Talking and Doing at the same time

Did you ever try to talk at the same time you were doing something else?

I recently tried my hand at making a video tutorial, and came to the shocking conclusion that I cannot talk and demonstrate at the same time. At. All.

I actually ended up scrapping the whole video because, well, I sounded like an idiot. Anytime I moved my hands to do something, it was like someone hit my mouth’s pause button.

Now this is different than talking with my hands. I do that all the time. I am referring to intentional actions (ie: baking, sewing, ironing, drawing, etc) that require my brain’s whole power, evidently.

Anyhow, I realized that while this doesn’t seem like a huge problem that would affect my whole life, it actually does! If I am crafting, I have to only do that. I have a friend over every week for a sewing/creating day where I theoretically work on upcoming projects that are due. Notice I wrote “theoretically”.  Well, my friend comes over, and if I am sewing, I actually wind up ripping seams more than any progress being made. Or not sewing at all (we do like to chat, and eat cookies). Not to mention when I am driving and talking to a passenger. If I have to turn or switch lanes, or do anything different than going straight, I stop talking (most of the time mid sentence).

I am starting to wonder if this is just me.

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Here is a sneak peek at what is coming next week (look how I can rhyme).

How about you? Can you talk AND be productive at the same time?

Nostalgic rite of passage

Camp photo from 1982

Sorry it has been a bit quiet around here. I can assure you our lives have been anything but that. Our youngest is away at camp right now with her class, and the hustle to prepare for this epic adventure has been, well…epic. Between the emotional pendulum she has been on, swinging from extreme elation to extreme anxiety, to the physically preparing for her to go.

I have been keeping my hands busy by making a bunch of stuff (like this and this), but we had to also buy a bunch of stuff, and send a bunch of stuff. In fact, I think her bags weigh more than she does.

This is a right of passage, though, right? Our oldest did it 6 years ago, and I even did it circa 1982 on the East Coast (see above photo- can you guess which one is me?). Although, I will say, it was much easier to send our oldest. The first reason is, I had a 4 year old to take care of. That made our days fly. The second is because my younger, Falafel, has food allergies and asthma. SO much harder to trust others to handle what you handle on a regular basis when there are things that are out of the norm.

Camp photo from 1982

I’ll give you a hint: I am wearing a hat.

 Anyhow, I hope she is having a blast and making memories, just like The Bee did when she was 10, and just like I did when I was 10. My husband had the privilege of missing out on all that fun. He was sent to a Catholic Military boarding school. That is a whole other ball of wax.

Did you go on a grade school camping trip when you were younger? How about your kids?

Guest Posting at Sew Mama Sew

Triangle pocket tote tutorial

Today you can find me over on the Sew Mama Sew blog, sharing my tutorial for the triangle pocket tote.

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I had a great Mother’s Day. The Bee gave me $16.00 in cash. $1.00 for every year I have been a Mother.

Oh that girl.

My family let me sleep in until 9, which I cannot remember the last time I did. We all went to the garden center for plants. Then on a hike. And my husband made me the most delicious sushi ever for dinner. AND I ate an entire pint of cashew cream caramel chocolate chip ice cream. Myself.

I would do it all again. Especially the ice cream.

The best part of all was sitting with my girls and chatting.

I feel loved.

I hope you had a great Mother’s Day, and feel loved, too.

Happy Mother’s Day

The reason I am a Mother. My husband and our girls.

My husband and our girls are the reason I am a Mother, and I am grateful and thankful every day for all three of them.

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My weekend is off to a good start. I took our youngest to a Tibetan Monk Mandala Ceremony yesterday.

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It was a pretty incredible experience for both of us.

Tibetan Monks at the Mandala ceremony

Falafel was entranced. She loved the chanting. She said it brought her peace.

sand mandala

A highlight for me was when they swept it up. They actually gave out bags of it to the huge crowd that was there, so that we could place them wherever we thought needed the most help, or blessings. We have both decided to think about it, before placing them.

Blossoms

I have always been facinated with this ritual. I love the symbolism. It is a great reminder to appreciate what you have now, because the world is ever changing, and nothing lives forever. Life is so incredibly beautiful because of it’s impermanence.

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On the walk back to our car, I took photos of all the beauty I saw. Nature that may not be around in a week or even another day. I captured their images so that I can remember the delicate intricacy that made up these blooms.

Lone iris

To celebrate Mother’s Day, I look forward to us all being fully present with eachother. Well, that AND not doing any dishes. The kids always stress about what to get me, and really if I don’t have to do dishes, it is a good day.

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I wish all of you a thoughtful, peaceful, beautiful Mother’s day with those you love.

Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

Lilac bouquet

It is amazing what a beautiful garden bouquet full of lilacs and mint will do for a room! I love this time of year for the same reason I despise it: the amazing blooms (and the dreaded pollen)! I just went around and cut everything that looked like it needed to come inside with me. I really cannot wait for all the produce we planted to come up! For now, I will enjoy the bounty that is all around. And sneeze a whole bunch too. The Bee, actually, is the one that has been hit hardest by pesky allergies this year, and is finding it difficult to even find any beauty in it at all.

I am trying my best to look past how it all makes me feel, and instead soak in all the incredible color and texture. This week went by incredibly fast, so I thought I would leave you for the weekend wtih this bouquet that has been causing me to smile every time I come into the room. It’s really the little things, isn’t it?

Oh, an don’t forget to look  to your inboxes today! I actually got the newsletter out this week and it has some of what has been keeping us so busy in it! I promise to share something I sewed soon. Lots of sewing going on behind the scenes (which is really saving my sanity right now. Well, I suppose it always does that)!

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What is causing YOU to smile?

Floral head garland for Prom

My daughter had the pleasure of attending a prom with her boyfriend, that her best friend invited them to, given by her friend’s church. For her outfit, I made The Bee a floral head garland, since the theme was “Enchanted Forest”.

  Floral head Garland for Prom

It was super simple to do with silk flowers, and I think it added a little bit of whimsy to her outfit.

Floral head Garland for Prom

Did you know that I was a floral designer for many, many years? It’s true! So glad to be able to use my skills for my kids.

Floral head Garland for Prom

More details on that stunning dress here.

Floral head Garland for Prom

I kept it fairly sparse, so that the brown covered wire would show through, and give it more of a foresty fairy look.

Floral head Garland for Prom

Floral head Garland for Prom

Their attempt at a Charlie’s Angels type pose. I love these two silly girls.

Floral head Garland for Prom

Her first corsage.

Floral head Garland for Prom

 Ack! When did my baby get all grown up?!

Anyhow, please leave a comment below to let me know if you want a tutorial on how to make this simple head garland, and like magic, I will!

What have YOU made today?

Around our home right now

Spring tulips

Using a patio umbrella skeleton for a trellis

String kid's art

Spring tulips

Those tulips are from when we went to the Tulip Festival  the beginning of the month. I love how long lasting they are. They embody Spring, as well as planting seeds, which we finally got around to. I cannot wait until we have fresh garden produce again! I found this old patio umbrella skeleton in our shed that was left over from this project oh so long ago. I read on my friend Liesl’s blog (which is really brilliant if you are interested in recycling) about using them for garden trellises, a while ago, and kept it in my mind. I am so glad to save this one from the landfill.

The last new thing is a simple rope. Yup. That is it. My Falafel has been drawing up a storm. Her subject, which is not all that surprising, has been The Warrior Cats. Only she made so many, they couldn’t fit on the fridge (our normal place of honor for art). So I had the incredibly smart idea to string up a rope in her closet, gave her some clothespins, and she had a new place to hang her masterpieces (or should I say mewsterpieces- Ok it is late as I am typing this)! It is amazing how happy that simple little rope makes her.

So much is keeping me busy behind the scenes. But I am happy to be able to share at least a small part of what is going on in our world with you.

What is happening where you live?

Comicon 2016

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

As you may know, I took our girls to Comicon on opening day. My poor husband had to work, and missed out on all the fun. Luckily I did end up taking a few photos.

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap: Weta Workshop crew

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Emerald City Comicon 2016 recap

Above in the photos, that was one of the nicest Storm Troopers ever. And those paintings? Made from jelly beans.

This was the first time we had ever gone to Comicon, and I think the best word to describe our experience is “overwhelming“. There were thousands of people and the convention center is huge. When we arrived, The Bee was impressed by the giant sign they had (and it was written on our passes) “Cosplay is not Consent“. It seemed to ease any anxiety she had about being out there in a tight costume. You never know what to expect from a large crowd of people. But what we got was respectful behavior from everyone. Seriously. I think the people were one of the highlights. She also had a lot of requests for photos! About every 5 feet or so, I would look around, and she was posing with someone else (so keep an eye out for her on social media everywhere). Even my Falafel was getting requests, especially from the little kid crowd. It was completely adorable. I got lots of compliments on my costume, but I was the designated pack mule for the day, so no photos of me. Believe it or not, there were three other Lady Thors there!

One of the highlights for me, personally, was seeing some of the weta workshop crew. They are just amazing, and in my book, are complete rock stars of the movie magic world. I was frozen in awe. My kids were laughing at me.

Overall, we had a very memorable day. This Spring Break has been so much fun!

Have you ever gone to a Con?

Stroll through Tulip Town

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

The other day, our family went to see the tulip fields in the Skagit Valley and took a stroll through Tulip Town. I took a little over 100 photos, and narrowed it down to 55 good ones. It is going to be really hard to narrow it down even further for this blog post, so brace yourself for an onslaught of tulip beauty.

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

A beautiful stroll through Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, WA

I held back. Really I did! You can see just how very beautiful it all was. So difficult to control myself.

Well, it was windy, and crowded (even on a Monday!), and muddy with mini lake-puddles, but that field full of flowers was instant happy, and the perfect backdrop for our photos. Especially with that glorious light. And really it looks like only my hair was doing the mad scientist thing. Ha!

Anyhow, we did have to pay to get in, although, I will say I thought it was worth it for us. I got about 55 great photos out of it, and our girls had a fantastic time admiring all that splendor. We had such a great time walking around, dodging the large puddles, and looking at all the incredible varieties of tulips. It felt like we landed in Oz and they turned on the technicolor.

After we were through here, we did travel on to visit Decpetion Pass, and the town of La Connor, but those photos will have to wait for another day.

What have you seen this week?

Thrifting treasure for my teen

Thrifting treasure for my teen

My 16 year old loves to thrift shop, and a local high end boutique shop was having a moving sale. Since we both cannot pass up a good deal, AND it fit her like it was made for her, we bought this thrifting treasure!

Thrifting treasure for my teen

I am not one to focus on looks with my daughters. I believe it is so very important to encourage many strengths. Being kind, being intelligent, being thoughtful, being creative, being fierce. But sometimes, I think we all need to feel like a pretty princess WHILE being all those things.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

And ohmygosh look at that back?!! I really respect the work that went into making this dress, from a sewist’s perspective. Beaded fabric is not the easiest, and neither is organza! This one has two layers of organza on top of satin fabric lining. It has amazing twirl factor.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

And this teen is not too old to twirl.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

Her friend invited her to a formal dance that her church is putting on. Even though we are not part of their religion, she wants to go. I think this will be perfect!

Thrifting treasure for my teen

She just wants to wear it everyday to school.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

I think she belongs in a fairytale!

Thrifting treasure for my teen

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this one already. I think she looks like a superhero. When I asked her why she was making that face, she replied “you make this face all the time!”. And I have to admit…I do. Sassy child.

Thrifting treasure for my teen

What makes you feel like a pretty princess?