Friday, June 28, 2013

its 8am

WHY are we doing our mid-morning stuff?  I'll let you guess what time the chickens woke up this morning...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ya know

Just because I haven't posted in a while.....

                                                    ..... maybe I will start again.

still working on this painting, blugh.

Friday, November 2, 2012

one year later...

Well, I stink at keeping up with a blog.  It has been a year since my last post, but I am going to keep trying!

Today is my due date with our second child, yet he has no plans to join us anytime soon- obviously.  This pregnancy went by really fast, and I suppose I should be enjoying my last moments of freedom.  I am always so impatient to begin the next thing.
Here is our little lady for halloween.
I love that our driveway is so bumpy that it can be a jumping adventure for her.
Hopefully next year we can take her trick-or-treating :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

oh man

It has been forever since i posted, whuups :/   Amelia is 9 months old tomorrow! I will have known her outside as long as she was inside, with the exception that time now passes in a blurry sleep deprived confusing sameness of days. lol.  I love being a mom, but I am starting to really miss sleeping more than three hours in a row (that's my average, she occasionally sleeps for 5-6 hours but that only reminds me what I am missing!).  I can't really expect her to be a great sleeper since I myself never have been, but the combination of two poor sleepers well- you can imagine.
I suppose her current, and it seems perpetual, teething is not helping the situation.  Can you believe that she still has no teeth! Amazing.  I keep saying she will pop them all out at once like the Hulk or something!

We had a pretty great Halloween

We dressed as clouds and Amelia was a cherub.  This is a small window in her life where we and the general public can lovingly enjoy all of her little rolls and chubby goodness.  So lame as our costumes may be, I got to watch this little cherub all night!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

baby needs a ball

I decided to 'wing it'.  I knew that to make a ball I would need some tapered rectangles. 
Six panels seemed like a good number, so I cut them out.  
I then basted them together to see what happened.  Not so round!  It looked like if I added a couple more wedges that it would work, so I cut two more and basted them on.  Now it looked reasonably round.   I raided my trimmings box for bits to make tabs and handles and bumpy edges for baby to grab.  Then I set about sewing pairs together with tabs and handles in the seams.  Once I had the four pairs together, I sewed them to each other with piping and rick-rack in between.  The resulting hole at the top and bottom was big enough for me to turn it right side out.  

 I packed it full of fiberfill and threw some bells in for good measure.  (all things I had lying around, you know)  Using some blue jersey circles for end-caps, I hand-sewed them over the holes on each end.

 All done!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

new painting

I was patrolling our unruly yard for weeds, when I spied these little guys...

I'd finally found something that made me feel like painting. This big white prepped board had been sitting on my mantel for weeks, waiting for the 'perfect' thing to tie together the living room color scheme. And so I began....
We'll have to see where it goes...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

peas at last

Hahaha- I couldn't resist! oh well-
   I have been obsessing over road-side produce stand signs for some time now.  Every strawberry season brings on fresh produce lust.  Big white signs with one simple berry- I thought about just stealing one, but someone made those signs and I would feel bad.  Naturally you would think I could just make my own, but there is something about the earnest naivete of those signs that I, being overly analytical, didn't think I could replicate.  So the project ended up in the 'one-day' pile.
   Yesterday as I passed replica produce signs in hobby lobby, the 'I can make that bug' bit again, and I began to analyze the project.
   Today I felt victorious after putting up some chalkboard contact paper on my fridge,

and decided to try to make a sign before the baby woke up.  I quickly found the most suitable surface I had and picked a vegetable that fit.  As I was hurriedly painting 'peas' on a strip of masonite that I had lying around, it occurred to me that perhaps I was, after all, painting in the spirit of those roadside stand owners, just making a quick sign not thinking too much about what i was doing.
     Well I managed to make about 4 signs before she woke up.  My thought was to plaster the wall full of different signs, but upon testing it out I realized that this made for quite a busy room.  Originally I had only wanted one sign, no words. AAAAAAAHHHHHH how did I get here again!!!   Struggling between making something simple and profound or crazy and vibrating with color. *sigh*   In search of some middle ground, I decided to put up two signs and live with that for a while.
 We will see if it stays this way.
I still want my big strawberry sign.  This was a success in that I actually took action instead of just dreaming about it and a failure in that I still want my damn strawberry sign!

to be continued...