The Week that Was

Our week in pictures, and a few words to go with them.

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Monday started off a little rough

And then it got a little rougher.  Fevers, sore throats, sleepless nights…

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One by one they all went down, and we spent the better part of our week sprawled out in the living room.

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On a happier note, I got a new pair of jeans.  I’m a sucker for a cuff

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The sewing room was a happy place this week

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The bobbins are no longer strewn about the sewing room.  Hello pretty bobbins

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Morningtime sleepy eyes and rumpled hair

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Behold the magic of the cardboard box

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The stuff that childhood is built on

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My thought for the week:  We should tell each other more stories.  Our own stories. The funny ones with a strand of wisdom stretching through it.  The colorful tales where facts may take a backseat to a good narrative.  The tender stories that honor a lost loved one.  To watch the look of anticipation on your childrens’ faces as you lean forward and say, “When I was little…”

 

Cold weather sewing

Charlie Dress | Inanorchard

It’s so easy to sew in the summertime.  Lots and lots of beautiful patterns for flouncy skirts, sleeveless tunics, sundresses, t-shirt dresses, little cotton shorts… simple, breezy patterns that sew up in no time and require very little yardage.

But when the weather turns cool I seem to hit a sewing slump.  There just aren’t as many long-sleeved patterns available and even fewer that I like the look of.  I’m not a fan of layering lots of clothes on my girls.  It makes too much laundry, and it gets complicated for little girls who like to dress themselves.  I need dress patterns that avoid all that fuss.  Patterns that can stand on their own and require only a pair of leggings and a jacket.  Not that I’m against all layering; I just like to keep it to a minimum.

After spending many an evening searching for girls patterns I purchased 4 that I could use for both girls this winter.  I’ve spent the last several weeks sewing for Miss P, building up her fall/winter wardrobe.

I started with this sweet pattern.  This is the Charlie Dress another of Rae’s darling pattern creations, and there’s nothing I don’t love about this dress!

Charlie Dress | Inanorchard

I like the length of the sleeves (these are 3/4 length) but they can easily be altered to come all the way down to her hand.  I love cut of the dress.  The looser fit makes it easy for her to move around and play in.

Charlie Dress | Inanorchard

Really though, the neckline is what makes this dress.  I used some dotted chambray I ordered from Fabricworm for %50 off.  The accenting cuffs, hemline, and neckline are made from the reverse side of the fabric.

Charlie Dress | Inanorchard

Here’s a blurry shot of the backside.  I’m trying to be better about including pictures of my girls wearing their clothes.  When I get serious about researching and buying patterns, it’s really important for me to see how the pattern fits once it’s sewn up.  Anything looks cute spread out on a flat surface, the real proof is how it wears.

Charlie Dress | Inanorchard

While I was at it I made her two, because it’s always a good idea to make two!

Charlie Dress in pansy print | Inanorchard

 

Charlie Dress in pansy print | Inanorchard

I also made Miss P a Geranium Tunic.  I’ve made her many, many Geranium dresses and this is the shortened version of the dress.  I know it doesn’t look like a good winter choice, but it’s not difficult to put a cardigan over the shirt, or add a plain colored tee underneath.

Geranium Tunic | Inanorchard

Don’t you love this fabric?  It’s from an Art Gallery fabric line called “Winged”.  This particular print is called Aves Chatter in Dim. I purchased mine from Hawthorne Threads.

Geranium Tunic | Inanorchard

Last but not least I whipped up a few leggings to go with her new dresses.  I’m not the kind of girl who just makes up her own patterns (as so many other talented seamstresses do), but making a legging pattern is a no-brainer.  There are tons of tutorials on making your own legging pattern, and there are even a few free printable patterns, but they tend to be for newborns or 3-6 month-olds.

Baby leggings | Inanorchard

I don’t have a lot of experience sewing with knits, but I thought leggings would be a good place to start.  These leggings have their problems but at least they are wearable!  I’m still experimenting with different techniques, tools, and threads.  I have yet to work all the bugs out, but I’m getting there!

Baby Leggings | Inanorchard

The scalloped knit I got from Hobby Lobby.  It came in a fun mustard and coral color.  It wasn’t the easiest to sew on.  First, it’s striped which means lining up and matching all those little raised ridges.  Also, it’s thin, stretchy knit that likes to curl up on the edges.  Somehow I got through all the little obstacles and ended up with a couple of pretty cute leggings (if I do say so myself).  The lace trim was an attempt to hide some wretched looking hemlines.

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Here’s Miss P sporting her yellow leggings (these are the same leggings she wore under her chambray Charlie Dress).

Miss P in her baby leggings | Inanorchard

 

Baby Leggings | Inanorchard

 

I’m hoping in the next several weeks to work on Miss E’s winter clothes.  I’ve got a stack of patterns and fabric on the sewing table all set aside for her.  I’m going to be brave and attempt to make an entire dress out of knit fabric.  Stay tuned!

PS- if you enjoy my sewing posts you might want to check out my Instagram feed. Sewing posts are some of the most time-consuming to photograph and write up.  Which is why they’re so few and far between, and there are lots of little projects that never really make it into a blog post but I usually manage to snap an Instagram photo as I’m sewing.

Thanks for stopping by and saying Hello!  ~April

Sewing Flower Girl dresses

Vintage flower girl dresses

My huge sewing accomplishment this summer was making flower girl dresses from my daughters. Miss E was delighted when her Aunt Angela asked her to be one of her flower girls!  Miss P was asked as well, provided she learned how to walk over the summer :)

I knew straight away that I wanted to make the girls’ dresses myself.  It was a great chance to stretch my sewing skills and create a keepsake for my daughters.  Angela (the bride), had put together a beautiful Pinterest board with lots of pictures of flower girl dresses to use as inspiration.  She also gave me a large bag of vintage lace and collars to use.  It was her own gorgeous collection she had been building for years, and I had permission to use anything I wanted!  I felt like a kid in a candy shop!  Angela wanted the girls to all wear cream or ivory dresses, with lace accents.  The style of dress was unimportant so long as it was cream colored, lacy, and romantic looking.

I started searching for patterns right away.  I decided to use Violette Field Threads, Cosette pattern for Miss E’s dress.  The pattern was a long summer dress with loads of ruffles at the bottom and a pleated bodice.  I was a little nervous at first feeling like I had picked a pattern that was well past my sewing skills, but the Cosette dress ended up being a very straight-forward, lovely pattern to sew.  It was time consuming… very, very time consuming but not complicated.

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I had never made horizontal pleats before but the dress instructions were very clear.  The first two pleats went slowly but after that the rest went together quickly.  The dress had no zippers or buttons, which was nice!  It did however have 4 very long, very gathered ruffles at the bottom!  I used some of Angela’s vintage lace and attached it to the top of each cream ruffle.  Each ruffle had to be cut out, double hemmed, lace added to the top, carefully gathered and sewn in layers to the bottom of the dress.  That was with out a doubt, the most tedious part of the dress!  Very time consuming, but very worth the effort!

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This is a picture of the bodice with the panel of pleats and the ruffled shoulder straps.  The main fabric I chose for Miss E’s dress I bought at Joann’s.  It was a light-weight cotton that had a criss-crossed pattern made up of pin tucks and lace.  I loved the material immediately!  Unfortunately the fabric was white, and the only request Angela had made was that all the dresses be cream.  So I brought home a small sample of the fabric to experiment with.  Tea dying is a trick that is used to “age” linens and fabric.  I was hoping I could use the tea dye to do the same to the white fabric.  My big concern was the fabric wouldn’t dye evenly and that the lace wouldn’t absorb the dye at all.  The fabric swatch dyed up perfectly!  I used a large, shallow plastic storage container to dye the 2 yards of fabric I needed for the dress.

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Cosette dress

This is the back view of the dress.  As you can see there are no buttons or zippers.  The shoulder straps are made extra long and are threaded through a loop that is sewn to the back of the dress.  Once you thread the straps through the loop, the extra length is used to tie a big loopy bow.

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Cosette dress

For Miss P’s dress I asked my very talented friend Clarita to make a flower sash to tie around the waist of her dress.  Clarita has a beautiful Etsy shop called My Faire Lady Designs. She’s made clips and headbands for my girls in the past, and I knew she would make something very special for Miss P.  I gave her a few ideas of what I wanted and this is what she sent me!  It was perfect!  Exactly what I wanted and had envisioned.

My Fair Lady designs flower girl sash

I used my favorite girl’s pattern Rae’s Geranium dress, it’s made it out of a cream colored eyelet fabric.  The flutter sleeves are made from lace and I used a little bit of vintage lace at the bottom of the dress.

Geranium Flower Girl dress

Because Miss P had only been walking for a few months and wasn’t real steady on her feet, I made her dress mid-calf length so she wouldn’t trip on the hemline.

Geranium Flower Girl dress

And here they are together with their little dresses on!  All the flower girls wore leather ballet flats.  Their Aunt Jessica and I bought them little bow-shaped necklaces and their Aunt Andrea hand-made all of their hair clips.

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And here they all are together (minus one, I don’t know where Millie was off to)!  They all looked so sweet!  Each dress was a different style and shape but all of them were cream and lacy.  Angela made some little wreaths that hung from long bows for them to carry.  You cannot imagine how challenging it was to keep 5 little girl’s clean for an entire afternoon and night!  After the wedding vows were exchanged we gave up and just let them run!

All the little Flower Girls

This isn’t the best picture (I cut off the bride and groom’s head!) but it gives you a good glimpse of the back of Miss E’s dress.

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Me and my girls…

Me and my girls

 

I’ve made many things for my girls, but this was special.  Something we would save, dresses that maybe their daughters would someday look at.  Or… they could get pushed into the bottom of a plastic tote, buried in the storage shed, and one day accidentally donated to the Goodwill. HA!

Time will tell…

There’s going to be a wedding

I’m still playing catch-up from our busy summer, and I haven’t even gotten around to the most exciting event that happened this summer!  My brother-in-law asked his beautiful girlfriend to be his wife and she…much to everyone’s delight…said yes!!

And this is the happy couple.  I wish I had some of their engagement pictures to show you because they turned out beautiful! But this picture of them in their work clothes will have to do for now :)

The happy couple

It’s been a fun summer of wedding planning.  Both my girls are going to be flower girls (Miss E is over-the-moon happy about it!), so I’ve been busy making little lacy dresses.

All the way back at the beginning of August, Jessica and I, threw the bride-to-be a bridal shower.  It was in the evening in Jessica’s backyard.  When we started planning the party we knew we didn’t want any over-the-top theme showers.  After several evenings of Pinterest searching we came up with an idea for a Farmhouse kitchen style bridal shower.  Lots of cream colored pitchers, wooden accents, herbs, twine, butcher paper… subtle, simple, but elegant was our aim.

Farm kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

This is the little banner I made to hang on the table, it’s their wedding date.  I made it out of pre-cut flags, chalk pens, standard cardboard stencils, and twine.

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

All the flower arrangements were herbs that I had gathered from my garden and from friends’ gardens.  I added a few cosmos for a bit of contrast, but mostly I stuck with herbs.

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Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

Jessica has a collection of amazing rustic wooden scoops and trays, so we used those as decorations.

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

 

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

Jessica also found these great bamboo spoons and forks, which we used to make a garland for the bridal table.  Such and easy garland to make!  The tables were simply covered with white table clothes and butcher-paper table runners.

We served drinks from this table.  I didn’t get a picture of it but there were two large glass jugs on the table.  We served unsweetened iced-tea and ice water.  The two little glass pitchers were filled with lemon and mint flavored simple syrup for those who wanted their tea sweetened.

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

 

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

We placed pots of herbs around the serving tables

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

For the meal we served a mixed salad with a sweet basil dressing and grilled chicken on top.  There were rolls and several kinds of cookies for dessert.  It was a warm evening so we wanted to keep the food light and refreshing.

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | Inanorchard

Here are all the flowers girls (minus one who lives in Colorado)

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The littlest flower girl who was delighted to be one of the “big girls”!

The littlest Flower Girl

Farm Kitchen Bridal Shower | InanorchardThe three of us together at the end of the evening.

The wedding is in less that two weeks and preparations have kicked into high gear!  It’s going to be a gorgeous wedding!  And at the end of it they will be husband and wife, and we will have the pleasure of watching, loving, and supporting them as the begin this wonderful, wild new adventure.

Our home

 

Because I am a curious nosy person, I love getting glimpses into peoples’ homes.  I like the way a person’s home reflects their personality and interests.  It dawned on me the other day, that I’ve never done a post about my home.  I know you all catch glimpses each time I write, but I thought it would be fun to give a quick tour of our little place.

We live in a double-wide trailer with three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. I love my house.  It’s cozy, warm, colorful, very lived-in, and a little worn around the edges.  In the span of a month my house will be everything from beautifully clean to embarrassingly filthy.  In other words: a completely normal household :)  These pictures were taken the day after “cleaning day” so you are enjoying the benefit of a tidy house.

This is our front door and table where we set our keys, sunglasses, and mail.

Our Home | Inanorchard

This little table was a wedding gift from my brother and it is my favorite piece of furniture!  It has lived in every one of our apartments and houses.

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The pictures are burlap coffee bean bags that I trimmed and framed.  The door just to the right of the table leads into the master bedroom.

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From the front door you can see the double doors that lead out to the back porch, and our desk area.  That carpet is most often covered with children and toys.  The kiddos love playing there.

Our Home | Inanorchard

This is our Ikea desk/office center.  Justin works from one desk, and the other desk is for the children to use.  I keep all of our art supplies in the drawers.  The kids have access to the art supplies at all times and are allowed to get them out anytime they like.

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This is my Ikea photo holder and it’s the one item of the house that people stop and admire more than any other.  I like taking pictures but I’m not good about hanging and framing them.  These wires and clips make it easy to keep current photos on display. I swap them out 3 or 4 times a year.Our Home | Inanorchard

I like having funky pieces of art hanging in funky places on the walls.Our Home | Inanorchard

This is our kitchen table where we do… well… everything!  Homework, fold laundry, decorate cookies, cut patterns, craft projects, eat… it all happens here.Our Home | Inanorchard

My mother-in-law bought me this darling tray and I use it to keep our spoons, napkins, sweetener and such.  Basically anything we use at meals on a regular basis is in that tray.Our Home | Inanorchard

 

This is were the kids and I bake.  On top of the cabinets is my collection of cake plates.  It’s a mix-matched assortment of new and antique cake plates.Our Home | Inanorchard

The other side of the kitchen where I do dishes and watch the children run around the backyard.Our Home | Inanorchard

And this is my life right here.  This picture captures our home so well!
Our Home | Inanorchard

This is our bedroom which is located just off the living room.  Actually it doesn’t look like this anymore.   Justin and I spent a weekend and freshened it up.  Our bedroom somehow ended up being brown and beige all over.  It was a little dark, and drab, and needed some help.

Our Home | Inanorchard

Nothing that a new bedspread and a coat of fresh paint wouldn’t fix!  I have lots of little projects to finish in our bedroom but I love the way it’s shaping up.

Our Home | Inanorchard

Those are our closets and you can get a little peek at our living room from this angle.

Our Home | Inanorchard

I use the top of our dresser for Miss P’s changing table.  The girls’ room is pretty tight just with beds, toys, and a dresser so there really wasn’t room for a changing table.

Our Home | Inanorchard

 

Our Home | Inanorchard

Our bathroom needs a little updating.  It’s a fine bathroom but storage is a problem.  No drawers!  Can your believe it?  Not one.  Which is why the counter is often cluttered with stuff.

Our Home | Inanorchard

So we make do with what we have, and get creative with storage solutions.

Our home | Inanorchard

Just off our bedroom is a small room that was probably intended to be an office space, but I have a wonderful, generous husband who turned it into a sewing room for me!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is where all the creative magic happens.  This is my happy place.

Our Home | Inanorchard

This big cabinet houses all my fabric!  I have a darling set of vintage lockers that I’m planning on refinishing to replace this cabinet.  My list of things that need to be refinished is a long list :)

Our Home | Inanorchard

Our Home | Inanorchard

And this is where the house tour abruptly ends because I have run out of pictures!  Maybe next cleaning day I’ll snap some pictures of the kiddos rooms and the guest bathroom.  Or maybe I’ll post some pictures of what they look like on a regular day and you can all have a good laugh!

Once again, thanks for stopping by  ~April

 

Get aways

I love my town.

It’s not perfect and it wouldn’t make any “Top 20 destination” lists… but I love it.  It has it’s own kind of beauty and it is full of people we love.  I also love my town because it’s easy traveling distance to amazing places that would make a “Top 20 destination” list.  This summer we took the opportunity to get away, out of our valley and into the mountains and to the beach.

At the beginning of summer Auntie Alli sent me a text that said “Come to the lake with us?  I’ll drive and you can buy ice cream cones.”  I said “Deal!”.  So we loaded all 10 kids in her big van and headed up the mountain.  It was one of my favorite days of summer!  I still laugh thinking about the smiles and points we got from people, as Alli and I marched to the edge of the beach, arms loaded, and 10 kids in tow.

 

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The day went pretty much like this: swim, snack, float, repeat.

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We couldn’t leave the lake without getting soft-serve ice cream cones from the snack shack.

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Even Miss P got one :)

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All the big kids took turns attempting to make it to the end of the log run.  I think my niece was the only one who managed to get to the end and back.

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We also made several day trips to the beach, which is really  the perfect place for kids to play and explore.  They never tire of the waves and the warm sand.

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This little one took off for the waves anytime you set her feet on the ground.  Justin and I took turns dipping her in the ocean.

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Hey there brown-eyed girl…

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Playing in the waves is hard work

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We also did a family hike near Santa Cruz.  Well, the boys, the baby, and Daddy took a hike.  Momma and Miss E made it about 30 minutes into the hike when Miss E suddenly and urgently needed to use the restroom.  We hiked back up the hill… I should say I huffed and puffed up the hill while Miss E ran circles around me… and made it to the porta-potty just in time.

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Hopefully we can squeeze in some more hikes before the weather turns too cold but we shall see. Time goes so quickly!  It makes memories like these all the more special.

The Baby Turns One

 

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IMG_0249 (1)IMG_0274 You had an amazing 1st year baby girl, and we celebrated it in a big way!  Grandparents, Great Grandparents, Great Aunt and Uncle, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends… we all came together to celebrate you my love.  It was a warm night in the back yard.  The children swam, the adults took turns holding you and loving on you.  We dinned on your daddy’s amazing tri-tip sandwiches, but you were mostly interested in the watermelon.  We piled the presents in front of you, as all the big kids pressed in to watch you open your gifts.  You got your own little cake and you beamed as we sang to you.  When the singing was over you put on a good show!  Cake and frosting everywhere! You grinned and hollered and waved you messy hands around in the air.  The more we all laughed the more you whooped and hollered!  The sun went down and you watched from the porch while the big kids ran through the grass with sparklers. You stayed up WAY past your bedtime :)

Happiest of Birthdays my love!  You are a bright, happy spot in our lives… our precious pearl.

 

We Wander around the Garden

My computer broke.

Just like that.

One minute we were humming right along, and the next it was spiraling towards a slow death.  My husband resurrected my photos and a handful of my favorite sewing patterns, but it was time to move on.  He also bought me a shiny new computer.  It’s turquoise.  The trouble was, I didn’t want to take the time to get to know my shiny new turquoise computer.  So I drug my feet.  But our summer was so full of good things I didn’t want to let it slip by without writing about it.

So here we are again and I hardly know were to begin.  Sometimes I try to squeeze everything into one big, fat catch-up post, but that will not do this time.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be filling in the spaces but tonight that feels like a big task.  Instead I think I’ll ease in slowly.

The cutting garden is growing.  After dinner is the perfect time to wander around in it.  Especially with a little one who’s been known to nibble on unsuspecting dahlias.  Who likes to sink her pudgy fingers into the moist dirt and drink from the garden hose.

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We are so flush with flowers right now that we put them everywhere. Bouquets in the bathroom, next to the stack of books by my bed, on the kitchen window sill… basically any flat surface in the house.

The cutting garden | Inanorchard

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

The zinnias have bloomed beautifully this year.  Unfortunately I planted much smaller varieties than I had intended (seed shopping with 4 children can be distracting).

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

The dahlias have been such a treat.  They are on the tail-end of their blooming.  Most of my large white dinner plate dahlias have come and gone.

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The cosmos decided to be finicky this year.  They played hard to get, but I wooed them in the end.

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Just when I was about to give up and turn them into mulch; little buds appeared at the tips of the new growth.  Looks like I’ll be picking cosmos clear into September… not a bad thing.The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

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The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

 

These little Bachelor Buttons were my favorites!  So easy to please.  Bloomed straight away and the little pops of blue looked amazing in every bouquet.  You my friend are getting a much bigger part in next year’s garden… especially if the cosmos decide to be divas again.

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

 

The Cutting Garden | Inanorchard

 

Good night friends.  See you again soon

~April

1st Birthday invitations

Miss P is turning one this summer!  I’ve saved each of my children’s 1st Birthday invitations.  I’m not much of a saver, but those handmade invitations are very dear to me, and I wanted to continue the tradition with Miss P.

I went to Hobby Lobby with a few ideas in my head, but when I got to the paper craft aisles I felt completely overwhelmed!  So many pretty options but nothing was jumping out at me.  I wanted them to be sweet and lovely but simple too.

I was so close to leaving empty-handed when I came across this packet of papers.  I loved them!  I stood in the middle of the aisle staring at those papers trying to come up with a good way to use them, when inspiration struck… they would make perfect envelopes!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I opened the package, not only did it have full sheets of beautifully patterned paper, but there where sheets of small tags that could be cut apart.  They were supposed to be used as gift tags but I decided they would make perfect address labels.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI downloaded and printed off this free envelope pattern, and spent a blissful hour cutting, folding, and assembling party envelopes.

Party envelopes I couldn’t be more pleased with the way they turned out!

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This little striped envelope is so sweet, but I wish I would have been more careful about lining up the stripes with the envelope template.  It makes the envelope look a little slanted and not quite squared up.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the actual invitation I decided to keep it very simple.  Just a pretty shade of pink, a playful font, and a boarder of white lace sewn to the bottom.

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Naturally I want to make a million more of these darling envelopes in ALL shapes and sizes, because… hello! you can’t have too many pretty envelopes!!

PS- if you’re interested in making your own envelopes there are lots of free downloadable templates on the web.  A quick search on Pinterest will give you lots of great templates!

The Week that Was

Pictures from our week and a few words to go with them:

1.  Imaginary worlds

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3. Silly girl

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4. Daddy and the boys find cool new storage for the boys’ room

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5. I take advantage of half price bins from The Land of Nod, and replace the tatty fabric bins that were falling apart.  Which reminds me, when J saw the three huge boxes that had been delivered to our door the fist thing he said was, “Whoa Mom!  That’s a lot of fabric!”.  I think it’s pretty telling that his first guess was fabric ;)

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6.  Miss E gets a hand-me-down desk and insists we put a jar of flowers on it

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7.  I do a little sewing for a sweet friend and neighbor, to welcome their new little girl.

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8. Another small gift for a baby boy, soon to be born

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9. Momma gives the baby the spatula.  The baby is surprised and then delighted.

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10.  The same baby girl spent the week not feeling well and needing extra love, which her daddy was happy to supply

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11.  Mr. G wanted to sleep on his new toolbox and much to his momma’s surprise he was still there come morning light.

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12.  We all want to be the one who snuggles with her at the end of the day.

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My thought for the week:

“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.“  G.K Chesterton

Some how I like the idea of our Heavenly Father doing each day’s work with a child’s unbounded enthusiasm.  It gives me the strength and courage to do the same in my small way.