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52weeksewingchallenge, weeks 3 & 4 | This WONDERfilled Life

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Wow, by the skin of my teeth I made it.  These last two sewing weeks ended up being me learning about being flexible…I had plans, those plans didn’t happen…I made new plans…some of those didn’t happen…oh well…doesn’t that sum up life in general these days? Okay, so week 3 & 4 of the #52weeksewingchallenge, lets get to it. WEEK 3 - Sew swimwear or outerwear Okay, I know what you’re thinking…swimwear in January! This challenge is worldwide so they try and keep that in mind when planning the weekly themes.  I choose outerwear, for the dog.  Let me say that again…I made my dog a coat…🤦🏼‍♀️ If you didn’t know, we decided to finally, after talking about it for years, to get a puppy.  Lot’s of reasons went into our decision making but in July of last year we brought home Zoey, our purebred, Australian Cattle Dog.  It. Has. Been. A. Ride.  I feel like we’re through the looking glass as far as puppyhood goes…and to be honest this breed doesn’t usually need coats, but I thought why not.  I

Return of the 52 Week Challenge | This WONDERfilled Life

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Remember in 2018 when I started my own challenge, lovingy referred to as #52wonderfilledweeks? That was such a great and creative year for me.  I love challenges. Super always says I’m an “I’ll show you” type person and I’d have to agree that can be a great motivator for me.  The #52wonderfilledweeks challenge was based on creating ANYTHING on a weekly basis and then blogging about it.  Projects ranged from sewing and mending to painting and wood working.  I had a long-ish list of things I wanted to try and so I really had no problem finding things to make that year…half way thru I stumbled across the #52weeksewingchallenge facebook group.  Basically the same concept only it’s sewing only (as described as using needle and thread on fabric) and they (the admins) put together a list of themes for each week.  You can accept the challenge or go rouge, either way you submit your makes and are entered to win all sorts of fun things weekly or at the end of the whole year.  Since I was already

The House of Requirement | This WONDERfilled Life

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We’re pretty big Harry Potter fans so when we moved in it wasn’t lost on us that whenever we needed something random for a house project we could almost always suddenly find it.  The “drawers of requirement”, much like the “ Room of Requirement ” in the first Harry Potter book, was a collection of two older set of drawers that were filled with old tool, files, saws, clamps and an even bigger collection of nuts, bolts and washers.  One of the first projects we did on the house was install deadbolts…yah…there were zero deadbolts on any of the doors when we moved in.  I remember buying the hardware and the nifty hole saw but due to the age and size of the door I really need to just file a section down.  I literally said out loud, “I wish I had a file or something” and Super said,  “hey, I think there’s one in the drawers downstairs!”…and there was! Over the years the contents of the drawers have been moved, used and gone thru.  One dresser was sold and the other we refinished and decorate

Vivo! (And I don’t mean the tempo marking.) | This WONDERfilled Life

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It’s fall 2021, and I can’t believe we’re still in this mess of a pandemic.  That aside, our lives have sort of resumed something that looks like our life pre-COVID.  Both kids are back in in-person school, and while Super is still teaching from home my orchestral/music work is picking up steadily, though with heavy health protocols (which I am totally okay with). So we thought we’d try and get our outdoor theater up and running, if only for one night and a tiny amount of guests.  Netflix’s animated film, VIVO , came out a few weeks ago and it’s been a HIT here, but then pretty much anything LMM (Lin-Manuel Miranda) does is a hit here…ask me about my current Hamilton obsession! Annnny ways…we decided to just hold a small backyard movie night, and you know I can’t just have people over for something like that.  I have to make it an experienced even just a little one.  Given more time, I had some MAJOR plans for the backyard, which included a kids “Mambo Cubana” Club with lights and the

Spit Happens! | This WONDERfilled Life

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Some of you may remember waaaaayyyy back to the #52wonderfilledweeks challenge of 2018...this little project from Week 31 got a lot of attention in the horn world. Lot's of people talked about how I could make and sell these and while I totally agreed I had zero interest in doing that! My how things have changed.  I've used my spit pad everyday since making it.  I've had students use it. I wash it frequently and have used the mini one on several occasions where emptying on the floor didn't seem appropriate or safe at the random "one off gig". It's proved it's durability and usefulness to me over and over for the last two years! Now with COVID so prevalent most organization that have called to have me play have indicated that some sort of "puppy pad" or towel will need to be used on stage and disposed of or laundered at the end of every rehearsal and concert.  I brought my cute teal and birdie backed spit pad to a recording I did a few weeks