Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A few crafty things....

 A few weeks ago I busted into my needle felting kit I purchased at a local yarn shop during the Portland Yarn Crawl this year. I sat in the sun in my yard with my eldest daughter one day during spring break and we had a good time making little felted bugs together. I love how portable needle felting is and it is so fun and easy!

  

 
 Sophie made this one, it turned out great. It was her first try at needle felting.

 I treated myself to Anna Maria Horner's Fine Feather fabric back at Christmas time and was not sure what I would do with it. I had these pillow forms in my sewing room that needed covers but I didn't have enough yardage of the Anna Maria fabric to make both pillows. I found a fun fabric at JoAnns in the remnant section that was a perfect fit to complete the covers, a funky mandala shaped print with blues that worked well with the feather print. I just made an envelope style pillow case and the back is held in place with a velcro tab. Simple and fun and now I get to look at my feather fabric every day.


Monday, April 21, 2014

The egg hunt...







Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day Trippin' in the Gorge





We visited Tom McCall Preserve over the weekend for a stroll along the Plateau to see the spring wildflowers. We were a few weeks earlier in the season than the last time we visited and the lupines were not in bloom yet, but I would have to say the temperature was perfect and there was balsamroot blooming everywhere.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A stroll along the Lewis River














A Sunday day trip to visit our beautiful neighbor to the north Washington and the stunning Lewis River.  Lucia Falls Park has a short but gorgeous trail along the river that is a great little hike for small kids. The trail is a loop but we always turn around at the end and walk the riverside trail twice. I am so envious of the homes on the other side of the river with decks and little ladders down to the river, oh what a view, a home for poets and artist and dreamers for sure.

Friday, April 4, 2014

My Birthday Girl 13 Years Ago...

Wow. This picture was taken in the very begging of my mothering journey. I really can't believe my baby Sophie is a teenager now. I was just a few months out of my teen years myself when she was born. Time really goes so fast and children grow and change so much over the years.
This photo cracks me up because I remember finding that sling a box of hand me down baby clothes from a friend. The only time I used it was for this photo. I remember my mom and I going out into the yard of the house where I grew up to take this photo and I remember saying, "I don't think this is right". Sophie did not last in it very long either. Don't worry, I later bought a ring sling, that I used correctly.
Children growing up is so bittersweet. I ache for the younger versions of my children. Maybe it is that I am afraid of them growing up and needing me less. I am starting to panic a little.



Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Teenager!!??

Thirteen years ago today, our lives were forever changed by a dark haired baby girl born with firey faerie eyes, eyes wide open to greet the world for the first time.
Our first baby girl is turning thirteen today!
I can't believe I am the Mom of a teenager now!
Happy 13th spin around the sun Sophie! We love you!