Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rain, Sun, Fresh Air

There's mist and rain today, but it finally feels like we are shedding our winter layers. The grass is turning green, little sunshine daffodils are starting to bloom and the crocus's are now past. Spring both comes and goes so quickly here. The forsythia we took back in a jar from CT are now ready for the compost and have been replaced with a couple miniature daffodils. Projects are also in bloom. Those dresses the girls are wearing are there Mommy made dresses for Easter. I nearly gave up on trying to make them something, but a couple days before, the chirpy little voice of an almost four year old (what? how?) asked if I had made them yet. Sigh... there is nothing I like more than making something for my littles, and I probably secretly like a tight deadline too. I had originally planned on making them pretty velvet dresses, but quickly discovered I was short on yardage. The floral pattern I used was something I thrifted long ago and there's even enough left to make something for myself. I was thinking of a smock for when I do farmer's markets. I wonder how much longer they'll request matching dresses.

Anyways, I need to go wait at the bus stop and enjoy a little misty rain because my kindergartener has decided she has to take the bus now.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring time in VT

Painting by Oona, age 6

Legos heads with flower hats by Oona too!

It's Springtime in VT and the woolly chickens are laying felted cookies, the mud is the stuff of legends, and the snow just doesn't know when to quit. We are in a for a week full of rain to melt it all away and then some more snow. I know I should just expect this by now, but I want to see tulips and daffodils sprouting up! I want to dig in the Earth. I want to put away the coats and snow pants and have a little more space in the front hallway! On the bright side... Is there one? It is pretty gloomy out. Um... right, on the bright side, time indoors means more time to craft. It also means going through the cupboards and closets and doing a bit of Spring cleaning. I tackled the lid/ food storage container cupboard the other day. There was a bit of an explosion in there, and we seemed to have somehow acquired far more lids than there were containers to go with them.  Sometimes I think we live by the philosophy, if you can get the door closed, close it and run... which is really never a good plan because what lies behind that door will still be waiting for you next time, but it's hard to find enough hours in the day to live any other way. As, fun as Spring cleaning in the rain can be, I think I need to get the kids out of the house this afternoon and hit the local library... maybe some real cookie baking too. 

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snowy Blanket

 Our world is being covered in a white woolly blanket of snow today. There's been playing and painting and reading from our favorite chapter book at the moment, "The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There"... long title, but great book. It's the second book in a series of fairyland books. It's definitely a unique look at fairyland and it's many layers with so many interesting inhabitants and a wyvern sidekick.  I have a feeling we will be reading all of the books in the series through out the year. 

This wintry weather has me thinking about crochet again. I kept waffling about what project I wanted to start and finally remembered the hole in a favorite knit blanket gifted to us for our wedding long ago. The girls had decided run around the house wearing it as a cloak  and managed to snag it on something. The little hole has slowly grown, and I was finally able to give it a little attention before the whole thing unraveled. As I don't yet knit or possess any of the original yarn, I decided to make a crochet patch. I made it from a pattern in "Mandalas to Crochet". It's not perfect as there was definitely some material lost that tugs at it, but much better than just some ugly stitches. 

 It looks like the snow will continue through tomorrow, so I think it's time to get some more yarn on the hook.  

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Kitty Fairy

I've got a cup of lemon balm tea and a cheery yellow banana in hand as I dust off the key board and brush the cobwebs out of this of space. It's sleepy and grey outside, but my thoughts keep dashing merrily to Spring. Bright felt, memories of warm winds, hand stitching, the first green grass-like leaves of crocus's sprouting, mud and the mossy wet smell of new vegetation... I can feel it coming. But not yet. The fire still burns bright, and I will satisfy my yearning with color and greenery inside today. Thank goodness for fabric and yarn and a million colors of embroidery floss. Thank goodness I will be able to start seedlings indoors any day now, as soon as I can get to the hardware store and pick up some potting soil. 

Soon this little kitty fairy will grow wings, when the time is right, and nothing will stop her from the warm winds of Spring. If you are already experiencing Spring where you are, bottle it up and send it to me. Otherwise, I'll just have to be patient and dream.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Warm Woolies

Hello! Happy belated Chinese New Year/ Martin Luther King Jr. Day/ Imbolc/ Groundhog's Day/ Black History Month and Valentine's Day! Did I miss anything? It's been a while! My apologies for the long absence. I'm finding it difficult to get into much of a blogging rhythm these days. We've had an abundance of snow days and delays this year, and I'm very much immersed in the mom-ing world (as always). Oona lost her first tooth towards the end of January which was quite thrilling for both of us. Both of my little ones have started to do some hand sewing this year, and Oona just finished her first stuffy from a fox kit she got for her birthday from a friend. I've also been doing a lot of stuffy making myself for a Spring market I'm doing in April.

Valentine's Day was nice and quiet. Jake got me a whole bunch of Totoro socks because I had complained that all my socks had holes in them. He also got me some chocolate covered espresso beans to help super power me through winter. I really didn't do much for Valentine's Day this year for anyone. I made some doodle recycle paper Valentines yesterday while Elsa made a few of her own, but that was really it.

I've been a bit of a shut in lately, but I have been getting out for daily walks. That has felt amazing because I really need some time in the sun during these darker days. The kids and I played in the snow yesterday as it was getting dark. We stayed out until it was too hard to see. We need to do this more. It often feels hard to get outside with Oona because of her school schedule. Her school does make an extra effort to get kids outside, but it's nice for me to get to spend time outdoors with her too. I really just need to embrace the setting sun and get out there when we can.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hygge: Celebrating Coziness

I must confess, when I first moved farther North about ten years ago , it was not the cold, but the length of winter that really got to me.  Okay, that's a lie, it was the cold and the length and sniffle season and the darkness that really got to me... oh yeah, and the snow half way up the first floor windows we had that first winter.  I found myself asking all too often, "When's it going to be Spring?" It's taking me years to not just accept winter, but to find ways to love it. Getting outdoors more and getting more sunlight have been important to my change of heart. Today Elsa said to me when we were playing in the snow, "Mama, do you miss your garden?" "Yes," I said, "But I love my winter snow garden too." But beyond embracing the outdoors, it's also been important for me to embrace the coziness of indoor winter life.... warm fire and food and drinks, snuggling under cozy blankets, crocheting and good books. Don't get me wrong, I've always loved coziness... the Wildwoods' have always been rather gnome-like in our approach to life.  It is definitely part of my everyday, but it's even better when you pause and recognize how cozy you are! I recently learned that in Denmark they actually have a word for this... "hygge". It is essentially creating an atmosphere of cozy well being. There's a nice "On Point" that explains it better. (Click here to listen to it!) Since I am reveling in my cozy today, I thought I'd share some things I am doing to keep that cozy feeling going these days.

The Cozy List
- Playing board games with my little ones. "Yoga Garden", "Out Foxed", and "Wildcraft" are our favorites right now and all cooperative board games, so there's no sore loser.
- Listening to the "While She Naps" podcast during my morning work hours
- Hand sewing some heart decorations onto new art aprons for the kids and giving Elsa her first sewing lesson.
- Making food at our new butcher block counter that allows us to sit at stools and enjoying cooking and eating snacks together. 
- Watching the kids paint more because of their new aprons.
- Baking chocolate chip cookies
- Drinking Kashmiri Chai
 - Popcorn with curry and other spices
- Snow Fun (sledding, snow angels, snow cats... hoping to go snow shoeing soon)
- Getting letters from friends
- Reading "When the Sea Turns to Silver" every night with the family
- Reading "Peaceful Parent, Happy Kid" to myself and wishing all babies came with this guide!
- Thinking about the next craft project
- Bonfires in the snow

I hope if you live in a place with cold winters that you are snuggling in deep and enjoying this time when we must create inner warmth and light. 

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