Okay, I’m back for good this time after yet another break due to my adorable baby and my substantial workload — I turned the tide on my current round of freelance jobs late last week and wow, it felt so good to have everything pressing finished up! I’ve really missed getting to write over here, and I even have a few things to post about later this week — some things I’ve been working on and some stuff I’m excited about. Pearl is doing so well, she’s almost 8 weeks old and almost 13 pounds and just started smiling a few weeks ago! She’s just delightful these days.
I’ve been longing to do some sewing, just for fun… something I have not accomplished in the calendar year that we’re over halfway through. Yikes. So I took Pearl on her first trip to the fabric store last week — we went to Cool Cottons, my favorite spot in Portland.
And Pam surprised us with an absolutely gorgeous baby quilt she and her partner Marie made for Pearl. It’s a whole slew of vintage Lilly Pulitzer fabrics from Key West Handprints mixed with a few new fabrics from the shop. It’s so beautiful — I cried when I opened it. I love vintage Lilly and I am sure that Pearl will too.
Afterwards, we walked on over to Hot Lips and had a slice and a raspberry soda — a perfect summer afternoon.
Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever gone two weeks without posting before! Things have been really busy with Pearl, freelance work, and planning our first with-baby trip to LA this upcoming weekend. So here’s a quick almost-summer post about something fun we’ve been doing lately — our first-ever garden!
Andrew and I planted Spanish lavender, pineapple mint, lemon basil, regular mint, thyme, rosemary, tomatoes, zucchini, hot peppers, and bell peppers a couple of weeks ago. Most of our actual yard is cement (clothesline and patio-style) but we’re hoping to reclaim more of it soon… so for now we have a skinny little patch beside the garage going, with big dreams of expanding it sometime. I am not known for my green thumb or gardening experience — moving every year and a half or so is not very encouraging for this type of thing — so we have our fingers crossed that it will hang in there. Pearl and I check on it and water it every day, and so far so good.
I’m so excited about our trip this weekend — hoping to get a chance to do some of my favorite Los Angeles things while we’re there, and I’m really looking forward to introducing Pearl to some crafty aunties, too!
I’m super tired so this is going to be pretty quick… but I wanted to show some pictures of the fantastic handmade cute as a button bracelets from the CRAFT: party Diane and I co-hosted yesterday. People made such cool ones — it was really fun to see all the color combinations!
Michaela and Elliott came down from Seattle to hang out and make bracelets at the craft table…
…and Diane and I got to give away some great door prizes — we had so much cool stuff that we did a drawing every twenty minutes, which was really fun!
I was teaching at the craft table, or cuddling Pearl during her little visit, for most of the afternoon, so I don’t have too many pictures of the rest of the party — all of mine are here if you want to see, though! For a longer (and much better) recap, check out Diane’s post and photos from today, too.