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.

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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!
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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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

39/52 Moss Maidens



"A portrait of my girls once a week, every week in 2014"
 Elsa: a little sick in this photo, but taking comfort in the soft bed of moss
Oona: a few toys and moss covered rocks make the best place to play

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