Fall Color {16 years!}

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Jonny and I celebrated our sixteenth anniversary last week with a long walk at beautiful Caledon (with the kids), and dinner out (without the kids).  We are clearly far better at spending time outdoors than we are dining out.  We were late getting back from Caledon and didn’t manage to get out the door until an hour and a half after our friend who was watching the kids arrived.  When we reached the restaurant where we had planned to eat, we discovered that it was live music night and it was really loud.  So we tried choice number two, next door.  It was closed for a private event.  It was around 9 p.m. at this point and I was so hungry and exhausted that I just wanted to go home.  I wasn’t a very fun date.  We ended up eating burgers, fries, and milkshakes at a high end burger joint.  I felt like a going-out failure but Jonny just laughed.  “This is way more ‘us,’ he said.  I guess so.  We just aren’t fancy night out people.  We finished our shakes and drove home, planning for a redo soon.  We need to aim for an afternoon date next time.  I think that would be more our speed.

16 years.  It feels like an accomplishment, but honestly, it makes us feel old.  We kept trying to remember the details of the day we got married (we eloped in the N. Georgia mtns.), and they are getting awfully fuzzy!  I’m sure we were laughing at ourselves then, just as we do now.


(Trying to get that perfect dorky anniversary shot.  Larkspur was our photographer.)

p.s.  Job’s sweater is here.

Drawstrings {giveaway}


Today’s giveaway is from Wanda, the seamstress behind Drawstrings! You may also know Wanda from her blog, Re-inventing Mother. She’s a regular on the Yarn Along as well!  Wanda creates the most beautiful drawstring bags, and I have been lucky enough to receive a couple of them.  They make perfect knitting project bags, and mine can often be seen peeking out of my Yarn Along photos each week.  While I love using mine to hold knitting projects, Drawstrings come in many sizes and have many different uses. Wanda introduced herself here and talked about how Drawstrings was born earlier this year.  Today, she’s sharing the latest news from her shop!


It’s been almost nine months since Drawstrings was born!  In those months I have been gifted with incredible people who have made this dream come true.  Those people are you. Sales from Drawstrings have been awesome and I continue to marvel at the reviews.  The story of how this all came to be is here in the original post by Ginny and I continue to pray for Elizabeth.


In great news, my own Elizabeth ( my oldest daughter) is joining me in making Drawstrings a team effort.  Elizabeth has a degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University and is also a certified Texas teacher.  She teaches Art to first through sixth graders.  Best of all, she is the mother of three of my grandchildren; Lilah, Evelyn, and Luke.   Her gift of color and design ( she has new ideas already!!) will be yet another gift to the shop.  Welcome her please!



Together, our goal is to provide a custom bag that can be used in many ways.  Many of you use them for your knitting and projects, but with all the varied sizes, the uses are infinite.  From jewelry, rosaries, shoes, books,backpacks, dance, laundry, and gift bags, we provide a quality product that is custom to you.  Our bags are not mass produced unless you order them.  Your purchase is one of a kind!  Quality fabrics are used in each bag and I am constantly searching for unique fabrics.


For today’s giveaway, Drawstrings is offering one winner the knitting themed bag pictured above.  In addition, they are offering a 20% discount on all purchases through November 1.  Use the code GINNY07 at checkout to receive the discount.

For your chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post!  For a second chance, “like” Drawstrings on Facebook and leave a second comment letting me know you have done so!

Comments are closed and the winner is Taryn, who commented, “Such neat bags and beautiful fabric!”

Thanks, Drawstrings!

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