Friday, March 28, 2014
We are at a gallop pace it seems. Today is the last Spring Break day for the kids which has been a full two weeks looooong. I love having them here. Yes, they drive me half crazy (which really just finishes that job), but that might secretly be the part I love. We (the royal) have been working on taking down the wall between the kitchen and the family room for about the same amount of time so, yes. Bad timing by anoyone else's book, but that's how I tend to operate. Get all the kooky happening at once. But the change is wonderful. Wonderful! The giant window in the family room is getting a french door set into the center of it. And the more useless smaller door from the family room to the back patio is getting turned into a crafty little octagon window. I did not bother with the brick rebuilding expense around the new window, but rather letting the old door frame provide a boundary for building some plant shelves. It's right next to the kitchen french doors, so I am thinking that will be perfect for herbs. The beginning of last week started with a trip to Florence to see my sweet friend Natalie and (finally) visit her Factory Store & Cafe. It is everything that you would expect it to be. Beautiful, delicious, well thought out and inspiring. I took the little schmumkins with me, and she had all kinds of fun exploring the grounds and being adored, eating sauteed squash, being held and doted on by Natalie and her team. Natalie and I spent some time going over our plans for teaching together this summer at Craft South. I treated myself to some cotton jersey by the yard and getting fitted for one of her corset kits, which recently arrived in the mail all cut to my body specs and I cannot wait to get started on something for me! So excited. Craft South!! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm! We have been extremely busy getting so much in order for that. We have taken loads of signups, started a waiting list for some classes, getting close to full on others, and still plenty of room for lots of the one-day classes, and kids workshops. I am so thrilled with all that is coming up this summer, and will be sharing more about what to expect in all of these workshops in case you need the extra nudge.
We are waiting for proofs of the cross stitch patterns, and we are also getting a huge shipment of floss any day now so that we can begin compiling kits! The kits will include Aida cloth & a needle as well. I am also offering just the pattern by itself, but figured some folks might want a little package ready to go. Yay. Isabela cut a foot (at least) off of her hair. This girl, still just 12, had begun turning in to such a lady like looking girl a few short weeks before the cut, then the cut seemed to just push her right into this whole new person. Sigh. I am reminded of her here. Oh the time. It goes by and you are suddenly parenting a whole group of people that were other versions just a second ago, but still the essence of all the amazing you have known them to be from birth. Humbling, to say the least. And there are a million more little changes and growths that aren't as easy to put a finger on. Galloping, I tell you.
I am so, so glad that spring is here. I am ready for it. I usually feel like my garden is taunting me and telling me that I am behind before I even begin, but this year I took a few warm days by force and began digging, dividing and replanting loads of perennials, followed by two truck loads of mulch, which makes me about 1/2 done with Spring prep on the flower beds. This was of course all promptly covered with snow a day later. But those perennials are resilient work horses. Most of them given to me by Mom. Everything is under construction here. Everything. Always. House, Spring, stitching, fabrics, baby dresses, children. Me.
I hope you are well friends. Happy Spring! xo, Anna