Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring is Hiding

Some handmade gifts for the girls from way back when --- Valentine's Day 2015.
Happy Spring!  It's not much like Spring here yet, save for the mud. It's still plenty cold, though I guess you could call it warm compared to the sub zero temperatures in February. I think I am always chasing rainbows this time of year. I try to employ every bright color possible in my crafting. I'm starting to feel a bit a embarrassed about all the baking we've done this winter.... mostly about all the cookies we've been eating. I'm becoming more snow woman-like than person. I told Jake the other day that this winter has made me feel very faded... both physically and mentally. I see a ghost-image of myself in the mirror... The girl's and I played on the porch the other day in the sun. It wasn't for long, the wind was pretty biting, but we needed a taste of sunlight. On the Equinox Oona and I went to pick out some seeds at the hardware store. She's going to have her own little garden this year. I can't wait for those long days in the sun digging in the dirt. I haven't started any of my seedlings yet... soon, but I wanted it to feel a little more like Spring first. (Perhaps that's a case of the chicken and the egg!)

Delicious baguettes made from this recipe and inspired by the awesome one's gifted to us by my friend Megan.  

 The preschool teacher asked me to make curtains for the classroom, and I had initially thought I'd just whip up some quick rectangles out of printed fabric, but nothing I had seemed quite right. I started thinking, "What would Oona like?" and suddenly appliqued flowers seemed to be the only answer. I was happy to bring Spring to the classroom even if it's hiding from me everywhere else!



Extra time indoors has meant lots of crafting.  I feel like there's a whole stack of projects I haven't gotten around to sharing here... that faded feeling I was talking about... lack luster about everything. And Oona draws non-stop, and Elsa is beginning to love it too, though she often prefers drawing on things other than paper... like doll faces and walls and computer screens! They've also been playing together much more... one of the good points of spending far too much time indoors. I am hopeful that we will be venturing out a lot more in the coming weeks... re-instituting daily walks... plotting and planning for our gardens, jumping in mud puddles and finding our energy again in that golden sunlight!

"Spring Flowers" by Oona

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

11/52 Snow Birds














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


My Family: trying to escape a little cabin fever last week and forcing ourselves to enjoy this endless winter

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

10/ 52 Sand, Butterflies and Kittens

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

Oona and Elsa: bringing the sand box indoors

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

9/52 Lollipop Kids



Oona: movie star glasses and a little blood sugar
Elsa: too cool for school, don't mess with this one

Disclaimer/ Mother's Guilt: I am not really a big lollipop/ hard candy/ teeth rotting Mama as these pictures might implicate me to be... we bought a small bag of organic vitamin C enriched lolli's to help with sore throats. I admit, it was probably a mistake... one, because I tried one and they really are better than the average lolli and two, because Elsa started asking for her daily lolli which led me to hide them in the car for long car rides so she didn't become dependent on this quick sugar fix. Oh, to be young again and not worry about the state of your teeth. Disclaimer Two: I am also not nearly as saintly about sugar as I'd like to be... we get our fair share in many ways, to be sure.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

8/52 Working Together

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week in 2015"
Oona and Elsa: big sister is stepping in to draw a little family for Elsa... 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Rainbows and Sparkles



The cold has been so bitter here that I thought I needed to share something warm and cheery so my computer screen doesn't freeze! I made this little rainbow baby and magic wand for a little friend of ours who just turned two. Two is indeed a magical, rainbow filled age. Elsa won't be two until May but she is already preparing by drawing all over everything every chance she gets. She is also practicing her foot stomping. She recently turned the face of one of Oona's little flax seed babies blue with marker and decorated our kid's kitchen set at the same time. Luckily some quick washing saved little Boo Boo from a permanently blue face. Thank goodness for washable markers! I've really been enjoying doll making of late, and I'm hoping to make some bigger Waldorf style dollies for my shop soon, but I'm still sourcing more supplies. The little rainbow baby is made from recycled sweaters and stuffed with a wee bit of wool.

A few cute things...

1) Elsa has these sparkly pink shoes that she has been wearing all the time and when she wants to put them on she says "bark-a-ly" ... I always think she's trying to say "broccoli" and I get really confused.
2) Oona has been wearing two braids in her hair lately, and it just makes me think of "Anne of Green Gables" and "Little House of the Prairie" and fields of flowers.
3) Banjo has become quite the lap kitten in this bitter cold... she's so warm and cozy.

A few not-so-cute things:

1) Kazoo thinks he is a minx scarf and flings himself without warning onto your shoulders. I'm just glad he hasn't tried this on the kids.
2)The pipes seem to be freezing everyday despite dripping the faucets.
3) Waking up every morning to negative ten or colder for the last couple months. It's not fair when thirty degrees feels like summer.


Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

7/52 Romeo and the Juliets




"A portrait of my girls once a week, every week in 2015"
 Oona and Elsa: completely smitten with Daddy and I know the feeling is mutual... he's waxing poetics for them under "the balcony" on Valentine's Day

Jake recorded some instrumental music to set the mood right. Have a listen!

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