Thursday, August 29, 2013

Late night sewing

When Billy is gone on fires I tend to stay up a lot later than I probably should. Last night was one of those nights. I have been wanting to sew myself a purse for a couple years now and I could never quite decide on style, fabric, size, etc. Well, my purse that I've been carrying around for the past several years is really tattered, worn and dirty and I decided that whatever I made was going to be better than what I was using. So, I made a small messenger bag that I have made a couple times before for gifts. I tried to write down all the things I wanted to design in to fit my needs before I started and I was able to make it with most of my wants. It doesn't zip closed... which I kinda wanted to help keep Jameson out of it... oh well. But it has three internal pockets, one zipper pocket, one pleated pocket and one sectioned pocket for pens. I also sewed a small tab where I can clip my keys inside. The front of the bag also has a small pocket, perfect for a phone and chap stick and I made a Velcro closure for that one.
All in all I am excited to run errands tomorrow with my new purse and give it a trial run.
Here it is- I didn't take a picture of the inside, but I lined it with the flower fabric. It's very fun inside!

Saturday, August 10, 2013


I successfully completed my first tile project all by myself! I started with measurements and then used the skill saw to cut a piece of hardie backer. Got a pile of tile that had been laying around and some thin set (ready mix). Pulled the tile saw out of the shed for the ends that needed cutting and pieced it all down. I finally got some grout today (ready mix again!) and grouted the tile.
Not bad for my first attempt solo :)  Nice that it was just under the kitchen sink so it really doesn't matter how it looks. Now it smells way better down there and will be so easy to clean.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Calf sitting take two

We spent the last 3 days with the baby calves again. This time we had the AM & the PM shifts :) The boys enjoyed helping me scoop the grain and checking for chicken eggs in the hen house. Zachary was not shy around the calves and even helped brush their fur today. The newest addition to the animal line up was Sheba the Llama! She is the protector of the baby calves and she is doing a great job. They no longer have to be loaded into a trailer at night because Sheba is on guard.
I remembered my camera this time :) Hooray.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Arts and Crafts

Yesterday I got some materials out for the boys to do some crafts. They enjoyed doing crafts so much at Dinkey Creek and they talk about it all the time. I thought I could try and start up Friday craft day. William and Zachary cut up colored construction paper and glued it onto a paper... they LOVE using their scissors! Then, I had seen a cute popcorn tree online that we did together as well. I drew the outline of the tree and they water colored it and then glued popcorn on once it dried.
I thought they did a great job and we will have these art pieces hanging up at least until Dad gets home from his fire (whenever that will be)