Monday, July 12, 2010



Summer is finally in full swing. Where have I been?

1. First I organized a book/bake sale for my awesome church.  We used to publicize our sale with great success. This is a nationwide service that advertises used book sales by region and non profits can advertise for free! With relatively little effort on the part of a handful of volunteers we raised $1,065!  Not too shabby, right? Plus it was fun to hang out around books and visit with neighbors and friends. Not a bad way earn a buck.

2. Cliff and I celebrated our 7th anniversary!

We had a very simple celebration with our latest obsession Jersey Mikes Subs.  One day not too long ago, Cliff came home all excited about this new sub shop over by Target. Well, I love subs! I have loved them since I was a little girl. Every summer on the way home from vacation I would share a huge sub with my father at Tom Walls in Avon, New York. However, since Cliff detests Subway, I always thought he didn't like subs. We never ate them together and he didn't even know I liked them. We looked at each other with google eyes at discovering something new to share. Even after seven years you can still discover new things! And, we have had Jersey Mikes every week since!

We don't really exchange gifts, but as a small token I made this eye chart using the lyrics from "I Will" by the Beatles. This song was performed at our wedding by one of my students.  The website, Custom Eye Chart Maker is easy, but limited in the characters you can use. The last line of text is standard and so I had to upload my picture into Picnik and edit it. The font is not quite right yet, so this is still a work in progress. I hope to frame it soon though.

3. Not so much going on in the crafty life right now. I have wrestled with "stuff" lately. As in, what do I need? Oh sure there are a gazillion tempting ideas out there, but do I need more stuff? The big pay cut didn't help inspire me either. So together that has kind of put a damper on my crafting... for a bit.

4. To contradict all that, I am signing up for the latest Sweet Goodness Swap. That should get the juices flowing again!

5. In the meantime, my mama is coming to visit and I imagine we will spend our days, in part, just like this.

Hope you are enjoying your summer and that the living is easy.


littlemissmk said...

what a sweet picture of you and your mama- enjoy your time together!

Melissa said...

I love the eye chart idea!! Thanks for sharing it!!

Adorable picture of you and your Mum.

Nutsy Coco said...

Happy anniversary! The eye chart is a really cute idea. Hae fun with your mama :)

Lynnelle said...

Happy anniversary!! It's good to hear from you on your blog. Sounds like you are keeping busy!!

Mama Said Sew said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Cliff! We have a Jersey Mike's here and I love there subs too. Sounds like a perfect anniversary dinner to me. :)

Rebecca said...

You've been busy! And I love that photo of you and your Mom. :) So cute! Enjoy the new swap, I'm sitting out due to too much crap to deal with at home lol. Just busy, it seems, and not with fun stuff. Poo.

Tammy @ she wears flowers said...

LOVE the eye chart. I totally copied it and linked to you on my blog in a post scheduled for 7/26. I also figured out how to overcome the last line and would love to share it with you if you are interested. Thanks for your wonderful ideas. You are so creative!!

Ginamonster said...

The fish are jumping and the cotton is indeed high. Or at least I'm sure it is somewhere.
I'm gladi am not the only one struggling with the "stuff". I hope you are able to find inspiration in your own back yard!