Monday, April 21, 2008


The weekend is over, and I feel like now I can catch my breath from all the running around that is spring. Only that breath will be punctuated by a couple of appears that allergy season is upon me. I can only hope it's not as bad as last year...

This busy weekend included a teeball game (Bobby was awarded the game ball!), a soccer game, a birthday party, a movie rental for the adults (Walk Hard--which was alternately groaning-because-it's-so-bad and laughing-your-ass-off-funny), spreading four yards of mulch and planting the vegetables (three tomatoes, four peppers, two strawberries, nine broccoli, various herbs...and a partridge in a pear tree).

This week brings a mid-week teeball game--of course it's at the same time as Caroline's special brownie activity..., a regular Brownie meeting, a preschool conference, an appearance as mystery reader, teeball pictures, and, oh yeah--a birthday party!

Here is some of what I've been up to:

This bag was for yesterday's birthday party.
And this one is for a party in late May--not sure why I did this one so soon--there are about two parties in between, but I think I just liked how her name looked in the font, and then I tried making the yo-yos, and I just had to finish it to see how it would look! Heather Bailey's site has a tutorial on how to make yo-yos. It's not hard, but her tutorial is nice because it has step-by-step pictures.
I made this last week--it's a salsa that I put on grilled salmon. So very tasty! The store didn't have any yellow peppers, so I used an orange one--it is very pretty with the yellow pepper (for those of you who are into pretty food!).
This recipe is from a cookbook put out by the people who publish Cook's Illustrated. In my head right now, I'm searching for a "swimsuit issue" joke to make here, but they're all pretty lame. Let's be thankful it's staying in my head!

Anyway, this week, I hope to finish the quilt top I've been working on--it's almost done, but then I discovered that the seams were not lining up, and my quilt top wasn't making the nice grid pattern it's supposed to. I rolled it up and put it away last week because I was getting frustrated and I knew that if I kept working on it then I would talk myself out of ripping the stitching out to fix it. Now that I've had a long break, I'm pretty sure I'll get to fixing it...I need to finish that so I can get on to making something for my other niece...whee!


Handi Dandi Mandi said...

The bags turned out adorable! I love the one for Gillian, I see why you made it so soon!

Katherine said...

Love the bags you've made as gifts. I especially like the font you used on the second one.

Hope allergy season doesn't hit you too hard, Meg. I'm crossing my fingers in the same hope - I know I could do without the itchy, watery eyes and sneezing this spring.

Meredith said...

From the above post, I cannot sew clothes for the life of me. I do adore your tote bags! You and your sewing and cooking and goodness you get a lot done!!