Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! We had a wonderful whirl-wind weekend with my folks and my sister and her boyfriend. Lots of food, lots of fun! I'll post some highlights tomorrow when I'm not passed out from the sugar and lasagna high.  Hope everyone had a lovely holiday weekend!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Learning the Tricks of the Trade in Daddies Workshop

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Celebrations and Stories

I think we may go a little overboard with children's books around here, but Miss Oona is pretty enthusiastic about her stories, and Mama had quite the collection before she was even born from her own love of stories and illustrations. I love holiday books (ones that are well written, of course, and pretty pictures are nice too) because they explain things that just seem silly when you say them out loud. Like, "we're going to paint some eggs now" or "there's a bunny coming to our house that's going to leave a basket full of treats" or "there's a fat man with short people with pointy ears that makes toys and bring them to you if you're good". Having a toddler in the house that is experiencing each holiday with only vague memories of the year before, it is nice to have stories to help introduce her to these celebrations. I know it's not hard for kids to see the magic in things, but having a little extra help from these books makes the enthusiasm all the greater. Plus, these are books that we'll only read for the particular holiday season, so we can fall in love with different books when the season is over.

"The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes" is a favorite from childhood. And the others are new favorites that we've found along the way. She asks for these books nearly everyday, but it's not tiresome because they bring the magic back to us too! I do love sharing my own childhood excitement for festivities with my daughter (and soon our second daughter!). Each season we embrace old traditions and carve out new ones as a family. It's really quite wonderful to watch her see the small joys in life that we all share with each other.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Bread

 I tested out a recipe for some lovely braided bread this morning from the "King Arthur Flour" cookbook. I modified the recipe a bit... it was suppose to be a 5 grain cereal bread, but I just used oats and flax seed in place of the cereal because I didn't have any on hand. I think it was a success, and there will be another loaf for Easter. The braiding process was the most fun part, I must say. And the recipe was pretty simple. Perhaps it will have to become the Wildwood traditional Easter bread.

 It's definitely been a day spent in the kitchen. I needed orange juice for the bread, so I also squeezed a bunch of old oranges for drinking. And then, as if there was some guilt for wasting any little bit of these delicious things, I dried the peels in the oven with the heat left over from baking the bread. I figured I could use them in a tea blend or string them up as a pretty garland or both!

Jake said he felt like he was staying at a five star hotel today... I made the bread first thing, and then made a glorious omelet with home fries, fresh orange juice, tea and we shared the last homemade bagel that I had made earlier in the week. For lunch, we had the bread, and then we had an early Sunday dinner of my Indian spiced lentil soup.

I think this is all my crazy nesting instincts in full swing. I feel worried if I stop doing things... gotta keep going, there's no telling when this little baby is going to show up. I've been cleaning every little thing I can, trying to get the house to feel just right. Or maybe it's just the coming of Spring has me wanting to make things a bit more presentable around here.

I did finish up one sewing project today too. This matryoshka doll is for one of Oona's good toddler friends who just turned two. There is a pocket, as with the mama cat doll, for two more little dollies that I have yet to make. They will be a bit simpler than the mama dolly so I should be able to finish them up by tomorrow.

Ok, maybe it's time to relax a little bit with the family. I hope the weekend has offered you some good food and treats too!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Foggy Mountain Top

It's been one of those weeks where everything is a bit a foggy and you just kind of have to just muddle through it. We're all still a bit sick around here. We had to miss two birthday parties this afternoon because of these horrid colds. I don't know if it's the pregnancy or the sickness, but I feel like sleeping the rest of the month away... wake me when it's finally warm out, please!

My little one seems to keep herself active despite being just as sick as the rest of us. I don't know how she does it.

This great work of art is by Miss Oona Wildwood... shading, dots, swirls and all! She even left her little kitty lying on top.
 Of course, feeling yucky is a good excuse for indulgences. I have to say this lemon sugar recipe is awesome... chewy, soft lemon goodness. I've had a craving for something like this for a while.

We also have been addicted to "Battle Star Galactica" on Netflix... it's good thing we have to wait until our night owl is asleep to watch it or we'd be watching way too many episodes a night.

 Anyone know any awesome immune boosters? Yes, I do lots of vitamin C, take a whole basket load of vitamins, drink my herbal teas, eat my leafy greens and even throw in some yoga... What else can I do?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lounge Singer

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Thursday, March 21, 2013


Things I'm Growing:
- Seedlings: pansies, a variety of tomatoes, broccoli
 - My baby (33 weeks tomorrow!)
- Ideas for new paintings
- Ideas for new kids clothes and projects
- A pile of new diaper covers for baby
- A pile of new laundry

What are you growing lately?

P.S. Irish breakfast and mint tea make for wonderful combination.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Snap Snap

I finally started on a project I've been meaning to do for a while... homemade diaper covers. I bought Oona's on Etsy a while back because I didn't know how to use a snap gun a the time, but I was thinking for this next babe, I needed to learn to make them myself. This is an "all in one diaper" cover, so it's size can be adjusted and can probably be used up until she's potty trained.

I used this free pattern. Unfortunately, the pattern, despite claiming to be for snaps or velcro, only has the information needed to do velcro. I used one of Oona's covers to figure out the snap placement. (If you need the measurements, shoot me a message.  It's also for a full diaper, but I like to have a separate insert as I find it's easier for washing. This one was a test, so it will be for Oona because I needed to make sure it functioned properly. 
 I have to admit I've been afraid to learn to use the snap gun for some time now, partly because for some reason the ones I've bought have never come with instructions. I feel silly now because it really wasn't a big deal after all. This one is for plastic snaps... not sure if the metal snap guns work exactly the same, but I should conquer that one too. 


I was also afraid of doing the elastic on these, but that too, was no big deal. Sigh. I'll make a bunch more before the baby comes... so excited at the possibilities for fabric! 

 Note: It's a good idea to use fabric that is two directional. The print I used was one directional, and it is upside down on the back, haha. I knew this when I cut it out, but decided it was too cute not use anyways.

 Here's my cute little model who couldn't stay still for one second!

Happy Spring! It doesn't look much like Spring with all the snow that came down yesterday. And a happy birthday to our family store, "The Wildwood Flower"! Five years today! Hurray!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Easter Sneak Peek

Hello! I'm sorry I've been missing in action this past week. Things started out downhill with a painful infection in my tooth that led to the tooth getting pulled on Monday. Luckily it was a wisdom tooth so I was happy to let that pesky tooth go. My gums are still healing from that, but the infection is gone. As if that wasn't enough, by Wednesday the whole family had come down with terrible colds again... sore throat... sneezing, and for the little one, a runny nose that is driving her nuts. So, there has been a lot of crankiness around here and not much getting done. But somewhere in all of this, I did manage to make Oona's Easter outfit... a pink bunny tunic and scalloped skirt with matching bunny ears. There's something very Polish feeling about this outfit.

I let Oona try it on after I made it to make sure it fit, and she wouldn't take it off. She looked like an old world mama. Of course she kept trying to wipe her runny little nose on the sleeve and so now I'll have to wash it before Easter. At least she's excited about it. The bunny ears will be a surprise for her.

I still have to get the new stuff up in the shop... soon, soon.... still need to get my head clearer before I attempt such things. This has been the winter of colds... so sick of being sick!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring Ahead

Here's a little sneak peek at some items that will be going in the shop sometime in the next week!

(Organic chamomile, echinacea, flax seed and mint eye pillows with removable covers.)
(Hemp crochet granny square earrings.)
Let's spring ahead to a few things I'm looking forward to this Season:
- Starting seeds
- Easter at home (with a possible visit from Baba and Papa)
- Maybe a day trip or train ride
- My sister's baby shower
- The birth of my beautiful May baby
- The weather warming up so we can take long walks

Friday, March 8, 2013

On the Couch

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cup of Chamomile

 A restless toddler has me thinking many sleepy thoughts these days. I thought it was time for a new variety of eye pillows... my sleepy blend... these new ones which will be available soon are filled with organic chamomile, organic echinacea, home grown mint and organic golden flaxseed. I also used a wonderfully soft organic cotton for the exterior, and they will each have organic cotton fabric covers in fun designs. I'll be making the covers in the next week or so, and then they should be up for sale! I'm happy to offer this eco friendly and organic option! I'm hoping to also make some kid size versions in the future. I wish my toddler wasn't afraid to cover her eyes because perhaps this would help her with getting sleepy. Maybe I'll have to make some cuddley stuffed animals that can be warmed up too...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tension Taming

Ironically, as I came here to write a post about tension taming and finding balance in life, the photo uploading program went berzerk on me! Which made me upset, and then Oona got upset  and Jake got upset and the whole idea of writing about calm and tranquility seemed absurd. That's how life has been lately.. absurd. Just those few minutes of getting angry at machine, got me thinking about all the other stressful things going on right now. So much stress over so many silly things. 

Ok... breathe... let's get back to tranquility.  I must admit I've felt a bit nutty lately. Why is it that when life is at it's most stressful, people love to tell you how easy you have it. Is that why I feel like my heads on fire? I know that there are people who have very serious problems far harder than anything I have to deal with... extreme poverty, war, hunger, illness, death of a loved one, etc.... I suffer from none of these things right now... I have a lovely family and friends, a roof over my head, food in my belly... yes, I am lucky. But that doesn't mean that there are not difficulties to overcome... I suppose that's life for all of us. We need to step into each others shoes and see that we all have troubles and we all have blessings.

Pardon my little vent. Anyways, back to what this post was originally intended to be about... getting centered. I've been trying to start the day grounding myself, as I've found myself falling into pits of despair too easily these days. If there's time before Oona wakes up, I turn on my pregnancy yoga dvd.... that does wonders for me. I've also started trying to keep a daily sketch journal... mostly drawing little mandalas with pencil or whatever quickly pops into my head. I'm trying to find the visual artist in me again... she's been hiding for a while now, and I want that part of myself back. I'd also love to find sometime for a daily walk or even a run... that's tricky once Oona gets up, and it's hard to find quite enough time in the morning for everything. Maybe I'll have to alternate between yoga days and running days. I'd also love to start doing a little personal journaling... old style... paper and pen... just for myself... but finding the time for that is hard too. Oh, universe, I need balance! Help this topsy turvy girl!

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Waiting Room

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