Saturday, March 21, 2015

Nalah's Third Birthday Party


I forgot to take pictures before the party started when things were all tidy and fresh so these pictures are the "after" photos he he. We made a pair of  balloon clown fish that disappeared off the mantle into the house somewhere.  I found the fish cupcake idea on Pinterest many months before which gave me the under the sea theme, aren't they cute? The kids loved them.There were yellow ones as well but those were all gobbled up. The weather was wonderful that day and it was hard keeping all of the kids inside the house they all had fun running around outside pushing each other around in Nalah's little car up and down the sidewalk. It was a pretty loud happy little kid party, Nalah had a wonderful time and the next day she said to me, "Anks for my birfday mom." Awe, Anytime baby girl! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Three times around the sun!

Nalah is turning three today. She is a little ray of sunshine and I can't imagine my world without her.
We will be celebrating her Birthday as a family today and then having a bigger party with friends on Sunday. I went a little overboard with decorating this year. Including sewing a giant Jellyfish. I look forward to sharing her party pictures.
Two was so much fun and I will miss it. I wish I could pause her and keep her little and sweet forever. She is my last child and I am sentimental. I am not pushing her to grow up quickly, I am savoring every last bit of little kid hood. She is so special, I am one lucky Mama.

The annual sidewalk cake, a family tradition that started with Sophie. There have many sidewalk cake posts on this blog. Our cat Milo used to roll around in the chalk and turn his white fur rainbow colored, these days he is happy with making little rainbow kitty footprints.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Belated Birthday Post

Where does a rockhound Pisces go for her Birthday? 
One guess.

My Birthday presents from the Ocean.
We had amazing weather this year.
Nothing like being barefoot on a beach for my Birthday in February!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Yarn Along: A finished Alligator

 Hello! Joining along with Ginny again for the Yarn Along. I finished the Alligator Scarf  that I was working on from last week so I am just showing the finished product. My sons suggestion to add eyeballs really makes it I think. I just needle felted a pair of eyeballs and sewed them on with needle and thread. I really love the added touch. It was a fun knit. I will definitely make another one at some point. My two year old wants a pink one now to match her brother. 
I  am wondering what to knit next? February is my birthday month so maybe I will choose something for myself? Think I might have an idea and if I  still need help I have a Ravelry favorite list long enough to fill many lifetimes. 


I am currently reading The Last Best Cure By Donna Jackson Nakazawa. It is really inspiring to read an uplifting story about someone overcoming chronic health issues. I am currently dealing with problems with my own health and have been reading a lot of non fiction books related to treating the root cause of autoimmune diseases and seeking ways that I can help myself return to good health.
Also still reading ..

The Good Life Life Lab by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne. I adore this book and recommend it to anyone who in interested in alternative home building and alternative off the grid lifestyles. This book is a true story of a couple who quit great high powered jobs in New York city to live a life off the grid in New Mexico. They are incredibly creative and talented and inspiring people. The book is also filled with beautiful illustrations, recipes and how to's. I highly recommend it!
What have you been knitting lately? Are you reading a great book?
Join along !

Monday, February 2, 2015

Don't trust the Groundhog....

This daffodil bloomed in front of my neighbors house several days January!!There are crocuses sprouting up everywhere. Portland is officially giving the Groundhog the bird.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yarn Along: Alligator and a Woodland Sprite

Joining the Yarn Along today with Ginny over at Small Things.
I finished knitting this Woodland Sprite Bonnet back in October but felt like it needed a little more warmth so it was sitting in my sewing room(pantry) being neglected over the holidays. I finally sewed the flannel lining that I had been intending to do for many months. It turned out a bit big but that means she can wear it for many years to come. It is such a cute pattern. I took a zillion pictures of it you can see more and find the details for the pattern here.

I am currently working on an Alligator Scarf for my son. This is a fun knit and a really well written pattern. My youngest daughter wants on now too, in pink. I think this pattern will also make a great gift for my nephews. I think I may shorten it a few rows so I don't have to buy another skein of yarn although that might be cutting it close as you can see in the above photo there is not much left to work with.
My son insists that this alligator is going to need so eyes so I was thinking of needle felting a pair of eyeballs for it. Hopefully next week I can show you the finished project.

 I am currently reading the Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne. I love reading about alternative life styles, especially off the grid homesteads. This book is so inspiring! It is about a couple that moved from New York City to New Mexico to build a homestead from scratch using found materials and scrap and learning along the way. This book is also filled with beautiful illustrations, and fun little do it yourself tips and recipes. To learn more about her lifestyle and building techniques you can go here to her blog Holy Scrap (isn't that a great name?).
I have been reading about alternative home building for several years and I think it would be so much fun and so satisfying to create your home from scratch. Recently my Dad sent me a link to this house called "The Mushroom House" in the Wisconsin woods( I am originally from Wisconsin). I have to say I would love to restore a place like this, it has so much potential. It would be the project of a lifetime, that is for sure.

I also wanted to share some beautiful Children's books we have been reading around here. As an aspiring Children's Book Illustrator I have a bit of an obsession with them. They inspire me just as much as they did when I was little.
Sun Bread By Elisa Kleven is a sweet colorful book about animals who bake bread to lift their spirits get out of their winter blues. While they are celebrating the wonderful bread they wake the sun from it's sleep. They end up sharing their bread with the sun. It even has a recipe on the back cover so a little child can make their own sun bread. We are borrowing this from the library but I think we might have to get a copy to keep. It is so sweet.


Another Children's Book we are enjoying is called Knitty Kitty by David Elliott. This story is about a  Mama kitty who knits to keep her kittens cozy but the kittens find someone else who needs the handknits more than they do. I love the illustrations, they make me miss my childhood in Wisconsin, playing in the snow.


What are you reading and knitting? Join along in the Yarn Along!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Soaking in the Sun