Happy weekend! Here's my pick for a perfect handcrafted playlist for baking cookies, eating lots of pie, or doing dishes. Go ahead, pour a glass of pinot grigio and dance around the kitchen—it's the weekend!
I live in a pretty amazing place so staying home this summer is really very nice. I mentioned in my last post that my daughter has her leg in a cast and the typical summer vacation spent at a pool or hiking in parks is not an option. So driving around town and soaking up the sights just like the tourists turns out to be kinda fun. The views only a few minutes from my home keep me coming back to this park.
Due to the change in my routine as nurse mom, I'm going to slow down a bit on the blog posts in order to keep up my design biz and also help my daughter. Plus, once she was in a cast I realized I had depended on her to do all sorts of helpful things at home—especially helping care for our three dogs. Now all of that is on my plate with some help from my husband too.
Hope you are have a lovely week and I'll check back in soon. xo Chris
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Do you ever get cabin fever? This summer my daughter has her leg in a cast and that really makes summer plans less fun for her. So I'm dreaming up some plans to keep her busy while keeping her leg safe and her cast out of trouble.
She loves photography so perhaps spending some time playing around with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop is one thought. She has a knack for capturing a moment that tells a story—like the image below of me wandering in a beautiful park and somehow finding it necessary to stare at my iPhone...
And I need to think up a road trip or two to keep her from going crazy indoors. And I'm sure we will enjoy a few smoothies.
Summer is a perfect time for crafting. For me, finding a great craft book will always be a wonderful source of DIY ideas. One of my sources of inspiration are the "little sewing epiphanies" via Sarai Mitnick at Colette Patterns and the Colette Sewing Handbook.
Mitnick's Colette Sewing Handbook is an amazing guide for sewers of almost any skill level to create your own unique wardrobe:
"Five simple fundamentals can help you perfect any sewing project: a thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric, and a fine finish. With these five core ideas,The Colette Sewing Handbook shows you how to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams."
You can get the latest Facebook updates from Sarai Mitnick at her page Colette Patterns. Some of her recent Facebook posts include tips on clipping curves, vintage sewing, painting your upholstery, and how she organizes her fabric stash using swatch tags. She even includes a free template you can download.
I'm a fan of the classic lines of Colette patterns. My favorite patterns by Sarai are the double-breasted Anise jacket and the simple slim Clover pants—so amazing because they both go with practically anything. (See images above.) Sarai even ranks the sewing level needed for her patterns. The jacket is best for intermediate level sewers and the pants are beginner and above skill level.
Even though Sarai's sewing handbook says on the cover it is for the new seamstress, I think the detailed information she gives about how to finish a garment places it on the must-have list for sewers of ANY skill level.
I'm soaking up the amazing colors of summer in Minnesota this week.
Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park, MN. The nature center is located just south of I-394 and east of Highway 169. Parking and admission are free.
Things to do: Hike around the lake and over marshland on footbridges.
Nature highlights: The preserve is beautiful throughout the seasons and provides homes for many animals including deer, fox, mink and owls. Westwood Naturalists conduct year-round programs to increase visitors understanding and appreciation of our natural world.
Can a short life be a full life? And if you knew your days were numbered, would you be the one with the courage to make it the bigger than you imagined possible?
When author John Green writes about Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters in the The Fault in Our Stars, you might be tempted to think this is just a tragic love story about lives cut short. Afterall, the 16-year-old narrator Hazel, has been battling thyroid cancer since age 13 and the two meet in a cancer support group.
So what is the story? I think book reviewer Rebecca Rosen said it best: This is a book that breaks your heart -- not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger and bigger until it bursts. As Hazel says:
“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I'm likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn't trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I'm grateful.”
So go ahead, read the book, and go see the movie. And make a toast to "Good life."
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