Thursday, June 25, 2015

Florida State Fair

Growing up in Tampa, our family made an annual tradition of going to the Florida State Fair. I have such fond memories of so much time spent there with my parents, and then with friends in high school, and after moving back, I couldn't wait to take Chris and James. It was high time James appreciated the terribly delicious and non-healthy food delights to be had-- foot-long corn dogs, elephant ears, handmade fudge, yum! 
Fair family selfie!
This year, we were joined by the Paul family which was especially great so that neither Chris nor I had to ride kiddie rides with James. Woohoo!
Starting him off right with the Giant Slide.
(picture courtesy Stacy Paul Photography)
Checking out the caboose in Cracker Country.
Quinn and James find these far better than I would. They just go in a circle?!
(picture courtesy Stacy Paul Photography)
He loves corn dogs. He's totally our kid.
Reese, James and Quinn. Adorable friends. Love!!
James' dream of driving a monster truck fulfilled!
My boys taking a stroll down the Midway. So cute!
The swing ride was one of my favorites as a kid and James loved it as well.
(picture courtesy Stacy Paul Photography)
This picture is my FAVORITE! Have you ever seen anyone have as much fun
on a ride? It's awesome!!
(picture courtesy Stacy Paul Photography)
I love how it looks like James and Quinn just wandered off together.
(They didn't.)
(picture courtesy Stacy Paul Photography)
No visit to the fair is complete without seeing all the animals.
(picture courtesy Stacy Paul Photography)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sew Little Time, Sew Many Projects

Gotta love a good pun! I'm wondering how many of those I can make work on posts in the future...

Sewing projects continue to be my hobby of choice. I love giving them out as gifts and have not yet run out of friends and family to take them whether they like them or not enjoy them. Here are some pictures of ones I have made over the last few months.

As you will see, I stick with what works. This bag pattern has lent itself to quite a few different designs and they all came out so cute! I can say that because they were all gifts. I didn't keep them. I mean I wanted to, but I didn't.



This pattern is great for beginning sewers as well. I had a great time helping my niece, Hope, create a bag of her own. She picked out her own fabrics, learned to cut the fabric with a rotary cutter, and sewed the bag together herself. It was so much fun for me to share this hobby with her and I can't wait to tackle another project together soon. Great job, Hope! 
I lined up the ruler and she did the cutting
Learning how to use the sewing machine
The finished product is beautiful!
I was honored to be asked by my dear friend, Heather, to make a baby quilt and crib skirt for her daughter's nursery. 
The quilt folded up on the rocker
"Thank you for making this awesome quilt for
me to play on, Auntie Jill."
You're welcome, gorgeous girl!
After watching Hope and I sewing together, James wanted in on the fun, so one Saturday, he and Jackson had their own little project time. We went to the fabric store and they each chose some soft fleecy fabric to make their very own travel neck pillows. Jackson went with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers print, and James, being so very James, chose a neon leopard print. Because, why not? They each used the sewing machine and stuffed the pillows themselves. James even hand-sewed his pillow closed. He has already been asking for our next project together, so stay tuned for that!
I'm not entirely certain what possessed me to attempt this, but I got this idea to make matching dresses for my amazing friend Kerri's three little girls for Christmas. I have never made clothes before, let alone dresses with ribbon trim and zippers and such. It was quite a challenge, but I loved it  and I think they came out just darling! I can't wait to take pictures of the girls wearing them when we see them in August. Adorable! 
Last, but most decidedly not least, I have finally completed the quilt I started for Chris a couple of years ago. I designed it just for him, and he chose the colors and fabric, and then babies kept coming and quilts had to be made, so his got set aside. Now, we have moved to Florida and it is essentially summer, and his lovely, warm quilt is finished. You're welcome, honey, and yes, I will lower the thermostat every once in a while so you can cover up with it. 
Big enough to cover him completely. :)