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One of the first rules in blogging is nobody wants to hear you apologize for not blogging.  Because I’m quite certain no one is waiting with baited breath for me to drop my next post so I won’t apologize for being mostly absent.

Since the kids have been out of school, I, um, apparently don’t have time to work anymore or much of anything else so that I can cart my kids around town to all of their activities.  Right?  You are in this same boat with me I’m sure…and I would not change any of it most of it for anything in the world.  There is just something about summer, unscheduled pool visits and late nights playing outside and impromptu ice cream stops that just make life very happy.

Via my iphone…and for the benefit of my kids someday, when they read this and when they complain to me about how busy they are with THEIR kids – oh please girls – your Momma has SOOO been there.

Sewed like a crazy woman in preparation for shooting a video for Simplicity for their new Deluxe Bias Tape and Piping Machine. It's super cool and I have a few giveaways from Simplicity coming soon!

The videos we made for Simplicity will be available on their website, available to retailers and my understanding, at kiosks in JoAnns where they will be selling these Simplicity machines.

I had the pleasure of working with Candie Cooper and Carolee from Carolee's Creations

Candie does amazing felt work and jewelry designs that are fabulous!  And she’s a hoot!  You should visit her blog and check it out – it was a whole new world to me to see the work she does.

Carolee was a blast to talk to – her daughters all work with her in her scrapbooking business that now includes fabric and ALSO clothing?!  She has a boutique line that I love, love, love!  You’ll find Carolee’s fabulous stuff here at AdornIt!  Click on the Boutique section to see the fabulous clothing they have – I swooned!

Carolee's daughter Jackie did the Simplicity video for their new rotary cutter machine. Awesome machine. Jackie - sweet as pie!

These are some of the adorable projects the AdornIt girls created for the new Simplicity craft books. You'll find these books in JoAnns soon (and a copy I'll be giving away soon!)

We used this banner to decorate the set for the video...made with delicious fabrics from SisBoom!

I had to promptly hang it in my peas room afterwards…please tell me your kids have hundreds of stuffed animals on their beds too, right?

We had a "how to put a fire out" clinic with our 4H club

My husband and i enjoyed an extremely rare date night - dinner and a movie. Fabulous.

The girls made mixed media collages for Fathers Day.



Swimming. Swimming. And more Swimming. Practice, Play, Meets...we LIVE at the pool

Garage Sale. My friend was hosting a garage sale and I hauled two van fulls of stuff to unload. Good to purge now and again.

The girls and one of their friends hosted a lemonade stand for charity - they had so much fun and raised $34 for the Sam Bish Foundation.

As a reward, we let the girls get ice cream from the ice cream truck.  It was funny because my girls were like, “What’s that music?  What is that??” – living in the country, they had not seen an ice cream truck before.  They loved it!

A week at Vacation Bible School - big girls were helpers and Sprout got to go to camp for the very first time! We've been rocking out to our music CD we got from camp all week!

And to top off my busiest June ever...we helped out a 4H friends handmade wedding on their farm.

Our 4H advisor was literally putting the finishing stitches into the dress minutes before the wedding and I helped to trim the tulle so the bride wouldn't trip on it. She looked like a dream.

Us 4H Moms helped to serve food to all the guests and the peas had fun helping too. It was perfect weather and delicious home cooked food!

In between all of these things in the last two weeks I tried, although not very well, to work at my day job too (had to take vacation days just to take care of my family!).  If you’ve emailed me or requested something…I will get to it eventually but it would be a good idea to message me again as a reminder.  Just sayin’…

I’d like to say things are winding down but swim, swim, swimming this week, 4H sewing clinic and sleep away camp later this week.  PLUS…I may or may not be filming some sewing classes to offer online!

What are you up to this summer?




13 Responses

  1. I was the friend hosting the garage sale…it was a busy few days and everything not sold was officially donated this morning! I Ioved seeing how happy the girls were doing the lemonade stand and getting excited about earning $ for the foundation. Great life lessons. I so wish I had my camera handy when the icecream truck came by! The looks on their faces were priceless. The icecream mad did drive us crazy as he parked his truck with the music playing and shopped at the garage sale. He bought $20 worth of stuff but we were so happy to have him leave and take his music with him!

  2. I love that your girls raised money for charity from their lemonade stand. I hope my boys will agree to that this summer when we do our lemonade stand. The stand decorations were terrific, too!

    • My girls really enjoyed it and our decorations, a bowl full of lemons, a mason jar of straws, and a no sew banner using steam a seam to attach each piece to a premade bias tape strip. Easy! Fun! Good lesson in giving!

  3. Completely understand the girls and the ice cream truck!! I was over 20 years old when I moved in with my new husband to our apartment in the suburbs. One day I heard this music and was like, “what is that?” Husband said, “It’s an ice cream truck.” I replied, “You mean they really exist?” I grew up in the country and thought ice cream trucks were just something on TV. 😉

    • Our girls are only 10 and although they had seen them on TV they too, didn’t know they were real. Now sprout keeps talking about it and the “bad bad music the i – keem man played”. Ha!

  4. I think you need a new word, “busy” just doesn’t describe how much you do! We just got back from visiting my mom & grandma, after nearly 2 months of having to postpone the trip over and over, so it was so nice to finally get to see them! DH started his new job today, that’s a big change of pace. Lots of fun sewing going on here. 🙂 A friend has been coming over w/ her kids and I’ve been guiding her and her 9yo in a sewing project while the younger kids all entertained each other. A birthday & party will be coming up in a few weeks, so I need to start working on that! And last but not least, I’m going to have to tackle to school uniform project I gave myself – that’s becoming more & more intimidating!

  5. Our summer starts on Wednesday after report cards with a trip to the water slide park. I’m tired already after reading your post, though!! Hope you get to slow down just a little on the long weekend.

  6. Wow! You have been a busy bee! Enjoy it all before your kids grow up! I’m still waiting patiently for the owl bag and pattern. No worries though, I want you to have a great summer!

  7. Wow, what a busy, wonderful post. I especially liked the lemonade stand for Charity! I think I might have to try something like that with my kids this summer.

    Enjoy the rest of yours! I know mine has been busy too!

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