At the end of June, the fam and I headed north. Our friends Tom and Anne invited us to come to Camp with them at Lake Leelanau, where her family built a wonderful 4-cabin establishment years and years ago. What a fantastic time we had! Lovely people, fun adventures near and in the water, and outstanding food: the chipotle cherry hummus is not to be missed.
In case anybody was wondering, here's Bune. He is every bit as ridiculous as he seems to be.
And actually, he is everything I ever hoped for in a dog. For better or worse, he is my fluffy white shadow. At the moment, he is on my foot.
His interactions with the kids are remarkably different. The Big Guy? Yeah, Bune is pretty sure he is another puppy. Babykid? Bune says, "Whatever you say, Little Boss." Good stuff. I love this guy.
I was sprucing up my classroom today when I found something I'd never seen before--as in, I didn't know it was in my room this whole time, and also, I had never seen a box of thumbtacks quite like this one! This box is a very nearly perfect cube. I wish I knew the exact year it was made.
The main reason I was at school today was to drop off a few items--folders, a pillow, a new-to-my-classroom desk chair, a few dry erase boards for homework assignments, some decorations--and put up new fabric on my bulletin board.
Know how I do fabric? Know how I have perfected the art of measuring things carefully and consistently? I have. I totally have. I sew things. I sew really cool things. You have to measure carefully to pull that off!
Guess who didn't measure her bulletin board before buying bulletin board fabric today. Go ahead and guess.
Colorful! Spicy! Bold! Inviting! Fun!
...and at least 10 inches too short.
I'll keep you posted on how this works itself out. In the meantime, we can all meditate on the merits of measuring twice (OR AT ALL) and cutting once.
Sometimes when it is 94 degrees out and your 83 year old house does not have air conditioning, you gotta do what you gotta do. So it was a week and a half ago. I had no choice. We went to the duck pond.
Did you know that when it's 94 degrees out, the only breeze in town is at the duck pond in Smithville? Stepping out of the car was like stepping into another much more wonderful climate that day. The kids and I headed out to the gazebo where they both spent some quarters on handfuls of duck food. A breeze--the only one in town--galloped through the fountain mist, and I decided I would just not think about the vast quantities of duck manure at the bottom of the pond--and by association, in the refreshing fountain mist. It felt wonderful.
You should know that I am a pathologically messy ice cream eater. One time the Husb and I went out for soft serve with friends--all of us grown up people who have eaten before--and before we were done, I had ice cream on every article of clothing I was wearing, including my shoes, as well as in my hair. This all just makes the fact that this time at the duck pond there were no drips at all anywhere and it was hot enough to cook stuff on the ground even more amazing. Well, I was amazed. It was delicious. Two chocolates and a mint chocolate chip.
The shop with the ice cream also happens to have a produce booth, where I took the peach photo above.
I hesitated making the Tablet Sleeve. I did. I hesitated because I do not own a tablet, and it was daunting to consider the most exact measurements blindly!
Well. I hemmed and hawed about it for months--no fears, not constantly--and then, naturally about 4 days before the Summer Market, I decided to go for it. I did a little reading on the dimensions of the iPad, and I sliced up some fabric.
My friend Michelle offered her iPad as a model, and it fit. My mom offered her iPad as a model, and it fit, too! Success!
These little puppies are $20. They will fit the iPad with a cover or a keyboard attachment just beautifully.
It's been a full, full summer. Early in June, I discovered Heartsy and I knew I had to run a deal there. Early in July my deal went live, and in 2 days I sold 63 vouchers for deeply discounted SOMP creations. At the end of July we spent some time on vacation, at the Summer Market, and visiting family--and here are some pictures.
First things first: Haircut Day! (It hasn't looked like that since then. Do you like my lawn chairs?)
A cute Custom Order. I believe this print is from a line called Central Park.
I cannot express enough (or enough times) how much I LOVE MY NEW TAGS!
This fabric photographed so beautifully in our shady back yard. I like this photo so much that it's featured on my new business cards AND the gorgeous new SOMP Gift Certificates.
These are my pigs, Penny (brown) and Pearl (cow). They enjoy wading in the baby pool. Their deepest thoughts: "Is that food you've got?" and "Mmmm, I love eating this."
Cute Zippies Grande and Classic SOMP Set. Mustard Martini from Amy Butler.
Now you have to know I've never thought of myself as a "purple girl," but this fabric by Joel Dewberry--Aviary 2--might just be converting me. Favorite of the summer for sure! Here you can see a Medium Tote, a Grande, 2 Zippy Classics, 2 Mini Fobs and a Midway Zippy.
We brought along The Boy's "hamster"--he insisted we leave it in the car--and took some pictures of it on our trip.
The Hambone and the Husb.
Ziplining? Yes, please. As close to Every Day of my Life as possible!
So, if this whole bag-making thing doesn't work out, I could totally get into modeling...
This is a Large Tote, a Custom Order.
Medium Tote and Zippy Classic Custom Order
Have you ever seen a bag smile?? Well now you have!
This is a Medium Tote with a Snap Flap made out of a delightful organic cotton.
A super cute SOMP Set--Grande and Zippy Classic in Divine Damask.
The Midway. This one's in a print from Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow.
The SOMP Set I made for the North Canton Buddy Walk.
It's a Medium Tote, a Midway Zippy, and a Wristlet Fob.
Another SOMP Set I'm sending to an (as yet) undisclosed location. This one features the perennially popular print Pet Deer.
Um, I'm a model, you know what I mean?
(This is a Midway.)
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