Relaxing, connecting, creating... some of my very favorite things to do, and I've had the good fortune of getting to do them all in spades over the last few weeks! While living with extended family has its challenges, the benefits of freeloading at my parents' beach house are well worth it. Especially because it's a place with so much built-in entertainment for the kids... great for them and me!
These pix speak for themselves, but I've added captions anyway.
So much for relaxing and connecting; on to creating. It's hard NOT to be inspired to paint watercolors in these surroundings, and I've completed quite a few already this summer.
As for sewing: I think I'm most proud of this sunhat I made for Scarlett (finally got the sizing right) from an adorable Tula Pink fabric...
...and the portrait pillows I made for my parents' anniversary! (What they lack in verisimilitude, they make up for in cuteness, I think.)
And then there's the embroidery I did on some plain T-shirts, just to spice up my summer wardrobe a bit.
Don't know what category to put this in, but I also upcycled a cereal box to make a journal for myself. I used this tutorial and added an elastic pen holder. Pattern is from a fabric I found online that I love (but can't bring myself to order as it only sells in Europe and with shipping is crazy expensive), just printed on regular paper.
And that's all for now! Hope you, my small band of regular readers from among my family & friends & acquaintances along with you who randomly happen upon my blog, are getting some sun and perhaps some fun in as well!
WARNING: this post is sentimental and probably of interest to actual relatives only. There are a few creative projects thrown in but it's mostly just, well, photos I think are adorable of my kids & other people I'm fond of. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
OK, here we go.
Tucker's moving-up ceremony was adorable...
...but his end-of-the-year classroom celebration, a.k.a. Family Fun Day, was truly awesome! Highlight: hair styling for moms!
Oliver's elementary school graduation was so much fun but super emotional for me, as it meant formally leaving the community which we were so incredibly fortunate to be a part of for the last six years. It was more than a school: it was a family. With incredibly caring and talented teachers. And amazingly warm and involved families. And... I could go on and on. I'll just say that, even knowing that the friends both Oliver and I have made there will remain in our lives, and that the future will hold wonderful new things, I am having trouble facing the fact that our years there have come to a close. Sniff!
Tucker's final playdate of the school year with a bosom buddy was also bittersweet, as they'll spend the summer apart...
But heading out to Fire Island with the parental units (mine) to kick off the summer we plan to spend there was pretty exciting...
...especially for a certain cross-generational duo!
I finished upcycling a couple dresses, such as this one, for my irresistible niece Scarlett (using old shirts of her mom's/my sister's, which actually used to be our mom's!). Doesn't she wear it well?
Other major creative task completed: pop-art-style family portrait to round out our home's new "gallery wall"!
Oh, and one more: bag I made out of an oversized T-shirt to take to the beach. I wanted something much more lightweight than the traditional tote, with a pocket for the little stuff and plenty of room for the big stuff: towels, book for me, sand toys for the kids... you know. The usual, well, crap.
For our final sewing class, my students shared a sundae... and made me a sweet heart pin embroidered with my name!
I'll end with a blast from the past my dad e-mailed me: 2 photos, 40 years apart. On the left: my sister and I, who just look like boys. On the right: our sons, i.e. actual boys (and cousins). Quite the resemblance, eh?
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