|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.|
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
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
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
|Briar Rose blocks for baby blanket in progress...|
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
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
|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.
- 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
|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 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).|