Archive | September, 2010

inspiration in the mail

28 Sep

This came in the mail today…

I just love the bright colors of the clothes from this company and the way all sorts of colors and patterns are mismatched in one outfit…

Inspired me to go out to the fabric store on the way home from work and buy a couple yards of this…

I would never normally pick out this bright, busy pattern of cordoroy but the Boden catalogue inspired me, especially this skirt,

Now I’ve never attempted to sew myself a skirt, but it will be fun to try.  Now I just need to find a pattern…


to market, to market

26 Sep

Woke up to a hot, hot Sunday Sun.

Set off to the market first thing before the heat got even more intense.

Every Sunday when we go to the market I feel like I am on vacation. The sounds, the colors, the smells- so pleasing to the senses.

After enjoying so many different samples of sweet, juicy fruit, breathing in the soft, fragrant flowers, and enjoying the tropical sounds of the steel drum band, we made our way home. On our walk home, with our wagon filled with bags of produce for the week, I was eagerly imagining the recipes I will prepare for this week. One of our favorite vendors always throws in a different piece of produce with my purchase; this week Lemon Basil. The smell is so fresh and strong you can almost taste it with just a sniff of the leaves. Perhaps in a roasted chicken this week would be a good match?

Next, we headed to Malibu to church. We always have about an hour or so before church starting at 9:30.  It’s nice to stroll around and enjoy the quiet park, calm beach, or shops before the hustle of the weekend crowd arrives.

Much to George’s delight there was an ice cream shop open, serving wee little cones filled with creamy gelato. Ice cream at 9am….well, it is the weekend!

Thought I’d display one of my new tops from a yard sale yesterday- washed (obviously not ironed) but ready to go for church today!


25 Sep

Saturday morning.

Lately this is the time that I head out on my own for a few hours and start my exploring of the Palisades Treasure Hunt of yard sales.  This morning however I decided to skip my morning ritual since we decided to head out to the open space of Will Rogers Park.  However, we just so happened to pass a sign and Travis knows by now how crazy it would be to drive by a Palisades yard sale. So we took a little detour off of Sunset Blvd.  While Travis and George enjoyed their bagels in the car, I zipped up the driveway and within 5 minutes had found some more great treasures.

If George could rate his top 5 favorite finds, this would definitely be #1.

We have found the TROLLEY MAN!

And there we are, Georgie and Mama cruisin’ in the back.

The way G has been carrying on about the Trolley man and the Trolley and the “ding, ding, ding” for the last month I would have bought this toy for $20 if I happened to see one in a toy store. This little treasure was a mere $1…perfect!

There were a few more amazing finds…not the actual object of purchase being amazing, but amazing because it is something that within the last few days I have added to my list to purchase.  Just 2 days ago my alarm clock broke. Now we do have George which means I haven’t set my alarm in about 2 years and as much as I dislike seeing the hands of the clock sitting at 5am when our little Rooster man crows I do like to have one near my bedside.  And there it was, a simple little clock that became mine for only 2 quarters!

I also scooped up 2 old school fisher-price toys for George…one being this camera with pictures to ‘snap’ of images of animals at the zoo and kids there too with the title ‘Day at the Zoo- 1973’.

In the last few weeks George’s little paws have been finding their way over to my camera and I am only aware of this because I hear him saying “cheese” while holding my Canon precariously close to the hardwood floor when I enter the room. I have been meaning to find an old point and shoot that I had in a box but had yet to get around to it. Voila, leave it to the good ol’ Palisades sale!

A few other treasures were discovered which I’ll have to post later. Only so much excitement can be handled in this post!

After our little detour we were off to Will Rogers Park, a beautiful wide open space that is a nice change from being at the beach.  We watched the horses, went for a stroll, George drove the Trolley along the fence and wrestled with Travis. And while Travis dozed in the grass George and I experimented with each of our cameras. George intent on clicking until he could see the Goose picture with the boy in the bell bottom jeans and I was happy to continue to experiment with the manual settings of my camera. I love that there is so much I don’t know when it comes to the plethora of settings of my Canon…so much to discover and learn and this morning was a great place to do it.

A great start to the weekend!

at the table

24 Sep

There was a little chill in the air when George woke us up this morning .

Perhaps because it was 5am. Yawn.

I was sitting at the kitchen table when Georgie became mesmerized by this…

and I was mesmerized by this…

Funny how quickly when one wakes up, the mind is filled with to-do’s and perhaps worries.  It’s often the routine where once the alarm goes off, the mind starts whirling while the body starts rushing around in a hurried state.   I am realizing lately that although we might have our own schedule and agenda thought out in our head and written on a piece of paper we may not have the ability to do things according to our timeline.  Life is unexpected.  Life does not always follow our plan. There are times when we may be pleasantly surprised with the results of an unexpected change of plans and other times it may be discouraging. That’s life.

On this particular morning I started off the day feeling a wee bit glum due to an unexpected “agenda” change in my life.  I was lost in my thoughts while eating breakfast but then snapped out of it by the little man beside me who was mesmerized by the steam from my oatmeal.  Funny how his interesting comments about such a simple thing made me realize how silly it was to waste time on what is not and instead be mesmerized and excited by what is now.  Makes me thankful for all that God has blessed our family with.  Just a simple thing like starting the day off eating oatmeal with my son. Not having to rush off to work but just to be able to enjoy the moment and hang out, not knowing where the day would take us.

My mom sent me a sweet card recently with this lovely quote by Helen Keller…

” When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

Monday morning.

20 Sep

There he goes. Off to ‘school’. Two days a week he has his own little routine separate from mine.  His second year here so he no longer feels like a freshman, and he does love it.

Like all parents, I am amazed at how quickly the days go…and I know with a few blinks G will be off to real school…oh my goodness, only 3 years from now.  Realized that this is the third fall with Georgie Boy in our life…3 years ago we were bleary eyed and starry eyed with our 4 month old.

Oh sweet memories…

September 2008

September 2009

18 Sep

Been doing a little bit of this lately…

to make myself this…

so that I have a comfy pair of these…

and to make it more fun and to personalize, I added this…

and maybe one day we will both have on this…

There are mother-daughter outfits…why not mother-son?!?!

No, I won’t subject George to all that cuteness…ahem, I mean embarrassment!


17 Sep

liebe = german word for love

The other night I completed a sewing project and  thought that I would love to add a label to personalize the item and make it look a little more professional. Since  I don’t have any professional labels made I thought perhaps I could just make one on my own.

Decided on the word liebe.

Easy little project to do to personalize anything really.

All you need is:

1. Fabric Marker

2. Stamp of the alphabet

3. Ribbon or fabric

Color the stamp with your fabric marker. Stamp on fabric. Iron the fabric to make the ink permanent. Sew on your item.

LIEBE is now the new “it” brand for the Schneider household!