Saturday, September 26, 2009

40th Annual Art in the Park & Dozynki Festival

We attended the 40th annual Art in the Park last weekend.  Lydia's favorite this year once again was painting the cardboard boxes.  I think for Christmas I will get her a bunch of boxes and some new paints.  :-)

We each went home with some goodies.  Lydia got a poncho and this cute little dog.  He is so well made.  His legs and tail move 360 degrees.  I bought a necklace made by Wired Wimzy(?)....ugggh, I should have gotten her business card because I love her work.  I'd buy more.  Maybe Dawn knows where I can find her?

The Dozynki Festival was going on the same day so we walked through that.  Lydia picked out a punkin at the Farmer's Market.  I love the Farmer's Market and wish I could get over there more often during the summer to get fresh veggies.  It's on the other side of town though and I'm not the best planner-aheader.

Yesterday I started to decorate the house for fall.  I LOVE this time of the year in Wisconsin so much.  Such a pretty time of year.  Lydia and I are going to do some halloween crafting today.  Going to look for some bat templates for my Wishblade.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Wallet Space Saver - Card Holder

You know all of those loyalty cards and such that collect in your wallet, preventing you from buttoning it shut? That is when an extra card holder such as this would come in handy. I found the Scrappy Loyalty Wallet tutorial at the A Spoonful of Sugar blog. This is draft number one.

Think I'll keep this one for myself.

Blue Beaded Bracelet by Lovely Lydia

Lydia and I did some beading after church today. She made this bracelet for me. Now we are off to bake some of Grandma J's A&W Brownies with fudge frosting for the party at the Brandt's tomorrow!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

JusticeWorks - Just Run Green 09 Half Marathon

Ran the JusticeWorks Just Run Green Half Marathon today with Dana. So nice to run again with her. We did the Portland Marathon together in '07 (can't believe it's been 2 years already). Took 9 minutes off of my last half marathon time today so pretty happy with that. They didn't have chips but according to my watch I finished in 2 hours and 2 minutes which is a 9:19 pace.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Chococat Lunch Bag

The inspiration for this lunch bag came from the purl bee's Back to School Lunch Bag post. When I showed it to Lydia today she was all for it so after we made a quick stop at the Dance Education Center to get our new shoes and clothes for pop dance class this year, we went to Herrschnerrs to pick out the fabrics...

I cross-stitched the chococat a long time ago and always wondered what to do with him. We thought he'd work well with this bag. Lydia chose the brown polka-dotted fabric to match him. The purl bee pattern doesn't include a lining so I combined this pattern with another pattern I got from my friend Dawn for bags because it has easy directions for how to make a lining.

Lydia went to bed before I finished. I had told her it would be done by Friday (and she was very bummed because she wanted it for tomorrow) so she will be surprised when she comes down for breakfast in the morning and sees this at the breakfast bar.