Fathers Day Trip to Mineral Point

Dad got a sweet new camera lens from all of us girls for Father's day this year, so later in the afternoon, he and I went to Mineral Point to test it out. He and I both brought our cameras, and lots of pics were taken. :)







After walking around for a while, we stopped and got some iced coffee and shared a piece of blueberry crumb cake. Happy Father's Day Dad!

Birthdays!

Happy Birthday Molls!Despite a few tornado warnings and massive flooding back near my hometown, I made it back last weekend to celebrate my sister's birthday and Father's Day. For Molly's birthday, her and I went out bright and early to catch breakfast at the Cooks Room. After each having some chai/coffee and having a slice of the BEST lemon cranberry bread, Nate and I surprised her with a one hour massage. The rest of the day was spent with the rest of the family. Molly wanted to eat Mexican for lunch and then we went to the movies. I think she had a very good time. :)

Recoverd Old Chair Mini Tutorial

Materials Needed:
1. An ugly chair with a removable fabric seat.
2. Pretty fabric or a felted sweater (this is what I used) that is large enough to go around seat cushion.
3. Staple gun / Scissors

Step 1:
Remove seat area by flipping the chair over and unscrewing it from the chair frame.


Step 2:
Lay the seat cover upside down on the fabric you are using and center your seat on the fabric or felted sweater.
Step 3:
Staple the new fabric over the old fabric as evenly as possible making sure it doesn't pucker or bunch.Step 4:
Once the fabric is fully stapled onto the seat, trim your edges and place the seat back on the chair frame. Screw it back in and you are finished!

Gardens, Chicago, and Thrifting

Last weekend my good friend Tony came down for a visit. He just got done with teaching (he's an art teacher at a military academy) and we decided it was a good time for a get-together. I will hopefully have some pictures from our adventures soon, but until then there are these.
We started our little 10' x 10' garden plot over the weekend, and got it planted Sunday afternoon. Here's Nate 'carefully' planting some red pepper seeds.
It is a salsa garden I think. :) We planted spinach, tomatoes, wildflowers, parsley, chives, red peppers, beans, cayenne peppers, jalepenos, and thai basil. Next week we are going to plant squash and cucumbers (in another plot) and also transfer seedlings if any of the seeds in our original plot are too crowded. Hopefully we will have something to show for it at the end of summer! :)

Thrifting was quasi-successful as well this last weekend. I got these little mugs:
And I also picked up a leather camera bag. I know it's a little frumpy, but I'm working on ideas for stenciling it with. It's super durable though, and I was in dire need of a new camera bag.
Tony brought us some wonderful yellow mugs as well, but they are in the dishwasher, so I'll get pics of them soon as well. What a great weekend!

Entrelac Scarf!

Two things quickly:
First, today I started this little pretty, it is going to be a scarf eventually. It has been good knitting while I watch episodes of frontline on the PBS website. They have all of the past few years' episodes online! I'm loving how the yarn is working up as well. Yum! This is the yarn I was spinning from a few posts ago. It is single-ply light worsted weight yarn and I spun about 450 yards worth of it.
Secondly, I am in DIRE need of a haircut! I'm beginning to look like Cousin It, and it is starting to get hot here. I think I am going to get 3-4 inches cut off, and get it totally thinned out. I have SUPER thick hair and it is actually starting to make my neck hurt when I wear it up for any amount of time. Who knows, maybe I'll cut it really short. I've been known to do that in the past. :)
As you can probably tell, I was too lazy to bust out the nice camera tonight and instead I took the shots with my webcam. Sorry folks! :P