Author Archives: Michelle

Sharing Joy with friends

This past weekend, we got to visit with friends who just bought their first house.

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It was such a lovely space, and I am so very happy for them all!

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They have 4 children, and their yard is the perfect spot for them to run and play. It was like a miniature fairyland, complete with wildflowers and giant tree stump. teracestumpm

It is a perfect fit.

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It was wonderful to be able to sit and visit in their new space, and to imagine all the “firsts” they will be uncovering as they get to know the house. teracepoppiesm

A great start to another chapter in their lives.

Congrats, Friends!

Tutorial over at SWB

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I am part of the Sewing With Boys Summer Camp Series. Click on the image above to hop on over to check out my tutorial for Duct Tape Juice Pouch Wallets (tell me you are surprised)!

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Stuff of Happiness

A while back, apparently, I made my Mom a coupon holder. I have no recollection of this, so it must have been a loooooong time ago. She said 10 years.

Anyway, she LOVES this thing so much! I really had no idea. But she sent me a photo (and then it came flooding back) and asked if I would make another.

OF COURSE!

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It is pretty simple in design. The straps velcro on to the shopping cart handle.

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I used quilt batting to give it some stability. There are three different sized pockets (her request) to put coupons in, her cell phone, and bandaids.

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This is the back.

It took me minutes to whip this up, and it will hopefully bring her at least 10 more years of joy.

I am mailing it with my Dad’s late Father’s day gift. He requested some rice packs.

I love sewing for my folks.

On- Our- Shelves Sunday

On our shelves is a new book in a series that my girls both LOVE:

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The Penderwicks in Spring

by Jeanne Birdsall

Oh my goodness. When I discovered there was a NEW Penderwicks book out, you should have heard my girls. Yes, even the teen. There was squealing and shouting and negotiating who would get to read it first. Seriously. You would have thought I told them our house was made of candy.

They have already read it (both of them) and listened to the audio book as well (together- which was a first). There really isn’t anything that warms my heart like seeing the passion for reading come out in our girls.

What books do YOUR kids squeal over?

Beach Fun with the girls

I had plans to meet a friend and her boys at a beach that is about an hour from our home, a few days ago. My friend, at the last minute could not make it, so I decided not to disappoint my crew and hauled us out there anyway. Me, three teens (The Bee had two friends along) and a tween.

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And you know what? We had a blast! I cannot even tell you how many times they ran in and out of the water. I couldn’t help but laugh at them. They were having so much fun just splashing and running and well… being kids.

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I am very happy I said YES when I could have easily said NO. It is too often my knee-jerk reaction to say NO.

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I must have had sun stroke or something because I even took them all to Starbucks for a drink, afterward!

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We are so very lucky to have such wonderful girls, and super lucky that they have lovely friends. I feel I need to celebrate that more.

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*On an unrelated note, we slathered on sunscreen, I sat under the umbrella ALL DAY, and all three of us got burned. What the what, people?! I guess I should wrap us all in blankets from head to toe next time. Sheesh.

What have you said YES to lately?

Some simple shorts for my Bee

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With the warmer weather, I realized that my teen really didn’t have many shorts. So naturally, my sewing machine came to the rescue. I whipped her up a pair of yoga band shorts in a few minutes with the Contessa out of this knit fabric I got from a yard sale for $1. I am so happy they fit her. I traced an existing pair (her only other pair), and added a grey yoga style band at the top, instead of elastic. I didn’t even hem them, since they won’t fray.

She threw on a few camisole tops we bought (which happen to match that fantastic fabric) on sale and she is all set for Summer.

Aquafaba Meringues (AKA Vegan Meringues)

Our youngest is allergic to gluten as well as egg, which can make baking tricky, let me tell you.

While perusing the internet, my husband found this recipe for Vegan Meringues and they are made from something that we normally toss. The liquid found in a can of chickpeas (or aquafaba)!

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I whipped up a batch (literally) and they came out so great! I even brought them to a party and none of the guests could tell that they were made with bean juice! There is no weird aftertaste or chickpea flavor. AT ALL.

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Our Falafel LOVES to eat chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) so I expect we will be making these quite a bit. Plus, there are only three ingredients which makes this incredibly simple: Aquafaba, Sugar, Vanilla. That is it!

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I get so excited when we find a successful recipe that accommodates all of our food allergies. This one is a keeper.

What new recipes have YOU tried lately?

Ottobre Daisy in June

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A friend of mine sent me her extra copies of Ottobre Design magazine *affiliate link*
I was really hesitant to try out any of the patterns for two reasons. One: the patterns are all on top of each other which hurts my brain. And Two: I am terrified of the metric system (which also hurts my brain). And because I don’t like when my brain hurts, the amazing patterns that are in each magazine, just sat there on my shelf.

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I belong to the FB Ottobre Sewing Magazine Enthusiasts group, and thought to myself, I should reach out to my Ottobre people. Maybe they could help. And you know what?

They did!

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Excuse the blue zipper. My girl chose it from my stash because I didn’t have an invisible zip on hand.

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Once those kind people helped me chose a size (based on her height, not converting all her measurements), and my eyes adjusted to all those lines, I made this Daisy dress in no time!

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It fits Falafel like a glove. She wore it to a party and someone said “that dress looks like it was made just for her!”. I couldn’t agree more.

I have to say that I am so thankful for these online resources, and that I tried something new. I still cannot convert inches to cm, but hey, I can always rely on the internet people to lend a helping hand.

What have YOU tried outside of your comfort zone?

Father’s Day recap

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We went to our favorite beach and celebrated my husband, for Father’s Day. It was so cold and windy there that I was in my fleece sweatshirt and pants, and The Bee was actually wearing two shirts. Falafel, however was in her tankini, splashing in the frigid water, and rolling (literally) in the sand. That child is never happier than when she is splashing in the Sound with sand between her toes.

The Bee also made him that tie. It was her Fashion class final. I think she did a fantastic job. And even though he is not really a tie-wearing guy, Jim is a good father, and wore it proudly (with a t-shirt) for her.

We had such a relaxing, quiet, family day. Perfect way to honor my relaxed, quiet, man.

My own Dad lives 3000 miles away, so we wished him a Happy day from here.

How did you celebrate the Father in YOUR life?

On-Our-Shelves Father’s Day Sunday

This week we have a book (on CD) about a Dad and his girls:

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The Penderwicks

by Jeanne Birdsall

4 girls and their Dad go on Summer vacation, and wind up having a few adventures. This book is one of our girls’ favorites. And since it is Father’s Day, I thought it was appropriate.

Happy Father’s Day to all you fantastic Dad’s out there (and the one fantastic one here)!

What Dad book is on YOUR shelves today?