My Husband, My Hero: My computer whiz hubby was able to recover all my files from my severely damaged hard drive. Hooray! [Thank you, my dear!] Have I told you that my marriage is a match made in heaven? I break computers and he fixes them.
Hello, I Still Sew: You might have thought from the last few posts that I had given up sewing. Have no fear, I've been putting my sewing machine to good use lately. Realizing that studio craft is four weeks away has been a huge motivator! I don't want to be the only designer there with an empty table. A few weeks ago I made some patchwork coasters, but wanted a "pocket" to store the coasters. It turned out a bit wonky so I'll be tweaking the design on my second attempt.
Sprucing Up The Studio: I finally put up my linen covered inspiration board + wallpocket in my studio. I picked up the beautiful charcoal linen in the remnants section at Britex. For the board on the left, I stretched the linen over some homasote. For the other board, I sewed a band of pockets on the bottom, stretched ribbon across the top and hung some Ikea hooks on the ribbon. [See my favorite little drawing by Eireann + letterpressed card designed by Lisa + Maria?] The boards are both 30"x42" and take up one wall of my studio. I still have a long way to go before my studio looks "just right", but things are on hold until next month.
My Son, The Library Director: After our weekly trip to the local farmer's market, we went across the street to the library. We spent some time reading books under this beautiful American sycamore. Have I told you how much Big J loves "reading" books. Loves, loves, loves to read. His favorite "genre" would be dinosaur books. This morning he set up his dinosaur books along the wall of the playroom and announced, "I'm a library director!" He keeps telling Baby J, "You can pick any book you want."
I *Heart* Wallpaper: I really love all the modern + vintage wallpaper prints out there. I've been wanting to use wallpaper to make a "mural" in the children's playroom, something like this [the tree]or this. [side note: Why don't we have any cool children's magazines in the states?]
Coming + Going: Our dear friends from California [6 of them] will be flying in later this week. I'm so excited! I foresee lots of late-night talks, laughing + BBQ'ing. Appah will be leaving this weekend for a one-week business trip to Japan. Is it bad that I'm excited he's leaving? Well, only because he will be in Japan. This Japanophile is hoping some cute Japanese fabric will find its way into my husband's suitcase [hint hint]. [If any of you have recommendations for fabric shops in Tokyo, please let me know.]
Something Has Got To Give: As you may have noticed, I've been a little quiet over here. Although I love writing in my weblog and connecting with so many of you on a regular basis, I'm feeling the need to achieve some balance in my life. Raising my boys is my number one priority. I am grateful to be at home full-time with Big J + Baby J, as well as to fill my need to live a creative life via my crafting + little business. But I also need to devote more time to taking care of myself--physically and spiritually. Those areas of my life have been neglected lately and I have decided to make them a bigger priority. So, if I'm a little quiet at times, hopefully it is because I'm out running or doing some yoga or meditating + praying.
Thanks for reading this mega post. Have a wonderful week!