Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Catching Up

Phuuuuf, I'm so not centered right now.  My brain is a whirlwind of ideas, projects, concerns.  I had another post in mind for today, but maybe what I need more is to put some thoughts on paper, or screen, or whatever.  Wanna come along for the ride?

*Backpacking... it was nice.  Not like, "When can we do this again, pulleeeeease!?!?" kind of nice, but I will do it again.  I can see why my husband is such a fan.  It was peaceful and simple (thanks to his good planning!).  And I enjoyed the physical challenge of the 6 mile hike on Saturday.

*I did not enjoy the challenge of navigating said hike and most of my backpacking experience with one good eye.  I lost one contact on Saturday morning, so there went my depth perception and the leaves on the trees.  Not the best way to enjoy nature.  Next time, extra contacts!

*Also, I thought I might be pregnant.  My otherwise clockwork self was 10 days late.  Confirmation of "not pregnant" has followed.  Ahem.  Thanks, God, for saving that gift for later.  But next time... can I be pregnant please?  Pulllleeeease?  It was a very slim chance, given our situation, but - hey - I believe in miracles!

*Let's see, back at the ranch this is our last week of homeschooling.  Yep, I run our year August through April, so this is it.  I always feel like I should be doing something clever to end the year out.  We'll settle for strawberry picking, again, I guess.  I really need to post a bit more about our homeschooling year and plans for next.  Noted.

*New iron?  Nope.  I was actually hoping to do a little iron Olympics here on the blog, but the iron companies don't seem to be interested.  Hmmmm?  At the moment I"m leaning towards buying my same old iron rather than trying anything new and more expensive.  But, still undecided.  And, hating my interim iron more and more each day.

*If you made it through all that long, windy text you are very special indeed.  Here, let me show you something on my table...

Crumb patchwork on my table

Yesterday I made this patchwork fabric from tiny fabric crumbs.  Thought it was going to be a journal cover, but turns out it wants to be a fabric basket.  Since we're in the business of making even crumby dreams come true..  Just kidding, I think it's a great idea too.  Will do.

*And now I have a date with miss Heather to prime our furniture project. Wish us luck.. and maybe a little color?  Will catch you up on the home decor progress tomorrow!

21 comments:

  1. Rachel - you are so funny, creative, and authentic - I just love reading your blog. :)

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  2. as a true long-winder, that wasn't so long. ;) and as a fellow homeschooler, i would love to hear more about your adventures there! i am so jealous you are winding up and getting the summer off. we're not there yet. AND i love your crumb patchwork to pieces. i save every bit and think this is just beautiful proof that i'm not crazy. hydeeannsews.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, what a sweet comment. Thanks! I must blog more about homeschooling soon. Next week!

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  3. Very nice. Crumbs to make a fabric basket. I've got the crumbs! I can't believe how on top of everything and finishing up the school year in April! My husband use to love hiking. He's Sasquatch, of course he does. For me something insanely ridiculous happens, like I fall into a patch of poison oak or I turn my ankle right before heading back.

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  4. I can totally understand why you feel off- centered. Hope you really do become pregnant one day again!

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  5. Love your blog, and hearing about your life. Your patchwork basket to be is a rather lovely grouping of colours. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

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  6. So much going on in your head at the moment, beautifully shared. Hope you break from homeschooling is the beginning of a special summer for you all.

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  7. Oh, I'm sorry to hear about your disappointment. I was too this month. I was hoping to fall pregnant again straight away, but no. I really appreciate you sharing things like this. Praying for that special miracle for you!
    Hope you find your centre again while priming furniture!
    xxx

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  8. Good for you to be done in April! Somehow, my 4 have gotten all spread out: the 1st grader has been done with math for over a month now, he will be done with spelling this week, but his reading not until mid June(?!). My 3rd grader is done with spelling, his math by this week, and reading by the end of May. My 4th & 5th graders are done with spelling and they have 3 more weeks of math & reading/ English. I don't understand why the spacing....

    I'm sorry to hear of your disappointment. The Lord surely knows what He's doing, even when we don't "get it" and it's hard to take. And I love those crumb colors!! I look forward to seeing this finished!

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  9. I totally know what you mean about not being centered. I opened up my blog reader this morning and had about 300+ unread post and just hit "mark all as read" because I couldn't deal with it right now. I am sorry about the pregnancy disappointment, that is so hard. We are hoping for that soon too, though my husband is in a bit of job limbo right now so I'm nervous about that. Good luck, the Lord has His own timing that's for sure!

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    1. Jobs and money - you can never count on them, right? It's often hard to strike that balance between trusting in God ultimately and also making wise decisions pertaining to money situations. That's right where we're at with this whole wanting another kid thing!

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  10. I love mine!!

    http://www.amazon.com/Velocity-V50-Compact-Vapor-Generator/dp/B003XU6AIU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1366848524&sr=8-3&keywords=velocity+iron

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  11. Yea hi, welcome to my brain. Haha. Brandon is on board for baby 3?!

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  12. ooooh I love this block what great colors with the aqua and the splash of crimson.

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  13. Love the rambling thoughts, we could be having a conversation in person. This is how my mind works, jumping from topic to topic.
    On the iron front, I have a Rowenta Pro Master DW8080, and I love it. It gets really hot and produces a lot of steam, if you like that. It's heavy and presses really well. I've had mine for almost two years and have had hardly any issues. It's biggest downfall is that it's expensive. I got mine as a gift and I really like it.

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  14. The patchwork looks pretty cool!


    http://www.runthiswild.blogspot.com

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  15. Love today's blog! I save every piece that I cut off, because I think that nothiing is wasted in God's economy, just as no kindness is unnoticed by Him. I make pin cushions from tiny scraps, as gifts, and I never thought of them as little crumbs, but they are! I save even the thread snippings and too small fabric snippings to stuff the cushions with, and then gift them with a note about how I made the cushion. It's fun! Blessings on your wishes for another child. I have a daughter in that place right now!

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  16. Really enjoyed your ramblings this morning ~ the hike sounded wonderful (less one contact) and I love the patchwork crumble. You're keeping busy that's for sure! Have a lovely last week of school.

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  17. Hello, Rachel! Random posts are fun and I hope that you are feeling uplifted now by friendly comments and good wishes. I love that you called the scraps crumbs.

    I wonder, what is the skinniest crumb width on that soon to be fabric basket? I have started really sorting out my fabric leftovers into strings, scraps and craft pieces (too small for me to get a seam in but great for kids to make cards and use with glue). Your experience in using every crumb intrigues me. Happy day to you!

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne. It is uplifting! Using crumbs always feels so resourceful it the best way. I think the smallest sewn in measurement is about a 1/2".

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  18. I like my iron. I used this one a a retreat location so many times, that I finally decided to buy one of my own. http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Singer-Expert-Finish-EF.04-Steam-Iron/5126758/product.html?cid=202290&kid=9553000357392&track=pspla&ef_id=QzROVDWodAIAAANX:20130426024149:s

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