Jul 31, 2012

lanesboro- decorah

a weekend away- does the body good!
(even with kids:))
 (e and Lucas)
my mom-carl-jen-eleanor-lucas and i all took off early friday morning for what was a fantastic weekend away! little nolan stayed home with dadddy- it gave me some one on one time with Lucas which i treasure more and more these days since my time is always divided between the two boys- we headed off to destination lanesboro, MN. with of course- some stops on the way!

i made a new sewing machine cover the other night that has pinks and greens so i thought it was only appropriate to start collecting green vintage buttons to match- here is the stash i came home with (happy face)
also- came home with a collection of PERFECT condition birdie glasses at a small price of $3 each.. yes- i am serious.. how cute?!?! (LOVE face)
after making it down to lanesboro and getting checked into our loft that over looks the river we did some walking around town- first stop- the kids sitting with their great, great, great uncle otto moe- he had a grocery store in lanesboro in this spot where the bench now sites- the store is gone but there is the most wonderful- sweet little diner- more on that below..

the kids eating breakfast in the diner- 2 eggs and toast for $2- really? and the service by val and the cooking by her husband gordon- this two person diner is a must eat if you around town! we ate here both mornings- as the kiddos ate- i sat and dreamed of all the small town easy life wonders and i gazed at these beautiful flowers in the jadeite vase- how lovely...
(taken with instagram)
after breakfast we were off to decorah, iowa for the nordic fest!!
a couple stops on the way- 
stumbled across 6 old machines with original cases in an old barn
(taken with instagram)
if this picture doesnt make you smile you have issues- my cutie boy enjoying himself at the nordic fest! -little norsk- we saw nordic dancers- the museum- plenty of bunads- food- flags and of course the fire station-

after a good old.. no-no- i mean the BEST lutheran church basement dinner we headed down for a street dance- it was so much fun watching all the luther college kids dancing (real dancing) and all the families laughing and enjoying themselves- i know we did!
a fun view of the streets of nordic fest!
i am so proud of my norwegian heritage and so thankful to my mom who has introduced us to all the fun we have had over the years at nordic fest and all that goes along with it- i am happy to have shared it with lucas this year!

so it goes with out saying we brought projects to work on at night- i got most of my hedgehog embroidery done- isnt he cute?! he will be in the window at sewtropolis soon!

a fun-relaxing weekend was had by all! lucas was sad last night at bedtime- he wanted to be back in lanesboro- i felt the same- i love that little town-


Jul 30, 2012

lucky mom

i have a little boy that wants to sew- how did i get so lucky? this boy amazes me more everyday- he got on that machine and started stitching away- i was making cold/hot packs for a upcoming boutique and he wanted one for himself- he made one... by himself! I only helped him stitch the end b/c it was a tight stitch- natural i think :) or just a very proud mom! how many kids want to sit w/ mom and sew? i know i dont know of any.. what a great skill to have as an adult too! once again, yay for boys!!

when i asked him what he wants to make next he says "make a quilt" stay tuned!


Jul 16, 2012

picture of my week

someone introduced me to a lovely blog called soulemama (thanks melanie):) i just fell in love with her blog- if you know me- there is a ton of stuff on her blog that calls me- things i would love to do- things i would want to share with my children- i love all of her photos and i am taking a idea from her- she takes a photo and posts it- doesnt say anything about it just lets people look and imagine she calls it "this moment" so here is my moment of the week- i am going to share a blurb of what the picture means to me- so that will be different-

these are my boys- i love them just the way they are- precious-sweet- lovable- funny-naughty-whinny-hungry-cute little boys- they are the light of my life- i love listening to lucas sing songs in the distance and hearing his joke of the day- and nolan spraying his pretend fire hose and watching his blonde hair fly in the wind- their giggles make my heart happy- these are my silly boys-

thank you soulemama for the inspiration- i take so many pictures but rarely ever just stare at one and think about how happy the moment makes me- 


Jul 2, 2012

pot holders

vintage like pot holders anyone?
you need a heavy weight fabric and a bag of Insul-Bright
i told you- i am totally into sewing- this was a really fun project-
i will be selling these in september at the 
lookathebirdie-vintage/craft sale in Minneapolis
(more info to come)
Melody Miller Fabric
the silhouette one is my favorite-

-birdie, xo