January 2012

seasons | Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

at the start of January we had blue skies and no snow and i felt both relieved and sad to see winter passing us by…

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(some of those are crows and some are blobs of ick on my poor neglected and abused lens which has since been cleaned and cared for)

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growing into brother’s hand me overs (hat and jacket);

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i pick the older boy up just past noon 3 days a week and lately it coincides with the littler one’s nap so we find ourselves with time for things like homemade pizza, beer (for me) and harry potter on the sunny steps.

half days

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sunny day at the park;

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baby A;

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and then after some gorgeous sunny days…snow! finally.

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and from Winter wonderland back to damp Vancouver all within a week;

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warming fireside;

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cozy days cooped up – he plays with his ear while he nurses. always. yes Marley is nursing also;

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silly days cooped up;

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early morning

sick days cooped up;

feel better tulips

creative days cooped up – gnome village, stamp and card making, owl eyes and nesting bowls;

gnome village

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bowls before felting

nesting bowls

hellos and thanks yous

Despite a recent purchase of this book, it was a home day yesterday and i think most Vancouverites will agree. Little A was home with a cough – nothing to keep him in bed but enough to keep him close. We’ve been into various projects and once the wee one was down for a nap we pulled out a much loved Christmas gift – a box of tools and supplies to make his own stamps including the lino blocks, carving tools, brayers and inks. We’ve both been busy playing and carving! It’s rather meditative and addictive. Some are our original designs and others are ideas from various online inspirations – so sorry not to have remembered where to credit the awesome houses – it’s one of both of our faves. hello and thank you cards are the first things that we’ve actually made with our growing collection of handmade stamps. We have plans to decorate our own wrapping paper, make more stickers and to try some out with fabric paints on linen but after that we’re sort of stumped on the uses of stamps. Suggestions are most welcome here! Oh and we need to know how to mount the lino stamps onto wood blocks! a hot glue gun does not work.

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Geninne’s  stamp carving tutorial from a few years ago was what first got me thinking about this project for Little A. She shows how fun and easy it is. (side note – her watercolor videos make me want to try painting too).

yarn stamp idea from Maya!

it snowed! finally

home,nature,playful,seasons | Monday, January 16th, 2012

just as i was feeling like Winter was ending it began. a week of sun and now a week of snow with a funnel cloud somewhere in the middle?!

1 day sun next day snow

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though unsure at first;

not so sure at first

sledding soon became something to smile about;

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i bailed. They’re all still out there.

cottons and linens (and cords)

creative community,sewing | Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

i took advantage of Spoonflower‘s 2 for 1 sale awhile back and it was worth the wait for it’s arrival. i’m happy with every single one of my design picks. i do wish that i had ordered them all to be printed on the cotton linen blend as it’s much nicer for the prints i ordered, a good weight and a slightly larger cut than the regular quilting cotton which seems a bit thin to me. i found that the colors all faded slightly with the first wash even though i washed in cold so i may need to choose patterns which won’t require extensive washing  ie. no diaper bum pants for Little M if i can resist – he’d look pretty sweet with a bird bum. any other Spoonflower opinions out there? i daydream some of my own designs but i’m really not savvy with computers or even very patient to learn. anyhow i like daydreaming. now what to make with all of these?

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those were the linens and the rest are all cotton (wish they were all linen);

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i’ve been loving Samantha‘s “Mildred knew he would remember..” for ages now – this and her foxes which i regret not ordering;

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somethings springy;

 

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and a couple for next autumn;

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i think before i cut into any of these though, i had best finish the line up of flat front cords for my older boy who has been patiently waiting his turn and wearing his seersuckers all the way into Winter!  First up “copter cords” (Little M has a pair to match). i decided to go ahead and add the reinforced knee patch straight off since the knees are the first to wear on all his pairs. it’s so much easier to do it before sewing the fronts and backs together than trying to patch them once they’ve been worn out. man he’s growing tall. it’s getting trickier to “whip up” a pair of pants for him as i rarely purchase more than 1 yard of any fabric and he’s well over the 1 yard measurement now;

 

copter cords

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blue is the favorite color all around here these days….blue crayons, blue marbles, blueberries and blue clothes. these are the same flat front pattern as the copter cords but i remembered to add a treasure pocket in back;

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i ran out of navy thread – fortunately! or i might not have used red around the knee patches. x.

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there’s still some light grey to cut into along with some denims but we’ll see how things go. the stacks of fabrics in my idea piles are towering and i have much to do. as usual i work on several items at a time and so i will have some extras available in the shop at some point.

mean stupey dumb dumb mommy makes bliss balls for snack

delicious,parenting,waldorf learning and living | Sunday, January 8th, 2012

I sat for a moment Saturday night intending to write a quick post sharing our bliss ball ingredients but then i got to thinking what this means in our home to have a double batch of bliss balls whipped up and that is, to have at the ready a healthy snack packed full of nutritious goodness that i know my boy will eat while he is away at school. That there was the key note to my stalling thoughts – school. It is the last weekend before back to grade 1. I’m excited for Little A to return to his learning and playing routine with his teachers and friends and yet not so excited to re-establish the rhythm that will get him to his pick up point on time. My stomach churns anticipating the resistance to getting up, to letting go of that extra 1.5 hours that we have all been naturally sleeping in despite keeping the same early bed time. The sleeping in has been good. My anxiety peaks anticipating the battles that may wake the neighborhood despite efforts made the night before to have snacks packed, clothes laid out, breakfast grains soaking…i shudder to think of the nasty glares i’ll get when i remind him to brush his teeth before we go, not to mention the # of times i will be called a “mean stupey dumb dumb” and his brother “little baby min minnow”. Oh 7! The repetition of this name calling drives me bonkers and then i get sucked into the stalling game and it can get soooo wrong…until finally Little M and i are waving him off. Rattled for the next short while i wonder how ever to make this flow a little more easily? When i consider how much effort, how many arguments and all the while toting the younger one alongside and against his own rhythm, i wonder why the heck we aren’t just homeschooling. Oh but i’m not patient or energetic enough for that. I better just go to bed now and hope that the prospect of bliss balls for snack will set the tone for the whole morning.

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Bliss Balls don’t require much measuring – it’s all approximate.

1st into the chopper; 1/2c sunflower seeds (you could mix with pumpkin seeds for sure), some sticky dried fruits chopped (i used apricots and papaya this time and other times i have used raisins, currants, goji, dates, figs). chop them up as well as you can.

Next add 2c oats, 3/4c unsweetened coconut, 1/4c flax meal, 1/4c hemp seeds  and blend just a little.

Then add the sticky stuff; 1-2 tbsp coconut oil, 2tbsp or more of almond butter (or other nut/seed butter), 1-2 ripe mashed bananas. blend it all up until it’s sticky to roll into balls.

Roll the balls up first, then roll them through a topping of choice. We used coconut for some and chocolate for others. We considered bee pollen as we always do but knew we’d eat more chocolate as we always do too. finely chopped hazelnut or pistachio might be yummy.

Store in the fridge.

See another bliss ball post here.

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