Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the Mysterious Elephant and his Bat Wife, the Red Dragon, the Big and Little Dipper, the Fisherman of the Stars, and the Polka Dotted Mermaid! Hope your day was spooky!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

On the Eve of All Hallow's Eve

This giant Jack was grown and carved by my friend Megan... large enough to fit a small toddler, but it was too wet out to give it a try!
The sewing machine has been working overtime this month to sew up three costumes that are very near completion... just a few tiny details will make them just as envisioned. I hope my little ones will actually wear them... Elsa doesn't like putting anything on these days, and she's pretty good at wrangling out of clothes too. I'm sure I'm in the minority with making our own costumes, but really, it doesn't even occur to me anymore to pick something off the racks... It may save countless untold hours, but I won't let the stores take away my fun, no, no! Hopefully, I will have some pictures soon, and also some pictures of our own finished pumpkins... I'll just say that we went a little wild with paint this afternoon.


Are you dressing up? Is your costume ready? Can you tell what we're going to be?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cuddle Gnomes

These silly little gnomes have been dancing around my house! I finally got them to all sit still so I could take a picture, but if I didn't know better, I'd say a few of them are rolling their eyes at me. Cheeky little wee folk! Anyways, they're making a mess around here with all their merrymaking and they've got to go. If you are in need of a cheeky baby gnome stop by the shop. These little darlings are filled with mint, flax seed, echinacea, chamomile (all organic or grown here at home, pesticide free!). While I was at it, I added a bunch more to the shop... organic eye pillows, star babies, and birdies, and there's more to come!

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams

Sunday, October 26, 2014

43/52 Leek Soup

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2014"

Oona: Super Woman and Baba are ready to save the world with leek soup
Elsa and Finn: two babes with morning bird hair watching the horses across the way

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sunny Weather List: Puppets and Pumpkins

Tissue paper and wood shadow puppet at "The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry"

We took a rode trip to see family earlier in the week only to return to fog and rain and some nasty stomach bugs. I've definitely been less than joyous about it all. My babies been clingy, the laundry is piled high as the sky, the house is a wild beast, the kids are wild beasts (sounds like a familiar story?), but really, there is some light in most days... I think, perhaps.

Sunny Weather List (a bit of sunny weather no matter the weather):
- getting to see family in CT
- pumpkin muffins this morning
- carving a pumpkin with the kiddos
- working on Halloween costumes
- coffee with cinnamon
- taking the kids to play group
- last weeks visit with friends
- a small dose of cartoons on this overcast day
- easy dinners
- going to the garden to get carrots with Oona
- visiting the puppet museum at Uconn (well, the lobby, anyway... it was closed while they installed a new exhibit)

And so your day is a bit sunnier, too, some pictures of the puppets from our visit to the puppet museum lobby:

A pair of Polish puppets... say that five times fast!

"The Queen of the Night" from "The Magic Flute"

Eggplant Ogre

Thursday, October 23, 2014

42/52 Cindy Lou Who?

"A portrait of girls, once a week, every week in 2014"

Oona and Elsa: oh, dear me, my children do look like Dr. Seuss characters!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Another Late Night


 My baby's having trouble sleeping yet again... probably pesky teeth coming in, and sometimes it makes it seem like a day can last for eternity. I just want to put my head on a pillow, but instead I'm rocking her to sleep in my arms as I type.

I've been trying to pop in here all week, but either there's just not been enough time or my moods been off or there's some little person being particularly distracting, etc. Yes, there's a billion reasons Not to blog! I'm not sure if it's the push and pull of summer and Fall fighting each other tooth and nail for dominance or what, but I feel a bit dark and broody these days. The kids have been restless and angsty. I day dream about getting rid of all their toys and filling a room entirely with pillows or maybe getting rid of everything and living in a teepee next Spring. When we went camping, I felt so much more at peace without all the stuff to clean and mend and mail and watch. Simplicity makes sense, but it always feels so hard to obtain in this modern world. And truth be told, I'd have a hard time letting go of my craft supplies or art supplies or books. Most everything else, I could do quite minimally. What could you easily do without and what would be hard to let go?

The crafting list is very long these days, but inch by inch little projects take form. This felt crochet hook holder was made for a friend. The little nesting doll is a secret pocket for scissors and a needle. Next on the chopping block... finishing up some mermaid fins...

Now my Elsa's asleep on me so maybe I'll just drag off here...  Night Night.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

41/52 Bad Drivers

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2014."

Oona: I found her like this, and she didn't want me to help her up. She's got to lay off the silly juice, I guess.
Elsa: After Oona was finally pried from the car, she decided to make a nest for Elsa in the toppled vehicle. She nearly fell asleep in it! I guess it was cozy.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bees and Woolly Bears

 We had some nice outdoor weather yesterday afternoon, the kind of weather that says, "stay here in the warm sun and don't worry about a thing". It' been such a mild Fall that flowers and veggies are still going strong, despite the chilly nights and mornings. I am debating whether to let my carrots grow through the winter. We feasted on a few... a couple very chunky orange ones, and Oona claimed the pretty purple one... it is the jewel of all carrots, I do believe.

But despite a nice day, I'm still starting to hatch plans for the holiday season ahead... Halloween, the Solstice, Christmas, and a certain little ones' birthday party have already made an impossible list of crafting possibilities in my head. "Keep it simple" a wise woman whispers in my ear. "What's that? I couldn't  quite hear you with all these sugar plums dancing around..."

Oh, but what was I saying about the outdoors? I have no idea. But I'm so amazed, by all the color that's still outside, and not just on the trees! The nasturtiums and kale, my bumper crops, I suppose, haha, have finally grown into each others patch. It's been a great year for picking flowers.

And what do you make of this woolly bear lounging on the picnic blanket? Is he wearing a long stripe this year? Perhaps a mild winter? Thanks for sharing this bit of folklore with me, Megan... I had no idea that caterpillars were fortune tellers.

A crown of morning glories in our magic teepee inspires me everyday... each day stretching their limbs higher towards the sun. Soon all will be grey for a spell, but I'm so happy for these bits of delight still lingering in the outdoor world.

Now on to some serious cleaning (that Fall cleaning never seems to end), packages to be packed, little ones to be picked up and food to be made. Hope this Fall weekend offers you similar bits of lovely!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

40/52 Chestnuts and Dancing in the Park

"A portrait of my girls once a week, every week in 2014"

Oona and Elsa: every so often, I just become a puddle from their sweetness

*We are missing Daddy very much right now, so i had to include a photo with him too. He'll be back soon, so hurray for that!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sea Glass

I've got soft bulky wool yarn by the bushel full, and a special project in the works, that after much indecision, has finally gotten the green light. I tried three or four granny patterns before I settled on this one. I find it just as difficult to choose one square as many squares, for the fate of all those beautiful balls of yarn is dependent on choosing wisely. If I'm sick of the square before I've even finished the first one, it is not to be. Mono-color is not my typical style, but I wanted to start something that would be relaxing, and easy enough to pick up here and there with the inevitable distractions in a two toddler household.  Finding a block that is suited to being worked in one color turned out to be more of a challenge than expected. There are so many blocks that need the color change to make the pattern pop out. I ended up concluding that what's simple is best... a sweet flower motif, with a little bit of puff to add texture. I think I can live with this block for a little while.

Two things I am looking forward to in the cooler season ahead: lots of crocheting and lots of stories read allowed in the evenings... maybe even the two things at the same time! We recently started "The Wind Boy" by Ethel Cook Eliot, a birthday present for Mr. Jake, who actually requested stories we can read as a family, bless the silly man! I only recently heard about this book and while we've only read the first chapter, it seems quite enthralling. If anyone has any unusual children's fantasy books suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams, and Yarn Along over at Small Things.