Easter garb

April 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Armed with a hot pink cashmere sweater I was able to sew a few things for the girls the night before the big egg hunt at our neighborhood park. One petite sweater with a large turtleneck produced…

…a cowl


Notes: I sewed the  ribbing from the waist of the sweater to the turtleneck, and wha la! The perfect addition to a dress on a cool sunny morning.

…and a bonnet and a pair of pants for the littlest one.

We must have used up all of our charm and grace at the egg hunt becase on Easter day the cute outfits didn’t last long. Bug chewed on a glow stick (left over from egg hunt #1, a glow in the dark hunt Friday night) in the car on the way to my parents house. Of course we didn’t suspect a thing until she emerged from the car with a pool of neon on her dress and white coat, and (supposedly non-toxic) ooze dripping from her mouth.
We finished up the day with one last egg hunt sans any more candy or glowing ooze.


winter gardening

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

snow and dirt

“The dirt isn’t frozen!”

winter garden

No need to wear a sweater or coat when it’s February and 40 degrees if there is sun…

warm bath

…and then follow with a warm bath.

Inspiring inside spaces

January 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

All of this time hiding inside from the cold weather gets me dreaming about nesting in our house. I spend way to much time finding inspiring ideas on other blogs. Here are a few of my favorites.

writing center from Modern Parents Messy Kids

this is such a lovely set up for encouraging and fostering a love of writing. Check out the post on Modern Parents Messy Kids to read more about the set up. This is a given for our household. Little Bug already “knows” how to hold a pencil, or at least her proud parents think so when it happens by chance.

Montessori water station from Sew Liberated

I love this idea. Little Bug has been drinking out of a glass since she was 7 or 8 months old and water is one of her favorite signs. However, sometimes there is a long trial and error of which glass she wants to drink out of. Little Bugs glass? or her mug? or mamas glass? or the one in the dish drainer? I’m all for giving kiddos more choices and control. Meg has a great explanation in her post of the set up and why it’s not so crazy to give your toddler free access to glass cups and water. Be prepared for spills and an exuberant drinker until the novelty wears off. We might still be a few months away from this one. It will give us time to get all of the bathroom fixtures out of our kitchen and into the newly remodeled bathroom, cross your fingers.

Nature corner from Sew Liberated

These last two of both from Sew Liberated. I originally found Meg’s blog when she shared her son Finn’s Montessori inspire room, just one of the many beautiful and thoughtful spaces in her house.


reading canopy from Jani Photography

I can’t remember where I first saw this, or maybe I heard about it and made up a picture in my head. This is a cute shot of photographer and mama Jani‘s daughter at home enjoying a book. Hoe doesn’t like a cozy space? This would be the easiest of the spaces to create. Ikea sells a couple of different canopies. The Himmel canopy is so cute with the clouds dangling, no? Or a couple of yards of tulle and a cross stitch hoop (there are soooo many of these at the thrift stores every time I go) would make a fast and easy canopy. I just haven’t decided where to put it. Little Bugs room is quite small and we mostly spend time up there for diapering, sleeping, and laundry. So perhaps a corner of the living room would be more accessible for the burgeoning bibliophile.

FO parade: birthday bag

January 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

-bicycle- selvage

Little Bug is into all sorts of bags, baskets, and boxes right now. Preferably the kind that she can climb into and stand in and/or carry around the house. Her bicycle birthday tote was finished a few weeks after her birthday but she seems to like it anyway. I have lusted over this fabric for a while, I even thought about ordering some online to make a mei tai style carrier but that’s just part of the long long list of wishful thinking. Then I saw a 1/4 yd piece of it discounted on the counter at Cool Cottons and I knew I needed it. This piece has some minor dye issues with the color so it looks a bit splotchy in places. I think it’s like buying a used car, now I’m not worried about the first ding, or accidental toss in the potty in our case.

on the school chair

Little Bug accosted the bag during the photo shoot, peeked in, and walked off. I think she needed to tote around some felt food and train cars.

accosting the subject

peek inside

toting the bicycle bag

selvage text

Ummmm…obviously I didn’t get back to posting my 2010 finished projects before the new year. I went to bed at 8pm and it was heavenly. Happy New Year!

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