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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Super Cute Dresses

After reading several posts about making pillowcase dresses, I decided to give it a whirl with the guidance from this post: http://ocd-obsessivecraftingdisorder.blogspot.com/2010/08/pillowcase-dress-tutorial-style-1.html?m=1.

I measured the two little girls from neck to knee and cut the pillowcases that length. I had read one post that suggested a 6" deep J shape for the arm for a 4 year old, so I added two more inches for the 6 year old and they were just right.

I wish I had purchased the wide bias tape, but never having used it before I just didn't know what I was getting into. It was tricky to hold and pin because it was so small. It looks okay in the end. I just hope it holds up.

The ruffle was trickier than I would have liked. I made three attempts on the first dress before coming up with a plan to make it work. This was my first ruffle rodeo. The second dress ruffle went more smoothly, but I'm still not a fan of sewing them!

As an afterthought today I added the girls' initials to the front using the bias tape. All in all I think they turned out super cute. Hopefully I can get a picture of them in the dresses eventually to share.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I've been patiently tending my tomatoes through this slow growing summer. I originally purchased a tomato plant from Menards. It quickly sprouted small little tomatoes, and I just as quickly pulled half off so the plant could focus on growing. It had no such intentions.

It's growth stunted, it continued to work on these tiny little tomatoes. Several of which have now ripened, but they never grew to full size tomatoes.

Luckily my friend had a few extra tomatoes plants she started organically. I welcomed the plants into my garden and have been caring for them exactly as I have cared for the sad little Menards tomato.

They are gigantic! I've just finished staking them up because the two cages I had attached together still weren't enough support for the towering tomato.

Check out the organic cherry tomato size compared to the beefsteak Menards tomato. Sad, right? Then check out my unripened organic beefsteak that are well on their way to ripening. I cannot wait! I'm going to have an abundant harvest!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Blue Bayou Chair

Here is one of the chairs I've been working on. I picked it up for a great price at a local thrift store, but it gave me a run for my money.

I basically took the whole thing apart to glue and reinforce joints. I needed to rebuild the interior of the seat. Not to mention the painting and distressing and upholstery. I'm so done with this little guy!

[Available for purchase SOLD at Savvy Home Consignments]

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Savoring Summer

I've been busy savoring my summer! I'm taking advantage of my free time as much as possible. I worked myself absolutely sick to death, so I'm glad to say I'm healing quite nicely.

Being close to family has helped considerably. I'm also enjoying physical therapy by way of gardening and crafty projects and communing with the nature right in my back yard while I'm here.

I kept thinking I'd post garden pictures when I'm done, but I keep finding more to do! So is the way with tending a garden I suppose. I'm enjoying nurturing the flowers as well as tomatoes and herbs. I've already indulged in fresh herbs from my patio garden and I'm watching the development of those tomatoes like a hawk!

This is traditionally my vacation week and I usually performed weeding, so I feel like that is on my vacation agenda. I'd also like to finish the last of the edging so I can feel the gardens are finally complete.

I also plan to spend all week on the bike trail and perhaps getting Peanut out for walks. The vet recommended hill climbing to strengthen his hindquarters. He's really struggling hoisting himself off the ground and is quite unstable during his outdoor adventures.

I also believe the tumor on his leg may be affecting his gait. He's starting to do the sideways shuffle. I'm hoping for more quality time with my little Nut, but realistically I feel the end is near. I'm so happy we've had so much time together since returning to Trempealeau! Well... really I'm happy that we've had so many summers to savor together.

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