The days are long and warm and filled with the kind of adventures you can only have during the commitment free summer holiday. (And how lovely to have power and working AC again on these hot days!)Last weekend we went to a Civil War re-enactment (also known as The War Between The States, the War For States Rights or the War of Northern Aggression). In Oregon. It was really interesting and something you definitely don't see too often West of the Mississippi. We timed our trip to see one of the battles. They even had firing cannons...what a lot of smoke and noise those made! The Re-enactors were awesome with the kids getting down and personal with them and teaching them all sorts of things about the Civil War. I felt really badly for the participants that the event wasn't better attended. I think partly because Oregon just isn't steeped in Civil War history like some other states and partly because the signage to get there wasn't very good. The road it gave as an address didn't show up on any of our maps and we drove around for a while until we happened to stumble upon a small festival sign. For more info click here.
I've also spent some of the long afternoons continuing the Great Spring Cleaning that was deferred this Spring for family medical reasons. I've recaulked one whole bathroom, waxed all the floors, sent tons of boxes to charity and .... (drumroll).. made my own lampshade for a poor naked hanging lightbulb! I was inspired by this post on Instructables on how to make your lampshade from an IKEA colander. But I wanted an Asian look so used a $10 Target woven basket. Looks SO COOL!!! And it took about 5 minutes max. :)
Cleaning out my studio, I'm selling off a ton of surplus supplies I unearthed. For example:These shoes are on Etsy. Here is an example of how beautifully they can be altered and customized with these supplies:So you can make some cool French shoes too if you'd like! :)
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