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August 22, 2012

A Little Holiday

Summer is winding down for the boys and I'll be taking a little holiday to share this time with them before school begins again.

So, I'll be away for a wee bit. (I plan to connect again sometime around September 5th).

This summer has been as great as I could hope. Here are a few things I've loved to pieces this season:

Sylvia's Quinoa Cakes (My favorite favorite summer meal):

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These super fun games that the folks at Zume sent us. They actually got the boys excited to run around outside more. One night, we had tons of boys outside playing Zume games until 10:30 pm. What could be better than boys being crazy and having fun?

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Image: Zume

These beautiful bracelets that Heather introduced me to. And they're recycled too!

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Image: Heather Bullard

Note: I have a call in to the maker of the bracelets so that I can provide you with her contact information in case you want to purchase your own. I'll provide contact information for the maker here if I'm able to do so. Stay tuned...

So, farewell until September...

Love,

me

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August 17, 2012

A Little Bit About Love

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Today is Colin and my wedding anniversary. I always feel so reflective on these days, thinking about life and what has happened along the way. And naturally, I've been thinking about love and how I really consider it to be one of the greatest gifts we have - the ability to give it with all our hearts.

I remember when I was in the thick of things with the boys, three of them in diapers at the time and one had become quite a turkey. It seemed he just couldn't be tamed and day after day, he was becoming more of a wild thing.

Climbing up onto the dining room table and dangling from the chandelier, sneaking lotion into his bed and proceeding to wipe it all over himself, the bed, and the wall. And so on. I was really at my wits end. And then one day, it occurred to me while talking to my sister-in-law, Allison. I told her I was going to just flood him with love, more than ever before. More holding, more hugging, more attention. More love.

And miraculously, it worked. Such a simple little thing.

He was transformed into the most gentle little soul.

Now today, if you were to talk about love and its special gifts, you'd probably get laughed out of the room. And I think that's sad.

If only we could all just show a little more love, love our children, love our world, and each other, we could change it.

Really we could.

Call your mom and tell her you love her.

Send a note to a friend telling them how much they mean to you.

Bake a pie and give it to your neighbor.

Give your son an extra hug today.

Take your daughter's hand and lead her on a little walk. Tell her what you love about her.

Donate to charity.

Thank your husband for the life you've created together.

Play a board game with your children.

Pay someone a compliment.

And love yourself.

............... and the world will feel your love ................

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August 15, 2012

Aprons From Vintage Sheets

One of my favorite uses for cute and colorful vintage sheets is as material for aprons.

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Just like old tablecloths, vintage sheets are made from great quality cotton and you can find them frequently at yard and estate sales and thrift shops too.

Before you get started, make sure to launder them in hot water and if there are stains, soak in OxiClean. If stains persist, simply avoid them when you lay out your pattern pieces.

You can find this and more fun projects in my book: The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen.

Hanging rack from Forget-Me-Not Shoppe, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Image by John Granen.

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August 14, 2012

Make Your Own Dishtowels

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I always found it hard to pass up pretty old tablecloths spotted at yard sales. Some had holes, others stained beyond usability. But this old material is the best cotton and linen that you'll find anywhere, so into my buy pile they'd go.

So, what to do?

Turn them into colorful little dishtowels, using the fabric that isn't damaged.

Simply cut into your ideal shape and trim with bias tape. If you want to get really fancy, like we did here, make your own bias tape with contrasting fabric.

You can find bias tape makers at your local fabric shop, and they come complete with directions on how to make your own.

Your kitchen will be smiling in no time.

You can find this and more fun projects in my book: The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen.

Images by John Granen

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August 13, 2012

The Mountains

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We headed to the mountains in search of some huckleberries and inspiration. The air is cooler here and the silence different than anywhere else.

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The snap of a twig. A gurgling stream. Hidden paths of dreams.

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Sunlight dapples. Huckleberries are found.

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Inspiration abounds.

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August 08, 2012

Where in the World is Serena?

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The summer is flying by and I've been happily pretty much off the grid. Time spent mostly with Colin and the boys, enjoying this fleeting time in their childhood, and a few quick trips with friends.

This weekend found me in San Francisco.

Chinatown is just as wonderful as I remember it.

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The Ferry Building was full of tasty treats:

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All in all, a great weekend in the city.

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P.S. You can read more about our weekend on Heather's blog, here.

We also made it to the flea, where we met up with Cathe. You can read about that here and all about Heather's finds here.

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