see when you walk into YOUR house?

Just for You : Night Circus Skirt

I decided to make myself something this week. Another creation from Just for You by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield and Sarah Markos (*affiliate link*).


I made the Night Circus Skirt which is a 6 paneled skirt with a side zip. It sewed up quick and easy. My kind of project!


I used this periwinkle bottom weight and since I only had one color, I top-stitched the seams down twice to define the panels.


I am thrilled with how it came out!


But I didn’t stop there. I also whipped up a hat using the free pattern for the Rosabelle Hat by Elsewhen.


I used the same fabric.




Now I have a cute skirt and hat, just in time for the rain to return!

What have YOU made today?

A Rainbow for Katy

Today is a fellow blogger’s birthday, and Audrey from Skirt Fixation has gotten a bunch of us together to give her a virtual rainbow to celebrate her day:


If you aren’t familiar with Katy Dill, check out her blog No Big Dill. She is a fabulous seamstress and Mother of 6 (5 girls and 1 boy). Her photos are always beautiful and her posts filled with color. She inspires me to be a better sewist, and the little slices of her life she shares make my heart smile.

I have participated in Katy’s series Once upon a Thread several times (here, here, here, here, here, AND here), so far. Whew! It is, by far, one of my favorite series.

I also tested my sewing skills and joined her in her other series: Sewing all 26, and actually sewed something for every letter of the alphabet! How cool is that?


Sew… I sewed up another tankini for my girl, but this time, I rainbow-tized it in honor of the Fantastic Katy’s birthday!


I used the camisole pattern and the boy shorts pattern from the Coco Cay Tankini (both affiliate links).


I sewed on some ruffled elastic to create rainbows.


Sew happy.


I hope you have a fantastic day, sister Leo (yup, my birthday is coming up too). I knew I liked you!

Asking and getting and doing

Lately, I have been working on so many projects around our house. The first one that really needed immediate attention was staking the garden. I used a fallen madrona branch originally, only the pieces just weren’t tall enough.

SO, I asked in our local Buy Nothing Project group if anyone had any bamboo. Within the hour, a lovely woman offered as much bamboo as we needed.

Holy crud balls I LOVE THAT.

After a day of music lessons with the girls, and accompanying a jam session with my oldest and her fiddle group at night, I came home and finally got to staking up all of our lush growing plants.


My husband had already cut the huge bamboo poles in half (they were THAT huge) and de-leafed them. I just had to tie them together in threes, and tie the yarn around and around.


And then I gently encouraged each little tendril to grab on to the trellises instead of each other.


Done! And now we have them for next year.

Thank you BNP!

What have you accomplished today?

Still running





This girl needs to run. And I love seeing her in action.

I remember running as a child. There was nothing that made me feel like I was flying, more than running. It was freedom. In fact, I have never had a dream about flying. Only parkour (which I never have done, but it really seems fun in my dreams).

Due to not-so-great knees from years of gymnastics, I do not run. I should not run. But now I get to see my own daughter fly and it is almost like I am flying with her. Such an amazing feeling.

What makes you feel free?