Monday, July 23, 2007

I Did and I Do

 


Thirty years! I don't feel old enough to have been married that long, but that's what the calendar says. We're best friends as well as lovers. Not that the past 30 years have been without heartache, but through thick and thin we've stuck it out. This photo was taken in Spain on our vacation last month.
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Monday, July 16, 2007

A fun bag

 

 


I made this bag for my daughter's trip. It was quick and easy and now I want one for myself. I found the instructions here and changed them a little. (Go to free patterns, then the Sew Sweet Satchel) I didn't use bias tape but rather 3 inch wide strips folded in half, stitched to the edges and slip stitched over the seams, like I finish quilts. I added a button and loop instead of the magnetic closure and D-ring fob on the front.
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Monday, July 09, 2007

Blooming

 


It seems like summer has been a very long time in coming this year. But at last, the hydrangeas are blooming, along with roses, daisies and a few cosmos. I love the colour blue and since hydrangeas are blue, they might be my favourite flower. Except for one thing - they have no scent. But a bouquet of fragrant white roses and blue hydrangea - ah, the perfect combination.

This is a busy week. Our youngest daughter, Ashley, is flying away on Saturday - to Africa. She's going for 3 1/2 weeks on a missions trip with our church. She's the last one at home and at 20, still comes and sits on my lap once in awhile. I'm going to miss her terribly but will look forward to her return and to hearing all about her trip.

So what's keeping me busy? I finished up a messenger bag for her to take as a carry on piece. Then we thought that she might like a little bag, just big enough to hold a few essentials, for when she goes to "town." So I've got that well underway, until...my sewing machine needle broke. Serves me right for trying to sew over a metal zipper! I ended up having to take the bobbin thingamajingy out to retrieve the broken needle and now I can't get it back together. Frustrated with the whole affair, I gave up and will wait until my wonderful, handy, fix-anything husband gets home from work.

I could be cutting out a skirt Ashley decided would be nice to wear on the plane. But the fabric's in the dryer. Oh, is that the dryer warning I hear?
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Exploring the Czech Countryside

Most of our time in the Czech Republic was spent in Prague. One day, however, we ventured out of the city to Krivoklat Castle, in Centr...