Second & Third Week of Summer

Hi there. I know I’ve been a bit MIA. Thank you Patty for checking up on me on IG. Also, Wisps of Words had commented on my last post, “You are one busy lady. But of course, since you are in the middle of child rearing. My “old lady” suggestion, is….. Concentrate on that! This family time, will not come again. But blogging, will always be here. 🙂”  I took her words to heart so I’ve decided this summer I’ll be playing somewhat by ear in terms of blogging. I had envisioned my summer to be one filled with sewing and some knitting besides taking the girls here and there. Now that the appointments are pretty much done and I’ve got their summers planned out in terms of their activities, I’m going to make my summer happen. My plan for here is to try to check in every Sunday.

I’ve read nine books since school has ended. I won’t be giving in-depth reviews of them here in these summer posts though. However, I’ll list them and maybe make a comment or two:

  1. Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton – a series I’m enjoying that I know will make Di happy; speaking of who…Di, I’m on the hold list for the next book!
  2. Wild Magic (Immortals, #1) by Tamora Pierce – a must read/listen to!
  3. Death Threads (A Southern Sewing Circle, #2) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
  4. A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas – a good, in-between bridge for the next book
  5. The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch, #2) by Rin Chupeco – I really like this series and just may buy it.
  6. The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce #9) by Alan Bradley –  I love this series and the direction it’s taking.
  7. Murphy’s Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1) by Rhys Bowen – wasn’t overly impressed
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling – I’ve read this series so many times that I’m going to take a break from it.
  9. Guaranteed to Bleed (The Country Club Murders #2) by Julie Mulhern – I’ve forgotten how much I’ve enjoyed this series; the mystery was pretty good, not as good as the first book.

I’ve been getting some knitting done:

My shawl is practically done and blocked. I have three, Scout tassels to make and to attach.

I’m finally on the foot of the teenager’s second sock. It’s nice, vanilla knitting, letting me relax on the couch while we watch a movie.

Last weekend I went out to brunch up on the peninsula with the two, Ulloa Sharka, PTA mums I keep in touch with. We waited for an hour and a half to get a table. The food is really good but I don’t know if I’d wait again that long. I whipped up some zipper pouches for El and Nin:

These two women love their wine so I looked on Etsy and found this terrific, modern, Robert Kaufman print.

Click on the gallery to see better photos. Four wines are featured in this print. I purposely cut the fabric so each side showed off the wine. I found this fabric on Etsy in this shop. My two girlfriends loved their pouches!

I had two July babies to make cards for. My card game has been a bit flat this year so I texted both and told them my snail mail was going to be tardy because my perfectionism won’t let me send them anything less. This first one, for my younger cousin, is the Impossible Card; I used Maymay Made It’s tutorial.

Can you tell where it gets its name? He texted me Friday night and thanked me for it.

This type of next card I’ve been wanting to make for ages:

It’s a shaker card. I bought some window acetate, like transparencies that can take the heat, on Prime as none of the stores sell it. I used two levels of foam tape to create the depth needed for the iridescent sequins to shake around.

I have to admit that I’m not used to such a clean aesthetic in my cards. You know I like to distress edges and to over stamp to create an aged look in them. This one I was a bit stumped on. The top cardstock is scored to mimic full wall wainscoting since I wanted the shaker aspect to be the center feature. I think I will be researching other ways to make this type of card because I used a lot of foam tape.

Okay, that’s my update for now. I have my sewing workspace set up here and am itchin’ to sew. I hope you’re having a good Sunday. I apologize for being behind on your blogs and will sit and read your posts when I can. Thank you for all of your past visits; you know I read each and every one of your comments. TTYS.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. -clapping hands- You took my advice! 🙂

    Yes, please do play your blogging by ear. Live your summer to the fullest. Especially at this time of your life. 🙂

    Ohhh just love the wine material you found, for those little bags!!! Just perfect!!!

    I am deep into the next “Inspector Gamache” Series, and loving it. Thick book, but so many twists and turns, it keep you on your toes. And enjoying it.

    Like the look of some of your titles too. But have 3 more from the library, waiting on my table. 🙂

    Enjoy your time!!!!!!!! Blog when it is really possible. Autumn and winter will come. 🙂

    Hugggggggsssss

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  2. Marsha Noce says:

    I agree, enjoy your child rearing years. You will never get them back. That is why you hear grandparents say, “My grandchildren give me a chance to do what I didn’t with my children.”

    You have still managed to knock some gorgeous cards out. I am always impressed with them.

    As always, your sewing projects are superb. I really need to get back to my project bags. I need at least a dozen done before Christmas.

    Cute sock. Why does the foot part always take the longest? Turning the heel is my favorite part.

    Have a lovely week.

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  3. Patty Magyar says:

    It’s ok if you are into a relaxed blogging mode! And..I love short and sweet reviews. So…yours were perfect! I loved the print of those zippered bags, too!

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  4. Greg says:

    Hey Stefanie! Nine books is good! Yay for Guaranteed to Bleed- those are so fun. 🙂

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  5. What great advice! And definitely advice I need to keep in mind when I get to caught up in little details that really don’t matter. I love the cards – especially all the details on the window card. 9 books is great! I love the Julie Mulhern series and have the newest one though I haven’t read it yet. Soon though! Have a great week!

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  6. Stefanie! I signed up to get notifications when you post so I’ll stay on top of when you do get a chance. You’ve asked me questions on my blog and Im sorry I have had my head in the clouds and can’t recall what you asked. There is nothing more precious than the time you are in with family!!! I agree. I LOVE your shawl. Love love love it.

    I took out the other log cabin because Im just sick of the reminder! Found a stockinette shawl pattern called Saturday stripes and I’l use theyarn for that project.

    Zach is home!!! Job hunting in the US. Still considering going back to Mexico.

    Did you ask me about the hat? The brim? IF that was you, yes you make the brim by knittnig the provisional cast on with the live edge before you knit the remainder of the hat.

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  7. isn’t summer vacation fun? You have been busy and you have your girls 🙂 I have slowly been knitting more after a minor back strain. Gah. I feel the best yet, onward and upward.

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  8. MrsMcD918 says:

    Wow, you’ve been busy! I love your shawl and always look forward to your book reads. You are a wiz with those zippered pouches!

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  9. oooh… those pouches are the cutest! I’m glad you’re enjoying your summer with the family and through your projects. Continue having fun! 😉

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  10. The little bags are too cute. Go you! It looks like you’ve been buy reading too. I was gone for ver 14 days on vacation and came home with health issues. But, I am loving the summer heat and sunshine.

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  11. You’ve been so creative again! Your pouches are pretty and original, the cards are super cute and your knitting is beautiful, as always!

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