Friday, September 27, 2013

Candy Colored Skulls

I'm enjoying this new season here with leaves on fire and talk of pumpkins, witches, ghosts and skeletons to stir our imaginations. I keep trying to get outside as much as possible before it gets too cold to venture out. We've been taking afternoon walks in the mossy fairy woods on a local trail. This time of year always brings some peace to my inner turmoil... that cold wind blowing away the troubles with the leaves. I do feel a deep tiredness this year, that I don't always have, but that comes with the territory of two young children. Still, it doesn't stop the daydreaming... thinking about winter projects, Halloween costumes, Christmas presents, and revitalizing that so called craft "business" that's been put on the shelf of late. I'm hoping by next Spring as my little babe grows to get back in the swing of things... maybe doing the farmer's market on a regular basis to get the wheels rolling. I wish sometimes I had the super power of being able to "do it all", but for now I'll try to just be happy if those cloth diapers get washed in time and my babies are fed and happy.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Harvest Reunion

Grandma Gladys and the girls upon arrival.
 Ok, things got a little busy these last few days, but here are some shots from last weekend. We had a lot of fun visiting with Jake's Grandma Gladys and Grandpa Bernie who drove all the way down from Wisconsin, along with other family members. It was also our local Harvest Fair, which Jake usually plays at in some form or another. Family members stayed at a farm in town where we were married four years ago. (Yesterday was our anniversary!) I just popped in some captions... I was intended to write a fuller post, but Miss Elsa is in need of her Mama.

The Baba Yaga's at the Harvest Fair

Our friends the goats.

Oona and the farm kitties!

Baby on head.

Kitty in mailbox.

Goats, alpaca and geese, oh my!

Family reunion picture.

Oona in Daddies jacket with Bannagrams on her head.
Happy Fall Equinox!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The New Blue

 Hello! That beautiful Fall chill has crept into the air and warm wooly things are becoming a must. The blue tweed hat pictured above was a birthday gift for Jake this year. It was my first adult size crochet hat, and I think it came out not half bad, if I do say so myself. The little flexes of white remind me of constellations. (I have to post the beautiful hats my friend Karen made for me and Oona soon. They have also been getting a lot of wear of late!)

Also in blue, as I mentioned, is our new blue porch. Both the store and house side of our building have been painted now. We're enjoying drinking afternoon coffee and playing tunes outside on these sweet breezy days. There's Dada below with our littlest playing a bit of mandolin.

 I  love how vibrant the blue paint is and that anything we put on it instantly pops out.

 The zinnias and sunflowers look particularly luscious next the blue. And I know all the Fall leaves on the mountain will be a wonderful contrast.

Tomorrow I'll be back to share some photos from our weekend. Jake's grandparents and relatives were all up for a family reunion at the farm house here where we got married nearly four years ago this month. It was a lot of fun, but I'll share more about it on Thursday. Until then, I'll be sitting on the porch, enjoying these last days of mild weather before the deep winter cold hits.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Piece by Piece

Progress on my granny square blanket!

Hello there! Thanks for indulging me in my picture week last week. It was nice to keep things short and sweet, and I think I might do that again from time to time when there's just too much going on to sit down and write much. Thank you to my parents for a very productive and fun week last week! It was nice to have you up. We have a new blue store porch as you may have seen in one of the "picture week" photos and new lighting in the store thanks to my Dad and Jake. We also had some serious fun picking apples, eating good things, going to the carnival, celebrating Jake's 30th and getting in what might just be the last swim of the season at Blueberry Lake. We have another big weekend ahead with a visit from Jake's grandparents who are traveling all the way from Wisconsin and other family folk.

September has quickly become very Fall-like with leaves all over the yard and some chill nights and days to boot! I love this kind of weather, but it does catch you by surprise. Time to wears socks and sweaters again. It's making me even more determined to finish my granny square blanket. The photo above shows some of my progress. I love doing blocks because you can see such beauty in each one, and it's kind of thrilling to imagine how it will be when they all come together. I think that in general, this how I work best on most projects... breaking everything down into simple parts. In fact, I think it's the only way I make it through anything. "Inch by inch", they say. Someday that pile of squares will be spread on my lap keeping me warm and all the time will seem like nothing.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Week in Pictures: Pants on your Head

Out wandering in Robert Frost country... yes, those are pants on her head!
*4 months today: laughing, rolling, and chewing on everything!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Week in Pictures: Jake Turns 30

Yesterday we celebrated Jake's 30th birthday with homemade blueberry lemon cake and a dance party in the store!

Click here for "Blueberry Lemon Cake" recipe (Awesome recipe! Of course, I made some modifications: I used plain yogurt instead of Greek, cut the amount of blueberries in half so you could taste the lemon, added the juice of one lemon along with the required zest and doubled the recipe to make a layer cake, and it was a hit! We did a cream cheese butter cream hybrid frosting with a hint of lemon. Try it!)

Happy Yester-birthday Dada Jake!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Week in Pictures: Blueberry Lake

Baba and Papa with the girls at Blueberry Lake

Week in Pictures

It's going to be a whirl wind week with my parents up visiting and lots of work to do on the shop and play to do too, but I thought I'd pop in each day with a photo (oops, I'm already a day behind!).
Welcome September!

Oona and Baba make a marker drawing of Oona.