How was your summer?

sunlight in southern Spain

HelloMyGoddess

What did you do over summer vacation, my lovely goddess?

I wonder if elementary teachers still assign kids to write an essay entitled “What I did over summer vacation”.

Mine no longer go to the little-kid-school so I don’t know the answer to that.

Here’s what I did.

(Other than moan about the heat…..)

OK, I admit. It wasn’t exactly holiday & margarita time.

Not for me anyway.

Was it for you?

Did you go anywhere exciting? Tell me about it!

I *tried* to work but boooyyyyy was it HOT this summer! (There I go complaining about the heat again.)

I spent more time sweating and thinking that I *should be* working  than actually working.

If you’ve ever lived in a hot climate sans A/C,
then you’ll know exactly that a human body feels
like a stick of butter sitting out on a hot city street.

Ahhh, yes, but today autumn is now in full swing and the weather couldn’t be more perfect!

My brain is finally functioning and I am finally able to post a bunch of photos with a clear mind.

Here goes, my lovelies!

Enjoy!

First of all, to keep track of time, I took this photo of my front window in the very beginning of spring. (Right, I know this is supposed to be about summer, not spring! Remember this photo. There will be a quiz question about this later. 😉 )

 

sunlight in southern Spain

Pretty, huh? I love the view, too!

What you see below is a rough draft . Instead of making sketches, I often jump right in and try to create what is in my mind, while praying that my fingers stay nimble and cooperate. I was toying with the idea of being able to carry a small vial of perfume around like a necklace. perfume bottle www.HelloMyGoddess.com
perfume bottle www.HelloMyGoddess.com

perfume bottle www.HelloMyGoddess.com

The project still needs a lot more tweaking. This may be a future collaboration with a perfume maker. But sshhhh, don’t tell anyone. It is still a secret!

Next stop: a trip to the farmer’s market! I’ve lived here so many years and I still loooove going to buy the freshest and finest fruit and veggies at the weekly outdoor market. I didn’t take my camera with me this time but here’s what I brought home.
summer fruit 2015 www.HelloMyGoddess.com

Summer in July: nectarines and melon.

This Spanish melon is named “Piel de Sapo”. A very unappetizing name for one of the most delicious summer fruit of all time! What’s the translation? Toad Skin Melon. Yuck or Yum?!

Here’s the bounty from a different day:

summer fruit 2015 www.HelloMyGoddess.com

summer fruit 2015 www.HelloMyGoddess.com

August bounty: 3 different types of plums, cantaloupe melon, and black grapes.

(Can you guess we love to eat fruit around here?)

After getting a nice, healthy sugar rush from all that fruit,  my work / play time began.

I made some bags.

They are made of linen, my imagination, and interesting tidbits from my overflowing collection of “cool stuff that I can’t throw out yet”.

Doesn’t this bag look adorable sitting on my sofa next to the new cushion covers? ( I also made the cushion covers this summer out of Lithuanian linen because the old ones were all sad and bedraggled.)
See that painting? Too bad you can’t see the whole thing here. My uncle is an artist. He made it.  This is definitely the most precious piece of art I own.  I’ll have to take more photos of it another day. In the meantime, you can see more paintings by Vytautas O. Virkau here.

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

textile bag tote /www.hellomygoddess.com

 

This is the other side of the green linen bag.
textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

Here’s a completely different bag with views of the Spanish sand, blue sky, and golden sun.
Long live the summer!

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

Here are all the summer flowers blooming on the other side of that bag.

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

Here’s the inside of the bag. Lots of pockets and more flowers!

textile bag summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

Sometime between the fruit shopping and the bag-making, a blue moon came and went.
I was inspired to take some photos and even write a teeny poem.

blue moon www.HelloMyGoddess.com july 2015

moon goddess poetry www.HelloMyGoddess.com Hot
Eerie
Summer
Eve.
Nightly
Moon
Worship.

Can you see the words “Here Now” in there???

Time for a completely different project.
Here I am dying a vat of linen. This kind of activity is best done outside.
Good thing I lack no outdoor space!
Hot boiling water on a hot summer day.
Way to go, Indre!

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Pot of gold!

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Drying in the summer sun. It should actually have been in the shade but I didn’t have enough of that! In any case, it dried within minutes so the lovely fabric wasn’t out in the sun very long.DSCF5199ok

I decided to name this color “Golden Sands of Sahara”. Beautifully luscious, don’t you think?

And now it is time to make a dress out of the lovely linen. Here is it laid out and already cut in my sewing studio.
(This is the time of year when the name “sweat shop” was a very apt description of this place.)
Oh, in case you are wondering. Yes. Those are stones. Real stones. From the beach.
I use stones as weights when cutting my fabric. Very handy!
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Now I am sewing a bit of bias tape that goes in the dress.

In case you are a sewer and are curious to know: I’m using a special attachment that magically turns a strip of fabric into bias tape.

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I’ve nick-named my old industrial Singer “Old Faithful”.

I was in a hurry to get the beautiful dress sent off to my client, so I didn’t take a photo! Oh, well! It really looked stunning in that golden color. As I was packing it up, I could just picture it being worn together with a chunky honey-colored amber necklace.

I don’t know what kind of necklace my client wore with the dress but I know she does have very dark hair. This golden color must look stunning on her!

Since I can’t show you photos of that other dress,
here’s one I took of the sample dress in ivory linen.

linen jacket dress www.HelloMyGoddess

Next I made another one in black linen. Here’s the linen laid out on the table before cutting.

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Another favorite tool of mine. A hand-sized cutter. cutting fabric

 

I didn’t take a photo of the finished jacket before shipping it out to my client but here’s one from before.HelloMyGoddess Wrap Around Dress / Jacket

 

And now for something completely different.
Ideas on my jewelry-making table.

ideas on studio desk www.HelloMyGoddess.com

View of the entire desk top. OMbejesus. Yeah, it IS a mess! *yikes*
(Please note that I do not usually allow people to see this. )
I have at least a 458 ideas laid out on this desk. All at the same time!

messy studio desk

 

Here I had to clear some space and make a bunch of sterling silver earrings that got sent out to a quaint gift shop in North Carolina. If you are ever in North Carolina,
make sure to stop by The Qi Garden.www.HelloMyGoddess.com

making of earrings www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

“Hey, mom”, I hear my son say one fine summer morning. “”Could you help me take some photos of my donkey skull please”? (Say whaaaa…??? You are wondering what this is all about. Briefly, my son is a musician in a band called Donkey Hot Pink. To create the album cover for the band, he took an old cow skull, made donkey ears out of papier mâché, and painted it bright pink, black, and white. We had found that skull some years ago abandoned in the countryside and took it home. Can you tell we live in a crazy creative household?)

I took lots of photos that morning. Here are 2 of them.

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donkey hot pink www.HelloMyGoddess.com

We both decided that these photos weren’t exactly right, so we asked a professional photographer for his help. Here’s the clear winner:

skull 2

photo by Rod Westwood

It was exactly what the band wanted! The album is due to be out soon. We are looking forward to that!

Time to eat!
It was too hot to cook many days so I’d often make smoothies instead of meals.
One of my favorite had frozen bananas, a mix of frozen berries, raw almonds, and rice milk.
Great color!
Yummy, healthy, and nutritious, too!

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yummy smoothie www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

This is an Egyptian papyrus. I have lots of them in my garden.
I like the way a single one looks in a simple bottle and often have one on my big wooden table.

Did you know that the word “paper” comes from the word “papyrus”?
That’s because the ancient Egyptians first made paper using dried papyrus.
I love words and love learning curious facts like this. Don’t you?www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

More great food on a hot summer day. This time I prepared a salad and even baked some rye bread. I improvise when I make salad. Other than lettuce, this one had nectarines, red peppers, raisins, raw pumpkin seeds, and a sprinkling of candied ginger. My mouth waters just writing this and looking at the picture…..salad www.HelloMyGoddess.com

The rye bread I baked. healthy lunch with salad and rye bread www.HelloMyGoddess.com

Some of my friends say I should forget about fashion and become a professional chef.
I enjoy cooking (better yet, eating the result!) but prefer to treat it as a hobby.

Remember the very first photo up there?
Quiz time!
Can you spot the differences between the first photo and the one below?

green summer www.HelloMyGoddess.com

The sun wanted to be in the photo, too!

here comes the sun www.HelloMyGoddess.com

 

First week of September. Here comes the rain! Finally, the hot spell was over. What a relief! I do love the summer but it was hotter and more humid this year than ever.

 

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View of the teeny town of Mojacar up on the hill.www.HelloMyGoddess.com rain in spain

Voilà!

That’s it!

Did you like the visual journey?
Do you think I should continue making bags, jewelry, and dresses?
Or become a professional cook?
Let me know in the comments below!
Don’t forget to tell me a bit about your summer, too!

6 thoughts on “How was your summer?

  1. what a lovely blog! I’ll be over for dinner, in March.

    the pics are fantastic. and i love all you have been up to. you are an inspiration.

    kids don’t write those essays anymore. at least not where i taught. this was because some of the kids flew in their private jets to their summer homes in the hamptons and aspen. then went on vacation to europe. other kids went to their grandmas everyday after summer camp. not that there is anything wrong with that, just sort of odd…

    i was going to write a blog called what i did on my social media vacation!

    every summer i am overcome with a desire to loll about in the park or somewhere else in nature for hours on end. taking in the sounds, sights, smells. feeling the vibe of the earth and whispering to faeries. day dreaming and admiring the leaves and flowers. (i bring books and a journal just to appear legit, but barely touch them.) by end of august this overpowering needs starts to fade. at first this is sad, and i try to push it. but the mood has shifted and i realize i am done, for the moment. then i can go inside and be more productive.

    1. Dinner will be ready when you get here 😉

      So glad to be an inspiration. You know that goes both ways!

      Social media vacation…yes..that IS a big one! Being out in nature is a HUGE deal and something so many people miss while glued to their screens. (I include myself….)

  2. Great words and pictures evoke the mood of summer fully.
    What an abundance and flurry of activities.

    I could almost taste, smell and see it all as if I was there as well.

    Your mom from across the ocean.

  3. Those views…and that food…wow, do I miss it! I wish I could make myself smoothies like the ones we did this summer 🙂
    About that written assignment, my English teacher actually wanted us to write a brief one at the beginning of the semester…and I am in college!!!

    Love your blog mami 🙂
    I miss you loads!!

    1. So you had to write about summer vacation for a college paper, huh? Interesting!

      You may miss this but you are always here in spirit! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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