blog stop 18 :: elnora on instagram

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Elnora is sharing her absolutely adorable make for the Sew Illustrated blog tour on Instagram today. Just look at her fussy cutting! It is just the cutest pouch ever! Click over to see her amazing video.

August 15: C&T Publications

August 16: Amy at nanaCompany

August 17: Wynn at Zakka Art

August 18: Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19: Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20: Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21: Stacy at Stacy Olson

August 22: Debbie happy little cottage

August 23: Generation Q Magazine

August 24: Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25: Ayda at  cafenohut

August 26: Melissa at Oh, how sweet

August 27: Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28: Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29: Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30: Nadra at ellis & higgs

August 31: Kristyne at pretty by hand

September 1: Elnora on Instagram

September 2: Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3: Auribuzz

September 4: Minki at Minki’s Work Table and Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast


end of summer blues

Summer is barreling to a close and I’m desperately trying to hang on to all the moments. All the big ones and small ones alike. From leisurely mornings, to afternoon outings, to our ten days in Washington. We even snuck in a deep cleaning of the kid’s bedrooms in there—which always feels good.

Every other year we met up with two of my brothers and their families, and my dad and spend a week at a gorgeous lake house in northern Washington. This year we added on a couple of days at the beginning of the trip to play tourist in Seattle. We spent one morning touring the University of Washington, because amazingly, the Girl will be headed to college next fall (gasp). It’s an amazing campus and my little city-girl-at-heart fell in love with both the school and Seattle in general.


That afternoon we spent a wonderful afternoon at the EMP museum. It was crazy fun. Conveniently, the Space Needle is right next store, so we checked that one off as well.



The next day we took off for the lake. Let me tell you, this is my happy place. The location is stunning, and mix that in with a whole lot of extended family that we don’t see enough, and lots of cousin love—well, you get the point.



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School started last week and at least I can rest in the fact that we squeezed out every last drop of summer that we could.

summer fun: one child at a time

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Both boys are off at sleep away camp this week. They are at different camps, one is at youth group camp and the other at soccer camp. The dynamic is so different with only one child at home. When this does happen, it is not usually the Girl that is the one at home. But this week it is and I want to soak it up. The Girl is sixteen and I am painfully aware that she will be off to college in not too many years.

So, while the boys are away, we are planning on some Girl Time. She is actually at theater camp until 2 pm everyday, but after that, we have some simple plans. Yesterday involved a stop by Jamba Juice for a smoothie and a little summer wardrobe refresher shopping. Her favorite dinner–Moosewood Mac and Cheese and Twelve Years a Slave, a movie that we would not have watched if the youngest boy was home.

Today will be a stop by Starbucks and then Mother-Daughter pedicures at a local nail spa. Not sure what dinner will be yet, but if I let her choose it will most certainly contain cheese and bread or pasta. Having the lactose-intolerant boys out of the house has released all restrictions on cheese.

Tomorrow may include a nice long afternoon at the bookstore and maybe another movie that we have said no to because of younger brothers. Maybe a little sketching out on the patio with a cup of tea. And talking about books, summer plans, and life.

Whatever we do, and it doesn’t really matter, I am loving this one-on-one time with my girl.IMG_2408