Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sister Jammies

Ok, it's already begun... horrifying matching sister outfits! Well, not really, adorable, if I do say so myself. 

I made the new baby this sweet knit gown from the book "Growing Up Sew Liberated", and couldn't help but make Oona a pair of pjs to match. Both projects are from the book, and there are a bunch more projects in this book I need to tackle at some point. I have more yardage of this vintagey knit fabric, and I'm seriously considering making myself a night gown... is that going too far? (We don't all have to wear them at the same time.) 

Actually, Oona's set came out a little big for her. I made the 3T because she's in between sizes right now, and it seems to be a generous 3T. I haven't tried it on her because I'm going to give them to her for Easter. It's a very light soft jersey knit that will be perfect for the warmer months ahead. I'm thinking of making the baby a little sleeping cap to go with her gown. We'll see if I can find the time. By the way... jersey knit is very frustrating to work with... I'm so glad they came out looking semi-normal. Anyways, there is a night owl that won't go to sleep who needs some more stories read to her.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Winter Blahs

Some hedgehogs and sunshine on a dreary day.

My, if it hasn't one of those days! I've fallen into the winter blahs. The wet snow has been falling down all day long, making the house seem more like a cave. I'm a sleepy mama. I don't know how to escape this tiredness I've been feeling lately. My body feels like this heavy anchor that won't budge or do anything it needs to do. I need Spring. I need fresh air and green grass. I feel weepy and I don't know why.

We did take a lovely winter walk yesterday, but I'll be glad to trade my snow boots for sneakers and my heavy coat for a sweater. I just need to force myself to think warm thoughts and maybe this snow will melt and we can go play outside in the cozy Spring sunshine again.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Crochet Easter Baskets

I know I've said so before, but the crochet bug has hit me hard this winter. My mom and I found a great stash of this really nice bulky wool rug yarn while shopping last year, and we've been searching for the perfect projects for this beautiful yarn.  I decided to indulge in basket making... I'm thinking these will have to be new Easter baskets for "the girls". I love saying that ("the girls", that is)! Of course, the baby won't even be born yet, but I think it's best to get a little ahead of myself as crafting time is surely to slow down with two little ones. Actually, I was intending to make baskets to sell, but when I saw how they came out, I couldn't part with them. 

I had made Oona this fabric Easter basket for her first Easter, but now that she's older, I realize that a kids Easter basket really needs to have a handle for carrying around your Easter loot and for Easter egg hunts. The tie basket was just too floppy to add handles, so perhaps Mama and Dada will share the fabric one, and "the girls" (hehe) will have the rainbow crochet ones. 

I can't believe Easter is so early this year! Sheesh! Time is flyin'!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Snow Family

 I'm embarrassed to say this is probably one of the few times this winter Miss Oona and I have trudged out in the snow together. It's either been too cold, or too much snow, or I've just been too pregnant and lazy. But it was great fun, and if we have more weather like today in March, I know we'll be out more.

 It was the perfect weather for building a snow family... mama, dada and baby, of course. We gave them crowns of holly, corn stalk straw noses, holly eyes, and bramble lips. Oh, and of course, stick arms! Mama did most of the building while Oona directed and inspired.

She had to make sure to give Baby kisses.

Lots of fun... maybe we'll get out again tomorrow if all the snow hasn't melted!

P.S. I've got lots of crafts to blog about soon... there just never seems to be enough hours in the day to make things and blog about them and do everything else that needs doing around here. Anyways, I'll try to post some handmade goodness soon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Here's some scenes from the weekend with Baba and Papa. The beautiful minty green crochet hat was made by Baba. It's the perfect color to bring out those mischievous blue eyes. I love my little flapper girl!

 Baba and Papa also indulged Oona with not one, but two Valentine balloons! She used the little one to bop Papa on the head (sometimes giving Baba a few bops for good measure).

There was a lot of work done this weekend in the store... but also a dance party, which involved clogs and live music.

Here's the tired cloggers resting up on the stairs.

We've had some stressful toddler sleep issues lately, stressful money issues, stressful time issues, but all and all, when you have time to clog dance, life really can't be that bad.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sweets for the Sweeties

Happy day of love! We've been having some lovely family time, and now I'm enjoying some lovely me time as Daddy goes through the loooong process of putting Oona to bed. The cookies, sadly, were eaten during the snow storm, but oh-so-good that they deserved some photo credit. They're just chocolate chip cookies with our secret ingredient, Rice Krispies (my big pregnancy indulgence, as we mostly try to get organic cereal). There's no more cookies in the house, but I do think it's time for a bowl of cereal.  I hope that even if you don't have your own special Valentine, you are finding lots of love in the world around you. Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Baby Crazy

I've gone a bit nutty with the baby making projects this time around. It really has become quite the addiction to crochet up some little sweetness while watching something with the family. I found this crochet hat pattern on Ravelry that I adore because it is so cute, but simple to whip up in one or two sittings. I'm only keeping one for our little bundle... haven't decide which yet... the rest are going to be little baby welcome hats for all the new babies I know.

Anyways, here's the link, if you're so inclined: Shell Stitch Baby Hat . (Note: I used worsted weight yarn instead of aran... I adjusted by skipping row five, and going straight to the shell stitching on row six for the hat to not come out huge. Also, the pattern is written in English crochet terms, so the trebles need to be worked double crochet in American terminology and the double crochets are single crochets.)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winter Market

Here are some scenes from the winter market in town this past weekend.  I had my little red Valentine gnome helping out... making sure to watch over all the balloons decorating the hall. 

My favorite sale of the day was to a little girl who picked out a pair of my new purple flower earrings. I loved how she carefully looked at everything on the table and dragged her mama back having found her magic item. She walked by later wearing them and gave me a big thumbs up. Kids are always the most appreciative customers. I think she may have even got one of her friends to come and buy a pair too. I love how they're not afraid to really look at things, while adults tend to glaze over things for fear of seeming too interested and thus obligated to buy. I don't think I've ever lost that kid instinct to examine things closely when I'm out and about. There's nothing like sticking your hand in the honey jar.

It was a good time, if not a little crazy having the toddler in tow and occasionally off on her own adventures. Jake and the Saturday morning jam band that plays at the store were also there keeping us entertained. 

I won't tell you about what happened when she finally got one of these red beauties free...

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Kitties and Springtime

 We've been nestled in our home with lots of silky white stuff blanketing the Earth these last couple days. It seems to have stopped for the time being, so perhaps we'll let a bit of Springtime in. The crafting workshop has been full of thoughts of flowers in bloom and a gentle warm breeze.

I've been making lots of these colorful hemp flowers of late.

I also recently finished this sweet Mama Kitty and her babes for one of our toddler friends who just turned two and also just became a big sister like Oona will be soon.

I was seeing lots of these Mama kitties around the internet right after Christmas... such as here and here. The pattern originated here, but I decided to make my own pattern so I could customize it more to my liking.

I will definitely have to make another set for Oona before the baby comes, and possibly a third set for another toddler friend whose birthday is in March and also just became a big sister.

Oh, and here's the finished flowers made into earrings for the winter market I'm doing today. Now I'm off to hopefully get one more project finished before the craft show starts this afternoon.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Swing Dancing

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

May Flower

Good morning! The light is pouring through the curtains this morning, blinding us with sunshine. I wish for all the light, we could have a little more warmth, but I suppose we'll just have to be patient (as with waiting for this little may flower in my belly to bloom). I made her my first pair of crocheted booties using this pattern. (Warning: there were a few errors in the pattern, and the strap directions were written strangely, but they are still easy enough to figure out.) I used a wonderful cotton rainbow yarn that my mom gave me for Christmas.

Ravelry has got me crocheting like crazy this winter... I have to remind myself to only do it when I have down time... watching a movie or something lazy. I have way too many baby projects on my list, and I keep pushing everything else aside to do so. I have a craft fair this weekend so I should really be thinking about making a few new things for that, but making tiny little whatnots is so much more fun. Sigh.

I think I've started nesting early this time around. Maybe it's knowing that this baby is going to be born at home has made me do some premature Spring cleaning. Goodbye cobwebs! Goodbye dust bunnies! I really need to tackle the bedroom closet soon and let go of some clothes that I'm likely to never wear again. I also have to go through Oona's baby clothes and see what's worth keeping and what should be passed along, and see if there's anything this new little baby could possibly need.

Oona said the other day, "Baby sister, come out now!" Patience, patience little one. There's still lots more to make, lots more to ready around the house. I have been having quite a few practice contractions this time around ( which is more common second time around), and it's still far too early for this baby to come, so stay put for now baby bird.

Another friend gave birth a few days ago, and I'm excited to meet her little one. So many babies this year! As I said before, there will be no end to the baby projects this year and no end to the snuggling. That sounds just fine to me.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Child Birth

These last couple weeks I've spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to bring this baby into the world. I've thought about Oona's birth a lot... things that were good, things that I wish could have been different. We had her at a birthing center, but there were parts that felt very much like the hospital birth I was avoiding.  I think the fact that I've been questioning having our second daughter there again was already pointing me in a different direction.  I realized my bad feelings about the way our birth was handled the last time around couldn't just be wiped away. There were midwives still working there that I felt uncomfortable with. There are six total midwives on staff at the birthing center, and you get whoever is on shift... not who you prefer, and the midwife can be switched mid-labor, as happened with my first birth. This has been a major draw back to me this pregnancy, as even though there are four awesome midwives working there, their are two who I do not feel at ease with, one of which who was there during my labor with Oona. So at this late stage, I decided I needed to be in a place where I felt safest, with a midwife I felt comfortable with, and where I wouldn't have to be separated from my oldest girl for excessive amounts of time. So we're going for it...we're going to have a home birth!

I'm feeling so much more positive about my coming labor now. There was a certain amount of dread before, and while I'm sure it will still hold surprises and pain, I feel much more prepared for it. I've also picked up a few new pregnancy books to get the positive vibes flowing. "Sacred Pregnancy" by Anni Daulter and "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" by Ina May Gaskin. Both are inspiring in their own rights, and full of useful info. too. I thought I'd read all the pregnancy books I could possibly digest, but these two are great. "Sacred Pregnancy" focuses a lot on Mama and getting you centered throughout your pregnancy with weekly journaling exercises and lots of food for thought. Ina May's book has a lot of great info. about coping with pain in labor, among other useful information.

I've also picked up a prenatal yoga dvd to get myself moving. It's been so cold around here, and I haven't been doing much walking, but I need something to bring my energy levels back up. I'm so glad I listened to my intuition on this one, and didn't just step into another dark hole. Birthing a baby is one of the most incredible things to happen in a life time, and while I know it's not easy, I want to at least be able to be in a place that feels right and know that I'm going to get the support I need. Here's hoping for a more peaceful birth!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Rainbow Room

 After being in the dark for several hours with the power out by myself, I think I need to see some color. I made Oona these felt stuffed alphabet letters recently... each hand sewn together with a blanket stitch. So far she enjoys rearranging them in odd ways and stealing her "O".

I also thought it would be fun to cover our ugly hollow core door with pictures and blank construction paper for Oona to draw on.

 And we decided to get ready for Valentine's day by hanging a few of her many decorated hearts from the ceiling.

Hope you're keeping your world colorful these days!