It's been a crazy week, my friends! Somewhere in between finishing the t-shirt quilt, dropping said quilt and my dear daughter off at her new college, and then running to Dallas for more testing for Donovan, I managed to begin listing some fresh new items in my refabulous shop! Yippeeee! It feels really good to be working and sewing again.
Somehow, my children have gotten the bizarre idea that when they move out of our home and on their own, that I'll make them a t-shirt quilt from their childhood and favorite t-shirts. Now, I don't know how this legend began, or how I became a part of this legend, but I honestly wanted no part of it. The thought of wrangling a bunch of smelly old t-shirts into a stretchy monster blanket sounded like a nightmare to me.
You guys, I can't brew enough, or fast enough, to keep these Monkeys happy. . . .
It's delicious! I had no idea anyone would like it, much less fight over the last bottle in the fridge. (For real. Like, melt-downs and stomping when someone took "their" bottle of kombucha. Oops.)
I've been brewing kombucha continuously since March. (You can read about my first attempt HERE, and an update HERE.) I've learned a lot over the past few months about brewing kombucha tea, and wanted to share. . . .
Six months ago, when Donovan was first suspected to have an autoimmune disease, our pediatrician recommended that we start brewing and drinking kombucha to help support his immune system. Our doctor brews it himself, and sings the praises of the beneficial probiotics abounding in this fermented sweet tea. I researched it some, and read about the whole process. It's not hard, but I was a little overwhelmed at first with Donovan's diagnosis and new diet to take on any additional projects. Now that things have calmed down a bit, we took the plunge and decided to start a continuous brew. . . .
PLEASE NOTE: I have never made kombucha before, and honestly, I don't know what I'm doing, other than trying to follow the instructions that were included with my starter kit. So I'm not offering instructions on HOW to brew kombucha, but simply illustrating how I attempted to brew kombucha this time. :)
Hi, friends! I hope you're all staying warm and enjoying your January so far! Does anyone really enjoy January? Is January even an enjoyable month? I'm not sure. But here in west Texas, we've been enjoying (there's that word again) unseasonably warm weather. Like, in the 60's during the day. Sometimes the 70's! What in the world? And I'll admit that I ENJOY the boys playing outside all afternoon, so I guess there's that.
Their outside excursions give me small blocks of time to wade through my neglected sewing room. I say neglected, because all summer long, I sewed in my dining room. (It's WAY too hot to work in my un-air conditioned sewing shed in the summer.) So instead of keeping my sewing room neat and organized, I just tossed my fabrics and junk on the ironing board. . .
I've been sewing for kids for a while, and getting paid for sewing for kids for several months now. I LOVE IT. Don't get me wrong... I very much love my eco-sewing gig and am not quitting that in any way any time soon. But there's something about clothing the little ones that makes my heart so happy.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year! Ours was wonderfully loud and chaotic, as always. I know I've been quiet here on the blog lately, and for that I apologize. Here's a quick update on a couple of things that have happened since we last chatted. . . .
Brendan's progress. . .
waiting for the doctor last week
His progress since his leg surgery has been nothing short of amazing, that's for sure.