Monday, May 16, 2016

a going bag


I might have gotten a little carried away with this one.


I mean - it's a simple money holder.


My version of a card

~

We've known Maddie for all but a few months of her life,
though,
so I think it's fair that her 'card'
was a little more special.


Let's see ~ where do I start?


The front of the bag was based on / inspired by
(what I remember of) a necklace Maddie wears and loves,
and is so totally her.

It's beautiful.
Happy.
It makes a strong statement,
but it's not at all flashy.
And it goes with pretty much everything.


The bag got a little big 
(probably about 10x8x2?)


because I kept finding fabrics that needed to be included.

That hut! Maddie may live in something (sorta) like that one day....  

I hesitated a few seconds 
before I added the 1 1/2 inch pieced strip 
that was leftover from the label I made for Tyler's quilt
to my little pile of selected scraps.


I couldn't use that for just anyone,
but Maddie was in his class
when Tyler taught Jr High Sunday School a few years back,
and she cemented her special place in his heart,
so I figured she was deserving of a little piece of his quilt, too.


I went with some leftover canvas and a piece of dark gray Kona (pewter, maybe?)
left over from the back of TJ and Keri's quilt
for the back of the bag.


If the front panel is the necklace,
the back 
is how Maddie dresses,
simple. understated.
classic.


My choice for the lining
doesn't go quite as well with my outer bag
as what I'd normally choose,
but it was such a perfect choice for Maddie,
that I ignored that minor detail.


Honestly,
the lining could have been the bag,
and Maddie would have been thrilled.

Her heart beats for missions,
and she longs to (literally) go into all the world and share the Gospel.


I wish I could remember where I bought that fabric
so I could get more.
(I've often thought of pinning a note to each piece I purchase,
telling me where I bought it and how much I paid for it) 
I only have a few tiny scraps of it left.

I bought it for Brandon's quilt,
but only used a little of it on the back
(aka second top...)
because it didn't go with the (real) top.
Then I used a strategically cut piece 
and now this.


I installed the zipper like Anna's open wide pouch,
but I've made enough of these
that I didn't have to actually use the tutorial.
(See one here, and a tiny one here
Oh, here are a couple more. And here's one of my favorites :- )


I added hand-stitching 
 because
- well -
I'm me.


Maddie ~ Congratulations on your high school graduation.
I hope you love your card bag
and I hope it goes with you on many adventures
and reminds you that you're loved,
and special
and prayed for.

XO



linking up with scrap star, Amanda Jean :-)

Friday, May 13, 2016

all decked out


I know.

It's not time yet for the weekly update,
but look!!

(ignore all the scraps lying about - they're all picked up now.)

It's all decked!!

Lord and weather permitting,
roofers are coming tomorrow to get it blacked in
(that's what they call it when it's covered in tar paper)
and Monday - doors and windows go in!!!

Even though it's right before my eyes,
I can hardly believe it's really happening!

I am so very grateful.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

another week, another story



As a refresher, this is how the house looked when they got here Tuesday morning:


And this is how it looked when they left:


Wednesday night they called it quits here:



If you didn't look closely, you may have missed this through the front door:


Stairs!!!
Long time readers will remember how much I've missed having a beautiful staircase,
so that addition was very exciting.

What's especially cool,
is
it was mostly built
by Brandon
:-)


Thursday
we made a few changes to the plan.
We flipped the upstairs bathroom to allow for access into attic space
so it wouldn't have to be accessed via a bedroom.
And we also did away with a storage closet by the stairs (upstairs)
so we could have a more attractive foyer (downstairs)
(It was in danger of resembling a silo. oops!)

That evening,
Tyler and I got busy with the jobsite cleanup
(kids were at TKD, so we were on our own)
and I almost forgot to take the daily photo.
It was already fairly dark when I got out there,
but this is what the house looked like 
Thursday night.


Friday
I'd taken the girls to a birthday party
(they made a boxy zip pouch and we filled it with water color pencils
and gave several sizes of water color paper pads (like the last time we gave this gift...


While they were sewing, I hand stitched a tag for them. 
They were so tickled to put a label on their work!
They wondered if they should point out the fact that the bag had a designer label,
but I told them we should probably just let their friend figure that out on her own ;-)


All that to say,
I was gone,
so Brandon snapped the daily picture:


Saturday
the guys were slackin again.
Tyler and I were gone pretty much all day for a niece's college graduation,
but the kids reported that they'd only worked a little while,
then left.

They came back and worked about 20 minutes
then took their lunch break.
(They'd been lunching in the shade by the hammock
(or in the hammock...)
but once they'd floored the I joists,
they brought the chairs inside,
and they've been eating in the kitchen :-)


After their lunch
(they tend to take a full hour,
or pret' near it)
they worked for another 20 minutes or so
and called it a day.

They were only here for a short time yesterday before the rain started,
so no progress can be seen since Saturday's photo:



The house work has kept us a bit busier than we would have preferred to be
while Tony and Kacy are here,
but Ton' has been able to pitch in and help some,
and he said it was really great
to be a part of the dream that our family has worked hard for,
for so long,
 becoming a reality :-)






Monday, May 9, 2016

crinkled coral kitschy coo lady skater



Thursday night,
Tony, Kacy, Brandon, and Tyler
went to see the 10:10 showing of the new Captain America movie.


Shortly after they left,
I sent kiddos to bed and bounced Hadley to sleep
and at 9:34,
I got started on the dress I had wanted to make for graduation
using fabric I bought in LA when I went to visit T&K the first time :-)
(I hate that I never got around to posting about that!! It was a dream come true)

oh my goodness - stand straight, Woman!

I used my tweaked and re-tweaked Lady Skater pattern,
added a one inch FBA (but that clearly wasn't enough)
and redrafted the sleeve.
(It works in this fabric, but I'm not crazy about it and probably won't use it again)


I didn't want a neckband
so I cut a lining out of beige tricot.
After sewing them together at the neckline, 
I couldn't work out how to sandwich my sleeve and bodice and lining,
so I went the (very) non-couture route
and just attached the sleeve to the bodice
and hemmed the armhole of the lining.

It looks just fine on the outside, 
but the guts are a tad messy.


All I had to do Friday morning
was tack the two layers together at the waist in a few spots
and it was all ready for me to wear on mothers day :-)


When I walked in to church Sunday morning,
Tyler told me I should make all of my clothes,
so I guess it's a win :-)


After church, 
 Kacy snapped a few pictures of me
(while we both laughed at my inability to pose)



then Lexi took a few of Kac' and I together :-)
while Kacy attempted to educate me on the art of selfie taking.






I still need a few more classes...



Linking up with Amanda Jean
but really, this finish is far more impressive! :-)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

crazy



So.

Not long after that, the garage floor was poured,
but I never blogged about it.


I mentioned Thursday that framing began on Wednesday the 27th,
and here's how things looked after the crew went home that day
and the guys finished waterproofing the subfloor:


When they left on Thursday,
we had this:



Friday,
it rained most of the day, so no framing happened.
Brandon and Tony went out every time it stopped raining
and did their best to get the water off the floor
using first a broom,
then
homemade squeegees
and a leaf blower.

The crew worked about half a day on Saturday
(maybe a bit more)
and this is what we came home to after Brandon's graduation:



Yesterday was kinda weird.

There seemed to be a lot of loafin' going on,
and for the most part,
any time I looked out,
I never saw more than 2 of the guys working.

Makes me wonder what all they could have accomplished
if they'd really been getting after it.

It was a Monday,
and a pretty gloomy one at that,
so maybe that was it?

And to be fair,
I spent a good chunk of my day with Hadley,
so it's entirely possible
I just looked out at all the wrong times...

Even with all their lollygaggin,
they still got a lot done,
so
this is what the guys will be starting with
this morning:



How crazy is it
that
that is the result of 3 1/2 work days?!