Friday, June 25, 2010

this moment

inspired by soulemama's this moment.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

wash wednesday - happy summer solstice!

can you believe it? it was so sunny - i actually dried two loads of wash on the line. now this feels like summer! marc helped me roll out a new look for the blog too - click on over if you're in a reader and tell me what you think!
i love looking up at the clothes, especially with a sky like this.
and here's another shot of our clothesline in dual-function mode (as a shade tent for chalk drawing). yes, the message is still the same. all you need is love. happy summer solstice!

hope-filled knitting

for the blanket project - knitting together in honor of kelly, i made a little rainbow square to contribute. i thought a rainbow was the perfect symbol of hope, and would weave together all the colors of the blanket. when i first took a wet-on-wet painting class as part of waldorf teacher training, our instructor encouraged us to paint a rainbow whenever we were feeling off, down, or in a funk. it always cheers me, and i hope that it will do the same for kelly's family, especially her little boy.

Friday, June 18, 2010

one small change - june

i am a bit behind in implementing my june 'one small change', and i even neglected to mention what we did for may (an easy one: switched to biodegradable, made from non-gmo corn, trash bags). mostly though, i am just excited that i have been keeping the kitchen sink all clean and pretty. but, i have been wanting to kick our sponge habit for awhile now. i crocheted some dish cloths, but they didn't cut it. when i saw angelina mention this knitted hemp twine sponge, i knew i had to give it a shot!
lovely and functional! it is actually becoming more and more of a joy to wash the dishes. i might just use maureen's window star tutorial to fill those big bright windows and bring in even more color and beauty to the task. then my dish washing will really shine! are you still thinking about 'one small change'? next up on our list is making our own deodorant and toothpaste.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

treasures from the beach

we soaked up some serious sunshine at the beach. i always forget how incredibly chilly it can be on the oregon coast - even in summer. we needed sweaters to walk along the windy shore, but could sunbathe in the protection of the sand dunes. in this picture, colden is playing with one of the treasures i found - an ocean-tumbled stone.
we headed home early sunday. not because we didn't want more beach time, just more sleep. i think during the third middle of the night crying-screaming-wake-up i swore we would never go camping again (we will, i know). we might go for day trips for a bit though. anyone else have this challenge? it started raining just as we left, but we did promise one more trip to the beach. so we stopped at cannon beach on the way home and made it out to the haystack at low tide.
here are some more of my treasures. i wrote letters on them with chalk this morning to spell out a word across my countertop. i know i saw someone somewhere mention painting stones with blackboard paint for this purpose, but they take chalk easily without the paint too. i also thought they would be a sweet gift for someone who loves to skip stones since they are all so smooth and flat. maybe in a little pouch labeled 'wishes'? hope you had a lovely weekend, all!

Friday, June 11, 2010

this moment

inspired by soulemama's this moment.

p.s. off to seize summer and camp by the beach this weekend! hooray for sun! have a good one!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

wash wednesday

i have so longed to join in on wash wednesday. rather than wail about the unending rain, i'll just share a picture from may. truth be told, i sometimes leave my wash on the line overnight in all kinds of weather. lucky for me, because these diapers were quite beautiful capturing the morning sunrise. i remember leaving some socks at a friend's house as a child. many days later, i discovered them cleaned by the rain and baked in the sun on a piece of wood in her backyard. that smell convinced me all my clothes should be cleaned by rain and sun.

p.s. if you haven't done so, i would love it if you entered my little giveaway (leave a comment).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

craft hope - oil spill + giveaway

if you haven't heard about the latest craft hope project, please pop over and take a look. in response to the devastating, continuing news, they are gathering towels and rags to help environmental efforts to save wildlife. the above link shows a picture of sea turtles on top of a bunch of towels soaking up oil, so you can see one way they will be used. the link in my sidebar takes you to the project as well.
repurposing material is encouraged, and i've been going through our piles and cutting away. cotton cloth is best, but you can use terry, knit, or any type i think. crocheted and knit pieces are welcome too! i read somewhere in their comments that the best sizes would be 10" x 10" or 14" x 27", and sets of 10-20 are preferred. they also say that the cloths will be used only a few times at most and then thrown away, so no need to be fancy. if you really want to go all out, take a look at lisa's post on visualizing a solution too. let me know if you're participating (in craft hope or visualizing or both!) by commenting here before friday. i'll send one commenter a recycled wool jingle sea star (a great baby rattle!). i'll also put a couple in the shop too if you happen to love it and don't win. thanks for doing what you can, friends!

p.s. valarie - sea star coming your way! i'll contact you next week for your address!

Monday, June 7, 2010

take two

exciting news...we're expecting another baby! probably before the close of 2010, late december-ish. although you never quite know for sure, do you?
my bootie-making began rather out of proportion. i realized the feet i must have had in mind were perhaps more toddler-sized than baby. so i made another, more suited to tiny, tiny toes. now i will also have a size up for when new little feet outgrow the itsy bitsy ones. we left colden's sex to surprise, but we're oh so curious about the babe to be. what say you?

Friday, June 4, 2010

this moment

inspired by soulemama's this moment.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

chamomile abundance

you may have heard that the pacific northwest has not been so summery lately (read: non-stop rain). but monday afternoon there was a brief sunny period during which we scampered over to a neighbor's house to pick chamomile. her entire yard is covered, and she generously offered to share her bounty. picking the flowers also encourages new growth.
we felt dizzy from the scent after awhile. it was so soothing and wonderful. we use chamomile frequently in teas; as a digestive aid, for upset stomach, and for sleeplessness. my herb class notes say chamomile is antispasmodic, antiviral, mildly antimicrobial, an anodyne (mild pain reliever), and a carminative (expels gas). it is especially useful for restlessness and anxiety in children and pregnant women. (i will also say that i have a friend who cannot tolerate chamomile, and if you have any known allergy to asters you may want to avoid chamomile.) i also mention some other tidbits on chamomile in the healing basket.

i finally remembered what the next step of the harvest is called, and it is a great word for the task: garbling. this is the process whereby you remove any little extra stems, bugs, or other things that might affect the quality of your herb. i set out the chamomile on a sheet and toss it every so often, removing caterpillars and such. when they are dry, i will pick through to be sure i've removed any other little creatures before storing in a jar. ideally you'd have a mesh screen so air could circulate beneath the flowers while drying, but we all do what we can. i confess, it took me a long time to come around to chamomile. i used to find the taste strange, and i think it was due to letting the flowers soak too long. they start to taste funny if left in the tea water (to me, at least). so, do you enjoy chamomile tea? care to garble with me?