for the weekend….

for the weekend

 

for the weekend

 

Wow, what a week!

I'm ready for a three day weekend. 

Some time to finish clean-up, but mostly to relax and fill our bodies with nourishing food and lots of rest.

And maybe just a little sewing for me.

 

I have a few links to share for your exploring….

Green smoothies. I think I've shared them before, but that's okay. They're that good.

I pre-ordered this book months ago, and it just shipped. Their blog is lovely too.

I really want to make a tova. This is why.

A handmade kingfisher. So beautiful.

Looking forward to the next issue of this, Retreat.

Loving this.

 

Just for fun, a year ago this week. (it's a recipe!)

 

Wishing you all a very lovely weekend.

~stephinie

 

ps ~ thank you for all the kind words yesterday. you all are such a sweet & caring bunch!

 

safe, sound & grateful

On the eve of the storm we headed out to watch the clouds swirling above us. As the sun set, a beautiful double rainbow stretched out across the sky….

 

sunset before the storm

 

sunset before the storm

 

safe, sound & grateful

 

We came inside and rearranged the den to make a giant sleepover of air mattresses. This is the one room in the house away from any trees. Joe I slept but a few winks as every little noise had us checking on this thing or that thing. The power went out for a few hours and we found ourselves moving suitcases, furniture and tucking towels around the front door at 3 a.m. The wind was driving the rain at the front of the house so hard it was seeping in some spots. Afterwards we lay on the air mattress in silence. Listening. At 6 a.m. the power came on and I ran into the kitchen to heat water for some coffee.

The rest of Wednesday s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d by every so slowly as the wind blew and rumbled around us.

 

safe, sound & grateful

 

safe, sound & grateful

 

safe, sound & grateful

 

safe, sound & grateful

 

We finally found ourselves with the wind letting up and the sun peeking out. We felt so grateful for nothing more than a whole lot of branches and leaves that need to be cleaned up. Our little fruit trees and great big oak trees stayed right where they were.

 

safe, sound & grateful

 

As the sun began to turn the Louisiana sky pink and grey last night, we found ourselves safe, sound and grateful.

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers and good wishes.

much love to you~

stephinie

 

waiting for isaac……

Well, it's official.

That tropical storm out in the gulf just turned into a hurricane.

 

watching..... waiting.....

 

watching..... waiting.....

 

watching..... waiting.....

 

watching..... waiting.....

 

watching..... waiting.....

 

We're not anticipating an evacuation here, but we're packed just the same. As we boarded up the windows we said a silent prayer to those big beautiful oak trees in the yard that we love so much. They've weathered many storms before and we think they'll stand tall and strong, but a hurricane? Goodness.

We've been watching the path change and send Isaac right in our direction. When anxiety runs high I find that I need to stay busy. So the laundry is done, bed sheets cleaned, bathrooms scrubbed. The house smells like fresh granola, and chocolate chip cookies. Yes, cookies. While that may seem a bit absurd it sure brought a smile to all our faces. (it also makes the very dark kitchen a bit more tolerable)

 

watching..... waiting.....

 

watching..... waiting.....

 

So for now, we're as ready as we can be. It's time to take a deep breath and relax.

I'll see you soon….

~stephinie

 

~mindful monday~

~mindful monday~

a garden pest to me…. a bit of wonder to them….

 

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mind.ful = conscious or aware of something

Something that speaks to your heart and leaves you feeling beautifully grounded right where you are. If you’d like to share yours…. please leave a link in your comment below for others to discover.

 

happy monday friends,

~stephinie

 

the spindrift quilt – a giveaway

Another Saturday shop update!

After this, I’ll be sharing them less often. Once a month perhaps. I usually feel like a kid with a crayon drawing when I come here with my pile of photos to share…. I want to tell you guys “look, look what I made!”

It’s kind of fun.

I’ve been making some changes over in the shop. Etsy lets customers use direct checkout now, so non paypal users can make purchases much easier. I just got my shop all set up for that. I also updated my about page with a sweet little story of how I started making my quilts. I’d love to know what you think of it. Of course…. some of you may remember the original quilt post over three (!) years ago. Wow does time fly…

Today I listed some silk gift wrap options, a few lovely little vintage inspired patchwork doll quilts, and some new spindrift quilts for little ones:

 

silk gift wrapping

 

patchwork waldorf doll quilt

 

spindrift quilt - little farm girl

 

I know I’ve mentioned before that a lot of my sewing gets done in the wee hours when the rest of my house is asleep. While this usually works beatifully, I do occasionally push the tired mama thing a bit far. This sometimes results in a mistake. This beautiful whale quilt is one of those. I used the wrong marker to draw the curved edge and it bled through a tiny bit. It’s not something I can offer in the shop. It’s like a handmade second. (you know, the not quite perfect item in stores that is usually discounted) I wondered exactly what I should do with this almost perfect quilt……

 

the spindrift quilt - a giveaway

 

the spindrift quilt - a giveaway

 

the spindrift quilt - a giveaway

 

I know I myself am a lover of not quite perfect things. Thrifted finds and loved before things fill my home. And I wondered who else loved these sort of things. So naturally, I thought of you. I figured you wouldn’t mind a wee little bit of yellow along the edge. It will still be a beautiful handmade quilt that lasts generations. It will swaddle a sweet little one and join them on adventures. I know one of you will love it up. Imperfections and all.

 

the spindrift quilt - a giveaway

 

So, it’s yours. It’s sewn up with organic cotton fabrics and batting. Quilted with a lovely wispy sea design.

Just leave a comment here on this post to enter. I’d love for you to share the giveaway with friends. I will draw a winner next weekend.

Best of luck….

Enjoy the last bits of your weekending.

 

xo

~stephinie

 

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Thank you so much for the amazingly sweet comments!

I know just what to do when another not quite perfect quilt happens in the future.

The winner (drawn via random.org) is:: 


Dana ~ My whale-loving little boy would adore this! And what a lovely story behind the give-away.

 

congratulations Dana!

 

deodorant review + weekend links

deodorant review + weekend links

 

I'm going to be frank with you. I can be a stinky girl. Living in a humid hot environment means you will frequently be soaked with sweat if you brave the sunshine for a little does of vitamin d. Even if you stay in the shade and lounge in a hammock. It just really is that hot here during the summer months.

I have tried every… I mean E-V-E-R-Y hippie (aka aluminum free) deodorant on the market and even several homemade versions too. Louisiana kicks their bootie every time. When I read Heather's recent post (which made me laugh too), I thought a homemade version needed just one more try.

I ordered some arrowroot powder and patchouli oil. I mixed up a batch and tested it all last week in all kinds of really fun melting hot humid weather. And you know what? It works!! It really, really works. Like Heather mentioned, it is a deodorant. Not an antiperspirant. Which is just perfect for my needs. I love that everything in it is safe and mostly food based. Heather touches on some really good points for using a natural deodorant in her post as well.

My batch was mostly patchouli and a few drops of lavender. I love patchouli.

 

deodorant review + weekend links

 

deodorant review + weekend links

 

deodorant review + weekend links

 

deodorant review + weekend links

 

It's currently 80 degrees in my house with the ac running. So mine is a very soft smooth paste. A tiny bit of it is enough and rubs on smooth and feels dry, not sticky (due to the arrow root & baking soda). It has not irritated my skin, even after shaving. And one application in the morning has lasted all day. It's definitely a winner!

 

Along with this very fantastic deodorant recipe, a few other things left me inspired this week….

Amanda shared a really lovely post on being knitters.

Annie of Alphabet Glue is having a sale!

Ulla is offering one of her  beautiful handmade dolls in a giveaway

If you're feeling crafty this pencil roll and this bag tutorial left me smiling.

Also, washi tape lovers… this is for you.

And just for fun…. a year ago this week.

 

See you tomorrow for the last giveaway of August. (last week's winners were posted here.)

 

Happy weekending to you!

~stephinie

 

for violet…. or annie… or whatever her name is….

Well firstly, let's excuse the poor lighting in these photos shall we? It was a rainy day… every day has been that way lately…. and so the lighting is uhm… challenging.

I experimented with a new batting and had an oops quilt that I couldn't sell in the shop. Sophie was completely smitten with the fabric, so we cut it up….

 

for violet.... or annie... or whatever her name is....

 

for violet.... or annie... or whatever her name is....

 

We saw these on pinterest and used her favorite doll to measure for size. I left the curvy edge of the quilt for the top and we rounded the corners. Do you see what it is? A sleeping bag for her baby. (who's name still changes regularly!) Out of the scrap basket came the last wee bit of homemade bias tape from this.

We sewed it up. The girl & I. She on my lap while we stitched. She sewed the pillow up all herself and then the baby of many names had a nice cozy spot for napping….

 

for violet.... or annie... or whatever her name is....

 

for violet.... or annie... or whatever her name is....

 

for violet.... or annie... or whatever her name is....

 

Something not so good turned into something quite lovely after all. This repurposing might be my very favorite type of sewing in terms of gratification. A perfect way to spend a rainy day, indeed.

What have you been creating these days?

 

{ps ~ it's your last chance to enter the giveaway for the notecards…. I'll be drawing a winner tonight! it's open to everyone!} 

on the home front…..

on the home front.....

 

It's been raining. And raining, and raining, and r-a-i-n-i-n-g….

And while thunderstorms, amazing clouds & perfect examples in the sky to explain weather to kids is all fine and well. There can always be too much of a good thing.

I'm serious…. look….

 

on the home front.....

 

on the home front.....

 

In Joe's words, "when life gives you rain, go kayaking." The kids were actually all set to kayak wherever we needed to go. I was secretly glad that the pumps kicked in and we had dry roads again.

In other random news. Sophie has been making her own lunch. Peanut butter toast and salad with sesame seeds and currants. She said it would have dressing if someone would make some. ahem~

 Any suggestions?

 

on the home front.....

 

Also, you should meet Barbara. She's a cushaw squash. (have I told you we're silly?)

 

on the home front.....

 

And did anyone else catch the news article where they compared eggs to cigarettes? Are they serious?!? My response to that is this nice bowl of farm fresh hard boiled eggs to put on our salads this week.

 

on the home front.....

 

And also some home rendered lard from our pig share. 

 

on the home front.....

 

So there.

And because I think this post should end on a funny note…. Luke has this for you…..

It's his attempt at making a homemade parachute. I heard laughing, and jumping, and then he yelled to his sister, "how many of these things do I need to make me fall more slower?"

The answer? More than six.

 

on the home front.....

 

Now I am off to finish a late night cup of coffee and get some work done while these lovely kiddos are dreaming. Have a good night!

 

~mindful monday~

~mindful monday~

 

more than ever I am reminded of two things….

 

you will always miss them

        +

you will always worry

 

I think this will hold true no matter if they are 15 or 32

a little piece of your heart will be out there, walking around…..

 

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mind.ful = conscious or aware of something

Something that speaks to your heart and leaves you feeling beautifully grounded right where you are. If you’d like to share yours…. please leave a link in your comment below for others to discover.

 

happy monday friends,

~stephinie

 

a shop giveaway ~ {thrive}

Right now there is a pile of lovely handmades waiting for the thunder clouds to reside so I can photograph them and get them into the shop

It's been such a whirlwind kind of week here getting last minute things pieced together and the big boy ready for his Junior year of highschool. Can you remember when I dropped him off for his freshman year? It sure doesn't feel like two years ago….

It was certainly one of those weeks where the best of intentions got pushed aside to make room for real life. Sometimes that's just the way things go.

But a little work got done. And that's good enough.

 

a shop giveaway ~ {thrive}

 

a shop giveaway ~ {thrive}

 

a shop giveaway ~ {thrive}

 

a shop giveaway ~ {thrive}

 

Have I told you Joe plays karaoke with the kids and sends me secret popcorn when I sew? He really is the best. Ever.

And while I had planned to share with you TWO new things making their debut into the shop. That will just have to wait until next week. And that's okay. Because instead I am thinking about making do with what I have, in this moment.

Which made me think a set of THRIVE postcards from the shop would be a perfect giveaway for this weekend…

 

a shop giveaway ~ {thrive}

 

a shop giveaway ~ {thrive}

 

a shop giveaway ~ {thrive}

 

a shop giveaway ~ {thrive}

 

A set of ten postcards with envelopes. Details can be found here.

So, just leave a comment on this post to enter & I'll draw TWO lucky winners next Wednesday. Yes! TWO!

In the mean time…. I'll be choking back tears as I give this big lug of a kid of mine a goodbye hug and duck out of the dorms this afternoon. This goodbye thing never gets easier. But you know… I suppose that means we're doing something right. At least that is what I whisper to my heart in these moments.

See you Monday….

~stephinie

 

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Congratulations Kim & Tara ~ You won!

 

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