Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Little Beachy Smugness

I’ll try not to be a total asshole about this, but it’s gonna be a little bit hard.  At the beginning of last month, Greg and I took a little trip to the British Virgin Islands.  I will tell you how it was:

RUM PUNCH AND AWESOME.  the end.

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also some trashy novels.  Did I mention we left the kids at home???!?

Honestly, there isn’t much else to say, because we really didn’t do anything.  A couple of little hikes (mostly to arrive at other beach bars), an ill-advised day rental of a dinghy, more rum punch and more delicious trashy novels. (You know what? Imma say it out loud:  I finished the Fifty Shades trilogy and I LIKED IT.  I’m not even gonna be ashamed.)

(I’m totally mortified).

Also sleeping. I slept so fucking much.

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So, it was amazing.  I won’t go on and on about it.  But I will show you the beach bag I made for the trip.

Last July we took a little trip to the Charlottesville, VA area and I picked up some fabric at the Cottonwood Quilt Shop (a really great shop, btw!) that I thought would be fabulous for a beach bag.  I only bought a yard, though, so didn’t really have enough to make a huge bag.  I ended up making the Tulip Tote  from the Sew Serendipity Bags book by Kay Whitt, which is more of a purse size, but it was perfect for carrying my book, a water bottle (hahaha) and some suncreen down to the beach.

This was the second bag I’ve made from the book and I’ve been impressed with the quality of the patterns both times.  Last year, I made my very first bag ever — the “Socialite Handbag” and it came out really well (didn’t snap pics before I gifted it, though).  So, considering I was a total bag-making novice at the time, I think that speaks to the quality of the pattern.

The Tulip Tote was actually really simple to put together and came together quite quickly.  My only regret is that I didn’t quilt it (which the pattern tells you to do), because I thought I wanted a cleaner look.  In hindsight, Kay was right, the bag would’ve been better quilted.  Oh well, live and learn!

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Next week I hope to update with some progress on my latest bag project — Lisa Lam’s Great Getaway Bag from the Bag Making Bible.

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Four years

Owen turned four last Saturday, which also, if you’ll recall, was the day before Easter.  So, basically — Toys! Holidays! Celebrations!  his little brain was straight-up fried by the end of the weekend.  At least we were a little bit smart about things this year, though, and decided to forgo the large family party at our house and just invited a bunch of his little friends to the local Bounce House of Insanity (which, if you are four, is just fucking nirvanna.  There is nothing better, you might as well die now.  the end.).  So, suffice it to say, they had a great time.  And I had a great time because it was over and done with in less than two hours and nobody came to my house.  Win.

The party had a “Muppet theme,” which meant I stuck some Muppet toys in his cake and gave the kids a Muppet book as their party favor.  About a month before the party I also asked Owen if he wanted to wear a Muppet shirt for the party.  “NO. NOBODY WILL WEAR ANY MUPPET SHIRTS TO MY PARTY” was the answer I got and, admittedly, I was a bit surprised at his, um… adamance?  Who knew he was such a militant anti-Muppet Shirter?  So of course I didn’t let it go.

Two days before the party he relented, “Okay, okay, okay, fine, Mommy, I’ll wear a Muppet shirt.  And Baby Rory too.”  (!!!)  Two Muppet shirts coming right up.

Beaker. The most underrated ginger muppet.

Animaaaal!

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Happy Birthday, dude. Have a happy and crazy fourth year.

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