Yesterday, hubby took the day off and we hit the road (in a rented van, gosh do we need a van!!) to
For those not in the know, Coney Island has been a Brooklyn institution since the 1920s!!! It’s history is so long and storied, I’ll leave you that link above to discover more, like the good librarian that I am ;o)
I wore handmade! My cropped Scout with the denim version of the skirt I wore with it the last time. My family were kind enough to snap pics of me all over the park ;o)
We had a really, really great day!! We had different plans, but sometimes a change of plan is the best recipe for an unexpectedly fabulous time!
The highlight of my day?
Friends, I’ve been a bit out of it.
I was worrying over something. Turns out, I was worried was for absolutely nothing.
Can you believe it?
Sometimes you gotta have faith. Or listen to your husband
It fits that I got the worry relieving news on his b-day. He hit the big 4-0, yesterday and the kids and I treated him to dinner.
Then we stumbled into some pre-teen turbulence, quite unexpectedly, and it threw me off again. We straightened it out, though.
To shake the last of the funk, I gathered up the kiddies and headed out.
Liberty @Brooklyn General
Beautiful Street Art
Wood Beasty @Brooklyn Pharmacy & Soda
Periodical Temptation @Barnes & Noble
Donut Peaches @The Borough Hall Farmers Market
Yellow Plums @The Borough Hall Farmers Market
Orange Knit : Blue Liberty : Frankie : Hawthorne
Kid Mags : Diary Books : Bones
Storm Trooper & Skeleton
My pockets are a little but lighter, but my mood is MUCH brighter! If I manage to get some sewing done I should feel fully restored!
I hope you’ve been having a great weekend, too!
This dress is super special because the lovely Rachel sent me this gorgeous fabric from Brazil!! We got to spend some quality time together on her last trip to New York and have kept in touch since then. I so wish I could nip off to the UK for some more Rachel time!
This fabric (which has something of a Basquiat flavor going on, imho) was practically screaming MAXI DRESS, so I had to have Jamie Cristina’s Mission Maxi, of course. Both fabric and pattern have been waiting for their day in the sun and they better be satisfied because it was worn on perhaps the hottest day of my entire life! Jeez was it hot out, yesterday!
Rachel got to see a teeny bit of Brooklyn while here, but next time, we HAVE to visit DUMBO!! All of the photos in this post were snapped there. I took the kiddies for their first stroll around and ride on the carousel.
This photo gives you a glimpse of the ONLY thing I didn’t like about this pattern, the width of the straps. I wish I’d thought to widen them, the armhole/neckband application was NOT a fun time. I’m not completely happy with that area, but after wearing (and feeling awesome in) this dress all day, it’s a non-issue.
I also walk really fast and take long strides. I could have used a little more room to groove around the bottom, even though this is a combo of sizes already. Four at the upper/bust area, around 8 at the lower waistline (about where lowrise jeans would sit) and 10 for the rest. This was mostly in an effort to fit the pattern pieces onto the width I had and still have room for my hips, but other than the tummy area being a bit snug, I think it works!
Now I really want to make View C!
Top :: Cake Patterns Hummingbird (Green)
Jeans :: F21
Shoes :: Old Navy
It’s possible that this fabric was completely the wrong choice for this top. I say possible, because it may have worked out differently if I cut it smaller. I like my knit tops pretty fitted, but I was being conservative because I was terrified of wasting any fabric from my small Mood stash.
Despite that, I’m pretty pleased with it! I was super comfy today and, of course, I love stripes and I love, love black and white!
Now, I just need the matching skirt!!
I already have a few plain denim skirts so I was planning on the fancier of the two Hummingbird offerings…in denim.
The International African Arts Festival runs through Sunday. I went to check it out today with some of my family. It was brutally hot out, but that didn’t stop the crowds! It is one of the highlights of summer and draws an amazingly diverse crowd.
Check it out if you’re in the market for fun, color, beauty, art, food, good vibes, gorgeous people, drumming, and spending temptation!
SO. School is out!
My children have never attended any sort of formal summer day camp, as I have been home with them for the most part. This year, I had no idea that I’d still be working this summer. Well, it wasn’t a solid idea. Now that I will be busy with work a few days out of the week, I feel doubly responsible for making the rest of the days fun packed. Today, I lugged home approximately 100 lbs of books from 3 summer reading lists and even managed to choose something that the big girl liked.
And yesterday was the kind of day I hope to enjoy for the rest of the summer.
First, the kids and I headed to The Museum of the City of New York.
After that, we hurried home because it looked like rain. We skipped our Central Park dining a la carte plans somewhat reluctantly. But, it was fortuitous as I had totally forgotten that I registered for the Brooklyn Eats event.
We grubbed on tons of delicious samples and I collected business contact info for this year’s holiday market vendor recruiting.
I was dead sluggish at work, today. But it was worth it!
I had a pretty fantastic weekend celebrating a friends’ academic accomplishments with my whole family and good day out visiting with my kiddies, today! I have so much to be thankful this mother’s day and everyday. Great family and great friends.
Top :: Me Made (no pattern)
Jeans :: Old Navy (rethinking wide leg pants on me)
Shoes :: F21
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!