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 About two months ago I found this awesome picnic basket at a local antique/flea market store in hopes that Steven & I will be taking Nathan on many a summer picnic soon!!!!

 I also picked up this vintage looking Waverly berries print at the same antique store. I folded it in half, sewed up three sides, then turned it inside out, and topstitched to make the perfect picnic blanket. Or you could use instructions from THIS book (also a fav of mine)!

 I then made a PICNIC ROLL out of one of my favorite craft/sewing books, The Rhythm of Family by Amanda Blake Soule, page 117. (Hint: Check it out from the library. You’ll love it!)

The mismatched silverware I picked up at Goodwill, and the orange cloth napkins and orange pocket on the picnic roll were made from table runner fabric I picked up at Ikea at Christmas time last year. I think it will all do very nicely. Yes, it will.

 I made a baby bonnet for a friend. This was my second one. My first one was white eyelet on the outside, and baby pink on the inside. Just lovely! I bought & used this incredible pattern from HERE, it being an instant PDF download. I was excited how easy and quick it was, and oh, how adorable! This may be my new go-to-making gift for baby showers!

 outside view.

 Oh, yes, it’s reversible too! This is the inside.

Do you like my head bust display? Haha….compliments of my wardrobe job in Florida a few years ago : )!

 This spice rack was gifted from my sister, Amy, who so creatively had my nephews clay displayed on it recently. See it before HERE on her blog. And her new version HERE.  I immediately fell in love with it as well, and envisioned it holding Steven & I’s herbal loose teas. I guess my sister and I have similar creative visions & tastes!!!

 I spray painted it. Well, twice. First, red….didn’t like it, then black. Just perfect now. And then a little sanding (I liked how Amy had it looking before like this). Saving all those baby food jars paid off, as they worked out to be just right for the shelves.

 It’s hung between the kitchen and dining room, looks pretty, and will be easy access for Steven and I to enjoy and create exhilarating combinations of fresh tea concoctions!

And I made another batch of homemade laundry soap. So easy and cheap! Love this stuff! See my post HERE on how to make it yourself.
A quick view of what my sewing area has looked like for the past two months…messy as usual. So many projects going on up there at the same time! That whole stack of fabric there on the floor is all intended to be something great!
And I finally cleaned up Steven’s art desk and his side of our craft room. So looking forward to his return in about three short weeks! Woohoo!

 I love Rae’s patterns, and can’t seem to stop buying them. I’m a real sucker for easy patterns that actually work! This is her itty bitty baby dress (HERE for free on her blog). Her pattern for it was only made for an infant, so I worked to make it larger for a friend’s one year old. I drafted a mock-up pattern with some muslin, and fortunately Nathan was the perfect model to create a good fit (just don’t tell his Daddy I had him in a dress…..Shh!!!!).

 and I think I’m hat crazy now. I just love how cute my son looks in them! I used THIS free pattern online, and made some adjustments to size it down so my 15 month old could wear it. His Easter hat HERE was my first, and now this one. I have plans in the works and a fat quater of fabric washed & ready to make a third. I’m just amazed that I can get Nathan to even leave his hat on!

And lastly, for now, here is a peak at some fabric soon to become a pair of Treasure Pocket Pants (pants blogged about HERE) for Nathan. I checked Sewing For Boys out from the library two months ago, and am just now getting around to sewing them. But, am very excited!!! At least that yellow fabric in the middle got made into clothes for Easter already. lol.
In my creative brain, I’m always backed up on projects. But that’s a good thing, right?
So much fun around here lately….getting together with well loved friends and spending treasured time with family! And enjoying every minute!
Lots and lots of preparations are going on around this house for an incredible husband and beloved Daddy to come home in just a few short weeks! There has been garden tending, basement & closet cleanings, and daily meal menu preparations going on just to start. My mind is already quite taken away with expectations of his soon return. I can’t wait! 🙂


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