Saturday, December 29, 2012

Santa Car

Here's a couple snapshots from our holiday. Santa came to visit on Christmas day!

Oona must have been very good this year because she got her own car. Lucky girl! She was way more thrilled about it then she looks in this picture. She kept saying, "Santa, car in sleigh". Pretty nice of him to make a special trip just to bring her a car! She gets a little star struck around Santa and wouldn't sit down for a picture, of course. She was also busy driving around the living room. 

Toot! Toot! Watch out everyone!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Some Christmas Handmade

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas! We just got back from CT from a trip to visit our families. Unfortunately it was cut a little short by the storm that's on it's way tonight. It was a wonderful time and I'll be sure to post pictures soon, but for now, here's one of my Christmas craft projects to entertain.

I made both our Mama's felt crochet hook holders, as they both crochet. I embellished them with a little floral design.

I really need to make myself one of these now that my Christmas making is done as I'm always losing my hooks.

Each one had pockets for the hooks, a wider pocket for instructions, and a small pocket for a needle for weaving in the ends and perhaps a small pair of scissors. Plus there's a handy flap to keep the hooks from falling out.

I'm hoping the design proves to be very functional. More soon of our celebrations and handmade gifts. P.S. The paper is Oona's drawing that we cut into little gingerbread people ornaments. She was very good to let me make her artwork into paper cookies.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

May All Be Merry and Bright

Happy Holidays from the Wildwoods! Here's the littlest Wildwood whose still nestled warm in the womb. I'll announce the gender after the holidays! Any guesses? No fair answering if you already know!

Happy Winter Solstice too! So glad the world didn't end!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Peace on Earth

Daydreaming about:

- Christmas morning with the little one
- Chocolate gingerbread cookies with chocolate chip eyes
- Who our little gingerbread baby in the oven could be
- A solstice walk
- A quiet January
- Life without stress
- The world without violence
- Sleep

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

A curious gnome by the name of Santa Claus visited our little village this weekend. Oona has been very excited about Old St. Nick this year ever since she started opening her first advent calendar. However, when it came time to actually meet him, she seemed to find all the children, Christmas carols and giant Christmas tree slightly more entertaining than the guy in the red suit. She certainly wasn't about to stand around in line just to see him. This girl is far too busy and important.

We never did get the shot of child screaming in Santa's lap. Oona was very last in line as she refused to stand around when she could be running around. And as it was finally her turn to see Mr. and Mrs. Claus, she decided perhaps she would prefer not to and burst into tears. 

 But she did have a grand time coloring with the new kitty coloring book and crayons Santa gave her! How did that jolly old elf know coloring is one of her favorite things?!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Winter Market

I'm just popping in to share some photos from our towns first winter market at historic Pierce Hall. I'm hoping to get more involved in the planning for the next one in February. It had a nice feel with yoga, an instrument circle, face painting and ornament decorating for the kiddies. There was even a few kids booths. It was a nice day out for me, chatting with customers and the other vendors. Jake just stopped by with Oona before the shop opened, but mostly I went solo.

It makes me want to get back to work making new products... time is always an issue here. My little one is at high demand and high distraction stage.

I was unfortunately still nursing this darn cold. A wiser woman would have canceled going to the show at all, but too late now. Oona pulled nearly an all nighter last night, which meant mama and daddy had to get up with her in shifts. She had fallen asleep in the car around 6pm, which she can sometimes keep sleeping through, so I didn't try to wake her. Unfortunately for last night, it was not one of those nights where she didn't sleep through. She woke up at 11pm and decide to keep on going until 4:30am! Crazy, huh? I don't know where that little steam engine gets the energy. I have no idea why I'm awake now. I got up at my regular time and started washing the floors. It's raining hard outside... maybe knowing we'll be stuck inside today made me want to get things clean. Hmm... this could turn into a dream like sequence soon, so I better end it here.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Zombie Mama

I'm getting ready for the weekend with a congested nose and head. I wish the approach of winter didn't often go hand in hand with becoming an oozing zombie. Hot tea, wooly blankets, canceled plans and couch time is in order. Sigh. Wish I was like my little monkey who can always get up and play even when she's feeling icky. I hope the start of the new week brings a clearer head and happier body. Be well this weekend!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Welcome December

(from my 2012 Rock Art Calendar by Bonnie Wildwood)

Hello December! I'm a bit late in welcoming you, but that's because you're such a busy month. I look forward to you all year, but then when you're here it always feels so hurried. I'm glad we've had some wintery dustings and the Christmas tree is in place to make it feel like the season. I need a good cup of hot chocolate or some mandarin orange tea to let that warmth of the season trickle down inside me.

I wish the creative energy I feel this time of year could last through the year, but I'm glad the stress does not. I know that simpler expectations for the holidays are required of me, but I can't seem to set the necessary limits. Next year, with two babes, I know that I'm going to need to change some things about the way I give gifts. It's hard to set boundaries with those you love, especially if you suspect they won't listen to you when you tell them not to get you anything or to get you very little. My baby step is that this year Jake and I have invested in a camera and that will be the extent of our gift giving to each other. (It's a pretty good gift, anyway, but we often find it hard to resist picking up little extras.)

 I'm a bit under the weather right now, so I'm sure that's only making the pressure seem worse.

Some warmer thoughts for this chilly month:
- Jake's Dad is flying in from New Mexico today for a visit.
- I'm looking forward to a couple local holiday parties coming up.
- We'll have an ultra sound this month, and hopefully will find out the sex of the baby!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Hello! Hello! It's been a long time since I shared much in the way of crafting, but that doesn't mean this busy elf hasn't been working hard! This time of year is always so hectic with getting ready for the holidays and lots of social events too, that it's hard to have time to document it all. I do want to go back to my promise of trying to blog everyday after the new year and all the holiday wackiness is out of the way. Besides Thanksgiving and Christmas, there's been lots of birthdays and babies to think about. This past weekend I threw a surprise party for a good friend whose expecting in the beginning of January. Instead of a typical shower, it was more like a "blessingway", which is a Native American way of celebrating the new baby and mother. It's less focused on gifts and more on supporting the mama and showering her with love and blessings. We made a prayer flag for the babies room, ate good food, painted the mama with henna, and shared stories. Each lady also took home a candle to light when mama goes into labor.

I couldn't resist making a few handmade goodies for baby. I made baby a little peasant dress with this fabric that I adore, a pair of felt booties, and a crochet dream catcher.

I will definitely be making some little booties for our baby. I used this Bitty Booty Pattern by Heather Bailey It's a great simple pattern to customize with your own embellishments.

What baby doesn't need a dream catcher for sweet dreams?

I think everyone who made it had a pretty good time, and I was pleased I was able to pull off the surprise with the help of a few friends and her husband.

Here's the belly art. It was my first time using henna. I was a bit worried the kit I ordered wouldn't come on time, but it arrived the day before. It didn't give me any time to practice, but I think it worked out okay anyway.

I made my mama friend a felt flower wreath for her hair. This last photo of her was with her sister, who I was so pleased was able to make it because that was a nice surprise in itself. Now it's time for me to start elf-ing for Christmas. Anyone making any handmade gifts this year?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Giving Thanks

I know it's a week later, but I did want to say a few words about Thanksgiving, and give thanks to my family for coming up, bringing lots of food, helping stack wood pellets in the barn, playing with my rambunctious little girl, and helping to make it an all around jolly holiday.

My first official Thanksgiving at our place, and there was near ten people... a big enough crowd that we set up a large harvest table in the store to have enough space. No, we don't all play instruments... Jake just thought it would be funny to make us all pose with some of the instruments in the store.

We also bought our earliest Christmas tree ever, the day after Thanksgiving. We were shooting for a smaller table top tree so Oona wouldn't be able to get her hands on the ornaments, but with some group persuasion we ended up with one near seven foot tall. It looks beautiful, but Oona does in fact pull the ornaments off it all day long. My girl is tall too, so even the ones I thought well out of reach, she seems to get her hands on. Still, it smells wonderful and is a treat to look at everyday.

While we were making the house Christmasy, Jake and my Dad put up the Christmas lights on the building and around the store. Oh Christmas lights, as wasteful as you may be, you are so magical. We have a mix of LED and regular lights... need to keep updating so they are eventually all LED. I feel in better spirits since getting all the holiday decorations up... something about it makes me feel like a kid, and also want to get crafting things. I do want to keep this Christmas simpler, but the daydreamer in me can get a little silly with holiday cheer.

 Oh, also, a few things I'm grateful for this year:
- My beautiful two year old girl and the little one on it's way and their hardworking and lovely daddy - Family and friends who spoil us and protect us in so many ways
- This wonderful little village we live in
 - The mountains, the rivers, and the mountain air

 Lots of crafts to show soon! Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oona Turns Two!

 My little girl turned two over the weekend! It was a big day with her Baba and Papa, Uncle Trav, Aunty Livi, Uncle Matt, Moogi, and Annie and Gio the dogs. She had a chocolate cake, as requested. I went through a long list of healthier cake options that she quickly said "no" to. The girl knows what's good, sigh.
Her Baba and Papa got her a wonderful vintage stove and sink set, repainted in red and green by Papa and Uncle Trav. It was a big hit with my little cook. It's right in the kitchen where she can cook along side us. She also got a starter train set and some wonderful little kitty dolls along with other things. I think she had a pretty wonderful day surrounded by many of her favorite people. She even got a "happy birthday" serenade by the Saturday morning music group in the store.

It's so hard for this mama to believe this girl has grown and changed so much in two years. Wasn't it yesterday that she was learning to walk? Wasn't it only yesterday that she was a wiggly thing bundled in my arms? Wasn't it only yesterday that she was kicking me from inside of my belly? Time can really speed up on you when you have a child. I fear I'll wake up soon and she'll be twenty!

I'm so amazed at all she can do at two. On her birthday she drew a circle for the first time, and said the phrase "butter on toast". For the whole month leading up to her big day she kept talking about "birthday cake".  The new words are coming out this girl rapid fire! I'm so proud at how well she can understand things even when she can't say them. She is so loving and kind with her little friends and the little baby in mama's tummy. She dances, jumps, skips, runs, and plays tricks on her parents. I know she will only keep amazing me everyday! I love this little gnome!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Holiday Woes

Hello friends! One of my goals to post everyday failed from the get-go because our computer crashed. Oh well. We can still use our computer at the moment, but we are waiting for the new hard drive so I can't upload any pictures yet. We've had a couple of big financial set backs lately... first needing to replace our one car because the repairs were too expensive to our old one, and then like a wrecking ball the computer died. I hope there's not anymore of this (knock on wood).

That said, I'm trying to think of ways to keep Christmas simple this year. It's hard for me to set limits during the holiday season. And being a maker, I get grandiose ideas of all the things I can make for people. But there's never enough time! What do you do to keep Christmas less stressful? I'm especially interested to hear your answers if you're on a very limited budget. I'm thinking of seeing if any of my mama friends are interested in a babysitting exchange. I'll watch their babe for an afternoon and vice versa so we can both get a little extra done before the holidays. Time is one of my biggest obstacles right now because Miss Oona is at a stage that if I try to work on something, she immediately wants to take over what I'm working on, or get me to do something else. Speak of the devil, she's asking for some help with a toy and now a zipper....

Monday, November 12, 2012

30 Goals for 30

I meant to do this last week when I actually turned 30, but such is life, and I can do now what I didn't do yesterday!

30 Goals for 30:
 1) Make more art
2) Work on illustrating children's stories with Jake
3) Eat less sugar and carbs and more veggies
 4) Start a crafty group at the store
5) Get Oona on some sort of schedule (we lack rhythm these days)
6) Blog everyday but do far less internet browsing
7) Clear out unwanted junk (need some simplifying)
 8) Write more letters to friends (hard to find time for this, but love doing it)
9) Practice uke and guitar
10) Learn to use serger
 11) Crochet granny afghan
12) Sew full size quilt for Oona's big girl bed
13) Get Oona to sleep in big girl bed
14) Walk everyday
15) Meditate for at least 5 minutes a day
16) Sew more clothes for myself and the babes
17) Plant large garden in Spring and pumpkin patch
18) Do yoga
19) Learn to knit
20) Make more of my own home and beauty products
21) Find more craft shows to participate in
22) Play more learning games with Oona
23) Take one project at a time
24) Buy less
25) Eat out less
26) Start saving towards house
27) Keep working to make home flow better
28) Make baby presents for all the new babies coming (there are lots!)
29) Spend more quality time with Jake
30) Craft! Craft! Craft!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Big News for Big Sister

We've got some little big news around here. That's right...the Wildwood family is expanding! Look at cool big sister above ready to take on the job! We are all thrilled, but I am especially pleased with Miss Oona's excitement. She kisses my belly everyday, and says "baby growing". And sometimes she even tries to share her food. At almost two, I know she probably doesn't fully understand that there's going to be a new baby in the house, but I think she'll adapt very well to big sisterhood. Baby is due in May. There's lots to do, but I can't wait to meet this new little wild one.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

I had the most beautiful 30th birthday yesterday, thanks to my lovely husband and daughter, and all my lovely family and friends too.

After a nice morning being showered with phone calls and mail from loved ones, we spent the day in the big city. First, and most importantly on the list of things to do was to get Indian food. I wish we had snapped some shots of the delicious food, but we were too busy devouring it. I was in heaven. The owner gave Oona a her first mango lassi on the house, and she couldn't get enough of it. She has an interesting method of using a straw, which sometimes resulted in flinging lassi at Mama's head.

We visited bustling Church St where we visited shops.

And like a five year old I shouted in glee, "They're hanging up Christmas!"

We always make sure to see the latest exhibit at Burlington City Arts Council. Oona was very keen on running around in circles in this video exhibit. Maybe it was the sugar rush from the mango lassi.

We also got to visit my favorite fabric shop, Nido, and I added a few new prints to my stash. Oona loves going there for the toy box full of trains and trucks.

Jake took many of these photos, with our new camera, which he traded for an instrument, and just came in the mail the day before my birthday. It's super nice, especially compared to our old one.

As if the day wasn't perfect enough with Indian food and fabric, they had both pumpkin cheesecake and raspberry chocolate torte at the cafe we visited. Yes, some of each please!

We ended our day in the city enjoying the waterfront. We actually made it there just as the sun was going down.
At home, we had a quiet night relaxing. I love this giant dala horse my mom found for me.

Jake got me a pretty wonderful selection of illustrated children's books, and a new sewing book too. I know, I'm spoiled. It was really one of the best birthdays I've had in a long time. Such a fun day! I need to write down some goals for thirty. I'll have to pop back in again soon when I think of some.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Early Birthday Brownies

Yum! Here are some birthday brownies long since eaten to make you all day dream. I'm turning thirty on Tuesday... does that mean I get thirty wishes? If so, I promise not to waste them all on more brownies... maybe just half of them.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sweet November

 ("Nesting Doll" rock art from 2012 rock art calendar by Bonnie Wildwood)

Hello November with your chill days and long nights! You are dear to me as you are my birth month and also the birth month of my little girl (and my dad and father-in-law too!).  I am looking forward to:

- time spent by the fire
- the elections finally being over
- my 30th birthday, which happens to fall on election day this year
- a trip to Burlington to celebrate the occasion, with Indian food and fabric shopping a must
- lots of sewing for Christmas and birthday projects
- lots of crocheting curled up on the couch at night
- Thanksgiving in VT at our house this year!
- Oona's 2nd birthday (the 24th)
- day dreaming about Christmas

Hope your November leaves you much to be thankful for!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween!

 Happy Day of the Dead! Happy Day After Halloween! In typical Halloween fashion, I spent the day of scrambling to finish my costume. But we had a great evening trick-or-treating in town with friends and all our little ones. There's a town wide party at our local concert hall for families where we all met up. Oona had a blast dancing in the laser lights. She's such a party girl. Sometimes it frightens me!

 Here's our friendly Jack-o-lantern all lit up for the big night, starry cheeks and all! I wish I had a better picture of Oona rockin' her turtle shell. I'll have to dress her up again just to show it off here. I also have to get a better picture of my North Wind cape... I appliqued felt designs all over it.

I made some delicious spiced pumpkin seeds earlier today. A dash of salt, a dash of cumin powder, and a sprinkle of chili powder makes for awesome pumpkin seeds. They won't last long. Hope everyone had a spooky Halloween!