Graduation Prep {Invites + banner}

In less than a month, my oldest daughter and nephew will be graduating from the same high school. Yikes! The preparations are slowly underway; my sister and I are collaborating and gathering ideas as we plan a combined open house for our 'firsts'.

Graduation invites. SugarBeans.org

Snapfish had a great coupon code recently that saved us a bundle on graduation open house announcements. The backside of the announcement has a picture of the cousins at age 3 loving each other, and another head shot of each graduate. These have been mailed out, so now the details for the open house are under way. 

I made a quick 2014 banner for a table or door today with some items on hand. 

graduation banner. SugarBeans.org

A while ago, I bought these chalkboard coasters in the dollar bin at Target, not having a purpose in mind at the time. But, as I was contemplating making a chalkboard banner, I decided to use the cute die-cuts and string them up on some black + white bakers' twine; then I embellished with some fabric strips. 

Grad banner. SugarBeans.org

I really needed a simple project this week, just to feel like something was getting accomplished for the celebration. This fit the bill. And the good news: with 4 more graduates in the wings, the years can be changed with a quick swipe!

20 Year Trip {Galway}

I have done two quick recaps of our Twenty-Year Anniversary trip to Limerick and Dublin, Ireland. Today, we take a peek into our last destination on the gorgeous green island- Galway. 

Our last evening in Galway: we sat on the bay and watched the beautiful sunset.

Our last evening in Galway: we sat on the bay and watched the beautiful sunset.

Right before Christmas, I stumbled upon a Groupon for a 7 day train tour of Ireland, visiting three cities. I loved the price and location, and after prayer, looking at our budget and calendar, we booked a trip to celebrate our twentieth anniversary. The trip was a fabulous way to mark such a special occasion. 

Galway Bay

Galway Bay

Galway bay + boats

Both of us being raised in California, we were drawn to the water. We loved walking the bay, watching the boats and colorful sunset. The salt air reminded us of our dating days in Southern California. Romantic + nostalgic. 

Galway Bay and marina
Galway bay

We loved the sights of this small town. Such quaint streets + shops with street performers. 

Charlie Brynes bookstore, Galway, Ireland. SugarBeans.org

This town boasts an old, and historic bookshop: Charlie Brynes. My Sweet Hubs fell in love with the old books, Ireland tales and theology sections. We could have spent so much more time here, but alas, two days in this town limited our agenda. {We did get two trips in though}.

The BEST fish n chips!

The BEST fish n chips!

Our children back home made one request of us on our journey: send photos of our meals. So we did; and they loved or loathed our choices. For the most part we loved the food. I did not do well with the Irish Stew-- it tasted like boiled shoes:(

I think we need to plan another trip before we mark 20 more years. It was such a joy to have some uninterrupted time with my special guy!

Quick Skirt from a Vintage Sheet {Easter}

Last week my sister picked up a scrumptious yellow vintage sheet from the Goodwill for $3! I was so excited because she gave it to me. Once it was washed and laid out, I knew I wanted to make a simple skirt for Easter. 

Vintage sheet to a lined skirt. SugarBeans.org

This was my first sewing project in over a month; it felt so good to have the windows open {!!}, the music playing and my machine humming. 

The sheet was on the thin side and transparent, so I made this a lined-skirt. I had a white sheet on hand that I measured a little shorter than the skirt and began making rectangles. 

Lined- skirt. SugarBeans.org

I took my waist measurements and doubled that number for the width. For the length, I added 3 inches to where I wanted to skirt to stop {taking hem + elastic pocket into consideration}.

Those flowers!!! 

Those flowers!!! 

Vintage Sheet Skirt. SugarBeans.org

This skirt was quick to make; just cut your rectangles to the size you are looking for, sew the lining into the skirt, add elastic and hem, done. It took me about 30 minutes to complete this skirt; I'm pretty confident my future holds more vintage sheet skirts. 

Yellow vintage sheet skirt. SugarBeans.org
Vintage sheet skirt. SugarBeans.org

With our recent trip to Dublin and Limerick and two birthdays for my Teens, my crafting time has been limited. This was a satisfying project to complete this week. It was fast + cute and now Mama has something new to wear that is unique and handmade-- just in time for Easter and the warmer weather. 

Happy Easter, Dear ones! 

20 Year Trip {Limerick}

For our 20th Anniversary, my Hubs and I took an adventurous trip to Ireland and London. My last post went over our time in Dublin. The second leg of our Ireland journey took us to Limerick. We took a scenic train ride to the quaint city and thoroughly enjoyed the gentle two-hour trek. 

Limerick, Ireland
Gorgeous Spring floral baskets hung over the bridges along the waterways. 

Gorgeous Spring floral baskets hung over the bridges along the waterways. 

Limerick was a beautiful city; by walking alone, we saw a medieval castle, the Shannon river, a museum and shops galore. 

King John's Castle & my Honey.

King John's Castle & my Honey.

Limerick, Ireland
Limerick, Ireland

We saw this king sculpture and couldn't help but think of Mr. Burger King. Peace not war is written on the bottom, but no name given of who this is modeled after.....hmmm. 

The food was pretty fabulous. We found the Locke Bar and ate a couple of meals there. My favorite: the leek + mushroom pie with a flakey crust, slaw and chips. So YUM!

Limerick, Ireland

The Strand Hotel is where we slept. The restaurant in the hotel served a delightful pot of tea + scones with jam and clotted cream. The. Best. Ever!

Limerick, Ireland

Traveling in a country that spoke English was a life-saver. We were able to chat with locals, read signs, order off menus without translations and take transport with ease. Yes, a lovely trip, indeed. 

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy Birthday, Mom!

My mom is special. She raised two girls alone, in a new country, with no language or family, but plenty of humor, joy and determination. She is definitely a hero of mine and I am blessed to call her MOM. Today is her birthday and I am in another country with my husband enjoying our 20th anniversary on a spectacular journey. Because of my absence, I had to plan way in advance for her gift. She was often around during my big Granny Stripe Afghanmonths and admired it, so I decided to make her a smaller, lap-size granny afghan. 

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Spring Break Treats {Teen Game}

Spring Break Treats {Teen Game}

Later this week, my Hubs and I are taking a journey to celebrate 20 years of bliss and blunders. We love one another deeply and realize with five teens, waiting for a time to be alone is not a good plan. Since we will be gone a few days, and it is the Teens Spring Break, I planned some biddle to be opened in our absence for fun and connection with one another.

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Spreading some Sunshine {Lots O Yellow}

Spreading some Sunshine {Lots O Yellow}

This winter has been a long and cold one. Now that we are in the middle of March, I am just ready for some hot, bright sunshine; aren't you?!? I know it's not uncommon for some to feel low + blue when the weather stays gloomy for silly periods of time, so, I made some packs of sunshine to share with friends that God placed on my heart. 

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DIY Kindle Case Cover {Tutorial}

DIY Kindle Case Cover {Tutorial}

After much thought and price checking, I bought a Kindle for an upcoming trip. I read daily, and it's one of my favorite past-times, so this was a treat on many levels. Once I ripped open the packaging, I began to make a plan for a case, knowing scratches could be in my future. I took the Kindle's measurements, added 1 1/4 inches for seams and began to cut a beloved vintage pillowcase. 

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