Birthday girl!

Sara’s day lily photo.
Sara’s sky photo!

Originally uploaded by jennbennstar

Today is my daughter’s birthday. 13 years ago today she blessed us with her presence. She has made our lives special by being our daughter. We love her and wish her all the best in life. She makes us very proud. She is also a budding photographer! Look at her photo’s of the day lily, tree, and sky. I think she does very well using light.

fall is approaching and it is time to …

enjoy the cool fall air, feel the warm sun on our cheeks.. take in the sweet smells of fall.

I  think at this time it is time to restore order in the home, reflect on gardening woes and garden success’.  It is a glorious time to be outside.  It has been a really long time since Spring was here, Summer was long and hot. Sweltering heat. Drought. It was rough.
The hummingbird’s were late to my garden, which worked out great since we had such a late cold snap. Horribly late very cold snap. So, thankfully they stayed away until that passed. Now that fall is coming down the road, the night air is cooler, the mornings are almost brisk. Some small amounts of rain have fallen. We have new burgandy growth sprouting out on all of our roses.  A new flush of long forgotten green leaves.

Let’s look back on some  good flora…

Thanks for looking!

Restoring Order..

Over the past few weeks we have been busy trying to update our kitchen, paint the walls, ceiling, and cabinets. What a trial that has been. I am mostly done except for touch ups, trim,finishing the cabinets and ceiling. I know, I didn’t paint in the right order, I should have done the ceiling first, but I am 5 feet. I am so not looking forward to that part of the project. This all began because my sister had several pieces of furniture she did not need anymore.. so it goes, but my little kitchen really needed a face lift.

Ok, so then on to the real business of restoring order..we got our living room back..
Long story, but our dogs so love us and our furniture we decided to attempt behavior modification to change some of their bad ways. So, we switched our living room with our dining room. This is quite possibly ridiculous but we needed to let our little living room have a breather.. However, I couldn’t take anymore of this arrangement. I think we all felt a little displaced to some degree, So, after moving many pieces back around I think we here at our little bungalow are feeling much much better. I think with fall quickly approaching it is a natural process to turn inward and to prepare for the upcoming seasonal changes. I feel so much better and I think our Chi will be better too!
Here are a few photos of our offenders~

What color do you need?

You Need Some Green in Your Life

Green will make you feel alive, renewed, and balanced.

And with a little green, you will project an aura of peacefulness and harmony.

If you want stability, you’ve got to get a little green in your life!

For extra punch: Combine green with blue or purple

The downside of green: It can promote jealousy in yourself or others

The consequences of more green in your life:

You will be drawn to a new life path

You will feel free to pursue new ideas and interests, no matter how strange

You will be released from the demands and concerns of others

Simplicity 3732


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Now I am not a great seamstress, and this gave me fits! It was too big around the neck, too tight around the waist.  Ughhh…. I did use an inexpensive fabric in case I had these problems, but still! I hate to waist my time. SO, I would not give up. What I did…

1.  Reworked the neck by sewing it smock style, going around 3 times to secure and tighten up the gathers…

2. Opened the side seams and made the waist slit style.

I think it was a good save, and I can see myself wearing this under a jean jacket maybe?!

I would make this again with these considerations,  a small pattern print, better quality fabric, shortened elastic strip for the neckline. and I would make the sides seams with side slits from the get go. Also, this pattern called for the hem to be made on the sleeves before placing the sleeves in, I would do it after.
Addendum~ I took another go at this pattern… This time in Gingham, love the fabric! It went a lot better this time, the fabric is softer and drapes a little better, and I worked out those kinks.. kind of. I think it’s a keeper! Please excuse my dirty bathroom mirror! It is not really dirty just old and tired. No matter how hard you try to shine it up, it stays the same!

I am working on this knitty project for Em, in Cotton Ease Lime and berry. I think it will be really cute.

I am also in the midst of  major fall cleaning and sorting. I am always in the battle of controlling clutter. Laundry that never ends and children that are resistant to putting there clothes and shoes away in their proper places. Oh me… but in the big picture none of that really matters. 

Have you enjoyed my little trip down memory music lane?

Have fun here! and rock on!!!!