Things have been growing around here, both literally and figuratively. Rob and I upped our garden plans this year (I’m SO CLOSE to finally getting chickens), and our favorite vegetables and herbs have been thriving under the warm Portland sun. I love fresh basil and sweet summer tomatoes, and I’d like to try sauce canning later on. I’m hoping to get my hands on a big flat of strawberries this weekend out on Sauvie Island to make strawberry vanilla bean jam. I love summer!
Isn’t that cucumber trellis that Rob built so cute? It’ll give the lettuce some protection once the cucumber begins to spread out. He’s quite the maker, that one. Whipped up a set of stairs one day, and built me a new garden bed the next. I can’t help but stop what I’m doing when he starts cutting and hammering pieces. I really love watching him figure out how he wants to put things together, especially when it’s something for me!
Of course, a particularly cute little dog has been taking his job of watching over us very seriously while we plant things. Sniffing the zucchini plants, chasing away squirrels and relaxing in the cool shade.
If I’m not in the garden these days, then of course you can find me in my sewing studio (shocking, I know). Jessica recently came over and brought her Singer 301 so that we could play around with sewing leather clutches. We had taken a little day trip to Oregon Leather the week before, so we played around with designs before putting our machines to work. My leather was actually quite thick, and my sweet Charlotte would only go thru 2 layers of it. Jessica’s 301 was happy to chug thru 3 layers of it, but I kept cringing to make Jessica stop. I couldn’t bear the thought of a needle breaking in her machine! She wasn’t so concerned, and I think she had a pretty fun time making me so nervous.
Our bags turn out to be really cute! I had originally intended to box the corners of mine, but my machine wasn’t having it. I rounded them instead, and gave the bag enough length at the top to fold-over. Inside I used a polka-dot print and put in a zipper and several small pockets.
I have some big things to write about this summer, and some of them I’ll need your (yes, you!) help with. I’ve stepped back from scheduling lots of classes so that I have time to pursue a few of my own creative ventures. I’ve got a big project waiting in the wings that’s been sitting there since MARCH. One reason I set some of my projects aside is because I was busy writing another class for Craftsy! I’m not sure when it will go live on their site, but I’ll be sure to let you know.
To keep myself around people (so that I don’t make Rob crazy and he ends up building me a room in the basement), I am still teaching a little bit this summer. I whipped up this maxi dress the other day for a class I’ll be teaching at Modern Domestic. I can see myself making lots of these!
Did I mention that all of my hard work this summer will be rewarded with a trip to Europe in September? I’m so excited I can hardly contain myself! I’ll post more about that later- I’ll need your help finding places and people to visit for my big project. I’ll share more soon!