7 More Days

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve been on here.  It’s that time of year for us teacher’s out there.  The last month of school seems to be one of the most exhausting and busy months all year.  We are almost done, though.  I am grateful to have had such a wonderful group of students and parents this year.  I have to say, honestly, this is the most supportive, involved group of parents I’ve worked with in a long time. 

As for blogging is concerned, I am so impressed by those bloggers out there who post frequently and reliably.  I don’t know how they do it, but I guess they make it more of a priority than I do.  If I was getting paid to blog, it might be different, but sadly, blogging is the first thing to go to the wayside when I’m busy and overwhelmed. 

I have been doing some minimal crafting though!  Some crochet (using some of that lovely yellow Madelinetosh I mentioned a while back), and some sewing (I made a needlebook – first one ever – and it came out ok, but I don’t love it and it’s not great enough to share with you all.  Maybe the next one will be better.) I am in love with the idea of needlebooks right now.  I actually devoted an entire Pin board to them.  This is one of my fav’s.  It’s adorable!!  I found the picture on Pinterest but it was originally listed on England’s version of Etsy called Folksy.  I love this site, and honestly, I think it is so much cuter than Etsy.  Not sure why. 

I have also be doing a lot more reading.  I finished Beautiful Ruins and The Great Gatsby over the last few weeks.  Now I’m on to The Devil in the White City.  It is very interesting!  I love novels that weave real history into the story line, and this one is actually based on true events. The writer is quite adept at balancing the back story with the regular story line, and I am enjoying it very much. 



So, what have you been up to while I’ve been gone?


My Week: In Seven Slices

Two posts in one day?  Crazy I know, but I have been neglecting my Seven Slices lately, and thought I should add another update.  So…here goes.

Slice #1 – Reading

I am currently reading Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  I joined a book club here called Women, Wine, and Words (fitting right?), and this is the book for this month.  I am not very far – like Chapter one, but it is good (what I’ve read).  Lots of description which I enjoy.  It takes place in Italy in a small coastal village in the 1960’s. 

Overview from BarnesandNoble.com

“From the moment it opens—on a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat—Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, Beautiful Ruins is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising—a story of flawed yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.”

Slice #2 – Fiber Addiction

The last week of March, I flew out to Oregon to visit my sister.  My mom flew out too and we had a wonderful “girl’s week”.  On one shopping day in Portland, we stopped at Knit and Purl, and of course I had to buy something.  I got two lovely colors of Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Candlewick and Tosh Chunky in Stephen Loves Tosh.


Stephen Loves Tosh

Slice #3 – Crafting

I am seriously behind with my block of the month quilt blocks.  I have to get the March block and the April block finished.  I couldn’t make it to the last two clubs at my LQS, so I’m on my own until May.  Hopefully my schedule will work out to go to that one.  Anywhoo, here are the blocks that I need to finish.  Maybe I’ll get them done today…

March Block

March Block

April Block

April Block

Slice #4 – Running

As you might have read from my last post, I’ve started running again.  I am using the lolo app on my iPhone to start up again.  I’m following the Easy 5K, and much to my surprise, I am finding it very doable.  Apparently, I’m not as out of shape as I thought.  It is a really good program if you are looking for something to follow to get your run on!

Slice #5 – Next Project

My next decorating project to tackle here at the casa is not such a fun one, but it will make my life much easier to manage.  I need to organize my closet.  When we moved in, I just hung everything up and left it.  I still have a box of “summer” shoes sitting on the floor.  It is a mess!  I just haven’t had the time to get to it.  It is on my list, and now that spring is sprung, I think I can start packing away some of my heaviest winter items and pulling out my pretty, summery stuff.  I will be channeling my bestie, Erica, as I take on this project.  Don’t worry, I’ll have before and after photos.  Isn’t this closet the dreamiest?  Hello, lover.

Slice #6 – On The Hunt

I am currently on the hunt for a new sheet set.  Sadly, my favorite, softest set was so threadbare that my cat ripped a hole in them while I was trying to administer medication with him wrapped in the sheet.  Thanks a lot, Odin!  So, I have a backup set, which are fine, but one set is not enough.  So I’m hunting.  I have a hard time buying sheets online because I need to be able to feel them.  I am wary of the descriptions provided.  I’m going to go check out this set at Macy’s – looks like they are having a sale: Westport Bedding, 600 Thread Count Tencel Sheet Sets.  Hopefully they have some.

Slice #7 – Current Playlist

Anyone who knows me, knows I love music.  Pretty much every genre, except that screaming, head banging stuff.  I’m also not a huge fan of the Dub Step fad right now.  However, everything else is pretty much fair game.  So what is on shuffle on my iPod right now?  Here you go:

  • “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley
  • “Carry On” by Fun.
  • “Change” by Churchill
  • “Demons” by Imagine Dragons
  • “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
  • “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers
  • “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” by the Proclaimers
  • “It Get’s Better” by Fun.
  • “The Joker” by Steve Miller
  • “Rayando El Sol” by Mana
  • “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
  • “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse
  • “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco
  • “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert

So what are you listening to lately?

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Embellishing a Lampshade

Embellished Lamps

Embellished Lamps

When we moved into our new place, we realized that there are no lights in the living room, so some lamps were necessary immediately.  On a marathon trip to IKEA, I picked up these two matching lamps.  I loved the simple shape and they give off a good amount of light, but the white shades were lacking.  So, after thinking about different options to deal with the shades (buy new ones, cover them, etc.), I decided upon using a little ribbon to embellish them and add some color.  The large floor lamp has a beautiful ribbon from Anna Maria Horner that is navy and ice blue.  The design is “Feather”, which I LOVE!  The smaller lamp has a beautiful coral and gold ribbon on it with a simple geometric pattern called “Spinning Wheels”.  Also from Anna Maria Horner.  I got them both from my LQS – Fancy Tiger Crafts.  Such an inexpensive way to add a little pop of color and tie the room together.  Here are some up close shots.

table lamp with coral ribbon

table lamp with coral ribbon

floor lamp with blue feathers ribbon

floor lamp with blue feathers ribbon

I also updated an old shade in the guest room/craft room.  The shade was just a plain natural drum shade.  I put a fun mini pompom ribbon along the bottom and then used a jumbo lilac ric-rac around the top.  It looks great, and also ties the shade into the colors of the room.

guest room shade

guest room shade

So, the next time your lamps need an update, check out the ribbon at your local craft store.  There are some gorgeous ribbons out there and it is such an inexpensive solution to add a lot of character!  Happy Crafting!

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