Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Brilliant Blog Award

I've been given an award for this blog by Lil Birdie Stitches (thank you!) that I must pass along. The rules for receiving this award are:
1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.I nominate...

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Canadian Invasion

We waited and waited and it's finally happened...THE CANADIANS ARE HERE!!!! We've been having the time of our lives showing them around our part of the world. Thankfully they say the weather isn't bad at all-in fact they said it's hotter in Canada! Who would have thought? The guys have been fishing (unsuccessfully!) while the girls have shopped (with much success!). Jenna and Natasha got to go to the final 2 days of volleyball camp with our girls. Then we hit the Eastern Shore Mall and the Tanger Outlet. There were still more shops to see, but no more room in the car for packages! I drove Natasha by the polo fields where she was able to meet a few new friends.

We've been skiing and spent a wonderful day at the beach-Cheryl found a star fish! Today we're going to just hang out by the pool.

Hopefully they've had their fill of seafood. We've eaten tuna, mullet, shrimp, snapper, oysters, grouper and crab cakes. Taras has finally stopped eating shrimp for breakfast! Tonight it's a traditional southern meal-collard greens and corn bread!

It's going to be hard to say goodbye in a couple of days. Actually, it's only "see ya later". We'll be back in Canada shortly after they get back home. Forget all this seafood, I want some perogies!!!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Coastal Wonders

I thought this summer would be slow and relaxing. Instead our calendar has been full! It's all been so good. The girls have done church camp, drama camp, Bible school and then Coastal Wonders. The last was one I knew they couldn't miss.

They went everyday, 8:30-4:30 for five days. These were not only fun filled days, but very educational. They learned things like the water cycle, paper-making, fish printing and migratory bird games. They went crabbing, seining, canoeing and on boardwalk hikes. There was also tye-dyeing, "wild" art and a portable planetarium. At the end of the day they had pool time and even an ice cream party on Friday. Who knew learning could be this much fun!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

"Haute homespun out of the Deep South"

This is my new favorite book. Recently I came across an article in a magazine about the author, Natalie Chanin. I was intrigued. Here is a woman who traveled the world designing, etc and ended up coming back to her home state to follow her dreams and help the local community. Not only did she help provide jobs, but she uses recycled materials in her creations. Here's the editorial review from Amazon:

“Haute homespun out of the Deep South.” That’s how Vogue magazine has described the fashion of Natalie Chanin. Alabama Stitch Book brings us a collection of projects and stories from her clothing and lifestyle company, Alabama Chanin, known for the cutting-edge twist it puts on tried-and-true sewing, quilting, and embroidery techniques, applied mostly by hand to recycled cotton jersey. This long-awaited book from Chanin begins with her story. After living in New York and Vienna for over 20 years, she began to transform cotton T-shirts into high fashion using the needlework skills she learned as a child in Florence, Alabama. When she moved home, Chanin hired local women (many of whom had worked in the state’s now defunct textile factories) to stitch her couture collections with her. What follows is a step-by-step guide to the stitching, stenciling, and beading techniques used in the 20 projects showcased in the book: T-shirts, skirts, and corsets that are sold at chic shops around the world, plus a journal cover, sampler quilt, and tablecloth, among others. Also included are a pullout stencil, perforated postcard for bead-embroidery, and reusable patterns. Throughout are Robert Rausch’s beautiful photographs set against the back roads, farms, and homesteads of the rural South.

Not only is the book full of patterns and ideas, it also gives you the history of cotton, t-shirts, etc and tons of little details to help you with your projects. I checked the book out from the library first and was instantly in love! I anxiously await the arrival in the mail of my own copy.