Man Purse and Sleeping Bag Slides

I made Tray a new bag. His old Puma purse had been his standby for the last 5 years, and it was time to say goodbye. But, he took the strap off for me so I could use it on his new bag! I used a pair of his old blue khaki pants as the outer, and some of my diaper material that's waterproof for the liner (the man likes to put half-full coffee mugs and soggy bananas in his bag on a regular basis). It turned out well. I just googled "make your own messenger bag" and compiled my pattern from there. I haven't really ever made a bag before, so this was interesting. It turned out WAY smaller than I realized. Oh well.
The Man Purse, Part VI
Click to see the other shots from the photo shoot. He took his modeling job very seriously.
We've had a fun couple of days with Tray off. Of important note is the girls' new skill of riding down the stairs in a sleeping bag. Finally, our camping equipment gets put to use. Sliding down the stairs
There's more, but I'ma let that be enough for now. I have an episode of The Wire to watch.


first mobile post!

As a very tech savvy girl who grew up with apple computers, I think it's kind of a shame that it's taken me so long to be typing away on a touch screen qwerty keypad! But I got a samsung eternity phone and now have the internet. Yay! Tray and I celebrate 4 years of marriage today! I love you buddy.
I got my first two tattoos on Wednesday. Pictures coming soon, I'm a little distracted with my new technology.


Stitching, dyeing

This is what I've been sewing the last 2 days:
Laptop sleeve. The padding is plastic grocery bags!
Laptop Sleeve
And this is the FOE (fold-over-elastic) I dyed with kool aid last week:
KoolAid dyeing of FOE

I'm considering organizing some sewing nights. I think it could be really cool.


Making Stuff

We have been busy here at home. Tray took the kids out on Wednesday to his Mom's house. I got a ton of cleaning and organizing done. On Thursday, he took them to Chik-Fil-A and then the zoo, and I got to sew. Thank you GOD for him.
I made some Mama Pads with velcro, a new throw pillow cover, I dyed some elastic with KoolAid, Tray made another planter for our front "yard", and Sage and I decorated some cookies. Mama Pads lineupPlanter out of an old tireNew throw pillow

Now to playgroup!


Family Reunion

This past weekend, the four of us headed to upstate NY. We rarely have weekends together, because Tray is usually working. It was so nice! We arrived after about 5 hours in the car, and the kids were so good! I couldn't believe how good they were, it gave us hope for the future!
We stayed in a "camp" on Owasco Lake. The kids got to play in the water, go kayaking, watch their cousins fish, try fishing, float on a raft, play with worms, sit around a fire, spend time with family, and just be. It was so nice to have both of them so preoccupied with their surroundings. It made me realize how much energy I spend keeping them both occupied with activities as we live in the city.
We got to have lunch with my grandma Marge in Skaneateles. It is always so nice to see her and I got to snap a few pictures of all of us.
Great grandma and Sage
grandma and sage 7

I got to go on a run down a country road, the same road I've taken runs on in years past. Beautiful farms, rolling hills, the lake behind me, and no humidity. Then my mom and I took a nice road bike ride on Sunday. We were really moving!! We covered like 17 miles, but we were keeping a pretty quick average speed. At one point, we were sustaining 25 mph, which was so fun! And the drivers are so respectful-giving us our huge shoulder, and moving into another lane as they passed. For about 7 miles, not one car passed us. Refreshing.

Before we left, I got a package from PovertyJane. I co-won the giveaway that she held, so the girls got some SUPER cute custom jeans. The package was so fun, it had all kinds of extra handmade goodies in it that we've been playing with since then. Our gingerbread dough is chilling now, made from the kid's baking book she sent us! What a great treat!


New Hats

I am working on some new cycling caps. Here is the one I have completed:
Train hat front view 1

It's quite tight, certainly an adult small, for someone who wants a hat that will stay ON under a helmet or in intense wind. Definitely not for people like me, with huge heads, thick hair, and a head that is very sensitive to anything!! But this hat is pretty sweet.
Material is from Circle Thrift, the same I used for the skirt shown in recent post.