So, what?! I've got four posts this month? Geez. No excuses, Man. Except maybe that Mr. Tiny Toes is in that crazy shrieking stage. Also, I am tired. I am not complaining, just stating the facts. The weather this past week has been brilliant. In order to counteract some feelings of low self-esteem and general laziness on my part, we got two truck loads of compost unloaded into the yard. We followed that up with a trip to the nursery, where I purchased seeds that need to be in the ground by next week. So! Chop, chop, Woman! Get busy.
Other things getting me going:
This bracelet from Maple XO. Lindsey makes jewelry by recycling skateboards from one of Sam's favourite places on earth. I bought it at the DWR event on Sunday, where I was lucky enough to meet Tess and Bernadette (girl, you didn't tell me you had a blog!! I had to sleuth you out.). Portland is this crazy hub of awesome handmade. I am lucky to live here.
April from Making Ends Meet sent us these hand painted wooden figures. They are freaking cute. She has and etsy shop linked on her blog where you can get your own. They are all over the house "traveling" as a part of some sort of playmobil diaspora Sam is orchestrating. Thank you, April. They have provided hours of entertainment already.
Little Bear is just about four months and is giving us all fits by scooting around on his belly. No more tummy time for him. Seriously. And Sam is nearly four YEARS old which is also giving me fits, but the very good kind, as being three has been a bumpy ride for all of us and I am happy to see what's next for all of us.
Little buds on the trees and their impending blooms, are also very, very sweet.
The cloud picture started out as fabric for some new throw pillows and quickly morphed into a frame-filler for the mantle. In this winter light (or lack thereof), I couldn't get used to the gold frame/jewelry setup. This is much better for us. What?! I mean, this is much better for me. The background is linen, the clouds are a combo of freezer paper stencil and applique. The fabric for the applique is a double gauze which I like a lot, but its loose weave made it a bad choice for that particular technique. I stretched the whole thing over the glass that came with the frame, taped it down, and slid it all back together.
If we get tired of it I've already staked out a nail for it in the upstairs hallway. Hello, mid-February! You are lookin' mighty fine.
My friend Trish sent a package of these Valentines from Smudge Ink Press. It's a good thing there are two sets in a pack, otherwise I would've hoarded them
I'm waiting for Amy to post the link or the recipe or something for the chocolate orange cake she made for Paul and I. It was really, really good. It was almost too sweet, but then the richness sort of hit and POW, it brought me back into awesome realm. We went over there to make cards with the girls while our boys slept and played playmobil in their respective corners. It worked out pretty well, and Paul has been imitating the middle daughter and her description of the care and keeping of her Fraggle, Red. He's totally down with the girl variety of kid.
Also, I finished my block for The Bee this month and it is already in the mail. Shocking, considering my track record for this sort of thing. I think it's nice either vertically or horizontally. You can see the inspiration photos and the original fabrics I was sent here. This is the first of twelve months, so it's going to be pretty interesting to see how these all come together according to twelve varying aesthetics. I have no earthly idea what I'm going to request when my month comes around, but I'm having very fond feelings for dusky purple, gray, and cream.
After much weeping and gnashing of teeth, Augie's birth announcements made it safely out into the world this week. I used Gimp (freeware photoshop-ish thing) and uploaded the images to Over Night Prints in postcard form. I was an idiot and chose ground shipping, so I had to wait a bit. In the end they sent us nearly double what we ordered, so as a bonus Sam is now using them as currency around the house.
Making them look how I wanted them to look felt like typing a letter with my tongue. I feel similarly about html, css, and all of the other imaginary web/design formating. Like Blair, I hate not knowing this stuff. Unlike Blair, I probably won't be learning it out of books. Can anyone? Recommendations? As much as I'd like to fool myself into thinking so, it is not an intuitive endeavor. I need to take a class (or ten). BUT, they are gone and out, and I'm feeling glad and a little better-luck-next-time with the parts that I couldn't make work.
I slept most of the morning away-- normally this kind of behavior would leave me feeling guilty and rushed. But not today!! I feel so much better. The sun is out, we're going to take a walk to the grocery store where I'm told they're having a crazy good sale on my favourite chocolate bars-- Dagoba, Endangered Species, and Green and Black's (to name a few). Maybe I can get to see our friend Megan'stile work in her bathroom today, too. She also did her kitchen back splash last year. And if you dig around in her flickr, you might be able to find her partner in his high school wrestling uniform. I would offer a prize to the first person who finds it, but seeing it is probably prize enough.
I'm trying to work on my part of this challenge today. Actually, I'm trying to work on not being so impossibly grouchy today. They are unrelated projects. I'm tired and I'm positive I need more exercise. Last night I ate 1/3 bag of TJ's chocolate chips (okay, half a bag) while watching The Biggest Loser/Super Tuesday results. Hah. Now who's the loser?! I am shocked at how much I like that show. The bright green/yellow in the fabric J sent threw me off a little (it's the patchwork ikea fabric up there) so I'm glad she included some of the more mustard chenille that she's going to use to it to back the quilt when it's all put together.
Little Bear is in a funky sleep cycle... he's very restless all the time so we've been keeping him even closer than usual when he's down. All our sheets and blankets are in the wash so I pulled out this old quilt to cover us up with last night. It felt as though I was in a strange bed last night. Well, for a little while anyway, until I woke up to two very familiar extras in it.