for children big and small

My pace has slowed since my recent  sewing frenzy which stocked the market bins for the Christmas season. I’m so looking forward to the Fair this year and hoping to steal some time away from the market place to get around and experience the rest of the magic. See you there;


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a shop update will follow the fair.

who wants to trade seasonal elf work?

celebrations,creative community,seasons | Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

In year’s past the Advent and Christmas elves who visit our mantle have been prolific workers gifting Little A, and now Little M too, with beautiful handmade and  found-in-nature treasures and surprises that have made those holiday mornings extra special. Some years into this i find we have accumulated a lot of small things that are too special to discard easily and so i’m putting it out there to like minded folk who might want to trade similar treasures to relieve the elves from so much work this coming season. The idea is that neither of us purchase anything new but rather recycle items in newish condition or hand make items within the four themes of Advent as follows;

The first light of Advent is the light of stone –

Stones that live in crystals, seashells and bones.

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The second light of Advent is the light of plants –

Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.

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The third light of Advent is the light of beasts – 

All await the birth, from the greatest and in least.

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The fourth light of Advent is the light of humankind – 

The light of hope that we may learn to love and understand.

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our small sacks for small things;

Advent begins by you.

The photos above are only examples from our previous celebrations and not actual trade items. I have yet to go through and gather items for trade. Let me know if you’re interested, link to your own previous Advent blog post(s) and how many days you wish to exchange.

working on things

creative community | Saturday, November 9th, 2013

locals mark your calendars! Maternal Creations coincides this year with the East side Culture Crawl and it’s in just 1 week.

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a sampling of current studio works;

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do the Halloween fairies visit your home?

celebrations,creative community,seasons,shop | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

It’s October! costume planning is under way, bold hints of the holiday are apparent (there’s a giant masked skeleton looming over the doorway just a couple of streets over) and curiosity abounds, “i wonder what the Halloween fairies will trade this year!” Each year the boys gather ridiculous amounts of candy door to door in our neighborhood. From the loot, the older boy chooses 12 pieces (1 for each month of the year) and the younger boy has yet to discover what is actually in those wrappers (i fear this year he will learn that there’s more to those smartie “shakers”). The remaining loot is left out for the sugar fairies to come and trade. Their gift baskets usually include honey sticks, gum, dried fruit, a new toothbrush with toothpaste, stickers and small gifts to suit each boy. I am happy to say that this works brilliantly for us and is a fast and easy way to put away that huge amount of tempting no good for you sugar and who knows what else is in there. I highly recommend sugar fairies! and to inspire or get you started  i have listed several Halloween Sugar Fairy Gift Baskets in the shop.

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cotton projects

30 day challenges,creative community,home,woolens | Thursday, January 17th, 2013

i didn’t mean to but i stopped in at Maiwa the other day and picked up some organic cotton for a few simple seed stitch wash cloths.  seed stitch was new for me, very simple and rhythmic to knit over coffee at the cafe. i love a project that i can toss in my tote and finish here and there in a day. i’m hoping there’s enough of each colorway to make a match and then if i’m still into it i might try and knit those Pakucho organic cottons too. my current wash cloths are due for replacement! 

still need to block these to even out the stitches but i’ll wait until i’ve knit the others and block them all at once;

other ecologically sound projects on the to do list are both Abby’s reuseable hemp/cotton wipesand Natalie’s lavender skin toner. love those gals!

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