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Lazy Sunday

The weather has just been so beautiful the last few days, I can hardly believe it. The last “cool snap” before the heat of summer kicks in. I am ever so grateful for days like this, I can enjoy my back porch and being outside watching puppies play in the garden; and I can work in my garden without being so uncomfortable.

I still have tomatoes growing and some collard greens, so I think I’ll make a sweet potato and collard green dish for lunch. I also have dill growing! What I did this year with the garden is I threw a bunch of seeds in the dirt that we had leftover from a couple years ago (I know…) and they grew! And one of those seed packets we had was dill! So now I have dill and I need to find something to add it to. Besides my eggs in the morning and pickles, I have no idea what to use it with. It smells great though.

Still cleaning and purging and simplifying. It’s been great and I am getting used to it and enjoying it really. I’ve found, for me, that my biggest problem is the sentimental and emotional attachment that comes from certain objects. But as this article states, “…we are the embodiment of our experience.” So I don’t have to hold onto things because I will always have the memories and experience within me, that can never be taken away. So all my photos from high school, that I haven’t looked at in years, I can shred, because let’s face it, I’m not going to look at them again (anytime soon) and I will always have those memories with me, they aren’t going anywhere. Having less clutter not only frees up space, it frees up time too.

more time to watch puppies play in the yard and to work in my garden and to make more crafty, creative sewing/jewelry/knitting stuff. (I’m working on these happy sheep dishcloths next, SO excited!)

Whatever your weather, enjoy your day.

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Monday motivation 

I just love and appreciate the late afternoon sun I get in my sewing room. This bright, natural light is so helpful, and it hits right on my machine.  That alone makes me motivated. 

Yesterday I made a few key chain wristlets, I sewed on pockets and sewed together the side seams for some new handy every day bags, and cleaned out a drawer of my sewing supplies. 

It’s the little things, right? One thing at a time. 

All in all a good day. And it was so beautiful too. Today we have a high of 83F (yes, already)

What do you appreciate about your sewing room? Is there something there that motivates you?

Have a fun day.

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Quote of the day 

It takes so little to be kind. Give it a try, even to someone you don’t like. You’ll feel a little lighter and you’ll look like the bigger person. 

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Lazy Sunday 

Understandably, Wolfie is exhausted after all the thrift store shopping and t-shirt yarn making from yesterday. So we are taking a break and enjoying the nice weather and tending to the garden today. Lettuce and tomatoes are growing and the carrots need to be picked. 

Enjoy your Sunday.

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Monday motivation 

You know my big chunky fabulous cowl I made recently? Well I had a request to make another one from my sister in law in MD. This is so fun to make and an easy pattern (and I could use the practice) that I just couldn’t say no.

Plus, it’s kinda fun to work with the huge needles (size  US50)

Almost finished. I can’t wait too long to finish, of course, winter will be over soon enough.

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Lazy Sunday 

It is a perfectly cold and rainy and crappy day here in the sunshine state (yes, really it is). We get these from time to time and I am not ashamed to say that I welcome them. 

What!? You say? A break from the sunshine and warmth? Yes, I say that. And I say that because there is a reason for a break in the weather, there is a reason that animals go into hibernation once a year: it’s to give themselves a break, have a little down time to rest. All this constant hurry-hurry-hurry-let’s-do-this gets tiring after awhile. 

Now, mind you, my dogs aren’t terribly happy about it today, but they will survive. I’ll take a sewing break later today and take them to the park. Hopefully it won’t be as cold around noon.

The kittens know enough to stay in when it’s raining, and during the day they are sleeping inside anyway. 

I’m making some progress on my Trash2Trends piece: 

Yesterday I added sleeves! 

I’m trying not to cut I to too many pieces as they are just so beautiful. This has been challenging to say the least. Next week is the show, so come he’ll or high water it will have to be finished. I used to get really stressed about this stuff, but I’ve learned to let it go. It will get done and everything will work out exactly as it is supposed to. No worries. 

Have a beautiful Sunday.

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Monday motivation 

I went to the library again yesterday and learned the purl stitch in knitting. I’ve really become quite good at this – if I do say so myself  – and I enjoy it. 

If only my 20 year old self could see me now…

For me, it’s so nice to be so creative again with something new, it’s nice to learn a new skill, it’s important to me to keep my brain active and not have it turn to mush, and it’s nice to be able to make something (fairly quickly) that I can use and wear and show off. 

And being the thrifty person I am, I am realizing, through knitting, how I can make so many things that I currently buy now; such as washcloths, dishcloths, hats, scarves, socks, I could go on and on and on. 


Some people may say “why bother making it when you can go to the mega store and buy it for cheap?”

I say “why would I buy cheap crap made in China when I can have the satisfaction of knowing I made it myself?” The sense of accomplishment from putting my skills to use and being sensible of my finances and contributing to the household are good enough motivators for me and I get the satisfaction of reusing instead of buying and throwing away, (you know how I like to repurpose) and plus, it’s a pretty cool thing to do. 


Tomorrow I am knitting a giant scarf with some big fatty needles and some mega bulky yarn. 

This is gonna be fun!