New Leather Skill

 For Joshua's 30th birthday I wanted to give him something special. I knew he's love a tool roll to fit in Walter for our trip but I was daunted by the size of the project I would be undertaking. After a friend let me know he thought he'd really like one though I decided to go for it. I was afraid of the project because of the size, cost of the leather if I screwed up, and that I'd have to obtain a new skill- leather sewing. The sewing required that I buy quite a few new leather tools and invest some money in the project.

Once we got to the leather store I found the most amazing piece of leather. I can't wait to see it wear and stain and leave ghost shapes of the tools stored in each sleeve. Then the man working there took the time to sit down with me and show me the best technique for sewing. It was so kind of him and I felt so much more confident after that!

The pattern took me the longest, I wanted to customize it to fit his tool needs and make it so it fit in a very specific place in Walter to store. I also wanted to make some pockets to store small items, I love how those turned out.

Luckily I ran into no big hurdles and my fly by the seat of my pants pattern worked out great. He was really excited about it and I love seeing him carry it off when he goes to play with Walter.


Joshua is 30!

This past week Joshua turned 30! We celebrated on his actual birthday by going out to a fancy restaurant with friends. Normally we would only go the 2 of us and it was a really fun experience to go out with a small group and be all fancy, order a bottle of wine, appetizers, a dessert with a candle. We all felt so adult.

Then over the weekend we threw a big party. There were balloons that lit up different colors, giant #30 balloons, glow sticks, disco balls and constant records playing. It was so great to see so many people we love in one room having a good time. It's my happy place.

We had prosciutto wrapped shrimp, butternut squash mac & cheez, beet salad on a stick (an invention I made that I think is genius, a big ol cheese plate with salami and olives and of course this year donuts galore! Joshua loves donuts, so I decided to do that instead of cake this year. It ended up taking about 9 hours to complete 4 different donuts with 3 different types of dough. I learned a lot along the way and mostly enjoyed it. His favorite was still his go to- pink with rainbow sprinkles. I also made a chocolate frosted with cocoa nibs, bourbon basil blueberry, and sugar & cardamom coated filled with lemon curd. It was fun to watch everyone try to pick donuts and see which they liked best. We didn't end up with very many left over.

I also made a taco piñata, his other favorite food, and filled it with chocolates and mini (plastic) bottles of liquor. I only made it with masking tape but it took about 12 people to finally crack it open. My lunch hour piñata making skills were stronger than I realized.

Joshua had a really great time and we finally headed to bed around 1:30am. Then on Sunday I'm pretty sure I spent the entire day on the couch barely able to move:)