A Nice Surprise

May 28, 2009

Last night I decided that I needed to jump back into my normal patterns of homeschooling and creating, something that I had gotten away from over the past week. As the kids were heading off to bed, I resumed my normal late night seat in the studio to chart projects for the coming weeks, articles to write, and all of the knitting and sewing that needs to be finished.

It is strange though that with just a few days out of the normal routine, I found myself needing to find my groove again. I felt a bit flat, and not sure what I wanted to start with, or even if I wanted to begin. So, I did what I always do when I get like this; I turned on Tori Amos, lit a lavender candle, and jumped in.

I decided that it was time to make the kids some new sketch books, and I had recently seen a wonderful pattern for a Quick and Easy Sketch book over on Susie Ghahremani’s Blog (make sure to check out her whole site, it is pretty amazing). I have a large book of scrapbook paper that has been calling out to me for some time, so this seemed like the perfect project to pull it out for. I chose 7 different cover pages, and then started cutting everything down. One thing that I did do differently was my paper size. I cut my paper down to 10×8.5 for a bit of a bigger book.

I am not sure if these could be any easier. each book took about a grand total of 10 minutes start to finish, and it is pretty neat to sew on paper. I also love having pockets in these small books, it makes a great place for the children to store their designs

There are now sketch books for everyone! We head to Sand Dunes National Park with some friends tomorrow, so I made their daughters a sketch book each, and my boys are now the proud owners of soccer covered sketch books.

I also finally got a chance to work on some hand embroidery, which is unfortunatly something that has taken a big back seat as of late. I have been dying to learn how to do a decent french knot (still not there yet, but I have faith), as well as practicing some free hand designs. I drew out the vine pattern and then decided to play with the knots any where I could fit them in. Embroidery is a challenge for me, but it is also such a beautiful art, and I am looking forward to progressing over time.

After all that work, I figured I had certainly earned a little indulgence. A few weeks back I had seen a recipe for a Sweet Basil Smoothie, and to say that I was intrigued was an understatement. Since I had all the ingredients in the fridge and the garden, I figured that today was the perfect day to give it a try. The recipe comes from Giada DeLaurentis, and it is beyond delicious. Light, refreshing and sweet enough to be desert. I could not have imagined the combination of basil, yogurt and lemon syrup going together, but just like all of Giada’s recipes, it is pure perfection.

I also have a great sale to tell you about. Suzy, from Hip Mountain Mama, is one of Namaste Bags largest retailers, and she is one of the last business’ to have Namaste’s Newport bags in stock. Suzy has been kind enough to offer Shivaya readers and customers an extra $10 off the SALE price of the Namaste Newports left in stock. This is a pretty special sale, and I am very grateful to Suzy for her generosity. To take advantage of the sale, simply enter the coupon code “shivaya” at checkout at Hip Mountain Mama.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca May 29, 2009 at 3:39 am

Would never have thought of that combination for a drink, but I might have to give it a try.

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Anonymous May 29, 2009 at 7:40 am

French knots can be tough, but yours look really well done. Hang in there -Kate

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stitching under oaks May 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm

the embroidery is so pretty…you're doing a great job on the french knots. and your journals look inspiring! I'll have to try that drink, sounds refreshing…I love basil and lemon together.

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SugarMama May 29, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I love those little sketchbooks! Beautiful! I have some perfect paper for them also. And your embroidery is gorgeous.

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kyndale May 29, 2009 at 11:47 pm

wow, that smoothie sounds so good, I am going to try it this weekend! I saw that sketch book and am planning on making a lot of them. How fun to sew on paper! Have a great weekend!

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larissa May 29, 2009 at 11:59 pm

your embroidery is beautiful – I love the curved lines. and I bet the kiddos really appreciated the sketch books – i know i'd love one myself!

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Sigrun May 31, 2009 at 5:40 am

YourFrench knots look good. For me the trick to consistently good French knots is use the left hand to keep a good tension on the floss between where it exits the fabric and your holding fingers. don't release the tension until the knot is almost completely done. After wrapping the floss around the needle the desired #of times, I never poke back in exactly the same hole. I go back down just one thread or a split thread away, then the knot can't slip through.

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Leslie June 1, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I was just looking at those sketchbooks the other night – wondering about where to find decorative "cardstock." Were your covers cardstock, or regular scrapbooking paper? I'm afraid regular scrapbook paper would be too thin and flimsy. Yours look beautiful. I may head over to Michael's tomorrow to see what they have.

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Heather June 1, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Sigrun, Thank you for your suggestion on the french knots. I thought that it seemed weird to put it directly back in the same hole, so I am going to go back and try it by putting it off to one slide, just slightly. I really appreciate the advice :)

Leslie, I used scrap booking card stock, and it worked really well. I had a book of it, and it is pretty heavy. Using a heavier paper then what it called for, I ended up having to lay a phone book on them to flatten them out.

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