Monday, June 19, 2017

we be jammin'

During mom's birthday week extravaganza, we had a little extra time on Wednesday before I had to drive back home. Emily invited us to go strawberry picking, which neither mom nor I have ever done! I was shocked at how tiny (and adorable) the ripe berries were.

Each group got their own row of plants to work on, so we didn't have to worry about rushing around to find the best berries. Oliver kept wanting to eat the ones that Emily picked! We left with several pounds for each family.

Two pounds of fresh-picked strawberries was the perfect impetus for my first attempt at canning. I bought jars and pectin and set to work Saturday evening. I made a half recipe following instructions from The Pioneer Woman. The jam set nicely and the jars look to be sealed properly. We had some with breakfast on Sunday morning... successful (and delicious) first attempt at making jam!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

birthday fun for mom

Last week was a whirlwind of Mom's birthday activities... I think I drove 9 extra hours last week to make it to all the festivities! (Still nothing compared to Christopher and Emily's 36+ hours of driving on vacation). On Tuesday, I left work a few minutes early so I could surprise mom for her birthday dinner. She didn't expect me to make the 2 hour trip, but I couldn't miss such an important birthday!

We celebrated with presents and cake back at the house... sixty years young!

Wednesday morning, Emily invited us to go strawberry picking. More on that in my next post! I drove home Wednesday afternoon to get Mae to a doctors appointment. Thursday I worked a half day and then went sport clay shooting with my group from work. This was my first time even holding a firearm and my first time shooting anything more powerful than a nerf gun. I've never even been paintballing! I was pretty terrible, hitting only 10 of 100 clays, but it was still lots of fun.

After shooting and dinner, I drove again to my parents' house to be ready for Friday morning's continued birthday festivities. We met Aunt Ruthann, Jamie, Erin, and Courtney for lunch at the prettiest little pastry shop I've ever seen. We had a delicious lunch with sparkling drinks and, of course, delicious, glittery cakes! Such a fun Ladies Day Out to celebrate a very special lady... happy birthday, Mom!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

bird print lark tee

I sewed a t-shirt! This was my first time sewing with knits, so I chose a simple pattern and an easy fabric. The pattern is Lark Tee by Grainline Studio, and the fabric is a cotton interlock from Jo-Ann. (I am just now realizing how thematically appropriate the bird print is for a pattern called "Lark.")

cozy birdhouse | bird print lark tee

I bought the pattern online as a PDF, which means I printed out the pieces at home and taped them together instead of buying an envelope with large tissue-y sheets of paper inside. I cut out a size 4, but I might try a size 2 next time.

I pinned and zig-zag stitched the sleeves and neckband in place before serging. For the straight seams (shoulders and sides), I just serged. For the hems, I serged the raw edge for stability before turning up and zig-zagging. I may attempt a double-needle hem in the future, but I really don't mind the zig-zag stitch look.

I put off doing this for a while, because I was anxious that I would have big issues sewing it. I bought the pattern 6 weeks ago! Fortunately, I didn't have any sewing problems and am really pleased with the finished item, so I see more handmade shirts in my future!