Friday, September 30, 2011

Bits and Pieces

I keep blogging late at night because the night owl won't go to sleep. She is convinced we party when she falls asleep and doesn't want to miss a minute. I'm sitting in the studio/ living room right now looking at the array of crazy projects I have half started, and I know it's going be a busy week/weekend. The babe and her Daddy are both playing their respective instruments... Daddy has a tenor guitar at the moment and Oona her little plastic uke. I think after some songs we're going to have some story. No wonder she doesn't want to go to sleep... it is pretty exciting around here! I should have a good amount of projects to share next week so stay tuned, the wheels are turning!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sweet Delights

A steady downpour is keeping us indoors today, and so I'll share with you some lovely things of late to keep the spirits up as rainy days have a way of getting into your skin. Here are some sweet delights:

1) A surprise package of treasures from my dear Portland friend, Sarah. Can't wait to start reading "Wildwood".

2)Watching Oona with her Aunty (my little sister) who is visiting us for a few days.

3)Fake duels in the toy department with babe and Daddy.

4) Watching Oona take four steps on her own yesterday. Go baby! Go!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Of Bears and Hats

Here's our dear bear friend, as promised, modeling the hat I made the Baby-kins.

And here's the original vintage hat that inspired my design. The original is made up of granny squares. I love the pom poms on the original, and might yet add them to mine, but I kind of like the hat as is too. We've gotten a bit of a warm spell again in VT so I don't know when Oona will be able to give it a test drive.

Anyways, thanks Bear Friend for you cooperation!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sun Circle Hat

Here's a quick glance of the hat I finished for Miss Baby Babe. She was a whirl wind when she tried it on. It was hard to get a great picture, but this will have to do for the moment until I can get a teddy bear model who will work for low wages to model it for us.

It's been a funny couple of days. Not much progress as far a progress goes. Yesterday got eaten up canning apple butter. And I've been cursing a spilled drink that made me have to do a thorough cleaning of our rug today (and cursing the man who spilled that drink). But Oona and I snuck out of the house this afternoon to get some baby playtime in at the park with our local baby friend and her mommy. Both babes enjoyed getting their feet dirty and ripping apart leaves... ocassionally eating them too! Wow, somedays just getting out of the house can make a world of difference in your mood.

Anyhow, I'm hoping to make up for lost time this weekend. Happy first day of Autumn folks!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Crochet Season

As soon as that first hint of cool gets in the air, I start thinking about crocheting warm wooly things for the long, long winter ahead. I'm finally getting better at reading crochet patterns, so it's opening up new projects to explore. This square above is part of a hat I'm making for the babe based on a vintage hat I found that was so good it required duplication. I'll share with you the finished hat soon and also the vintage hat it's based on. Other things I'm thinking about making this season... mittens, a cowl, and a baby gnome hat. Got to get to work on so many things as the project list is starting to get a wee bit long.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Miles to go before I sleep

The little one won't go to sleep. She was hopping up and down in her crib with a big ol' grin. So, we all got up and we're playing and Jake's making cookies. I'm thinking foggy sleepy thoughts. Hoping to start posting here every week day with crafts and art as I originally intended once upon a time... Aren't those apples lovely and perfect? They're real!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Two years ago today with family, good friends, farm animals and the mountains Jake and I got married! What a beautiful day and what a beautiful life we're carving out together! I love our little family so much and am so happy to spend my days with them! Here's to many more beautiful days and beautiful years together!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Harvest Time

Autumn has arrived in VT a bit early. It comes so abruptly here. One day it's 80 degrees and the next you're bundled up in a sweater. I've been working hard to bring in the harvest... look at this amazing amount of gourds! They planted themselves from the compost we spread on the garden! We have a good amount of pumpkins too (some I planted and some that planted themselves), lots of tomatoes, cucumbers, and more summer squash and zucchini then one could ever imagine. So there's been lots of sauce being made, drying of herbs, canning of some delicious wild apples we found along the roadside and baking of apple pie by Mr. Jake.

But we're also finding a few moments to enjoy this time before it's too cold to go outside. Did you notice Miss Oona is standing?! She's actually been doing this since about eight months, the little go getter. She loves dancing too! (while holding onto the coffee table., not free form).

Hope you're dancing and enjoying this sweet apple spice time of year too!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Disaster Relief: A Beautiful Wedding!

Our dear friends Tara and Seth got married last weekend, and we escaped the flood zone (only took an extra three hours through detours!) to be there for the big event. Jake played music during the ceremony and I was honored to be one of the bride's maids.

For a wedding present, I made them rabbit paintings of themselves. It is the year of the rabbit, after all! I painted them on the top and bottom of a vintage violin that was missing it sides. Sometimes being married to an instrument repair man has its advantages!

Little Miss Oona had a great time, but all the fun did poop this baby out. She wore a little sundress I made her out of some floral Japanese print fabric and a felt/crochet head band I made too.

For table decorations, they used favorite childhood toys and special photos of them together. We sat at the Darth Vader/ Eskimo Kiss table.

Ok, I just want to be clear, Jake and I shared this delicious plate of desserts. I highly recommend peanut butter cup brownies.

It was the only wedding I've ever been to where the bride and groom and all the single folk got to fish for doughnuts and bob for apples. Pretty great. I'm so glad the hurricane didn't keep us from missing this special day.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Hello from one of the Irene disaster zones! Our little town and the surrounding area got hit hard after Hurricane Irene tore through and flooded the mountains and rivers. We were without power for almost a week, and our basement flooded, but we were very fortunate considering some lost their homes. Work crews are working tirelessly to get the roads functioning again and get supplies in, but we lost a number of bridges that surround us so it is difficult to get very far these days. But we are lucky to have a great community who has really looked out for us through the storm and power outage.

This photo is of the store porch. The water came up to our front step before it receded. The river is normally across the street and about 20 to 25ft down! We were so greatful it stopped when it did or the store might have been under water!

During an interlude in the storm when it was misting we took a little walk down the street to see how our neighbors were fairing. Of course, Miss Oona was pretty un-phased by all the destruction and having a good old time.

The following day, we were able to see more of the consequences of the storm. This crater is where there use to be a parking lot and drive way to the state garage and part of our neighbors lawn. I'm amazed the old apple tree withstood the force of the river! Many trees were not spared Irene's wrath.

Above is one of the bridges we lost which is just a quarter mile down the road. I'm really humbled by the force of mother nature, but also the force of human kindness. So many have stepped in to help VT from near and far. We have unfortunately been getting more rain the last few days. Do a little "no" rain dance for us!