Had been giving some thought to what Harleigh can give her close group of girlfriends at school for graduation/goodbye gifts and really wanted to craft something. And it would have to be something that Harleigh feels good about giving. I remember Jenn getting some really cool books-turned-into-boxes off of Etsy for bridal party gifts, and I'm thinkin' "I could make those." Given that Harleigh goes to a Christian school, I searched out some Bible-focused books and plan on turning them into keepsake boxes. Harleigh was thrilled with the idea and thinks that her friends will be super appreciative of the thought and time that will go into making them. Here are some of the books in the image above.
Every day this week I've gotten to work and found a voicemail on my office phone from Harleigh. A simple "hey, Mommy" with a few encouraging words, a nod to having a great day, "I miss you," and "I love you." I told her how much I appreciate this little gesture and how much they start me off on the right foot. I think I've been a better person throughout the day because of these morning messages. And every AM when I listen to the new one, I play back the ones from the previous days. It's gotten me to thinking about ways that we can connect meaningfully when she heads off to college.
Harleigh had her two top wisdom teeth taken out on Thursday, and it didn't go nearly as smoothly as the extractions of the bottom two a year earlier. I worked from home on Thursday and Friday, both super busy days. And working from home ain't no easy feat. The distractions are less, but the inconvenience of not being there with easy access to people makes it a little more challenging. Needless to say, with as much as I got done, I'll be playing a bit of catch-up tomorrow. Here is a sweet floral arrangement and stuffed puppy that arrived on Saturday from Harleigh's girlfriend posse at school. I like the hanging jar. Then on Saturday Ali and I had a great wedding craft day, which was made all that much more glorious with the warm sunny weather. We got so much done. This image is a sneak peek. Ooooo la la, the progress we made! Then today, after church, it was home to work on more wedding stuff, watch TV, catch up on paperwork . . . nest. And as the sun set, a hail storm hit complete with thunder and lightening. But being in the safe confines of Chateau Gahan made it all OK.
Right before Gideon's head hit the armrest of the craft room chair (where he insists on sleeping despite the fact that the chair is better suited for a dog half his size) and he drifted off for his afternoon nap, he said, "Momma, make sure you thank all those nice blog ladies for my birthday wishes. Makes me feel special." These napkins are not really my taste, but how could I resist 8 perfect vintage VERA cloth napkins. Happy napkins for sure.
I love finding amateur paintings at my local thrift store. I imagine who painted it and why they chose to give it up. Did they think it not good enough? Was it setting around unfinished for too long, a project that would knowingly never be completed? Well, I love this little painting. Really love the flowers on it. The lavender wooden bucket doesn't go with my decor, but it's easily hidden by my McCoy vase.
One of the best mass purchases I ever made while thrifting has been old brass candlesticks. Super cheap. And I've gotten quite a bit of mileage out of them. Painted them white for Jenn and Jason's wedding: Re-painted them black for our office Thanksgiving Feast: Then last night while going through back issues of Town & Country magazines, I came across these cake stands made by Iacoli & McAllister (and selling for between $85 and $120!). I could so do these myself (theirs are repurposed brass candlesticks as are mine). Instead of Corian tops, perhaps vintage plates for my versions? Oh lordy, another craft project calling my name.[Photo courtesy of designboom]
How come my weekend TO DO list winds up so unevenly distributed between Saturday and Sunday (especially when Saturday winds up being in the 60 degree range and sunny)??? Quite a busy day ahead of me today. Hunker down, Dawn E. Girl, and git 'er doooooooone!
(A random picture of my bathroom wall, complete with be-jeweled Walmart clock. Every bathroom needs one.)
Most of my file folders go into my metal file cabinet, but some I keep out in an active stack. In an effort to keep them handy, but not out in the open, I opted to take a vintage sewing/knitting caddy and use it to hold the files. Not only are they easy to get to, but if I need them all, I can take the basket wherever in the house I need to.
I'm debating whether to replace the sling, but I rather like the faux crewel fabric.
In the hopes that someday in the future I will be a grandmother (and called Marmie), I've begun writing down traditions and activities that I will want to enjoy with the grandkids. Rather than use a journal, I'm jotting notes in the margins of a vintage book (about a big, happy family, no less).
"Our house was not unsentient matter — it had a heart and a soul, and eyes to see with; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence and lived in its grace and in the peace of its benedictions. We never came home from an absence that its face did not light up and speak out in eloquent welcome — and we could not enter it unmoved."- Samuel Clemens
I am probably the most content person you'd ever want to meet. I have a decent job working with people I like, a loving family including a swell Old English Sheepdog, a home where nesting and curling up on slipcovered sofas is required, and a life rich in creative crafting and daydreaming. I someday want a cottage at the beach where my grandchildren can bring sandy feet into the house, wet bathing suits can dry on the front porch and everything we need to get to is a bicycle ride away.