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Summer.


Summer is officially here, and not just because it's past June 21 or because it's been 93 degrees and humid the past three days, although those both certainly count.  No, it is officially summer because preschool is over and we no longer need to be out of the house for 9 am on Monday or Friday, or remember that the extra day is in the afternoon on Wednesday so we have to cram in errands beforehand.  There is nowhere we have to be today, and I'm looking forward to many more days like this between now and September, when school starts again.  So in the meantime, we'll be doing all of those things that seem to be the best done in summer.

This summer we will:

run through the sprinkler with our clothes on
eat ice cream before dinner
play outside all day, even after dinner
forget our usual bedtimes
have friends over
make endless pitchers of iced tea
read books
smell like sunscreen
cook on the grill
eat outside
go to the library a lot 
draw cities with sidewalk chalk
go to the beach
 sleep with the fan on
take pictures
work on projects
listen for thunder
sit in the shade
go swimming
enjoy the weather

have fun.

What's on your summer to-do list?  Did I miss anything?

Education.

I picked up this book at the library the other day:


A few weeks ago, the husband and I were talking about homeschooling, not in a very serious way, just in a homeschooled-kids-are-pretty-smart kind of way.  We wondered if it would work for our kids, so when I saw this book, I figured I'd read it and get the author's experience.  I'm only about a quarter of the way through but I'm enjoying it so far.  It makes me question whether I could do it or not.

My background is as an elementary-level teacher, so I have the skills to do the work of homeschooling; I just wonder if it would drive me crazy.  I love my kids, but I do need a break from them, and if they were homeschooled, they would be home all the time.  Right now Gus goes to a small church preschool that he loves.  His teachers tell us how sweet he is, and what nice manners he has, which is great because he doesn't always display those at home.  We know he's learning because he comes home saying things that we didn't teach him (in a good way).  He likes the other kids and is always happy to see his friends.  I think he will most likely be a kid that will do okay in a traditional system.  Greta already wants to stay at preschool when we drop him off, so I'm hoping that she'll enjoy herself when she starts next year.

However, the traditional public school system doesn't always get the best marks for doing the best for kids.  Having been in it, the whole system is a political mess, from government regulations to pandering to difficult parents.  I want to make sure that my kids get the best education they can, and figuring out what that is will be interesting.  If they were homeschooled, then I would know exactly what they were learning and how they were doing, but what if that isn't the best for them?  What if they thrive in a regular classroom environment, and we take that away from them?  So for now we'll have to wait and see.

We do talk about private school, since they don't have to follow the state standards, but we aren't exactly in a position to hand over many multiple thousands of dollars on school every year.  One thing we did decide on is that we are perfectly okay if our kids decide not to go to college.  Personally, I think there are too many people in college.  It's not meant to be for everyone, yet everyone is expected to go.  Also, it's really hard to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life when you are making that decision at 17- or 18-years-old.  Right now Gus wants to be a construction worker, and that's great.  We're all for it.  If he changes his mind and wants to do something else, we'll be all for that.  But I don't necessarily think college as it is now is the answer for everyone.

Where do you stand?  Homeschool or not?  Public or private?  College or not?




Another!



Just popping in to tell you that I am over on Eyelah today
with something that cracked up both me and my husband.


Happy Friday!

Coral.


Pretty outfit, right?
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Grammar No-Nos

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Let's talk about my love of grammar for a minute.  If you've been here with me for awhile, you'll know that it is very important to me and I'd likely hide under the covers for the rest of the day if I were to discover a typo in my post after publishing it.  (Now that I've said it, it's bound to happen in this post.)  There are few things that bother me more than glaring errors in what I read online, but reading blog comments is the worst.  Let's run through a quick list, ok?

1. awe vs. aw:  "Awe" means overwhelming fear or admiration (think awesome), while "aw", as in "awwwww....." means that something is super cute, like a puppy.

2. etc. vs. ect.:  One of these is real and one isn't.  The Latin term is "et cetera" from where you get the etc.  Unless they change it to "ec tecera" it doesn't work.

3. congrats vs. congrads: "Congrats" is short for congratulations.  Just because someone is graduating, it does not suddenly because "congrads".

4. An obvious one:


5. Amanda is right.

6. I can't remember where I saw this but it was brilliantly stated: apostrophe s does not make something plural, it shows ownership.  "Father's Day" is correct.  "All the father's went to eat" is not.  It is only acceptable for single letters and numbers, such as "Look at all the A's!"  For the love of grammar, stop using the apostrophe for wrong.

What's on your grammar no-no list? (or are you guilty?!?!)

Ouchie.

If you follow me on Instagram, I apologize for the monotonous pictures you've seen over the last week focused on one thing: ouchie pouches.  But for this week and the past month or so, they have consumed my every waking moment.

I was contacted by a woman who ordered an ouchie pouch from my shop, and said if the size worked, she'd need.  35 more.  35 more!!!!!  So I sent that little pouch off right away and that's what it turned out to be: little.  She asked if I could make them bigger to accommodate a small water bottle- the pouches were going to be hangover kits for a 40th birthday party- water, aspirin, Tums, vodka, and Bloody Mary mix.  (A very fun idea for a party favor.)  Of course I said yes, I could make them a little bigger.  And that's when she said she needed 70 of them.

70!!!

Cut to me ordering materials like crazy and working on appliqueing crosses to fabric and hand-embroidering "ouchie" 70 times.  Those bag fronts went to Florida with me, people!  I was sewing while watching tv, sewing while sitting on the porch, you get the idea.


The cat loved me.  I think it had something to do with the moving string.  She camped out in my lap a few times.


Anyway, while we were on vacation, the woman told me she needed 10 more, and then 10 more again (growing guest list) so by the time we got home I still had a lot of work to do.  Fortunately, I found old episodes of Project Runway on Lifetime online and proceeded to watch those and sew after everyone went to bed.

Over the past week and a half or so I started in on the construction: cutting, zippers, making labels to go inside the bags, trimming, etc.




I can't even explain how deliriously happy these labels made me.

90 bags done.

90 bags packed up and ready to bring to the post office in a gigantic 17-pound box.  I am so happy that this undertaking is done with, and I am so proud of myself for being able to not only get it done, but get it done early (I am very much a last-minute kind of gal usually.)  My husband is awesome, not only letting me sleep in until 9am one morning, following me going to bed at 2am that night, but he also helped me trim up a bunch of the bags once they were sewed together, saving me hours of work.  Because of that I promised him a sparkling-clean house this week, since nearly all cleaning efforts have ceased.  I think it's a fair trade.

I hope to be back in this space more now and hopefully my Instagram feed will have something in it other than tan and red.  Like these new fabrics that I just got in for new scarves:


I'm looking forward to working on something new!

Currently.

I apologize for my absence lately, but I'm working on a huge order that is taking up all my free time, aka 8pm-1am, aka the time I usually write blog posts.


I'll be back with regular posts soon, I promise!

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Favorite Finds.

Even though I was away last week, I was still roaming Etsy looking for fabulous things, which aren't too hard to find.


I would love to do one of these portraits for our family.

This print would be fantastic in my sewing room.


One of everything in this shop for Greta, please.


Beautiful stoneware.


Chocolate-coffee soap.  Enough said.


All too true.  I can think of many, many people who would agree.

What have you been loving this week?