Monday, December 27, 2010

Yuletide Merriment!

Oona celebrated her first Christmas in style with a visit from Father Christmas! Grandma and Grandpa and Unlce Trav also came to see her and spoiled her with many, many gifts! Everyone sat around the tree opening presents for Oona as her little hands are not quite ready for the task. We had lots of stories, games, and way too much good food (as Christmas should be)! I hope everyone else had a great holiday too! We will be hibernating a bit.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Christmas cards are beginning to line the top of our old stereo cabinet and I'm reminded how fast Christmas is coming this year. I still have to write all mine!This is definitely going to be a much more laid back Christmas with a newborn in the house. We're not traveling this year and gift giving is going to be very simplified. I'm amazed we actually managed to get a tree up. My Dad and Jake visited a tree farm and picked out this lovely one.

I'm feeling a bunch of guilt about how much I can actually accomplish this year. Sadly, I've decided not to make any handmade gifts. I just don't have the energy or the time with this sweet little lady who needs cuddling and nursing and changing and more cuddling. I also still have a bit of healing and recovery to do myself from a difficult labor, and I'm trying to not push myself too hard. Jake and I have decided to skip gift giving for each other altogether this year, which is a bit of a relief. I really don't enjoy giving rushed or hurried gifts and that's exactly what they'd be if we tried. I'm glad I made and found a few things for Oona before she was born, even though I'm sure she would be happy just to be held. Speaking of which, I think she needs some holding right now.

She's 3 weeks and a day today! My how the time flies!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Introducing Oona Sylvia Wildwood!

She's here! Our little Oona was born the day before Thanksgiving, November 24th, after quite a trip through the birth canal! She weighed in at 7lbs 14oz. Mama and Papa are both thrilled and exhausted! I'll write more when I can, just wanted to pop in and share the good news.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Tour of Baby Wildwood's Room

Well, it's mostly finished! I think it turned out pretty darn cute. I'm still planning on adding a little more artwork to the walls and perhaps tweaking things here and there, but I think the baby will approve. He or she won't actually be sleeping here for a while, but it's nice to have it done. We have Jake's old baby cradle in our bedroom so baby will be close at hand for late night feedings and changings while they are still little.

The little shelf above is a leaf from an old enamel table that somehow lost it's top. The other leaf is above my sewing table in our studio, also serving the purpose of a shelf. The beautiful, colorful painting above was painted by little cousin as a gift for the baby and I thought it deserved a frame so I put it in one today.

Serving as a bookshelf is my old doll house. It was given to me on my fifth birthday by my parents, and it's seen a lot of play in it's day! I gave it a paint job last week... it was getting a bit worn. It was suppose to be red with that blue/green roof you see, but it turned out more of a pinkish color. Oh well. I painted all the interior walls white except for one that still had the original wall paper and left some of the colored floors in their original paint too. We have such a large collection of children's books now, especially after the baby shower, that I'm so glad we have this space. My mom gave us the cute vintage bird night light you see above.

Below you can see another nook of the doll house and "the gnome feeding a baby bunny" music box I picked up once upon a time in anticipation of one day having a baby bunny to give it to.

Next up is babies crib... a great used find that my parents picked up for us. The bunny mobile was a gift from my sister. And the awesome blanket hanging from the rail was handmade by Jake's "Ant" Vicki.

The changing table you see below was handmade by Jake's Grandpa for his cousin Atticus. We are taking temporary custody of it until this said cousin has babies of his own, perhaps. Jake's Grandpa also built a beautiful cradle for Jake that I will have to show you soon... maybe with a sweet little newborn asleep in it.

On the wall you can also see a cool Japanese kitty print from my mom and a fun wall hanging from Ecuador from Jake's mom.

The awesome mushroom bag you see below is filled with babies clothes and blankies and whatnot to bring to the birthing center. It was a gift from my friend Jenna and handmade by her sister-in-law-to-be.

And here's babies baby book just waiting to be filled!

The vintage music box below was another gift from my mom. They dance when you wind it up!

And here is another handmade item... Jake's old rocking horse! I wish I had a picture of him riding it when he was little.

The hangers below were a fun item my mom and I found together while out shopping. I can't wait to hang little outfits from them.

And finally here is a peek at the horsey Pendelton from Jake's mom.

I can't wait to show baby this happy little space we made for it with the help of gifts and love from so many others!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thinking About Mamahood

No baby yet! The midwife at our last appointment said to try to think of it as if baby will come at the latest possible date, but be ready for it to be earlier. That's working well for me so far. Actually, I wish I had done that from the start! There is still so much to do here at home that I am not impatient, despite the utter exhaustion I am feeling from being pregnant.

I was talking to a friend yesterday on the phone and confessing that this journey to mamahood has not been all sugar and honey. I think people sometimes expect pregnant women to be over the moon happy all the time. I am definitely excited to meet our little one, definitely excited to learn what it is to be a mama, but there is also a lot of stress and anxiety I am feeling at the same time. I worry a lot about balance... balancing housework, balancing time to do creative things, balancing time with Jake and balancing time to be a good mom. I also worry what the loss of sleep will do to me. Maybe we'll get one of those super sleeper babes, but you never know. I think it hasn't helped that my hormones have had my emotions all over the place. One day I'm totally focused and in control and looking forward to so much... the next I feel angry and sad and not sure how I'm going to handle all this. I worry about losing myself somewhere in all this change. I'm only confessing all this because I know there are other mom's or mom's-to-be out there who have experienced the same fears and anxieties. I know Jake will help me. He is a really supportive and super guy. But lets face it, there are things babies need that Papa can't give. I think we will figure it out. I think I will be able to keep myself together and find a lot of joy in this new experience. Actually, I'm glad I am thinking about a lot of this now, before the baby comes, because maybe that will make me less stressed out afterward and better able to adjust. We're definitely planning on attending some parenting classes after the baby is born. I think it will be good to have the extra support and meet other new parents. There's one thing for sure, I have a tremendous new respect for mom's and pregnant women... it's no easy task to grow a baby and then raise it up right! Here's to mama's!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Shop Update!

My Etsy shop has finally had a big update! There are lots of lavender and flaxseed eye pillows and buckwheat hull pillows as well as a few other things. Go take a look! I am going to try to add even more in the next day or two...stay tuned!

Also, I recently added more blogs to my blog link on the side bar if you're one for blog surfing! Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Baby Shower Cakes!

I couldn't resist sharing these photos of some amazing desserts from my baby shower for our little Wildwood. The ice cream cake was decorated by the folks at the Dairy Bar in CT which makes awesome ice cream fresh from the cow (well, practically)! They did a wonderful job with the woodland animals. The cupcakes we're made by my mom and I... lemon with lemon frosting with a touch of polka dots... so good! I wish I had more photos from the shower to share. I still need to take some photos of some of the the amazing handmade gifts bestowed upon us.

I'm at 38 weeks today! That means baby could come any time now! I'm totally ready, but the house is not! There's still lots of little projects under way that need doing so baby can feel free to take its time. Jake and I did make a great escape today to Burlington as my post birthday celebration because we didn't have much time to celebrate on Saturday. As is tradition when visiting Burlington, we had delicious Indian food and stopped in at the Burlington City Arts Center. I also got to hit up a couple fabric shops and restocked a bit. It's so nice when you work from home to be able to take a fun day trip now and then for your sanity, especially since we will be nesting in with our little babe real soon. Ok, I'm off to see what I can do with some of this new fabric! Have a good night!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sewing the Clouds

Another year has gone and went! I'm 28 years old today! Happy Birthday to me!

Here's my resolutions for the next year (in no particular order):

1)Become a great mommy!
2)Paint more!
3)Sew more!
4)Waste less and be good to Our Dear Mother Earth!
5)Figure out how to balance business and creative passions...
6)Keep things simple!
7)Walk everyday!
8)Practice yoga and meditation regularly!
9)Make the things that make me happiest a PRIORITY!
10)Worry less and stop freaking out about the little things!

Sorry for all the exclamation marks, but I feel like I'm not quite doing a lot of these things now and I need to get my own attention. I should really list 28 things, but 10 will have to do! Happy weekending!

P.S. I'm still working on that shop update, but it will have to wait until sometime in the middle of next week.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Hoot and a Howl

No costumes... only one trick-or-treater.... but we did manage to carve these jack-o-lanterns! Mine was the owl and Jake's was the wolf.

Don't forget to vote today!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

From the Workshop

Happy Halloween! I've been a bad blogger again. There's always too much to do in a day! Also, this whole growing a baby thing has got me extra tired! I'm ready to go back to sleep before the day has even begun. Not too much longer though... I'll be at 37 weeks on election day. Recently I took a trip back to CT for a week to visit family and friends and go to my baby shower thrown by the grandma's-to-be. I'll have to post some pictures soon of the shower (when I can figure out how to save them in the correct format) and of some of the wonderful gifts Baby Wildwood received. I'm still scrambling to unpack it all and get the babies room all prettified before the big day.

But for now I just wanted to share with you a few things that I've been making in the studio.

First is this little baby sweater... that I think might have come out a size or two bigger than expected, but I'm still proud of it as it is the first sweater I've ever crocheted, and made of ultra soft alpaca wool. You can find the pattern here . I altered it slightly by adding stripes and the little pom poms. I'm hoping to make a matching hat too if I have the time.

And these are something not for baby, but for a customer... two lavender and flaxseed snake neck warmers. I'm hoping to make more of these for the Etsy shop soon and also do a rather large update as it's been quite a while. I'll keep you all posted on that.

Finally, here are these Korean style baby booties I made recently... I'm not sure if they will actually fit on a babes feet, but if not, they'll make a cute Christmas decoration.

Have a spooky day and a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Babies Rainbow Sherbert Room

Here's a sneak peek at the nursery. I just finished painting the floor this morning and last night Jake and I did the doors and ceiling. It wasn't the original color scheme we were thinking, but I am pleased with how it turned out. The yellow is a little bit more subdued in real life. It was hard to capture it accurately. Now for the fun part! We get to fill it up with all the lovely things a baby could need or want! I'm looking forward to putting lots of fun artwork up on those lively sunshine walls and some more fun surprises you'll just have to wait to behold...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My Mei Tai and Baby Soakers

Here's a couple of mama projects I wanted to share with you. Above is a mei tai carrier for snuggling baby close. I hope baby loves it and gets a lot of use out of it because making long straps is one of my least favorite things to do with fabric and this project was no exception! The pattern is by "Sew Liberated" It's a simple and easy to follow pattern, just set aside a good chunk of time as there's more cutting and stitching then it might appear at first glance.

These little woolies are soakers/ diaper covers. I have a bunch more to make in various sizes and colors, but I have a good start. These are from a free crochet pattern I found on the net. (Nise's Crocheted Soaker Pattern) It's the second pattern down on the page. I made the leg cuffs a little shorter than the pattern recommended because I liked how it looked. I also opted to add the drawstring. I'm hoping to design my own pattern for soakers once baby comes along, and I have a model to try things out on.

More from Mama/Baby Land soon! It won't be long now before we get to meet this little traveler from the moon.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

One Year Anniversary

On Monday we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in the Adirondacks. We visited the area for a couple days. It was wonderfully relaxing to just be out in nature and not have a huge "to do" list staring you in he face or dishes to do or whatnot. We poked around some little shops in Lake Placid, ate the traditional slice of one year old wedding cake, and thoroughly enjoyed our last little get away before our bundle arrives.

I'm at seven months today and quite enormous. My cheeks have gotten puffier too. I don't mind, really, as long as our baby is healthy. I can't wait for November and our little pumpkin to join us in the real world. Birthing classes are making me feel more at ease with the idea of giving birth. It's hard to prepare for something you've never done before, but I'm happy and lucky to have Jake by my side through all this. I think the breathing exercises will be really helpful in the end. I don't feel as scared of labor as I did at the beginning... you really have to take a very zen approach to it, I think, just one moment at a time, and with both joy and pain we will hopefully have a sweet little one to hold tightly.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lost and Found

My how the time does fly! I've had lots to post about, but not much time in between. I feel there are so many things to do before our little bean arrives. Jake is upstairs right now being an awesome Dad and painting the baby room in this unjustly hot weather. I have about 20 million baby projects in my head that I've convinced myself I need to do before baby arrives or they'll never get done. We'll see! But recently I did have cause to take my head temporarily out of baby land and craft something for a friend's wedding coming up this week. Take a look!

Also, here is a beautiful little red cap mushroom from our morning walks in the woods. I have to also share with you at some point some of the beautiful blackberries we've been collecting in the same area.

My brain is in rambles but here are some of the highlights of life as of late:

- a wonderful trip to Burlington with my dear one to little shops and Indian food and an awesome fabric store and sitting by Lake Champlain in the evening

-lots of restocking of fabric for these billion projects I have in my head

-berry picking! yum!

- too many good treats... blackberry milkshake, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, danishes... I think that "craving" thing I've heard so much about has finally kicked in and gotten the better of my sweet tooth.

And here's what I'm looking forward to for September:

-A wedding tomorrow and a quick trip back to CT where we will celebrate Jake's b-day
-My parents up for a visit the following week
-Harvest Fair in town!
-Rutland fair with my family
-A trip to the Adirondacks for our one year anniversary!
-Jake's performance at the local concert hall
-Oh... and birthing classes start tonight!

It's a full month, but I'll try to pop in again when I can.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Sunday Morning Before the Birds Sing

I've been finding myself rising early lately. First thing, Mr. Terrapin gets fed. Then nausea takes over. Finally relief. I sit and eat a bowl of yogurt, my way of neutralizing my churning stomach. Then, perhaps, I'll poke around on the internet...maybe blog as I'm d doing now. Then I do my "Yoga Momma" video if there's enough time. I discovered it recently as I've been wanting to try yoga and pregnancy seemed as good a time as any. I wish I could do classes too, but it's not really in the budget at the moment. After I'm done, my dear heart usually rises (sometimes I wake him) and I eat second breakfast with him. (Yes, ever since baby has come along I have to eat twice to start the day... yogurt and then something more solid.) We either head on a walk or watch Democracy Now or some PBS program. If we go for a walk, we'll usually take a little time afterward to go to the river and meditate. I love how routine the morning can be. I love how simple and quiet it is.

Today the sky is watering our garden, so I don't think we will be going on any walks. Jake is still in dreamland. The store does not open until eleven and I think I'm going to take my time this morning and revel in the quiet. Revel in the simple. And maybe have some good petting of the kitty. Good morning!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Crocheting my Days Away

Here's a little something I've been working on as I idle my hours away in the store. I think this baby will have no shortage of blankets, which is a good thing considering VT winters! I'm using a modified crochet block pattern from a book by Jane Eaton called "200 Crochet Blocks". Can you tell I like color?! It's actually progressed a lot since I took these photos... maybe I'll be able to show you the finished blanket soon.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

By the Seashore

Hello! Sorry I've been missing again! Life is just too busy these days, and I don't expect it to let up any come September. But my love and I did manage to get a bit a rest and relaxation at the beginning of the week, visiting some family friends at the seashore. It's so nice to breathe that salty air, sit on the sand, build castles and dragons, crochet on the porch, and just take a break! We both can't wait to take our little baby to the ocean as we know they'll love it too. I wish we could have stayed longer!

We just got our new camera (if you recall, we broke our good one on our last big adventure to New Mexico), and I've been using our not so great old camera. But have a look at these lovely shots Mr.Jake took of our trip to the sea. Tomorrow I'll post some photos of recent craft projects.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Blueberry Days

Oh my! I'm not sure if it's the summer sun or if it's pregnancy exhaustion, but my brain is mush! I'm thinking of only doing picture posts for a while after this to give my brain cells a chance to to regenerate. Luckily, despite busy long days in the store, we are managing to have some good old fashion summer fun.

Here's my little square booth at the farmer's market in town.

Below are photos from our blueberry picking adventure with Miss Tara in NH. Freshly picked blueberries are so good! We had a nice little two day get away with her at her parents lake house and swam and conversed and canoed and Jake and Tara played some beautiful tunes in the early morn' on the beach. I love when you actually get the opportunity to have those lazy summer days that you so dream of...

Blueberry picking is quite a science, as Tara taught us. You must be ever so selective, and if you're not sure about a particular blueberry, just pop it in your mouth to make sure.

They really smelt so delicious! Saturday morning we had some delicious blueberry muffins that were too good to even snap a photo of.

Here are some things we're also hoping to do this summer:

-More canoeing!
-Swimming in the river!
-Making homemade vegetarian marshmallows (anyone have a good recipe) and s'more making!
-Laying about in the hammock!

Anyone have any day dreamy summer plans they want to share?