This is what my sky looked like all weekend and it also reflected my mood. I can feel that change of the season coming on and its really affecting my spirit. The summer went so quickly and I don't believe I made the most of it. I know that there are still good times to be had and that I should live in the present making every moment count no matter what the season. I still can't help feeling a little sad. I believe it has more to do with working outside the home and not being able to spend as much time with my kids and at home as I would like. Unfortunately thats something that can't be changed for now so I must keep trying to make the time we do spend together as special as I can. As far a the change of season goes, I do love the fall and it looks like were going to have a good harvest of pupkins from the garden this year. Just thinking of the autumn colors lifts my spirits.
My husband was out of town this past weekend so it was just me and kids. We didn't leave the house the whole time. I must admit to you that I am a real homebody. I love to be a home and when I have two days in a row that with no where to go I am in heaven. The kids, not so much. They are way more social than I am and are use to the constant business of school. So to keep them happy during my hide out weekend I have to come up with projects for them or else they'll either meld minds with the television or kill each other. Not just any project will do for the girls. Their relationship is still abit tricky right now being that they are so close in age and attitude. I happended apon this blog post Friday and knew it would be perfect. And they really enjoyed it.
They loved making their own quilt and didn't fight or say "I'm bored" for at least thirty minutes. I'd call that a sucessful kid craft and time well spent together.
...and it felt good to cross this off my list.
The Vintage Smock as seen on SewMamaSew. Its for my husband's Aunt Betty. She is a wonderful gardner and everytime we visit her we go home with flowers to plant in our garden. Aunt Betty lives in her mother's (my husband's grandmother) house and alot of the flowers there were orginally planted by her mother more than fifty years ago. I hope this smock finds her well and will be put to good use in her gardens.
I altered the back of the pattern a little bit so I could leave the button off the back. I'm still a little intimidated by making button holes.
Now onto the next item on my "things to sew" list.
The start of another school year *insert exhausted sigh here*. Its my son's last year in elementary school and my daughter's first year. In one more year all three of my kids will be in school. It never ceases to amaze me at how fast time goes by. We all are having some difficulty adjusting to the changes in our routine, especially the morning routine. I've always been a night owl and had trouble waking up on time despite having worked a day job for the past 10 years. This is a little embarrassing to admit but my parents still have to wake me up in the mornings by calling until the answering machine picks up and then yelling my name until I answer it. And sometimes that dosen't even work. It must be wonderful to be a morning person, though. I dream of easy mornings, no rushing, no panicking, no running late, then I wake up and realized I've overslept again! I've also started new school year. I've been working on my associates degree in accounting and am now entering my second year. When I started this blog I was on a little break from school so now that I've started back I'm sure there will be long gaps in my postings in the near future *insert yet another sigh*. To change the topic a little, I am trying to let the kids help out more around the house. I say let because I am a little bit of a control freak when it comes to housework. Sure I complain all the time that no one helps me out around the house but really I won't let anyone help because I like things done a certain way. So my girls, tired of hearing mama complain and being guinuely sweet souls, keep asking to help me cook and clean. And I've decided its time to change my ways a little and let them help. Aside from cooking, they've also been watering the houseplants and learning to fold the laundry. And as soon as they learn to mop, do algebra, and write an essay I'll be on easy street.
I can feel my creative juices flowing again now that I have finished a few sewing projects that have been floating around in my head for a while. Last night I appliqued a couple of shirts for the girls. This article by Elizabeth was so helpful.
Now I find myself daydreaming about other things I can applique. I suffer from a touch of craft ADD. When I discover a project idea I get really into it until the next great project idea comes along. With all the great ideas out in blogland its hard to concentrate on one idea for very long.
I also tweaked the dress I made in this post and came up with this.
Now I just have to make another one to appease my girls. I always I have to make things in pairs.