Friday, July 22, 2011

Karen's Visit

On Monday a friend of ours came up to visit who we haven't had the opportunity to see in many years because she lives in Kentucky. In fact, though I knew her in person first through a mutual friend, we've really come to know each other better through the blogging world. You can read Karen's blog here where she talks about living the simple life, being vegan, knitting, yoga, Montessori school teaching, love and many other things. She reminds me to live better by living simpler and to not forget about our dear Mama Earth who needs us all to care a little more about all she does for us.

We had a wonderful visit listening to music on the porch, taking in some nature ( at a favorite spot, Texas Falls) and visiting Burlington.

Unfortunately, I forgot my camera in the car while we were exploring downtown Burlington, but I did remember it at the end of the evening when we sat down for some delicious Indian food.

I also had to show off these delicious jams Karen brought us from my old home state of CT. There was also a rather delicious bar of chocolate in the basket, but it got eaten too fast to take a picture.

And while we were shopping downtown Burlington, I found some awesome fabrics at a cute independent fabric/ yarn store called Nido. My selection must have been inspired by thoughts of Indian food dancing in my head.

Thanks for visiting us in the wild woods, Karen! It's nice to share time with "kindred spirits" as Anne of Green Gables would say.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Vintage Highchair

While my mom was up visiting, she kindly watched Oona so I could finish up this project I'd been trying to complete for over a month and a half. We picked up this awesome vintage circa 1910 high chair at one of our favorite little shops in Middlebury, VT, "Bella Donna". It seemed pretty sturdy and the top latched closed, so all I needed to do was add a safety belt using some strap material and a buckle purchased at a craft store. I also made a seat cushion out of canvas floral material I had that ties so her high chair would be more comfortable.

Oona loves it! It's nice to be able to feed her while we eat our meals. She's doing pretty good with solid foods, but there are still a few things she makes faces at.

Oh, and someone else loves her chair too! I caught Terrapin in it, and he keeps trying to sleep in it. Maybe he's needing some attention with all the attention Miss Babykins been getting. Poor kitty.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Easy Fold Wallet

Finally, I've been able to get a little crafting done again! After a long spell of not being able to do much of anything because of my sprained wrist, it feels so good to sit down at the sewing machine. The babe is still doing her job occupying A LOT of my time, so there's lots of stuff on the back burner, but I'll get to it, eventually.

I recently made this fold over wallet with elastic band so my money would stay in place without having to fuss with zippers or buttons.

Wow! I'm rich!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Oona's First Parade

Hello folks! The last few weeks have been a whirlwind! Jake's mom was up visiting the week before and we visited a farm, and this past week my parents have been staying with us. For the Fourth of July we all marched in our annual town parade... yes, even Oona!

Doesn't she look adorable and utterly ridiculous?! Oona rode in a vintage baby buggy we had in the store and was all dressed in her Fourth of July best! The local paper even mentioned her appearance in an article. My mom and dad and I all dressed up in vintage hats and walked with her, waving and throwing candy. Next year we want to make a float, but the details of that are top secret.

Her Daddy rode on a different float, one for the play he was in and wrote music for, "Ransom", about our town's civil war hero, Ransom W. Towle. His float won a prize, but surely Miss Oona was more deserving for her good work sitting up and giving big smiles to the crowd. She's a brave 7 and half month old! She did not cry or fuss once and promptly fell asleep when the parade was over.

Grandma and Grandpa stayed until this morning and we managed to pack lots of fun into one short week visiting Ausable Chasm in NY and our state capitol, Montpelier and the Quechee Fleamarket, celebrating my mom's birthday with a delicious chocolate torte and having lots of mini adventures in between. It was nice to have the extra hands and to see my parents, but Mommy, Daddy, and Oona are totally pooped and plan on some recovery time from all the fun... by which I mean, not leaving the house for a good solid week, perhaps, and maybe getting back to work now that our semi-vacation is over. Hope everyone had a great Independence Day and are enjoying these summer months!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy July

Happy July! It's been a while, yet again. Motherhood keeps me very busy without much to show for myself (other than a wonderfully cute little person!). The babe is "creeping" now and very close to a crawl. She loves searching the rugs for lint and sneaking it in her mouth before I can stop her... not really sure why rug lint is so much more delicious than peas or applesauce, but who am I to say. She also loves attacking the legs of small furniture such as end tables and rocking chairs. I'm scratching my head wondering how some mother's get so much done. I think productive mamas of little babes must have babies that are good nappers (or a nanny, but that's definitely not in the budget). Oona is a fan of tiny short naps that gives me just enough time to pee or get a drink of water. I knew having a little one was going to take a lot of time, but I thought I'd be a little bit better at juggling it all. I feel bad when I can't even get around to doing the necessary evils, like folding the laundry or sweeping the kitchen floor, let alone all the creative ideas piling up in my head. I'll get the hang of it eventually, maybe when Oona's twenty, ha.

That said, I think I might finally have an opportunity to do a little work in the studio today. We'll see if that happens. Happy weekending!