the final countdown

It's our last day of summer and in typical form outfits for the big day are still a work in progress.  With the day planned out at 6 flags I'm sorry to say that the girls will probably end up wearing some of their new Justice garb.  Although I am on the downhill slope, it won't be long before the bottoms to match the tops are ready.

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I have stitched so much bias trim this weekend, with no end in sight, I think it's the perfect easy hem, and another way to sneak in another fabric.  My motto is "the more the merrier!"  when it comes to fabric and trim.

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The third top was already in the wash, but aren't they cute!  I was hoping for a photo shoot day today, but well, you know, it IS the last day of summer and the kids really wanted 6 flags.  So, off we go in our suits and cover-ups to spend the day riding rides and splashing in the pools, precisely the way the last day of summer should be!

-C

fabric:  Sedona, pastry line, Splashy Rose, Trim: Michael Miller Bias

P.S. I just can't say enough about the Sedona seersucker.  QUALITY, with a capital Q!  Light, and soft, yet durable.  The drap is fabulous and even though it's a little transparent, when you gather it up like the dickens there's no need to line it.  The white is crisp and the colors are viberant.  The skirt I made for it uses the Far Far Away linen and some denim (more on that later).

it’s all rolled up

I don't want summer to end.  But the reality is that, it really is time to bring bags and bags of school supplies into the house to be sorted and re-grouped and sent off to new classrooms.  

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One of the things we've been plugging along with for a couple of weeks now is taking the coins from our piggy banks and change buckets and rolling them up.  This is good for two reasons; once the rolls of coins are off to the bank to be added to their savings accounts, it'll earn a little interest and won't get widdled away one a pack of gum here or a churro there.  The other is that it is helping with coin recognition and math skills, aren't I sneaky?  As payment for their diligent work I am allowing a portion of the proceeds to be spent of something fun.  

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As for the contents of my change bucket…  It's going straight into the vacation fund for next summer.  I think I'm going to go take a pass at the couch cusions again, just to make sure! ;-)

isn’t she a good ‘picker’

We call it "picking" at our house.  I know others use the much more technical term: weeding.  Whatever you call it Grace and my other kids are super good at it!  I am so lucky that they like to help.  Just one more reason I love working from home!

For every iron-on ordered there is a process. 

I do cut extra when I get an order, but to prevent a big inventory and save resources and space, iron-ons are pretty much cut to order. 

First comes the formatting and arranging on the computer then the roll of velour or vinyl is prepared,the design is 'sent' to the cutter and it goes to work.  

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Next we get out the scissors and 'picking tool' and take off all the negative, print your instruction and package it up

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There you have it:  a little behind the scenes at Banberry Place.

isn’t she a good ‘picker’

We call it "picking" at our house.  I know others use the much more technical term: weeding.  Whatever you call it Grace and my other kids are super good at it!  I am so lucky that they like to help.  Just one more reason I love working from home!

For every iron-on ordered there is a process. 

I do cut extra when I get an order, but to prevent a big inventory and save resources and space, iron-ons are pretty much cut to order. 

First comes the formatting and arranging on the computer then the roll of velour or vinyl is prepared,the design is 'sent' to the cutter and it goes to work.  

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Next we get out the scissors and 'picking tool' and take off all the negative, print your instruction and package it up

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There you have it:  a little behind the scenes at Banberry Place.