Sunday, November 30, 2014

48/52 Sweaters and Cranberry Sauce

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2014"
Oona: my FOUR year old, as cheeky as ever!
Elsa: at least she liked the cranberry sauce

Hope everyone had lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! I know I do!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Birthday Girl

Four years have passed at a running pace. How is my little darlin' now such a big girl? It's unfair! But it's also amazing! She is such a smart, creative, old soul. And she challenges every ounce of patience I have in me. But I adore her. I adore her spunk and determination in everything she does. I adore her rebellious side, even though it sometimes makes me a little kid again too, stamping my feet right back at her. She asked for a crown, a princess dress and blue fairy and unicorn, a deer family... a birthday sign... not much, haha. But she always knows what she wants, and doesn't hesitate to ask. I love her.

A felt birthday cake made especially for her little deer family.
The princess dress is finished!

Raspberry cake with raspberry frosting... a beautiful creation by Dada.

 Happy Birthday to you my darlin' magical girl! I hope you always believe in magic.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams.

47/52 In the Kitchen

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

Elsa: our little raspberry clown
Oona: helping mama make some test rolls for Thanksgiving... I hope she always loves cooking

Thursday, November 20, 2014

46/52 Sick Days

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

Oona: growing up in the internet age (she's playing with a broken keyboard merrily typing away... both cute and frightening)
Elsa: loves to pet the kittens first thing in the morning

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Must Have Been the Full Moon

 It is getting a bit frosty in these parts, and that of course means adding warm and cozy things to our surroundings, and certainly their is nothing more warm and cozy than little fur baby kittens. On a blustery November day I climbed to the top of a hay loft of a local farm with some friends and all six of our little hooligans with the intent of helping just one of these said friends pick a kitten. That, of course, is not what transpired. Now, you might not guess, but catching a kitten in a hay loft is more than a little tricky. There was random farm equipment and hay bales stacked every which way for them to nestle in, and their mama's tried to divert our attention away from their precious babes in anyway they could. It didn't help that the children were half-haphazardly traipsing around trying to catch them too, but of course only making them run farther into the labyrinth. Finally, someone herded the children out of harms way, and another clever Mama rounded up some milk to lure them into our kitten trap. I must say, it did feel quite villainous trying to trick them away from their families with tasty milk. But finally, we were successful in catching the sweet little black kitty you see below, a kitty who resembled my beloved Terrapin far more than I could take. My friend was looking for a female kitty, and I'm not sure why I didn't promptly put him down, but I didn't. Another kitty was caught, also a boy... a roly-poly fluffy grey fella. And another friend held this one, and was quickly smitten. But we still didn't find a female, so the search went on. A second grey male was found, and I held them both in my arms and they seemed to snuggle together for protection. Finally, the elusive female was caught... another grey darlin'. What were we to do? They were so sweet, so cozy, so purrr-fect (couldn't resist), and back down the ladder we went to a barn full of cows that did nothing to dissuade us! Four kitties found new homes that day. Ours had to drive home in a large purple bag. Two? Yes, they were a pair... I wouldn't dare separate them. Sneaking them in the house was another story. I think Jake was more than a little surprised at the adoption. There were certainly twinges of guilt at my impulsiveness, but it quickly fell away as they showed us that they were happy to be with us too!

I'd like to introduce you to the newest members of the Wildwood gang, from left to right, Banjo and Kazoo! And while Banjo does bare a resemblance to my dear lost Terrapin, they are distinctly their own kitties, which pleases me immensely because I could never replace him, only find more room in my heart for love.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Obliging Mama

 I have a very serious job to do in the next couple weeks... a little girl is turning four and oh-so-sweetly asked for a princess dress... not a princess party or princess Halloween costume... which I would have deflected somehow... but just one for going to all her royal balls, ya know, or perhaps running around the house singing like a little bird. I gave in. And then..."can it be pink?"...."No... no... please no... alright. Sure." I have pink fabric... a perfectly ridiculous shade of bubble gum pink that I would have never ordered had I seen it in person. But it screams princess, and she loves it. And it is a nice quality voile. So, I'm doing it. I hope someday she can see what a lucky girl she is to have such an obliging mama. I cleverly made it fun for myself by sneaking in hints of that pretty golden floral above.

Now-a-days, anytime I make clothing for Oona, I have to clear every detail with her, or risk it being thrown into the black hole of unloved clothing. So, first, I drew some quick little dresses to see if any of the styles I had in mind would work. She had initially said she just wanted it to be pink, nothing else, but the pictures helped her to see all the possibilities... and then she had to of course add faces and crowns and little ball hands to them to see exactly how she would look. I think from now on I am always going to use pictures with her. It helps us to agree on things much quicker. If I tried to say it, she would just say, "no, that's not what I want", over and over again until all the creative fun was zapped from it. Now it's just a matter of executing it... fabric/ pattern chosen... modifications agreed upon... time for this seamstress to get to work. Did I mention she's negotiating for both a crown and pointy princess hat. We'll see, my little darlin.

 P.S. I was tickled pink (pun intended) when they asked her in school to draw what she wanted to be when she grew up... she chose "a mama"... and she drew her family just as our family. I'm sure lots of kids have done this before, but it did melt my heart. And considering some of her friends chose such inventive answers as... "a rainbow" and "a monster" I'm surprised she didn't come up with something wilder. But mostly, I'm glad she thinks my job is so cool because she's totally right.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams.

Monday, November 10, 2014

45/52 Lassi and Bangles

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

Oona: sipping a mango lassi on my birthday trip to Burlington... pure bliss
Elsa: trying on a few bracelets... uh oh!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ginger and Spice and Everything Nice

Like bees to honey, my girls... gingerbread cake with chocolate chips, orange flavored cream cheese frosting and chocolate shavings... completely decadent and probably the best birthday cake I ever had! Homemade by Dada and Elsa (sorta)... I'm definitely in a sugar induced haze right now.
Somehow a zoo grew on my cake... and seven candles... I never knew I was so young, but seven is a lucky number, I hear.

I wish I remembered what I wished for...

Another trip around the sun for me, and I only seem to know how much time has really passed by how big my girls have gotten. Do you see that baby in my lap?... well, I hate to say it, but she's not really a baby anymore! She won't even wear a bib! But they both still let me rock them and smother them with kisses, so I guess that's something! Sometimes I like to set goals on my birthday for the coming year, but this year I think I'm okay with not ticking things off another list or feeling ashamed when I realize I haven't done anything on it. I'm embracing the odd pace of life with two little-kins. I think as long as I find time to create and laugh and be with my family, there's nothing more I really need accomplish right now. I had a very lovely birthday today just spending time with my family... eating far too many good things, needle felting, and watching a silly fairy tale movie with the girls. Here's to another year of growing!

P.S. Yes, I'm wearing my birthday shirt!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Turmeric and Sea (or Plantain in Plantain)

It seems like a lot is happening these days, but somehow very little. I stole a little time this week to make myself a birthday blouse. This is an in progress shot, but I actually finished it this morning so perhaps there needs to be an update on that soon. It's the ever popular and free pattern from Deer and Doe, the plantain t-shirt. I measured myself to be sure, but the sizing was still a bit snug. It fits, but it's something I'll be more likely to wear as an under shirt. I also got some waviness in the bottom hem that I think could have been prevented by only folding over once instead of twice... folding twice worked fine on the arms, but for some reason this fabric was not happy when it did it for the base of the tee. Anyways, I do like it, and it was free, and it is very simple to work. Instead of using the binding I fold over a quarter inch at the neckline and then over again and stitched in place. This is less stressful for me with knits. The narrow hem worked ok... perhaps that would have done away with the waviness on the bottom if I had followed the same impulse. I think I'll size up if I make this again... perhaps two sizes... I like things flowy... not clingy as I don't have "the bod" for clingy. I'll also add a seam allowance to the neckline so it comes out closer to intended. I've been adoring this golden sun shade... plantain... mustard... turmeric or what ever you want to call it... I like turmeric best because I do believe that's what it looks like. It's pretty ridiculous that I made two blouses for myself back to back in the practically the same color! To be fair, one of them would have been a dress had I had enough fabric... sigh).

Speaking of turmeric and gold, my sister made me this delicious tea when I was visiting home... it's called "Golden Milk", but you can certainly use milk substitutes... she used almond milk (coconut milk also works fine) and fresh turmeric and I think she might have added cinnamon to the recipe, but that might just be my imagination. If you can get your hands on fresh turmeric, I do suggest it, as I do think it brightened up the flavor. Anyway, it's suppose to be great for colds, flu, depression and who knows what else, and it's surprisingly delicious. I also learned recently that curry is great for depression (I'm not depressed... or don't think I am, anyway, it's just what I heard... gosh that sounds defensive, haha)... and here's another surprisingly good flavor twist... curry and coconut oil on popcorn with salt or nutritional yeast (if you want to keep it truly healthy). My friend made it, and I did not think I'd like it, but it was kind of addicting! Be careful about adding too much curry, as I found when I made it at home.

The yarn above is the beginnings of a Christmas present that is taking quite a bit longer than expected... might not be finished until Christmas 2015, but I just loved the two colors together, so had to share. I have a whole box of yarn that is destined for Christmas 2015 or maybe 2016 at the rate I'm going. That's what you get for being overly enthusiastic about a project you've never tried before! I have a lot of gift making to get going on, and sort of a plan... now to make the days longer so I can get it all done.

Joining in at Frontier Dreams for KCCO.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

44/52 Disco Dipper

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

Elsa: boogieing on the dance floor Halloween night
Oona: even mermaids howl up at the moon