Monday, August 14, 2006

zipper purse


There's a teenager from church, a wonderful girl, who comes over for four hours once a week to play with the boys so I can get some work done around the house. What an absolute sanity-saver for me she's been this summer. I can clean the bathrooms in peace without feeling guilty about neglecting the kids. When I'm upstairs getting work done, I hear them downstairs talking to her and laughing and having a great time. Today I heard Keith say, "Brianna, I really love you." It was so sweet. And then she said, "Awwww. Keith, you know I love you too!" I feel so fortunate to have found someone who is so eager and willing to play with my kids.

Last night when I called her mom to set up a time for this week, I offered her 2 possible times--Monday or Tuesday. She wanted to come both times! She said I would only have to pay her for one day and that she would volunteer the next. Either she is really, really bored at home or she actually enjoys having endless conversations about cars, trucks, and other random boy chatter. So, yay for me, she's coming again tomorrow. And just so you know, I'm going to pay her anyway, even though she thinks she's volunteering, because this girl is worth her weight in gold.

Take a look at this purse she brought with her. Her grandmother bought it for her in Brazil. Pretty cool, huh? I know I saw this on someone's blog a long time ago, but can't remember where. This is made entirely of a zipper--about 15 ft. long. The zipper was taken apart and then zig zag stitched back together so that the teeth are facing out. I took a bunch of pictures of it, and will put it on my ever-growing list of things to make.

This is what it looks like unzipped.

And Marieke from Mijk Improves, sent Mikey this sweet shirt all the way from the Netherlands. She appliqued the sailboat. When I saw it on her blog I was just taken with how cute the sailboat was, and told her so, not knowing that it was intended for Mikey. If you haven't seen enough pictures of Mikey yet this week, why, let me give you one more (insert finger in your throat and make gagging sound here).

27 comments:

Megan said...

How can there possibly be too many photos of that face! He's a doll!

And that zippered purse is so cool, you could chill ice cubes in it.

Belinda said...

How cute is he!! This babysitter sounds too good to be true. Hold on to her, she's a keeper!!

Dawn said...

no no no! never too many photos of that sweet face!
Such a babysitter! You must hang on to that one!

beki said...

As if you could post too many pictures of Mikey!
Lucky you, for having found such a special girl - I'm jealous!!!

capello said...

That is a cool purse, I've never seen one of those.

And Mikey looks great in that cute sailboat shirt!

Cathy said...

You have a great mother's helper! She does sound like she is worth every penny.

I have seen the zipper purse somewhere else too... maybe crafster? Either way, it is very cool.

And I love seeing pics of children, so keep em coming! The sailboat shirt is adorable!

kitkatknit said...

One of our little Mom and Pop drug stores has those zipper purses. Amazing how big the big ones are. I wonder how many feet of zippers in them if your small one has 15'??

Cindi said...

That is a way cool purse. I can't wait for your tutorial...hint, hint.

Your sons are all so handsome how could you not want to show them off.

Wendy said...

She sounds lovely. I bet you appreciate every minute of those few hours and go back to your children rejuvinated.

kathy said...

I saw one of those purses at the sew expo, very fun. The last time we had a babysitter (Santa Fe, eek!, has it really been over 2 years) we paid our lovely 14 year old babysitter some extra bucks, we knew she was leaving on a trip with her music group the next day. She started crying and hugged us both. It's great to see young people so enthusiastic about working and earning their money. Sounds like you've got a real keeper.

kirsten said...

i want a brianna!

pink trees said...

i have the little coin purse. i found them at my local stationary shop of all places! they're a little pricey but makes a great conversation

Heather said...

That purse is really neat, I've never seen anything like it. That picture of it unzipped makes me nervous, it doesn't look like it would zip back up!

Mikey is adorable, I can't believe how big he is getting. They really do grow too fast.

keri said...

How nice to have someone that loves spending time with your boys.

Such a cutie, love that little t-shirt!

weirdbunny said...

How kind of her to make that for you, and we can never have enough baby photo's!

Erin said...

That is adorable. And, oh, how jealous I am of your babysitting situation. That sounds like a dream.

Susan said...

Hi Joanna, I found your blog through Marieke's (Mijk Improves) a while ago and have been lurking ever since :-)

I'm the Susan who lived with the guys in the downstairs apartment of 863 Fairmount SE the first year after Calvin (oh THAT Susan) and just about fell off my chair when I clicked on Mijk's link.

I tagged you for a meme, not sure of you do them but I thought I'd tag you anyway.

Sat hi to Dave and any other former Fairmount residents you might see :-)

Mijk said...

It is so much fun to see this cute little guy in his t-shirt..

I think I've seen the zipperpuch on kisskuss..

Mijk said...

Love to see the cute baby in the shirt. I think i've seen the zipperpouch on mirre's blog but I'm not quite sure (kisskuss)

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