Heartfelt Gift

A few days ago, as I was picking up Samy from school, I had a thought. He’s doing so well now! We got home, we unpacked his backpack and were going through his homework. He was so happy he had passed his spelling test! It hit me how excited he looked and how hard it was for him to get to this point.

Before this, he had been struggling with reading. He just doesn’t care for it. It’s so hard to even get him to sit down and read a simple sentence. I work with him everyday after school. Practicing spelling, reading phonics books, writing sentences, playing word games, anything just to get him to do it. It’s been such a struggle with him missing so much school -he’s just been sick so often since moving here. Making him fall way behind. He was so overwhelmed & discouraged last semester.

Mrs Pulvino, Samy’s 1st grade teacher, was working hard with him during class. Trying to get him caught up with his reading. So much so that when he finally took his benchmark test last month, he passed and is now at the same reading level as the other kids! Yay!! I mean, I know we’ll have to keep working at it, and can’t let up. But I feel so grateful and honestly a little relieved that he has such a wonderful teacher this year! Last year was just a nightmare, no help whatsoever. However here, right now, and the reason I feel absolutely blessed, is having such a great staff that’s willing to help my Son succeed. There is nothing more encouraging, than seeing my Son excelling in his acedemics. He’s a real handful. No thanks to two grateful parents who adore him and feel so thankful just to have a son. We spoil him to no end. Not always the best choice obviously. It seeps into other areas of his life. He is just so determined to get his way sometimes, but this year has already taught him so much. Mrs. Pulvino is one of the main reasons! So, I thought, and thought, and thought some more. The more I did, the more I realized I’d like to show our gratitude somehow. What did I do? I made her this..

A Big Sister Totebag from Atsuko Matsuyama’s Happy Flower Quilts book, translated by Lindsay Fair of Zakka Workshop & Kristyne Czepuryk of Pretty By Hand (thank you again for the copy girls 😘). You can read more about it here. I used Jera Brandvig‘s High Tea Collection (thank you Jera 😘). Here’s a shot of my choices, I forgot to get a snapshot of the inside of the bag..

I was working on it last night, and I really hope she loves it. It was so hard to let it go of! But it helped haul all of Samys classmates Valentines treat bags for tomorrow! Along with Mrs. Pulvino’s Ferrero Rocher chocolates, cute washi tape, a set of Orla Kiely mini notebooks, and the treat bag Samy put together for her. Whew! She’s all setup for Valentines Day! I really wish I would have taken a photo of it all. I had to deliver everything to school this morning though, so I didn’t have a chance.

Oh! I also improvised by adding little appliqué strawberries from the book. The pattern called for ready made Atsuko M. cherry handles, which of course I didn’t have on hand. With a little Lecien Cosmo floss, it really made them stand out..

All in all, I feel good giving her a heartfelt gift. Something pretty and useful! She deserves it. We’ll see you tomorrow on IG? It’s almost Valentines Day!

xo, Veronica


New Digs

Good morning everyone. See anything different? Cute button page breakers, pink fonts for links, an actual menu above.. Yep. I’ve been working on my blog, figuring out how it works, trying out something new. It was time, and honestly I was a little hesitant at first. The old blog was fine, and I know how to work it, but the app wasn’t very good & for some reason my site would keep freezing on me. It was time for a change. Sure it’s been a little over a year since I started this one, but who’s keeping track? This one will more than likely change a couple more times. It’ll be fun!

My logo has also changed a little. I adore the original (you can see it here), but thought trying this version for a little while would be nice. What do you think? Do you prefer the older logo, or this new one? I’d love to know what you guys think. All my other sites will hold my original logo, until I figure this out. There are a couple other versions I’d like to try out too before settling.

You can also see my cute new link buttons for my other social media sites, in the About The Author page when you click the menu above. I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t able to see my old links before. Probably because I’m mobile these days. Yeah, my dinosaur computer is still packed away. Even though I desperately need it to write up patterns, but that’s a whole other story. I’ll be going to the local library to check in and do some editing soon.

But enough about the new digs. What’s been going on with you all? Here, I’m still very homesick, and hoping I can adjust, but I still see no light at the end of the tunnel. Send good vibes our way? Please? We’ve also had two strains of flu, which seem to be running rampant in our home. Yech! Though making homemade organic kale & chicken soup was awesome. Very comforting! I would share a photo, but it went so fast i didn’t even have a chance to snap one. It was soo good!

As for sewing, I don’t have much to share. But I can leave you with this.. I’m working on a couple of projects that I’m unable to show you. I know, I know! I can, however, share a photo of the gorgeous fabric Lauren sent me..

Bunnies & Cream! These prints are just adorable aren’t they? I have so much to share, so be sure to come back for more!

Alright, we’re officially late for school (well Samy is), so gotta run! But see you soon?

xo, Veronica