Thursday, May 27, 2010

This moment....

{this moment}-A Friday ritual. A single photo-no words-capturing a moment from the week. A simple,special,extraordinary moment. Inspired by Soulemama's blog.

Explore Something New...

I am joining in on another blog challenge this time from Hip Mountain Mama
to explore a new place. Here is our discovery in photos:

Washington State, near Battle Ground
Exploring the Lewis River

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Knitting with love...

I wanted to call attention to a wonderful group knitting effort of love for a little boy named Ari who just lost his mama to cancer. Please click on the photo to link to the project and to get all the details of how you can help create a knit square(or two) that will be part of this blanket of love.
Knitting is such a wonderful craft, and for me, very meditative.
I always think of the person I am knitting for while I am creating their gift. Each stitch is made with love and blessings for them and memories of that person fill my mind.
I don't personally know little Ari, but I keep thinking of him, of how I could show, if in the smallest way, a little love and some blessings from a mama who is thinking of him. From my heart to his.
I can't stop thinking of him, and the squares keep coming. Please join in!

Monday, May 24, 2010

The chicken and the cockerel...

Hello. Please forgive my lack of blogging last week, it was super busy and I found all of my "spare time" used up for the making of things. But my goal this week is to get all caught up.
I wanted to share the most recent finished Craftalong(please see link on sidebar for more details) project from The Children's Year by Cooper,Fynes-Clinton and Rowling. The Chicken and the cockerel on page 22 of the book.
Yet another sweet fun, easy, quick , craft. After I made them and placed them on the bookshelf in our living room and it didn't take long for my little guy and his big sister to find them. Solomon proudly shouted "I Like-a chicken." I found them stashed several places before they were photographed, and come to think of it I am not sure where they ended up. But they are well loved and that is what matters most.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Our New Tepee!

This is the biggest sewing project that I have accomplished. I actually followed a pattern!...yikes, I am usually a "wing it" kind of seamstress. It was also my therapy for dealing with a stressful time. It was a test in my patience because it took me several weeks to fully finish. It is usually very hard for me to put down sewing projects, I have to finish them right away.
The pattern I used for the tepee is Butterick #B4251. I made a few changes such as bamboo poles instead of PVC pipe. I also added some leaf appliques on the bottom of each panel and a sun above the doorway that are my own design. The fabric is a natural mid weight cotton material, I think it is muslin. I honestly just chose something affordable because the pattern called for 11 yards of fabric! I think it worked out well and is very tepee-like.
Solomon loves his new fort. He calls it his "town". It was set up in our living room for a week while I finished up the appliques and Sollie insisted on being in it at all times. Eating in it, watching movies in it, sitting on the potty chair in it. He has thanked me for making it several times. He really appreciates my handmade work, it is so sweet.
Since the weather has been so nice the tepee has since moved outside. A good place for eating strawberries, and blowing bubbles. I am also picturing myself out there this summer sipping a margarita out of a mason jar...

Friday, May 14, 2010


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A perfect day for a parade...

We had really fantastic weather this past weekend and it just so happened that there was a ton of fun stuff going on around the city. I got a little photo crazy too, so here are a few of the pictures I took.
I was trying to take a picture of the beautiful St. Johns bridge and Sophie's balloon blew into the shot. At first I was a little annoyed but I love how this picture turned out!

Awe, angel face..

I love how the trees have clothes on!

Sophie got crafty and made a turtle flag that will be displayed at next years parade.
The finished product.

Monday, May 10, 2010

HomEmaDe MothEr's DaY!

I had a wonderful Mother's Day with my family. We spent the morning rock hunting on the river and then spent the afternoon working in the yard and hanging out in our new tepee(more on that to come). The weather couldn't have been more lovely. But best of all were the homemade gifts I got from Sophie. How sweet!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Homemade playdough

{this moment}-A Friday ritual. A single photo-no words-capturing a moment from the week. A simple,special,extraordinary moment. Inspired by Soulemama's blog.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Mama pants"

He calls them "mama pants" because he knows that I made them for him. He really likes them and asks for them by name. This melts my heart because I know this sweet time of wearing homemade pants is a very short one and I am savoring every moment.
When Sollie was a newborn papa called him our "turtle without a shell" and even before he was born I was inspired to make turtles like the turtle quilt I made very late in my pregnancy. So the turtle is his symbol in many ways.The fabric really does suit his spunky fun loving personalty so well.