In Progress....

Something I've learned...if it's an Ethan Allen, even if it's a vintage Ethan Allen, it's well made. As in very, very well made. Not only good frame and lasting long, but put together to last, for sure. As in I took me ~20 hours to go from here:

 To here.  I can't even tell you how many staple I pulled. For a $35 score, it's going to be worth it.
The end is not even close. I'm going to strip the wooden legs. Plus look at all my pattern pieces lined up and ready to go.  In case you want to see a finished piece...when this couch is done, it hopefully will go with this piece I did (Link here).  Hope to finish it this century.

Homemade for me.

 
Two nights before I was ready to leave for my cousin's out of state wedding, I tried on the dress earmarked for the event.  I hated it. I didn't feel comfortable in it.  Nothing like last minute.

So, in addition to all the other errands I needed to do the day before we left, I was dreading but seeing no other alternative to bringing my kids shopping with me to find a new dress.  Not my idea of a good time.

But then I thought...I have a ton of fabric and patterns. Why not? 11pm, I cut out the dress and by 1am that night, I had already basted and altered the dress.  I was anxious to hear my husband's opinion the next morning. If he liked it, I'd finish it instead of basting it.  If he didn't think it looked right, I'd go shopping.  Verdict? My husband not only liked it, but loved it too.


 That night, I took a pic to show some girlfriends and got the thumbs up from them too.
I was so relieved.  I think it takes me less time to make a good fit dress than it is for me to shop for it. I hate shopping. Anyway, I had may compliments, it's comfortable and I definitely will wear it again.  I really ought to make more clothes. It's so nice to have something that fits just right....it's hard to find something perfect in the stores.

 Wedding selfies for all who cooperate.  Notice one didn't cooperate.


The wedding?  It was lovely, glad we made it.  Congrats to the happy couple.

Beach evenings

 Late night beach nights.  Truly a gift of coastal living. This time we were able to share it with out of state friends. We had the beach to ourselves and my kids were the only ones swimming (because who else wants to swim at 7:30 pm?!).  While I hardly bring my camera, we do frequent the beach often...for an hour or two here and there.  Sometimes I forget how lucky we are to be able to pop over to the coast for a quick visit.  Enjoying with guests reminds me of how lucky we are.





 "Mama, take a picture of me with the sunset!"  Clearly he's mighty happy.

Corn.

It's that time of year.

So glad we planted some this year.

We're all enjoying it.

 "Mama, can you help me open the door? My hands are full."
 Absolutely.
 Thankful there's a lot more out there! Yum!

Invite: 4th Annual Country Loving Kids Fun

*Note...last year I had requests to have something set up for folks to donate to the cause online.  Message me if you want to participate. If you're local, please come and bring your friends. If you are not local, supporting us with a good old thumbs up is helpful too!



What? A simple, country kids festival to celebrate the country in our kids. There might be simple games, perhaps a craft, you can pick some wildflowers, take a walk in the field, feed the goats, hold a tiny goat, snuggle a chicken, catch the train going by, help us clear out the secret garden, etc.  Sept. 2nd 4:00-6:30 at our house in Wells, Maine.
 
Cost? This is our annual party for charity. This year the donations we collect will go towards foster care. My husband and I have been working on becoming foster parents since February. We have not been able to become foster parents because (although functional) our stairway railing in this historic home is not tall enough for us to be approved by the state to be a suitable placement. The change is costly. During this process, we have discovered it is not atypical for a family to be denied because of railing heights or window sizes or other state regulations. Currently there are not funds to help families meet state regulations. If a family, who otherwise is an excellent fit for fostering, cannot front the cost for the changes, they are not able to become foster parents. Funding has been a stumbling block for us given our extra funds are all going towards fixing serious foundation problems with the barn. We cannot afford to do both. Funds collected will go to people like us...people who have the heart to help children in foster care, but cannot until costly changes are made to their home.
 

What to wear? Overalls, plaid shirts, blue jean dresses, cowboy boots, barn boots, straw hats. Or whatever suits your fancy.

 Food? We'll have lemonade, light snacks, as well as a couple desserts. Bring your own drink and sandwich and plan to have a picnic with us.

Come anytime 4:00 and after (not before please). Stop by for a quick visit or stay for a bit. Come young, come old, and plan to have some fun! It's a family event.

To see some fun from last year and year before, look here:
http://www.bornimaginative.com/2015/09/country-lovin-kids-2015-recap.html

(If you could let me know you might stop by, that would help us plan. Facebook event linked here.  Thanks! And if you do come, please don't park on the road. In the driveway or drive around back of our house to the field. Let's keep everyone safe!)

Introducing...

Squeeeeee!  Tiny baby goats..all ours!


Meet Serena:



And Sophia



We are all smitten!  My kids have been out there by the hour just snuggling them. (And maybe the adults have been doing the same)

 I keep hearing 'Take my picture!" Gladly.




 (On a sad note, we got these because we no longer have our milk cow. While I loved, loved, loved having a milk cow, it's just not safe for me to keep a fence jumper around my free range kids.  We miss her oodles, but are thankful we have a freezer full of milk and milk products. I have learned SO SO SO much this last year. We will absolutely have another cow again someday.  Right now, I'm taking a break from milking and am thinking about getting back to my original plan of goats milk when these tiny goats are ready..  We actually bought the cow because the female goat we had never took....so no babies and no milk.   I'm thankful for and happy about these two little goats. There's something to be said for having animals the kids can handles by themselves.  )

Back to the goats.  I love them so.


Thrifted

Nature book, bag of ribbon, Duck book, metal scoop (just like my mom used to have in her flour), yard of fabric, brand new animal print stack. $6.00
Plus all of these fab books I'm putting away for gifts. $5.25.

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