Posts by Elizabeth

East Side Sew Downs

Several weekends ago, I had the opportunity to go to one of my favorite places with some neighbors and friends for a bit of a break and some time to recharge. And, well, also spending some time being crafty.

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Can’t you feel the relaxation radiating from the screen?

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The whole trip may have been totally worth it just for an appliquéd Cumberbatch. It’s amazing how recognizable he is without a face.

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We had a lovely time of yoga on the porch. This was certainly a first but it definitely should not be the last.

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And I spent a lot of time knitting and staring at this view.

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I really didn’t do much of anything, which was needed but I did complete two projects, one for father’s day and one for a soon to be 5 year old’s birth. Like father, like son. 🙂 I love that the superheroes obsession is beginning.

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While I didn’t spend a whole lot of time sewing, I spent a lot of time watching movies, knitting, painting toenails, eating really yummy food (like this orecchiette with spinach and gorgonzola sauce), enjoying the lovely company and sleeping in. Perfect.

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I’ve been ready to go back since we left, and thankfully I get to go on another one this August!

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several weeks of celebrations

The past several weeks have been absolutely full to brim with fun work and personal events! It’s a big month all around!

We kicked everything off with the opening of the Austin Boardwalk. The private donor event was first (and it was so beautiful and perfect) and I got to wear my new Stitch Fix Sally Mixed Stripe dress in a very appropriate cocktail length/summer weather event. Add another to the list for ‘my job exceeds every and all expectations’.

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And then we followed with the public grand opening! And what a memorable day it was – bands playing, drum lines marching, aerial dancers dancing (and a partridge in a pear tree?)! My co-worker and I got this fun photo with the giant ribbon cutting scissors. This project encompasses so much to the community – connection, safety, health, beauty, progress. I’m floored that I got to play the tiniest of little pieces in it’s implementation.

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At the public opening event there was a stunning performance called East~West by Blue Lapis Light Aerial Dancers to celebrate the connections achieved through the completion of the Boardwalk trail. The underpass of IH-35 at Lady Bird Lake was made beautiful (probably for the first and maybe only time) by these talented dancers.

Blue Lapis Light Performs

We finished off that weekend by celebrating a dear friend’s wedding, which took place at the Zilker Clubhouse (check out that incredible view)! Isn’t that hanging backdrop beautiful?

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And we wrapped up the work events with a practically sold out 10th Anniversary of the Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run & Party. The run portion was successful and the party was beautiful, but we were unfortunately driven inside by tornado warnings and rain.

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Next up, celebrating our 5 year old… And then I am going to take a very long nap. 😉

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sorting out the feelings of church planting

I’ve been trying to find my words to describe the season we are in for quite some time now. Two years ago, I shared a bit about the adventure we were beginning, but I haven’t been able to clearly articulate the church plant journey throughout. It has been messy, challenging, surprising, beautiful and just plain hard. I have learned how my heart is quick to anger, that I jump to feeling entitled, and how easy it is to judge everyone else. All things I thought I would never allow myself to be. Turns out, I’m just like everyone else.

My faith has been challenged and stretched. I knew it was going to be hard for me to live in the city, where it is easier to agree with the academics that there is no God: faith is for the unintelligent. And it is hard. I struggle to claim my faith everyday and I question just as I always have. The doubts will not subside. But the Holy Spirit won’t let me go (and just saying that sets off the ‘kooky’ alarms in my brain, but my heart agrees). I am coming to peace with the tumult of my doubt. No surprise there, my life is full of paradoxes and I am growing to find comfort in them.

I have felt tremendous love and closeness to my neighbors – I care about them like they are extended family, and that feels right. I have watched the small group of people that make up our church love well, lavish grace, impart the practical to our city, all to express Jesus’ love and our love for them.

I still experience moments when something about Christians makes headlines and I want to tear away from all associations of ‘the church’ – it would be easier to be a lone ranger, live faith on my own, but then I turn my eyes to our little piece of the Body in front of me and I am encouraged. We are a ragtag bunch and often I still feel frustrated, but we have fun together, we do our best to love well, we try to trust that God will use us and most of the time I see Jesus in it.

We have no idea how to do what we’re doing, but we’re taking guesses based on those who have come before us and doing it anyway, making changes as we fail. We’re all a mess, but I think it’s working. We are loved by God and we are working to love Austin with God.

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stitch fix #4

I’ve had three fixes so far (see the First Fix, Second Fix, Third Fix) and I’ve enjoyed the process – really it’s all about the anticipating the shipment! I really appreciate the folks that have used my referral link to sign up – thank you.

Today, I was pretty excited to pull this pretty stack of clothes out of the box:

The first thing I just had to try on, was this Pink Martini Sally Mixed Striped Dress. For this fix, I had specifically asked for a very tailored dress, with architectural seaming. It has pockets and a very tasteful sweetheart neckline. But y’all, is it too short for work? I’ve become so used to knee length dresses… I need some feedback!

Next up, Ark n Co Ashlie Graphic Knit Sleeveless Cardigan. I really like the geometric print but I can’t see myself wearing this very much. I tried it on with dresses, shorts, jeans… I just didn’t love it. And I have another sleeveless vest cardigan and it doesn’t get a whole lot of wear – I can’t see adding another.

I was very excited to see that my stylist Noemi listened to one of my specific requests and provided this Mauna Mixed Print Sheer Open Cardigan – which is really a kimono (at least, I think so) and a trend I really enjoy! I like how this provides a boho feel to simple shorts and tank. I could see it workings with skinny jeans and a t-shirt, or over a simple dress. It’s very light-weight and appropriate for our ATX hot weather. I’m pretty sure I’m keeping AND it added bonus that Noemi also listened when I asked for Made in USA because this is!

And sadly, the Honey Punch Quincey Striped Maxi Skirt fabric was too thin and not remotely flattering, not to mention so so so long! Additionally, the Pomelo Blake Side Ruched V-Neck Knit Shirt was nice, but too basic for the price.

Not hit out of the park, but still fun! I think I’m keeping two items (which seems to be my trend) but I’d love your feedback. You want to know what else I would love? If you use my referral link if you want to try out Stitch Fix for yourself!

 

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knit birthday circlet

Sometimes knitting a less practical item makes me very happy. I pinned an image of a little girl wearing a knit birthday circlet and I just HAD to make Jude one for his upcoming 5th birthday. Because, you know, I’m crazy. Turns out, the circlet was a free pattern! The pattern was quick to learn so in my bits and pieces of stolen time, I worked on it. And finished it! The yarn I used was worsted weight so the crown turned out a bit less dainty than intended, but I think that it works for a little boy.

Totally impractical and I love it just the same. 🙂

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8th Anniversary

I love that we get to celebrate our marriage each year. Each year has it’s own character and much like a child, our marriage learns new phrases, discovers new favorite foods, experiences new adventures. Our 8th year of marriage has been one of resettling into our love – learning each other again and letting go of criticism. It is refreshing to experience an unexpected newness after 8 years – what will that be like at 10 years, 20 years? We are beginning to tell the same stories to the same people – we are becoming that couple, our lives are so intertwined.

For all of the pain, the times that we couldn’t stand each other, where is was more difficult to work through the problems than to sweep them under the rug, the hard work to continue loving each other has payed off. I really do love this man and I am more glad now than the day I married him, that we get to spend our lives together. Happy 8th anniversary my love.

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thank you

Y’all. Thank you.

Since I entered the contest with Noonday Collection and IJM last week, I have seen so much support from my friends, family and complete strangers. I have felt loved and grateful for the people in my life that are willing to help me try to win a chance to do something amazing. To even break the top 20, even for a short time, was nothing short of amazing.

Thank you.

I’ve been watching the contest and my rankings have dropped from 17th to 26th even with my best efforts to grow my voting base. The top 7 are pretty static, I haven’t seen anyone outside of the top 10 break into it. I think it’s time to throw in the towel. I am not sad about this – I know that the woman they select will be the right person and the story will be told and I am looking forward to watching it unfold.

But really, I want to communicate to all of you that have supported me – thank you. I am lucky to know that I have the support of so many wonderful people in my life. Y’all are marvelous.

 

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#Style For Justice Update

It is with much excitement that I tell you that I am #17 in the running for the contest to win a trip to Rwanda to meet the Noonday Collection sewing co-op artisans (out of over 500 entries). I am blown away by your love and support – thank you, thank you, thank you. We have until May 28th to vote once daily to move me up to one of the top 7 spots. The rankings will not be updated until May 29th. Once the top 7 are announced, Noonday will select the top 3 entries and the voting will begin again! You can read my first blog entry about the contest and watch the entry video here.

You can VOTE FOR ME (fill out or click ‘X’ on the popup and scroll to the bottom of the page) once everyday through May 28th!

And even more, will you ask your friends and family to do the same? Feel free to forward this blog post, share on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. I know many of you have already done this, and I can’t thank you enough!

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gratuitous cute kid photos (with cute animals too)!

Forgive me ahead of time, this is a post full of photos. Mainly for the grandparents that sometimes check my blog but aren’t on social media. You’re welcome grandparents.

Awhile back, we went to a birthday party. The mom of the kiddo that was having the party happens to be a photographer. Enter awesome pictures like this:

Jude with bubbles

And a traveling petting zoo, Tiny Tails to You. Which leads to gratuitous cuteness. Because a hedgehog… seriously.

Beth with hedgehog

Jude with bunny2

Beth and bunny

And then there are iPhone photos too. Because I’m that mom that takes too many phone photos. I was eating up the kindness and gentleness that my kiddo was exuding while holding chicks and bunnies. So sweet and gentle. Makes my heart hurt that my wild little boy can be so kind.

Jude with a bunny

Jude with a Chick

And then we also have been kayaking several times out on Lady Bird Lake. It’s so beautiful out there and we have had some wonderful wildlife experiences while out there as well. First time:

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Second time:

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And third time, maybe final, because Jude almost tipped us in this last round… Little boys in contained spaces sometimes cause havoc.

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And done in picture land. At least for now. Grandparents can smile and be happy now. 🙂

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homemade sunblock recipe

Some ladies and I recently got to together to do a Natural Cleaning Party where we each made one cleaning item and then swapped so everyone got one of each item. We had liquid laundry detergent, powder laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, glass cleaner, sunscreen and bug spray. I picked sunscreen, mainly because I was interested about learning more about what items have SPF and how to put them together for an effective sunblock. Here’s what I came up with:

Sunblock Recipe ~20-30 SPF – makes approximately five 8oz bottles
Purpose Cost for recipe Cost for entire item
1 ½ c olive oil Carry/thin lotion $8.00 $10 16.9 fl oz
1 ½  coconut oil SPF ~15 $8.95 $17.89 (32 oz)
60 drops lavender EO Fragrance/Soothe Skin $5.25 $21
60 drops helichrysum EO SPF ~10 $11.25 $45
120 drops myrrh EO SPF ~20 $22.50 $22.50 (5 ml)
120 drops carrot seed EO SPF ~38-40 $8.75 $17.50 (5 ml)
¾ c zinc oxide SPF ~20 $5 $20 (1 lb)
¾ c shea butter Carry/moisturize $4.00 $9 (16 oz)
5 oz bees wax waterproof $5.65 $5.65
12 vitamin E capsules Moisturize $0.96 $8 (100 count)
5 – 8oz plastic bottles contain $9.38 $11.25
Total $89.69
Per Bottle $17.94

Melt bees wax, shea butter, coconut oil over a double boiler. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Add the remaining ingredients (use a mask when incorporating the zinc – you don’t want that stuff in your lungs) and let cool even more. When it seems like the mixture is hardening, whip to incorporate thoroughly . Once completely cool, I’ve found the best way to get the lotion into the bottles is to put it all in a gallon sized freezer bag and snip the corner.

To increase the SPF, you can add more zinc oxide (although it will make the lotion mixture much thicker). SPF is calculated based on percentage of total mixture with zinc oxide.

At first glance the cost of this is pretty high, but I used almost exclusively organic ingredients. Commercial organic sunscreens seem to run in the $30-40 range, so it’s not too bad in that comparison. Simply removing the myrrh EO, would take cost down to $13.44, which is a significant difference. The bees wax does make the sunscreen pretty thick and I wonder if using fractionated coconut oil instead of the coconut oil would help thin the sunblock out a little further since FCO is always in liquid state.

Next time, I would like to use jojoba oil (SPF 4) to replace the of olive oil or even better, non-GMO organic soybean oil (SPF 10), maybe add Red Raspberry Seed Oil (SPF between 28-50) and remove the myrrh.

Have any of you ever tried to make your own sunblock? Other homemade cleaning items? What has worked for you?

 

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