To make you smile

I recently decided to donate my wedding dress to Good Will.  There are other organizations that collect wedding dresses for good causes, but I’ve held on to mine too long for it to be wanted, so off to Good Will it went a few weekends back.  Well, little did I know, Tysen snapped some pictures of Arcadia in my dress before it got packed up with all the boxes to donate.  I saw these for the first time when we were reviewing downloaded photos from the camera, and between photos from the National Zoo and pictures of our garden, I spotted these and I cracked up.  Thought you might like to see them as well.

Hopefully she’s not planning on going down the aisle anytime soon!

At the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Didn’t try one, but I bet they are great!!!!

Jettride 2012

Waiting for the Merrimac Ferry!

Cool Moth on Back Door

Check this guy out. I thought he was really beautiful!

Georgia Perszyks’ Garden 2012

This year Amelia and I had the opportunity to build a box garden. A couple of weeks ago we installed the box we constructed and filled it with 1200 lb of various soil mixes. We planted tomatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, and rhubarb. We had a brief scare a couple of days later when there was a light freeze one night. We also got a raspberry bush, blackberry bush, strawberries, spinach, lettuce and jalapenos and  are growing them in pots. We had suspected we needed a fence to prevent any marauding deer from attacking our produce but we were surprised when we found our pea sprout-lings nibbled to bits so the next day we crafted a fine classic tiki fence.

Later we discover a few pests so we got some ladybugs and praying mantises to hopefully take care of the situation.


Since the day we released them I’ve seen one ladybug crawling around in the garden and the mantises hopefully will hatch soon, maybe we can catch the event on camera.

Also, last fall, we collected a number of Japanese maple sproutlings, most of which survived the transplant and are growing nicely (some maybe too much). Here are a couple of them.


Arcadia got a haircut!

So, we are definitely late to posting this, as we cut her hair weeks ago on March 18th.  I’d been anti-haircut for a while, mostly because it has taken so long for Arcadia’s hair to grow, but it was starting to get a bit scraggly and it was time for a trim.  Here’s the before:

Arcadia did great while Daddy cut her hair.  She did move around a bit, causing her hair to be a bit shorter than planned, but it worked out in the end.  Here’s the after:

I think she liked it!

March’s sewing Projects

First up, Tysen’s birthday present.

Tysen’s been complaining for a while that he couldn’t find a Hawaiian shirt he liked.  One day while searching the internet for sewing patterns, I came across a Simplicity Pattern 3852, bought it, and told Tysen I could make him a shirt.  Well, months passed, and I still hadn’t made Tysen a shirt (mainly I was afraid of following a real sewing pattern and making something in an adult size).  I think Tysen was even a little disappointed when he didn’t get a shirt for Christmas.  So, I vowed to make him his shirt for his birthday (and better yet, for our joint birthday party).  So, we set out to the fabric store and purchased shamrock fabric – fitting, don’t you think?  I got the fabric cut one weekend, and sewed everything up the weekend before the party.  Turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Also sewn in March was this skirt for Arcadia.


I followed the Milkmaid Skirt pattern from crafterhours.  The fabric was a remnant of corduroy I bought months ago in anticipation of making this skirt, I just never had the motivation to draft the pattern and put it together.  With this new motivation to sew something each month, I went a little overboard for March and sewed 2 garments.  I finished it during nap time, and Arcadia, upon seeing the skirt, had to wear it immediately.