Monday, May 20, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 20/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are this week's happy photos. It's hard to believe I've completed 20 weeks of this project, it feels like I just started.

I got a really fun package in the mail. It's a jelly roll of 1930's reproduction quilting fabrics. I ordered it from an Etsy shop called The Fox and the Fable. I've never worked with jelly roll strips before but I've been really drawn to 1930's reproduction fabric lately and thought this would be a good way to build a little stash. I have a few other patterns, mostly in the form of fat quarters and quarter-yards, which I've picked up at fabric stores. This roll has 30 strips, each 44-45 inches long by 2.5 inches wide. There is plenty here for a few small projects. One that I have in mind is a small quilt to use as a picnic/park blanket...I'm still working out the particulars.

This is just a small slice of our backyard but it's making me so happy now that everything is blooming. This bed runs along the eastern side of the yard, and it's a raised bed edged with vertical railroad ties and filled with flowering plants. The roses are just about to bloom; that's my biggest rosebush and it's covered in buds. It should only be another week before I can start clipping a few to bring indoors. Gardening is a lot of work but we really love the results, and as I've discussed, we're learning new things all the time.

We used our little portable fire-pit for the first time this season; we had the fire in the afternoon so the small Bears could experience it too. Toward evening, when there were just a few embers left, we made toasted marshmallows. We use these long forks specially made for cooking food in the fire, which makes it a little safer. I usually hold my marshmallows too close to the fire anyway, and end up with charred marshmallows. The Bear does a much better job and he made me a delectable, lightly-toasted marshmallow which I really enjoyed.

The small Bears have been playing in their pool every day for the past week. It's hot in the afternoons, hitting 90 degrees some days. I fill the pool in the morning and by afternoon it's like a tepid bath. I fill it every couple of days, to conserve water; old water is collected in buckets and used for plants. This pool is brand-new, bought last weekend. The previous one finally gave up the ghost after three summers of use. I really think these little pools are one of the best investments I've made as a parent. I will miss the easy, cheap entertainment when they get older.


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  1. I love the look of your fabric roll Jennifer, looking forward to seeing a blanket made out of it. Your evenings sound so wonderful, children playing in their pool and toasted marshmallows! Yum. How I wish we had 90 degrees weather! :)

  2. What a lovely week! Our pool is officially open when my daughter asks to go in...usually in April!! It's not heated. I won't go in before June-ish, depending on how many 100+ degree days we've had to warm it up. I think I'm getting kind of wimpy in my older age. :-)

    Have a great week.

  3. Sometimes on a hot day when our girls were little we dragged out our blue enamel canning pot and filled it with water and they even had fun splashing around in that :-) It is so interesting that your roses are ready to bloom and mine are, too, but our temps in the 50s and 60s had me turn our heater back on! I have never bought a jelly roll of fabric but have been collecting fat quarters and squares for years, and am determined to make a patchwork far I have just made a little nine patch hand stitched pillow. We have had some marshmellow-campfires already, too. Thanks for posting your happys, reminding me of my happys as well, Jennifer :-)

  4. The fabric is so pretty! I am going to have a look at that Etsy shop. Not that I need material, since I am allergic to sewing! :-)

    There would really have been no safe way for my kids to toast marshmallows when they were young since there favourite thing to do was catch the marshmallows on fire and see how brightly they would burn. Ha!

  5. Pretty fabric! We have a fire pit in our backyard and I love it in the summer for marshmallows, yum :)

  6. The fabric is gorgeous! Your garden looks lovely! And there is nothing like marshmallows toasted over an open fire...pure summer goodness!!! Oh, and my daughter has that pool and loves to splash around in it for hours and hours!

  7. Love the fabric! So pretty.
    Looks like your little bears enjoyed the pool! That's always so fun.

  8. What a fun roll of vintage fabric! I might need one as I want to try a hexagon quilt. Yep, those little pools are perfect for smaller kids. Have a super week! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  9. Exciting to get new fabric, that looks lovely, look forward to seeing what it becomes.
    Great photo of the kids having fun in the pool, they'd almost get frostbite here!
    Carol xx

  10. I love the picutre of your children splashing about in the paddling pool! The fabric looks very pretty too, as does your garden. Love the railway sleepers. They cost an arm and a leg in the UK.

    I love learning more and more about my garden and the joys of gardening too. It does get rather addictive though!!

    Leanne xx

  11. Great post. Your kids look like they are having a wonderful time in the paddling pool! The toasted marshmallows look gorgeous.
    M x

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  14. What a lovely weekend you and the 3 bears had!!!
    Love all that fabric...get cracking on something SOON!!!!
    My boyfriend and I also had a firepit, at the cottage, on Saturday night...
    It was soooo cozy!!!

    Linda :o)

  15. What a array of beautiful jelly roll of fabrics.. I absolutely LOVE your bird bath.. Love it.. The little bears seems to be have a great time.. That always makes me happy. Hugs Judy

  16. Oooo fires are one of my favorite things to do in the summer. There does seem to be a certain touch for roasting marshmallows. We haven't gotten a pool yet, but we need one. Sprinklers are also fun.

  17. So happy moments! So cheerful photos you always show us Jennifer !

  18. Hi There, That 1930 jelly roll looks amazing!!!Can't wait to see what's going to come from that!!!Have a wonderful week!!!

  19. What a lovely week- I love the jelly roll fabric- I really like the 1930's fabric too- and have some in my stash- but am not sure what to do with it! I love the bird bath too!

  20. Great happy things. It's nice that it's been warm enough to use the little pool. My two will spend hours in the paddling pool given half the chance, although it's too cold her right now.

    Love those fabrics and that little corner of your garden is looking very pretty. x


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