Hi there. I know I’ve been a bit MIA. Thank you Patty for checking up on me on IG. Also, Wisps of Words had commented on my last post, “You are one busy lady. But of course, since you are in the middle of child rearing. My “old lady” suggestion, is….. Concentrate on that! This family time, will not come again. But blogging, will always be here. 🙂” I took her words to heart so I’ve decided this summer I’ll be playing somewhat by ear in terms of blogging. I had envisioned my summer to be one filled with sewing and some knitting besides taking the girls here and there. Now that the appointments are pretty much done and I’ve got their summers planned out in terms of their activities, I’m going to make my summer happen. My plan for here is to try to check in every Sunday.
I’ve read nine books since school has ended. I won’t be giving in-depth reviews of them here in these summer posts though. However, I’ll list them and maybe make a comment or two:
- Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton – a series I’m enjoying that I know will make Di happy; speaking of who…Di, I’m on the hold list for the next book!
- Wild Magic (Immortals, #1) by Tamora Pierce – a must read/listen to!
- Death Threads (A Southern Sewing Circle, #2) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
- A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas – a good, in-between bridge for the next book
- The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch, #2) by Rin Chupeco – I really like this series and just may buy it.
- The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce #9) by Alan Bradley – I love this series and the direction it’s taking.
- Murphy’s Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1) by Rhys Bowen – wasn’t overly impressed
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling – I’ve read this series so many times that I’m going to take a break from it.
- Guaranteed to Bleed (The Country Club Murders #2) by Julie Mulhern – I’ve forgotten how much I’ve enjoyed this series; the mystery was pretty good, not as good as the first book.
I’ve been getting some knitting done:
My shawl is practically done and blocked. I have three, Scout tassels to make and to attach.
I’m finally on the foot of the teenager’s second sock. It’s nice, vanilla knitting, letting me relax on the couch while we watch a movie.
Last weekend I went out to brunch up on the peninsula with the two, Ulloa Sharka, PTA mums I keep in touch with. We waited for an hour and a half to get a table. The food is really good but I don’t know if I’d wait again that long. I whipped up some zipper pouches for El and Nin:
These two women love their wine so I looked on Etsy and found this terrific, modern, Robert Kaufman print.
Click on the gallery to see better photos. Four wines are featured in this print. I purposely cut the fabric so each side showed off the wine. I found this fabric on Etsy in this shop. My two girlfriends loved their pouches!
I had two July babies to make cards for. My card game has been a bit flat this year so I texted both and told them my snail mail was going to be tardy because my perfectionism won’t let me send them anything less. This first one, for my younger cousin, is the Impossible Card; I used Maymay Made It’s tutorial.
Can you tell where it gets its name? He texted me Friday night and thanked me for it.
This type of next card I’ve been wanting to make for ages:
It’s a shaker card. I bought some window acetate, like transparencies that can take the heat, on Prime as none of the stores sell it. I used two levels of foam tape to create the depth needed for the iridescent sequins to shake around.
I have to admit that I’m not used to such a clean aesthetic in my cards. You know I like to distress edges and to over stamp to create an aged look in them. This one I was a bit stumped on. The top cardstock is scored to mimic full wall wainscoting since I wanted the shaker aspect to be the center feature. I think I will be researching other ways to make this type of card because I used a lot of foam tape.
Okay, that’s my update for now. I have my sewing workspace set up here and am itchin’ to sew. I hope you’re having a good Sunday. I apologize for being behind on your blogs and will sit and read your posts when I can. Thank you for all of your past visits; you know I read each and every one of your comments. TTYS.