Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Summer

Summer Crafts | Red Circle Crafts

Someone I admire recently told me that they feel more patriotic than ever since the Supreme Court passed Marriage Equality. And I definitely agree with that. Though I'm still not inclined to cover everything in the US flag like I see all the craft blogs doing this time of year.

Fourth of July is really about the kick off of summer for me. I LOVE summer. Not only is my birthday this month, but J's birthday is next month. We'll hopefully get a few trips out to the coast and a friend has promised to show me some excellent swimming holes not too far away.

I know we're all tired of this heat here in Portland, but there's been a lot of negativity about summer lately. So to combat that, my favorite things about the summer are (in no particular order):

Sunshine
Thunderstorms
All the fruit and berries
Swimming (or playing in water really)
Hiking and other outdoor activities
Bonfires (or you know fire pits)
Ridiculous cocktails (in a pineapple or buddah glass all the better)
Sundresses
Seeing other people's tattoos

Plus lots of other things, really. Loving summer is not just for kids on summer vacation. But even I'm wilting in this Portland heatwave. Can we go back to a mix of sunshine and rain showers now?

Here are some summer crafting ideas to help you woo your inner summer child. (We all loved summer break as kids, right?)

City Gym Shorts | Purl BeeI recently made myself a pair of these super easy city gym shorts. The pattern and tutorial are over at Purl Bee. Mine are here.

Farmer's Market Bag | PoppytalkI love this bag from Oh Joy! on Poppytalk. I've been meaning to make myself some smaller vegetable bags to segregate my vegetables from the Farmer's Market.

Homemade Horchata | Say YesHorchata (recipe from Say Yes) is one of my favorite summer drinks. We especially love to eat Mexican food in the summer. But it's nice to have something other than water to drink on hot days at home.

DIY Fruit Coasters | Design is YayThese fruit inspired coasters from Design is Yay are all things kitschy and good in my book. Bright colors, fruity design, and can hold a cold drink, what more can you ask for from summer crafting?

I hope you get a nice long weekend to ring in the summer over this 4th of July.

All the photos in this post belong to their respective and linked sites, except the bubbles, which belong to me.

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