New VIDEO: How to make a Beach Bag

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Summer is here!  Let’s go to the beach!….or the pool…or whatever floats your boat.
This is one of my favorite ways to make a bag, because it’s SO simple.
I’ll show you two ways to make a bag or a purse from a placemat!

Baby Lock sewing machines

Come watch.
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Living in Texas: the local swimming hole

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Summer is, hands down, my favorite season.  Always.
And probably forever.  Okay definitely forever.

I just love spending time in the sunshine with family and friends, goofing off, having fun.  Which is probably why I love living in a warm climate.
I would rather spend extra-long summer months splashing in water, than extra-long winters bundled up in snow.
Less clothes over more clothes?…(in the most Rated-G kind of way).
Right?  Right.

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What I’m trying to say is,  I like wearing shorts.  I like swimming.  And in Texas there are a lot of swimming holes to explore.  Yay!
Some spots are calm and serene, and perfect for fishing (which we love to do)

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And others are just a party on the rocks.

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If you ever come to Austin, you definitely must visit the famous Barton Springs pool and water area.  In a city that’s roasting, the spring-fed water temperature stays at 66 degrees.  It’s amazing.  And it also feeds into Lady Bird Lake, which we love to kayak on.  We’ve paddled out as a family in two kayaks, jumped out for a swim, and we’ve also spent date nights cruising around.

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Such pretty views of the Austin skyline.

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And just this week we ventured to the Deep Eddy Swimming Pool  which is also spring fed and overlooks the Lady Bird Lake + the Colorado River downtown.

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It has such an interesting history—built in 1915, with a cool bathhouse, a diving horse platform, zipline, giant slide! (I wish those were still there…Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken….)   But today there’s a really cool mosaic depicting what it was like back then.

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The water is not chlorinated because they empty half of it each day and the Spring refills the pool.  And in the summer they put up a screen and project movies! Duh-nuh, Duh-nuh, Duh-nuh (Sorry. That’s my best Jaws impersonation)

Basically,If the weather’s warm, we’re outside doing this (Salado Creek):

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And one of our favorite swimming holes so far is Blue Hole.  It’s so picturesque.  And every visit is a new adventure.  One particular evening we found a turtle, a giant crawdad, frogs, and plenty of bluegill fish.

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It’s total small-town fun.
The stuff Huck Finn books are made of.

And the cascading waterfalls create 3 different pools for kids to enjoy from below,

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or above,

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or in the air.

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And most definitely in the water.  Sometimes I even jump in too.

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And let my kids run around like ragamuffins.  I mean, how many bruises and dirt spots are on those legs? The sign of a good afternoon.

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Thank you Texas for always showing us a good time!
As we do more swimming, I’ll post again because there’s so much more to discover —like the other Blue Hole in Wimberely with a rope swing, Hamilton Pool, the Frio River….

In the mean time, you can read more about our adventures here:
Texas Day Dress
Wildflowers in Texas
Friday Night Lights
Lake LBJ
3 days at the beach – Port Aransas
The Kite Festival
Trip to Dallas
Shopping for fabric in Texas
Weekend at the Lodge
We’re building a new home

Happy adventuring!

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How to Thread a Needle

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Hi friends!
Summer is in full swing at our house….thus a little radio silence on the blog.
But as I say every year, I’ll try to keep popping in here!  You can also follow our summer adventures on Instagram: @made_everyday

So…let’s announce the winner of our giveaway!  And thank you for the sweet words on Clara’s NEON Pink Dress.  It was such a fast sew—I need to make 4 more.  If you want to see a cool women’s version check out what Miranda did. I love it in Red!

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The winner of Melissa’s book Sundressing is:

 #171 – Tabitha who said: I’m new to sewing with knits but I’d love to give it a try in some cute summer dresses!

Sounds like the perfect book to get you going Tabitha!  I’ll email with more info.

And now for everyone, I have a new video!
I’m taking it back to the basics with…..
How to Thread a Needle and Tie a Knot

How to Thread a Needle and Tie a Knot on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

It’s something every sewist needs to know for hand sewing (check out my 5 Tips for Hand Sewing post)….and for many other projects, like the back loop of an Everyday Necktie?  Eh? Eh?

And even though many of you have been threading needles for years, it’s always more fun with orange hearts and catchy music, right?

How to hand sew for kids and adults on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

So come watch!
Just hit the PLAY button below and enjoy:

MADE EVERYDAY with Dana is a fresh new sewing show, where we create everyday items you will love and use.

To watch other episodes:
• Click to the VIDEO page OR
• Subscribe to my Youtube channel so you’re updated as soon as the episode goes live.