Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gratitude

Tea set handmade by Jake's uncle, Hank Murrow, for the girls when they're older.  Paper ladies made by Baba (my mom) and Oona.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I have so much to be thankful for this year... two beautiful girls, beautiful family, beautiful husband, lovely friends, an abundance of good food, handmade things, warm house, warm tea, not too much suffering (comparatively... the kids do drive me crazy... hehe). I hope you are lucky enough to have at least the food, shelter and love part in your life right now as these are things so important to a happy life. Be well.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Winter Market

My booth
 Just a short post to share pictures from our local holiday craft show!

Even the stars showed uo!


My singing helpers!



Monday, November 25, 2013

The Magic Number

     
A little snow, some sparklers, a blueberry cake... and with that, my darling girl is three! Three... the magic number! So wise and so silly, so sweet and so feisty, so helpful and so defiant all at once! I hope you had a wonderful birthday, my big girl!



And a very happy birthday today to my dear old Dad! See you soon!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Teddy Bear Leg Warmers



Don't let the Bumbo fool you, this girl can sit on her own! As of early last week, she's officially a sitter! But that's not really what this post is about.  I just wanted to quickly share these crochet leg warmers that I had originally started for my little nephew, Finn. They are made from a light teddy bear brown cotton yarn. Unfortunately, Finn is a roly poly little man and these just won't do for him. I miscalculated somewhere along the way. No worries, I have more yarn to make a wider pair for those chubby baby thighs, and these ones are working perfect for Miss Elsa (unlike the purple ones that are still too wide). Those rainbow booties that you can see a hint of in these photos were made by a local woman and purchased for Oona once upon a time. The bunny hat was also Oona's, made by Mama for her first Easter. It's so fun to get to see these favorite baby items again. It makes me a little weepy realizing how quickly they grow, and soon they'll have to find a teddy bear to keep them useful.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Secret Dreams

Briar Rose blocks for baby blanket in progress...
Thinking today about those secret dreams that we put on a shelf in the back of our mind... periodically falling off the shelf, being re-shelved, but sorry, no time for you now... maybe someday... hold tight secret dreams, don't let the dust collecting let you think I've forgotten you. Wait too long and some do get forgotten or lost behind the shelf, or maybe just morphed into something else. Yes, it's true, I am sleep deprived! Go away pink elephants!

There are a great many of these secret dreams for those good at dreaming. I can't share all mine here... they are secrets after all, but maybe just a few. That way, one or two can reach the surface, where they are no longer just dreams, but something I do:

1) Illustrate children's books ( This is something I've wanted to do since my teenage years. It's probably not such a surprise for those that know I'm an artist and went to school for illustration, but it's something that will take a grand time committment that I'm not sure I can handle at the moment... la, la, la... excuses.)

2) Design clothing patterns (working on this... I've done a little bit in the children's department, but I'd love to do a women's line too... more to learn first!)

3) Design fabric (art and fabric love combined)

4) Start The Wildwood Family Band (get your earplugs out, I still have to learn to sing and play an instrument... probably the most unrealistic dream I have, but it makes me happy to think of us in a gypsy wagon peddling our music around the world as a family.)

Who knows if I'll do any of these things. Life has a way of constantly re-directing us. My suggestion to you lovely reader is this: sit in a cozy rocker or arm chair with a cup of tea (or cocoa or coffee with two shots of esspresso) this weekend, and listen to your secret dreams for a moment... maybe ask them how they're doing and if any are ready to come out and play? Who knows, maybe there is one or two that you're more ready to realize than you thought!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Plum Tree Leg Warmers


Flurries are decorating our sky today. The pellet stove is burning and a baby is snuggled on my lap. I am daydreaming about the holidays... oh, there is much to do this year! Here is one pair of leg warmers I made for my littlest darling. They came out a bit big so I will probably add ribbons or elastic so they stay on. There is a pair in the works for big sister in a pretty periwinkle. Anyone have handmade plans for the holidays? I know I also need to start working on new things for a winter market in town coming soon. My littlest darling would rather I not think of any of these things and just hold her tight and let her nurse the day away. Your wish is my command, baby bird!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Half Year Whole Year


A few birthday treasures...  spicy chocolate, a persimmon, new socks from my mum, a reindeer, some fabric... there were more lovely surprises from friends and family that surely will make their way into photos here and there.

Happy Birthday to me!  I am 31 today... 30 was an amazing and challenging year. I gave birth to my second daughter, and the wild winds have been blowing ever since. For this next year, I would just like to simplify as much as possible, enjoy my babies, and maybe have a little time to myself every once in a while. Only time will tell.


 This birthday was also special because Elsa turned six months old! She got her first taste of rice cereal this morning, and certainly enjoyed the spoon more than the cereal, but she ate it all the same.

 Elsa at 6 Months:
- is scooting quite a bit
- does push-ups everyday to get big and strong and can nearly get that butt off the floor
- just started saying *mum-ma* when crying
- laughs about everthing big sister does
- has magical changing eyes
- chatters a bit
- screams a bit more
- chews on everything
- gives big baby kisses (suction cup style)


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Princess of the Valley of the Wind

Handmade peasant dress for my November girl! Simplicity Pattern 2019, Cloud 9 Fabric

I just wanted to pop in quick to share the new dress I made for Oona. It was suppose to be her Little Red Riding Hood dress, but alas, it was not to be. I finished it this morning, and she decided that she is no longer Oona, but Nausicaa, the Princess of the Valley of the Wind, a character from a book (actually, a graphic novel) we are reading as a family. The dress has now been promoted to her official birthday dress, though it might see a lot of wear before then.

Wool of the Andes yarn and my new polish mug full of warm coffee with foamed milk.

I also got some lovely new wool yarn this weekend. Grand plans are formulating. Be on the look out for some magical and warm things posted here in the coming weeks.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Happy Sad Pumpkins


Happy Weekend After Halloween! Our holiday was actually soaking wet with rain, but we still had fun trick-or-treating. Good thing we got pictures of the girls ahead of time because it was too dismal out to get any good pictures that day! Now I can officially wrap myself up in holiday craft making!

Mama and Little Red Riding Hood and the Little Good Wolf (sometimes Big Bad Wolf).