My summer diet is based on popsicles and ice cream cones. These ones are the cutest (but seem like they’d take forever to make).
And taking a cue from all those beautiful colors, these natural dyes are great!
and this darling photo sums up the story of my day to day life lately.
found this new tumblr. and am in love.
and then of course i want something so totally unnecessary, but they just make such a simple every day thing into something beautiful. could it be a metaphor? make the simple things into beautiful things.
currently in the market for a bed. I need a twin, so I need half of this…
I don’t eat that much cheese, but I would probably eat it more if I had one of these gorgeous cheese plates.
Vivian and I had seen some of these while in Toronto, but I didn’t feel like paying the price when I figured that I could make it myself. And now here’s this DIY to show me how!
and for some reason, I’m infatuated with these jars.
LOVE this blue couch.
and the idea of non-paper paper plates.
That I could serve food on from this kitchen.
at a party in my backyard that looks like this.
Okay, that fantasy is over. How about this great “joy” neon sign?!
I hope you find a lot of JOY in your last weekend of June. Oh how fast time is coming and going.
All my love,
Yesterday I was on visits in the neighborhood like every Sunday afternoon. Pia and I were walking to visit our next friend when we saw another friend on the street. We stopped and she said “oh, there you are!” like she had been waiting for us. She was struggling to carry her very heavy bag of groceries home. Ms. Edris has a prosthetic arm she can’t actually use and instead just hangs there. So with her one good arm, she was walking with her cane, carrying the bag. I took the bag from her and we walked a few blocks to her house. We sat on her couch (that is covered in stuffed animals) and she told us how just a few minutes before we arrived on the street, she had told the store clerk that she didn’t need help carrying her groceries home because she was sure a friend would come along. She said, “God always sends a friend to help.” And there we were, her friends, to help her.
How many times do I not believe that God will send who or what I need. I am of so little faith.
Then at Mass last night, the priest was talking about how God uses the lowliest to teach us. I thought of Ms. Edris. She surely taught me. But then he added, that not only in social concerns, but in who we are. He uses our limits, those places we hold in shame of who we are, our worst sins that we don’t want anyone to know about, to teach us. Thank God. I have plenty of those areas.
Before I went to bed, I read an old Sponsor Letter that I wrote in Brazil. I wrote about the young girls who taught me to be happy despite the difficulties. I had forgotten that lesson. I have been in such a negative nancy mood. Feeling sorry for myself that things aren’t working as I want them to. And then I remembered that in those limits, that is where God can work.
Allow yourself to be lowly. Then grace will sweep you off your feet.
Sadly it has been a couple of months since I’ve had (or made?) time to make something. And my goodness, I had forgotten how refreshing it is for my soul.
Months ago, I had picked up two gigantic bags of fabric from a post on craigslist. At the bottom of the bag, I found a muslin fabric in a beige color, which I figured was great for practicing on my sewing machine. There I was, sitting on my bedroom floor, thinking. I never had much confidence in my own work so I tend to look at what others are doing and try to “copy.” So I decided to keep my internet browser closed and do something on my own. My sewing skills are pretty basic–only what I learned in a few lessons in Brazil. Right angles and lines, I could do that.
So I sewed up this table runner.
With the other side of the fabric, I cut small rectangles to make little cloth napkins. Then I ran to the art store.
Navy is my favorite color. I picked up some nice navy fabric paint and a matching fabric dye.
I carved a few simple triangles from linoleum and stamped them onto the table runner.
Next, I mixed up the fabric dye on the stove. I was a terrible person and didn’t do much measuring…. I just poured. When the mixture was hot, I dipped the fabric into the dye. There wasn’t much science to it, I kept it in until the color that I wanted. I laid them out to dry as I did the others. I added a bit more dye to make it darker and dipped them again.
I let them dry over night and Sunday I set up the tablescape.
I just love the way they turned out. Now if only I had 12 hours to do this every day.
And I save the best for last!
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a DIY side table.
julia marco, you have stolen my heart.
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