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?