Memorial Day 2016

FlagWe woke up bright and early this morning to take a trip to the ocean to watch the sunrise. Although it was a bit cloudy and muggy, it was a beautiful morning. We were among many other people- young surfers, families with their children or their pets, joggers, men fishing, couples snuggled together- but I believe we were all doing the same thing… watching the sunrise and being thankful to be blessed with another beautiful day to cherish.
The children waved their flags proudly as we remembered the brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice. We will be forever grateful for your honor and valor.Liam FlagFinnMadeleine FlagFamily Flag

xoxo, Bridgette

Seaside Fun

Madeleine Romper_00011When I was down beside the sea,  
a wooden spade they gave to me
 to dig the sandy shore.
My holes were empty like a cup
in every hole the sea came up
til it could come no more.
-Robert Louis StevensonMadeleine Romper_0005
Madeleine and I sneaked away for a couple of hours this morning to enjoy some “Mommy and Me” time at the beach. I couldn’t help but think of this poem watching her play. She would run back and forth between me and the waves, collecting seashells to fill her shoes, her  little pigtails bouncing the whole time. We really enjoyed our morning together.
Her little romper is from an adorable pattern I found recently. I have been on the lookout for a cute romper and was excited to finally find the perfect pattern from Tadah! Patterns. They have quite a few cute and easy patterns available. This romper is their Seaside Playsuit pattern.
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Madeleine Romper_0004Madeleine Romper_0006Madeleine Romper_0009Madeleine Romper_0002I just love that ruffled collar!

xoxo, Bridgette

Let’s talk strawberries…

Strawberry PlacematStrawberry season has come and gone here in Florida and I almost missed it! I have to constantly remind myself I am not in Kansas anymore…er, I mean Kentucky. I am used to strawberries in May or June back home.
Luckily, the kids and I and Aunt Annie (My younger sister has come to stay with us for awhile…) caught the tail end of it here and were able to pick dozens of deliciously ripe strawberries. Mmm…Strawberry_0004Strawberry_0006Strawberry_0002AuntAnnie.jpgStrawberry_0001Strawberry_0005Strawberry_0003Strawberries.jpgPlenty for the kids to feast on, and just enough left over to turn into 12 jars of jelly.
Not only is it strawberry season outside, but have you noticed how it seems to be strawberry season in the fabric world as well? One line I am especially loving right now is The Shabby Strawberry. The cute little bouncing strawberries just seem to announce picnic season is here.
I decided to make an easy patchwork placemat we could roll up and pack with us for picnics at the park or beach. And the square quilting on it matches the design on my jars of jelly. (That actually was not intentional, and I didn’t even notice it until I took this picture!) strawverry PLacemat3Strawberry PLACEMAT3Strawbery Placemat2DSC_3300.jpgI wish everyone a good picnic sometime in the near future!

Vintage Laundry Day

DSC_1623 The days here have been filled with snow. Lots of snow. Thankfully, my children inherited my love of snuggly quilts and a cozy fire. I promise you there has been lots of snuggling by the fire lately. Maybe a little too much. The cabin fever is starting to settle in and we are all aching for spring. You would think that being stuck indoors would give me more time with my sewing machine. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case these last few weeks. So, I have been making up for it with my camera instead. Final1LaundryFinalFinal1
Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Bridgette