My sewing machine and I met last night. While my children were merrily splashing in the bathtub across the hall. Just long enough to add some bias tape as a hem on Aidin's dress.
Grandma made the dress a few years ago and since my girl grows up, but not out, it was rather short. Thankfully Grandma put in a proper 2 1/2 inch hem, so I ripped and trimmed. Voila! Dressed for another season!
Wow! I see I am not alone in my love for Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing! Kathryn wins the book, but everyone who didn't mention they already had the book wins a prize. I'll be sending a little recycled something to Jen (Happy Birthday!!!!), Chris and Andrea as well. K?
Have a splendid weekend! We have Brownie Play Day tomorrow, and for all you locals, the Kaw Valley Quilt Guild's annual show is Saturday and Sunday at the Fairgrounds. I went last year and loved every minute. Be prepared to endure pictures from this year's show next week.
It was time for the semi-annual rotation of the closets around here. Eliot is the lucky recipient of the hand-me-downs of my nephews AND our young friend, Matthew. Aidin gets some sweet stylish duds from our friend, Mackenzie. This weekend was time to pull out the tubs of things previously too big and add them to the drawers while removing the borderline too small and winter items.
The end result? I still have a 40 gallon rubber-maid tub FULL of stuff for Eliot that is either wrong season or currently too big. Aidin has her own big tub, half full of clothes for next winter.
And the things that came out of the drawers (and most of Aidin's baby/toddler/pre-school clothes that I had been hanging onto) were packed up to hand down to my sister-in-law, who now has one of each. That made six shopping bags and a box that once held diapers. Now I just have to store them until I see her in May. The trunk of my car is also full of other things to go to Goodwill.
As for my closet, I've been invited to a spring clothing swap. Isn't that a great idea? I'm ready to take a whole bunch of stuff and not bring back anything. Whatever is left goes to Goodwill.
So those are hand-me-down onesies with strategically placed freezer paper stencils to cover up some of the stains. I'm putting them in the mail today, because Arya will outgrow them before she gets them if I don't.
We also rotated the books. We love books. And we probably have too many books. So we rotate them by season. But when we got out the winter books we didn't take time to put the fall books away, and now we're 6 weeks into spring... it was a book explosion. So now we have four bags of books in the closet (summer, fall, winter & Christmas) and a much more manageable selection on the shelf. And while arranging the shelf I discovered a few duplicates. Hmmm... I guess when I really like a book, I want to make sure we have a copy.
One of the duplicates was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. Did you read this book when you were a kid? I remember my teacher reading it to us in elementary school. Or attempting to read it to us. She couldn't read because she was laughing so hard at the antics of Peter and Fudgie that she was crying. And we were in agony, shouting "What? What? What is so funny?" Granted, I haven't read it in years, so you might want to read it yourself before you start in reading it to your kids. Just sayin.
So if anyone wants my extra copy, leave me a comment to say how you're celebrating Earth Day. I'll draw a winner on Friday and include a few other fun recycled things.
It was a beautiful afternoon on the patio at the Replay. Aidin was very interested in people watching - there were a lot of highly tattooed folks wearing a collection of extremely interesting outfits taking some jaunty turns on the dance floor. But it was a good time. There's a short ode to Smokey on flickr.
And still no needle and thread work, but there was some freezer paper. More on that later.
and evidently they weren't creative enough because I still owed a lot of money to two states and the IRS. But here is a random assortment of other things we've been up to.
* I did go to opening day of Farmer's Market. By myself because no one else in my family could be pried out of their pajamas and away from cartoons. And it did snow. I bought some maple trail mix that has been almost completely consumed and some strange mutation of a rice krispy treat. My dear friend Jill was there, not as a vendor but as a Market Board member. So she and I trotted off to Henry's around the corner for an un-interrupted hour's worth of coffee and conversation. My morning couldn't have been better.
* Hyped up on caffeine, I visited the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library book sale on give-away day. That's right. Take whatever you want and as much as you want. Or in my case, as much as would fit in my shopping bag. Granted, the pickings were slim, but I still managed to come home with some great kids reference books on birds and horses, weaving looms and how things work. I also picked up some grown-up books, including The Far Pavilions, which I read in 1993 as a new resident of India. I recently watched the 1980s made for TV mini-series from Netflix. Forbidden love in the British Raj. ::swoon::
* On another coffee-related note, my 11 year old four cup coffee maker which was originally acquired for free is on it's last leg. I've run vinegar through it, which has helped in the short term, but now it is back to steaming instead of brewing. Yesterday it made a perfect four cups of coffee. This morning I got enough steam to remove wallpaper and half a cup of espresso. So if you detect some crankiness from me, that would explain it.
* Sunday we went to the Jayhawk victory parade. The parade started in the parking garage of my office, so we were able to see the players up-close and personal and even get a few things signed. And can I just say that Bill Self (our coach) is a really NICE guy?
* While waiting for said victory parade, my husband's band, the WiseAcres (formerly the Funsuckers) played outside the Replay Lounge. I've posted a few shortvideos of them in flickr. And one of a reprise by Aidin.
* Having received a clean bill of health and a reprieve from weekly doctor visits until July, my mom and dad took off with their trailer this morning. Destination: Big Bend National Park. Stinkin' cancer can't keep them down. So be prepared! Future blog fill will surely be their pictures from the road.
I hope you've got something more creative going on than I have over here!