Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Chains of Love

Handmade crochet baby rings made of soft cotton/linen yarn... eat them, pull them, wear them! Yum!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Crochet Flower Garland

Here's one silly thing I've been working on in little bits and pieces while my baby girl wiggles on the floor.  It's a strand of crochet flowers and leaves to decorate her changing table. She's asleep, so who knows if she'll actually give a hoot about it, but I thought it would give her something pretty to look at while she's getting changed. It was initially going to be individual strands of dangling butterflies using this pattern. Unfortunately, I couldn't seem to make the butterflies right... should have been simple, but it just wasn't working out. So I used the first two rounds in this pattern to make contrasting flowers and added some free form leaves. I think it's kind of spiffy, despite the fact that it's totally different than first envisioned.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

No, really, this is a craft blog...

Blanket credit: Moogi and her friend Merrill
 Ok, some of you out there might be wondering at this point, wasn't this a craft blog?! Well, just ignore the little pixie in the photo above and the one down below eating my yarn, because YES, this is a craft blog, and I fully plan on getting back to crafting/arting/ creating in the months to come. It's true that the sweet little girl below is monopolizing much of my time these days along with her big sister, but I am devicing strategies to sneakily make things while not neglecting my children.

Don' worry... no yarn was consumed.
 Strategy # 1: Do work that can be done on the floor while gazing adoringly at my baby as she commands.

Strategy # 2: Get Elsa to let me put her down for naps instead of falling asleep on my lap or in the carrier.

Strategy #3: Not yet thought of...

So, technically what I'm working on now isn't work, but play... a granny square afghan for the family I started ages ago, but it does feel good to be making anything at all. This is a sampler project to practice my crochet skills.  Crochet has been one of the few things I seem to be able to do in little bits here and there. Sewing is harder because I have to move around a bit more to get things, iron, pin things, make patterns, etc. Painting is hard because I don't like having to stop when I'm in the middle of using a particular color. Anyhow, I'm starting to figure things out a little better. I'll be back this week to share some more crochet.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Cousins Meeting for the First Time

" {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. " 

Visit SouleMama's Blog to leave to leave a link to your moment and share your moment here!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Growing Buddhavistas

My little sweet pea hit the two month mark over the weekend while we were busy visiting with her Baba and Papa and celebrating my mom's birthday. I love how in this first year each month is so important, so vital to their growth. She changes so much each month, sometimes even from day to day.

At 2 months Miss Elsa is:
- growing like a sunflower up to the sky
- gabbing more and more with -"agaa"'s and "agoo"'s and other sweet pigeon coos
- very alert and spending more time playing on her blanket and staring up at me from my lap
- holding her head up like a confident lioness
- smiling like crazy and sometimes chuckling in her sleep
- loving peakaboo
- kicks her little frog legs on the blanket until she has moved herself about
- listens closely and responds when talked to
- still has the cutest little dimple on one cheek
- sleeps through the night after a bit of fussiness in the evening
- loves staring up at the trees and being outside
- loves kicking her legs in the bath and having water poured on her
- can nearly roll over

And just for fun, I'll do Oona too who is a little over 2 and a half years (about 31.5 months):
- is a little monster
- is fond of stories... loves to read, make up stories herself, has Mama make up stories for her and often can be found paging through her books telling her own versions of the stories
- loves making all sorts of creations with blocks... people, animals, vehicles, buildings, etc.
- devours fruit at alarming rates
- won't even try a bite of most dinners I prepare
- sings us lovely songs
- loves to draw and paint and can make smiley faces and heads and sometimes bodies too
- never wants to go to bed
- can do the stairs on her own
- is reluctantly getting better at the potty
- says she wants to play mandolin when she's a big girl like mama
- is super friendly... loves to take strangers by the hand, give them hugs, tell them her life story (Mama is always a little frightened by this)
- can turn any object into something fun to play with
- loves her big girl bed and hanging out in her bedroom
- is crazy about all her grandparents
- has a really good memory... sometimes too good
- can count to five... sometimes higher
- has no interest in the alphabet
- is super tall for her age
- makes up really great names for her dolls, stuffed animals and block people
- loves to"help"
- loves to run naked
- likes being a "big girl"
- loves being a big sister, even though sometimes the little demon on her shoulder makes her be naughty
- says hilarious things on a daily basis

Ok, I could go on and on about both these little darlings as only a mother could! But I won't bore you anymore.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Getting back to health: Sneaking in those greens

Since the end of my third trimester of pregnancy, we've been hooked on smoothies. Our go to healthy treat smoothie is just a banana and blueberries with plain yogurt and milk... sometimes a little honey if needed. Lately I've been adding a bit of kale and a spoon of natural peanut butter to mine for some extra greens and protein. The peanut butter definitely changes the flavor a little (in a good way, though!), but the kale just blends in so it still tastes like a treat. Oona, however, was not a fan of my improved smoothie. I think the change in texture made her reject it. It's so hard to get a toddler to eat right! We call her a fruitetarian because all she ever wants is fruit!

I also snuck some spinach into these homemade flax seed bagels I made this morning and no one complained... so one point for Mama! Anyone have any good ideas for sneaking more greens into your diet? Bonus points if it's something a toddler will eat!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Getting back to health: dry brushing

Recently I came across this blog entry about dry brushing while searching the archives of "this brown wren". (It's an old post, so sadly the give away has long since past.) Basically, you use a natural fiber brush made specifically for dry brushing and brush your skin using a circular motion. Besides helping to make your skin softer, it also helps circulation and helps your body to release toxins. I came across a brush at our natural foods coop and decided to give it a try. There is a separate brush that you need to use for more delicate skin areas, such as the face. You should always shower after dry brushing.

I've only been doing it for a week, but it feels kind of nice. It sort of wakes the skin up. It takes me three to five minutes. I wish I had done my research before buying a brush because it's easier to use one with a hand grip instead of a handle. (Whoops... just realized the one I bought has a removable handle. Awesome!) However, the handle is nice for doing my back! I'm going to see how it goes, and if I like it, I'll buy a face brush too. This website gives some helpful information about the process. I'll have to update about this practice after I've tried it for a bit longer.  I don't really care about having super soft skin, I'm just hoping it gives a boost to my general health. At the very least, it does give me a little extra energy in the morning. Please take a look at the links provided if you decide to try this too, as there is more complete information about how to brush the skin.