Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Each Step, Each Stitch


I'm working on a mini crochet veggie garden for Miss Elsa's birthday coming up in the beginning of May. Actually, I had started the carrot last year for her birthday (intending to do a full garden then), but got little side tracked and decided it could wait. I seem to do that with crochet projects a lot... throw them in a basket for another day or another year as the case may be. But that's ok. I think we all need to have those things that we can do lazily, when ever the mood strikes (I wish bills were like that). Of course, now that I'm nearly through with three veggies... I think I have the motivation to see it through and not put this off another year.

Speaking of doing things slowly, I've been enjoying reading through Thich Nhat Hanh's "How to Walk" a great book on walking meditation and simply walking mindfully. It's actually a gift for a friend, but I can't help reading it first in stolen mama moments. Truly, though I haven't read every title, all of his books are worth a read. They make you feel centered and appreciative of all of life's gifts.
 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Growing and Making

A little gnome finally given to my nephew for Christmas (at Easter)!
A dream catcher and quilt in progress for a friend's baby... I've finished both, but never got pictures.

I think Spring is definitely the season of "doing" for me. Even with a long cold snap, and heaps of rain, I still feel that busy bee feeling. There's been crafting, but also lots of yard work, and playing in the fresh air. I'm hoping to start doing farmer's market soon, which means trying to find more time for making. But I'm also pulled toward the garden, with thoughts of home grown veggies and fresh herbs and flowers. We're off to the garden center this afternoon to pick out a few berry bushes and maybe a tree or two. It's my goal to add one or two trees to our yard each year... mostly fruit, but it would also be fun to add a living Christmas tree and living May pole (maybe a birch).

In the crafting realm, I'm hoping to do more dollies soon for selling. So far I've made seven, all for gifts. It's been fun, and given me a good opportunity to practice my dolly making skills. I'm also wanting to get back into painting. This has been difficult for me with two little's... both the time and concentration are hard to find. But I think I just need to jump back in, or I might forget how. What are you jumping into lately?

I have more crafts to share soon, and hopefully my first garden post of the season, so check back!


Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

17/5 Moving Mountains





" A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

 Elsa: ready to move mountains... it's incredible how strong near two year old's are... be it big sisters or dining room chairs, if they want it somewhere, they find a way
Oona: enjoying the sanctuary of her little garden space, still waiting for some seedlings
Oona and Elsa: just hanging out on their hay couch

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P.S. Hurray for green grass! And a happy belated Earth Day!

16/52 Cozy Nook

" A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona and Elsa: still little enough to share a cozy spot under my desk

(better late than never)
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

15/52 Searching for Fairies


"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona: trying to find fairies by blending in with the hedges
Elsa: my little bird searching for bits to build her nest

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter Weekend

We had a very quiet Easter weekend, unexpectedly spent at home. Family members were sick, so our traveling plans got canceled. It was good that they did because I woke Easter morning with a stomach bug! So, it wasn't especially fun for me, but I think the kids still had a good time. I'm still feeling a bit blah-yuck, so I'll let the pictures tell the story. I hope you had a nice holiday if you celebrate, or perhaps a nice Passover, or maybe just a fine Spring weekend without snow or sickness!


The kitties were far too interested in all the contents of the Easter baskets.
My one Easter craft this year... tiny doll baskets with needle felted eggs.


A thin sheet of fresh snow covered the Earth when we woke up.

"Lussekatter" bunnies


Lemon delights, bunny buns, and colored eggs


The hunt



Trying to fly kites for the first time.

Monday, April 6, 2015

14/52 Blessings on the Day


"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"

Oona: blessing her new garden with a wedding
Elsa: some bury themselves in sand... others in snow... gotta use what ya got

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring Detox/ Renewal/ Reboot



crochet dream catcher

I spent nearly the entire day outside with my girls yesterday. It was so beautiful out and we had our first outdoor picnic of the year on the porch. We dug a wee little key hole garden for the girls decorated with stones. Oona already requested an archway to enter their garden. Of course, it's all rain and flurries today... oh poo! But I do feel recharged to get through this last lingering bit of winter.  Besides crafting my little heart out, here are some my ideas for detoxifying my life right now and taking advantage of the seasonal change. 

Spring Detox 4.0: 

- No facebook or pinterest for one week (I need some brain space!) and reduced use when I return 
- Limit internet blogging/ browsing to 30 minutes each day and not while the kids are awake
-Get outside for at least one hour each day even if the weather is not so great
- Purge toys, clothes, knick knack, general junk  and bring to thrift store
- Start chore schedule (this will help me get into a better rhythm)
-No buying new fabric or yarn until my birthday in November or my when my stash has been significantly depleted (more on that later)
- Create one painting per week
-Meditate each morning
-Work on yelling less
-Cut back on caffeine, dairy, chocolate and sweets (after Easter:)) 
-Drink more water
- Walk every morning
-Get up earlier
-List a few things I'm grateful for each day
- Sketch daily
-Set up nursing area with books, notebooks, sketchbooks, and crochet so I'm not tempted to use the internet while nursing 

So, those are my goals.... lots to work on, but I always feel the need for healthier living this time of year. I guess fresh air just makes my brain function better. 

Gratitude: watching the girls crazy dancing to the music jam in the morning
clean sheets on the bed


Recent makes for a friends new baby.