Wednesday, June 20, 2012

a story and a dust cover

My husband asked me to make him a dust cover, for a piece of equipment he keeps on a cart in a treatment room.This cover is more about appearance less about protection from dust. 

He has more faith in my sewing abilities than I do. I consider myself a "pretend" seamstress, able to do some mending and straight line sewing. I have always had spacial learning problems and patterns and maps are the places that these challenges are manifested.

A little side story (recorded here for my children's sake).
When traveling with my husband, on our first road trip, he told me to quick get the map and see where we were and if the approaching road was where we needed to exit.
I quickly opened the atlas, found the state we were in and turned the book upside down to place the ocean on the correct side of the car. He simply rolled his eyes and said, "OK, we are now lost." All these years later he usually asks one of the boys to help with the map navigation.
In my own defense, if we have traveled to a location, even if it was twenty years ago, I can usually retrace my steps back there. I believe this is a coping mechanism I have developed due to a lack of confidence in my ability to read a map.

Back to this pattern for covering any type of machine, appliance, electronic, etc.
I followed this extremely easy tutorial by  Crafty Gemini. If I can do it, you can too.
Of course I finished it at 11pm so the lighting in my pictures is not great.

Drum roll please.....

The machine is at the office; therefore, the pictures show the cover over a cart.

The seem down the middle is due to the fact that I wanted the unfinished fringe (salvage) edge 
so that I would not have to hem it.

This on my knitting needles, but I'm not holding my breath...I also"pretend" to knit.
Stay tuned for more Summer sewing/knitting projects.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

happy birthday

Seth turns another year older...19!
He is taking the ACT today, not the way I would want to be spending my birthday.
I think BBQ chicken, potato salad and cheesecake just might redeem the day.

Happy Birthday~We love you!

Sunday, June 03, 2012


My weekend began Friday at lunch time.
A group of ladies began to arrive out in the country at a friend's home. 
She organized a mini retreat to refresh and renew body, mind, and spirit.
The group consisted of women from 70(?) to 22.
Some I knew yet others I was meeting for the fist time.
All were sweet and I left calling all of them friend.
Our hostess put a lot of time into the little thoughtful things, and here are just a few pictures.
Morning coffee, hot tub soaks and prayer happened on this beautiful and peaceful porch.

Fresh flowers beside every bed.

 Manicure, pedicure or both? The choice was yours. 
And if you'd rather not Anita Renfroe was making us laugh via DVD.
 Throughout our entire "retreat" this little guy had to be fed.
 Our only scheduled outing was to the local pottery studio. 
I painted a color-wheel plate and can't wait to get it back fired.
 Starbucks ~ no further explanation required.
 Each meal served had it's own theme and table setting.
 Hot tub...relaxing!
It was decided this needs to be an annual retreat. 
Thank you ladies, I'll see you next year!
So as not to add stress, to our already over committed
lives, our weekend ended so that everyone could attend their own
church fellowships.

And as if that was not enough to fill my weekend...
 My boys played and sang in church. 
They sang an original song written by the man on the far right.
 Jacob on bass, Seth on guitar center.
 Senior Day at church...I guess this breaks my promise.

Moving on...we spent the evening at the beach with friends...

 A very serious game of Bocce Ball.

 Girls "catching" fish!

 As we were leaving, the sun was setting on this side of the highway.

 While the moon was rising over the ocean.
Thank you for sharing in my very full weekend.

Friday, June 01, 2012

hello June

 My camera lens has been quiet this week; capturing only a sweet evening with friends.
 I love the lighting in this picture with siblings playing a game under the lamp.
I am off at noon to a girls weekend...yeah!
Be back in few days, re-fueled and ready for Summer.