Pumpkin patch

Last week the boy and I went to the pumpkin patch.  This was not your typical urban (or suburban) patch next to a mall with a big bouncey slide (although those are fun, too). This was Ardenwood Farm, a part of the east bay park system.  Ardenwood is a “19th-century country estate including a beautiful mansion and its elaborate Victorian Gardens. Today the Historic Farm exhibits agricultural practices from the 1870s to the present, demonstrating the transition from horse-powered to horsepower farming.”  They also have a kick-ass pumpkin patch.

Plenty of good pumpkins for sitting on.

Good wagons for pulling.

A very narrow hay maze, too big for momma to fit through with a backpack, camera bag and pumpkin.  I literally blocked the whole path.  Small children huffed at me because they couldn’t get around.  Yeah, embarrassing.

And the coolest hay pyramid you have ever seen.  The day we went was easily 85 degrees so we were both sweating and pink by the time we got to the top.  Totally worth it.

Victory is ours!


After our mid-October 85 degree outing, we indulged in burgers and milk shakes at In-N-Out.

I am never leaving California.

Sewing for Boys – Second Project

Looking through the Sewing for Boys flickr group can remind you pretty quick there are a lot of very good seamstresses out there.  I, without question, am not one of them.  Not yet, at least.  I’m working on it.  That said, I love these pants.  I know they are not the best made and are a bit big (that’s ok, he grows) but they are easily the first clothing item I’ve ever made right.  Meaning, I finished all my edges, pressed all my seams, and followed the instructions.  Amazing how much better things turn out when you do that.  And when I screwed up the side panels the first time, I even ripped back and re-did it.

treasure pocket pants

These are the Treasure Pocket Pants from Sewing for Boys.  The gray fabric is a light corduroy and the side panels are a Kokka Japan print from a while back.

The big pockets are perfect for carrying dinosaurs.  Or pumpkin sitting

Lessons Learned:

  • Buy a lot more thread if you are going to finish your seams – you go through a lot
  • Finishing your seams really is a good idea
  • Don’t be lazy

The little things

Sometimes a small, simple project can reignite your love a craft.  Knitting, I’m back.

The pattern is mostly “Baby Socks” from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts with modification to make them taller and to have the little ties around the ankle.  The idea for the ties are from the Yarn Harlot’s baby booties but I don’t think I made mine exactly the same way.  Plus, I’m terrible at pom-poms, so mine just tie.