Trying to go Euro and stop collecting so many disposable bags when I run my errands. We have canvas grocery bags, but I want to cut out the shop bags too. So, another new bag:
Sorry, but the wind moved the door every time I hit the button - it was personal I'm sure.
Take a last look at this boring gray concrete because soon this courtyard will be refinished. My turn! Neighbors on each side are landscaping and the courtyard becomes a sound chamber for jack hammers and tile saws (think big dentist's drills from 7:30-4). We are on volcanic rock and everything seems to require jack hammering. Add street refinishing to that today and you have a virtual NYC street symphony around here. Can't believe these lines are actually sewn straight considering hormones, presence of little people and ambient noise and smell levels!
That's not black but the darkest semi-sweet chocolate brown behind the flowers and a Nekko chocolates pattern on the bottom and inside.
Just happened to have the blue thread in my machine from putting the Chenille-It on the Monkey quilt (OK so far - cross your fingers) so I knew I had to make this next.
Going to start calling these my 2-yard Bags. This was all that was left of these two fabrics. Wouldn't have even had that long strip if not for a mistake. I prefer my handles wider, but only doubled my final desired width rather than quadrupled it when I made my first cut and then it was too late. When I'm feeling really obsessive I make more pockets out of the remaining bits, but I liked it with only one this time. I'm sure these will find their way into a quilt.
Having a heat wave here. Only in the mid 80's ... but, we don't have A/C. I admit it, we're CA wimps. The zonies have sent one of their monsoons our way. Humid summer storms off the Gulf of Mexico produce great thunder, lightning and rain over the desert, but get wimpy by the time they cross the mountains - zero precipitation for us, just humidity.
Wouldn't be so bad if there was a spot of shade to be found. Nope, no shade here! It's a SE face - boy howdy it's hot by noon! Hope on the horizon though since I'm starting my final landscape drawing tonight and the contractor starts after the holiday. Imagine a patio, fountain, trees and plants filling this area. I'm trying to keep the faith.
Answer in a bit.
The kids' summer is moving along: Pool, county fair, friends, pool, torturing your sister ... OK, what's next - I'm bored ...
Me, I'm not bored, so get over it kiddo and find ways to amuse yourself. One of the best life skills I can teach you, and - ding ding ding - I get to reap the benefits from the get-go.
Wanted: a pool/beach bag to hold all the stuff in one trip. Bonus points if my DH isn't embarrassed to carry it.
Success. It had already been to the beach before I could grab this photo. DH reported he loved it. Waverly home decor fabric on sale from JoAnn's last year. I've seen loads of Amy Butler
knock-off inspired prints there this year. Go make yourself one. Costs about the same as some seasonal tote from Target (seasonal as in "lasts only one season, if you're lucky") and holds the world... Well, four beach towels, knitting bag and usual paraphernalia to be precise. One bag for the whole family.
One of my favorite orchids. Four bloom stems! Past its peak, but still lovely. Especially against the dog/kid crushed family room sofa. Note to self ... tidy before blog photos. As beautiful as the blooms above are, this really makes me happy:
Found this slipper orchid stalk hidden today, along with three orchids with other unopened bloom stalks. Send this plant your best vibes. It had a bloom growing two years ago but young one knocked it over and it went into shock, dropping the bud and has been dormant since. This will be its first bloom ever. Needless to say, this bud is a secret (safe here since the youngest one doesn't read yet).
So, what was that hand in motion up to?
A new knitter is born!