Friday, December 30, 2011

this moment

basket baby
inspired by soulemama's this moment

Sunday, December 25, 2011

happy birthday hannukah

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as azie celebrates her one year birthday, happy celebrations of the season to you and yours!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

yarn along - knitted animals

knitted animals
i have the knitted animals book from the library again and i've made two creatures for little christmas gifts. a big squirrel and a little piglet!

Friday, December 9, 2011

this moment

table fort
inspired by soulemama's this moment

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

staged halloween

yes, i am still lingering in october now that it is december. please excuse my tardiness, and appreciate the cute halloween photos. when colden requested to be a tiger, we thought we needed some help with costume-making. the tiger mask was an etsy purchase by kathleen.

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azalia didn't dress up for halloween itself, but she posed for some pictures in colden's old sweater costume (sheep turned bear/cat). hope you all had a very merry halloween and a happy thanksgiving!
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

tricky treats

orangey treats
my former housemate, christine choi, used to do this to our clementines. i think this year the kids might get mandarins.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

little zippered pouches

treasure bags
this fabric waited a long time to become zippered bags! i got this wonderful embroidery pattern of st. francis from a garage sale, and i've been using the wool thread for various projects. i was inspired to use the linen with the pattern on it for the outside of the bag, and there is a sweet woodsy mushroomed fabric inside. i love using fabric i've kept for so long! it is such a great feeling. do you tend to keep special materials squirreled away for extra special projects as-yet-to-be-seen?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

a pixie for azie

pink pixie hat
i used the lyalya pattern for this pixie hat. it is almost the same exact pattern as the stella pixie hat. the only difference is the neck bit.
azie pixie hat
i used some of heather's beautiful yarn for this. such a joy! the question remains: will she keep it on? what have you been knitting this fall?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

waldorf doll - reconsidered

remember this doll?
i made this doll for colden while i was pregnant with him. i rolled the wool of the head with painstaking precision, and each bit of the doll was sewn by hand. i made the hair long thinking it could be a girl or a boy....
calvino
but i finally cut his hair afterall. the pristine doll i made before i had children? not the doll that actually lives with children. and for azalia?
pajama baby
a little recycled pajama pants doll. (and i used the machine).

Monday, July 18, 2011

moments

gardening

i would like to let this space rest for the moment. we are seeing friends and family new and old. summer is so busy!

Friday, June 17, 2011

this moment

oh hello

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

yarn along - snug

snug babe
oh hello there! please forgive my absence. i have been thinking a lot lately - down rabbit-holes and 'meaning-of-life' questions and such. for instance: i think i've finished this sweater. although you can probably tell that it is small, even without the buttons. so i am considering adding a band to the edge (though how would i do that, i wonder? and would i like that?). or perhaps it would be best to pass it on to a little one who can actually wear it in the here and now? or i should pack it in a box to store if i should ever be so lucky as to have another child? grandchild? great-grandchild? what do you think? meaning of life? sweater?

Friday, May 27, 2011

posing baby

azalia rose petals 2
azalia is now five months old, and has recently grown her first two teeth! she can also roll from her back to her belly.
azalia rose petals 1
and she enjoys being photographed on this quilt. what can i say? i can't help myself! the baby! the quilt! (handmade by stephinie - excited best wishes to you for squam!)
azalia rose petals 3
i have an entire set of these, and there will surely be more. hope you enjoy them as much as i do.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

belated birthday love

party flags
we celebrated marc's birthday last week, and colden and i worked together on this lovely party banner. (thanks to marc's mother for the sewing time! - and for bringing marc into the world and all.)
mustache
colden and i worked together on these papa props too. the facial expression is key. hot glue + recycled wool + sticks = mustaches! several styles, of course! we love you, papa!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

the fox diaries

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i am very excited to share 'The Fox Diaries' here with you today. yes, it merits capitalization. so does Valarie Budayr. perhaps you already know that she is a magical story weaver? her piece in the rhythm of the home, 'the fairy loom', truly captivated me. it also had me asking her when she would be publishing her own books. (i would be remiss to omit her other contributions, but there are so many!)
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thanks to the little fox family that took up residence in her garden last year, that day has come to pass. i love how Valarie has created both a playful and factual account of the foxes. she both captures their spirit, and gives insight into their world. thanks to her generosity, i am pleased to offer a giveaway copy here. (you may also purchase a copy here with 15% off, by entering the coupon code: foxes.) please leave a comment for a chance to win! (comments accepted through 5/22).
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"Throughout the year The Fox Diaries will be making it's way across the country and around the world. The whole idea is for people to feel connected not only to each other but to our magnificent planet as well. These little foxes did that for me. Gone were the barriers between myself and the natural world. It was through them that I realized that we all share this planet and no separation exists except for the division and thoughts in my mind. During this very magical and enchanted time, our worlds melded together. It is a sincere wish that the foxes continue their daily life lessons by connecting all of us." - Valarie Budayr

edited to add: the random number generator selected #11. congratulations to mary! i will send your e-mail address along to valarie right away! thanks to everyone who commented!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

trajectory of a clover bouquet

clover leaf
colden picked a bouquet of crimson clover yesterday, and asked me to put them in water. i did. then he spread them out all over the table, took a sprig to the front window, and removed its leaves.
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he also dissected some on the couch (and in the bedroom on the bed). and he put a flower in azalia's pocket too. i mostly stayed out of it.
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at the end of the day, he returned the flowers to the table and arranged them in their jar again. lovely. have you visited erin's imagination in action flickr pool? erin created this as a way of looking at messes differently and appreciating our children's creativity. i have been enjoying capturing images to contribute, and seeing other imaginative creations!

p.s. be sure to come back tomorrow for an exciting giveaway!

Friday, May 13, 2011

mind games: loving life

shaving
more thinking on messiness...

i am enjoying erin's 'a year of choice.' (let's make it a lifetime, shall we?) and yes, i choose to see the beauty of the messes - life, fully lived and loved.

ever since reading meg's post here about setting up a water station and striving for neutral reactions to our children's “mistakes”, i have had a heightened awareness of my own reactions. but i have not been able to change my own responses as well as i would like.

do you know louise hay? i knew i could turn to her for an endless supply of positive affirmations, and sure enough, she provides them here daily.

and you know what i found? what it all comes down to? me. so. i make mistakes. i make messes. i am not perfect. how human of me. despite that, here is my new mantra:

“i love and accept myself.” (thank you, louise.)

yes, mothering messes and all.

p.s. other strategies (besides radical, adamant self-acceptance) to include these mind tricks: seeing messes as a political act (reducing unrealistic expectations of homemakers - example: from 'spiritual tasks of the homemaker': "...her bad conscience plagues her, for her ideal is unachievable."), and also, asking the magical people (house-elves and whatnot) for assistance. love to you, mamas.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

yarn along - still snug

snugging along
still not quite done, but i think it will still fit! - there's always the cool summer nights, right? oh, and the oregon beach! i just had to try it on azie (rhymes with daisy) to give me that extra adorable encouragement.
fox diaries
we are so enjoying 'the fox diaries' by valarie budayr. i've noticed fox names popping up in colden's stories, and he wants to know how we can 'get foxes'. please come by next wednesday, may 18th, when i will be hosting a giveaway for a copy! thanks, ginny, for the yarn along inspiration! now i am wanting to pick up that baby surprise jacket too!

p.s. thanks for the thoughtful comments on my last post - more thoughts on this to come...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

mandalas, mess, mothering

backyard bouquet
i almost always want to apologize when someone enters my house. i see all the things that need doing; the dog hair, the piles, the unfinished business...but when i enter your house? i see beauty. even in the dirty dishes, i swear.
mixing flour
sometimes i fancy myself a tibetan monk; creating exquisite sand mandalas that are to be purposefully swept away. perhaps i could adopt a similar healing rite for when my work is undone? photographing a clean sink or a floury boy helps my perspective and gives me validation. but i'd love to replace "i just cleaned that!" with something a little more profound. bless this mess doesn't really cut it. any ideas?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

happy mother's day!

azalia on mother's day

Friday, May 6, 2011

this moment

doggers nosinginspired by soulemama's this moment

Thursday, May 5, 2011

you are beautiful

you are beautiful
when we lived in chicago, there were various 'you are beautiful' art installations around the city. they always always made me smile. a true and good reminder. our big front picture window afforded me the opportunity of seeing neighbors walk by and read. i also drew a hopscotch there. i felt such delight and joy when i saw people jump. i can never resist jumping, how about you?

namaste.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

yarn along - horsing around

blue horse 1
we finished the blue horse! (actually, i still haven't sewed his belly up completely...). incidentally, there is an excellent album of the same name.
blue horse 2
since he is a little under-stuffed, he sits up quite nicely...we also cut up some felted sweaters to make a little pasture for him. complete with pond and hay bales. (joining the yarn along, minus the books today.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

first harvest - radishes

delicious radish water
for some reason it hadn't occurred to me to wash our veggies outside - of course! we harvested (and replanted) some radishes this morning, and washed them up right in the grass. colden enjoys the hose so much. lola enjoyed some radish-infused water.
radish pose
we like to cook them up in various meals, or grate them for salad. i've been thinking of making some radishy krauts this year too. what's your favorite way to eat radishes?

Monday, May 2, 2011

happy may day!

colden in crown with corn
azie laying in the grass

Friday, April 29, 2011

this moment

baby on my back
inspired by soulemama's this moment

Monday, April 25, 2011

egg hunt

secret nest
our birds have been keeping a secret nest.
yucca eggs
we finally found it in the yucca plant.
finding eggs
since there were 25 eggs in there, all of unknown age;
marc and colden did some experimental natural dying.
and then i hid them. twice.
colden hid them
and then colden hid them. twice.

Friday, April 22, 2011

this moment

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inspired by soulemama's this moment

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

simple, natural egg dying

i have been seeing naturally dyed eggs of different varieties all over. i wanted to do some, but i needed it to be super easy! these onion-skin-wrapped eggs were incredibly simple, and a great morning snack!
wrapping the eggs
wrap eggs in onion skin with rubber bands.
onion skin wrapped eggs ready to go
place in pot and boil. (i know everyone's got their own method for boiling eggs! i wait til the water boils, then turn it off and let them sit 10 minutes before running them under cold water to cool.)
unwrapping the eggs
unwrap to reveal your treasures!
onion skin wrapped eggs
aren't they lovely? i am amazed at how wonderfully quick and easy and gorgeous these came out! the one that is more yellow was less well-wrapped i think. we might try it again, if our white-egg-laying chicken cooperates.