In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sewing, Painting, Visiting

      I have been spending my "free time" sewing more zippered bags. I completed one for Spencer, one for Maycee and one for myself. I have another bag cut out for me and one in the works for Hubby.
Spencer's bag (his is my favorite combination of fabric. I might have to make one like it for me!)

Maycee's bag

My bag (the green stripey fabric is an old shirt of mine)
      I discovered some really cool stain by Minwax. It is water based and therefore not smelly, or at least not as smelly as oil based stains. I picked it up so I can stain my nightstand, but have been staining smaller things instead.

My repurposed thread and scissors box

Matt made this stand to put over our printer for extra storage. Here it is pre-stain.

Here it is post stain, with only one coat so the grain can show through.

       Thane painted an owl plate using his handprint to go along with his owl mug. He really had a good time painting at 

       I am a wee bit obsessed with collecting antique Pyrex bowls. I have a decent amount but when I found these ones, I couldn't resist. 

         Today Iris turned three months. I love the newborn stage, but I really love what follows the three month mark. Already she is starting to laugh and really interact. She searches out her sister and brothers just so that she can smile at them. Here she is all wrapped up for bed.
       The kids and I were able to go to Grand Junction today to meet up with my friend and her family. Her hubby had just run a 55K in Moab and they were making their way back to Fort Collins. We ate lunch at Rockslide Brewery and let the kiddos run and climb around on some gorilla statues to get their wiggles out. It was a brief visit, but so nice to connect with familiar faces. I didn't manage to take a single picture, which is a shame.


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