Tuesday, February 26, 2013

over the rainbow bridge

rainbow necklace
today, my brother and his wife became parents. they welcomed their twins; a boy and a girl. i was so grateful to be able to be connected through text messaging, e-mail, and facebook. it is so hard to be so far away sometimes. i have been keeping them near my heart, and wearing this rainbow necklace all week. my brother made it for me when we were children, and i am lucky to still have it. love you guys.

Monday, February 25, 2013

a little embroidery collection

i wanted to put together a little embroidery gift for a young friend of ours. my mother gave me her entire massive collection of embroidery floss, so i have plenty to share. i worked on cutting out these little bobbins (aren't they great?), and filling them. also included in the gift: another sheet of bobbins to cut out, scissors, needle, hoop, and a large piece of linen. the two above are the start of colden's own collection.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

buffs and barns

buffs and barnevelders
we couldn't resist adding to our flock recently, with two little buff orpingtons and two even smaller barnevelders. we have never had buffs, but i've heard they are great. and we lost our last barnevelder to a wild beast of some sort before she started laying. she was a beauty, with pretty greenish black feathers. we do have two hens that are laying, but i can't for the life of me remember what kind. maybe one ameraucana? anyhow, one is white and grey and lays brown eggs (we think), while the other is tawny-colored and lays greenish-grey eggs (though it might be the other way round actually). avert your eyes, o ye squeamish, for today i saw said brown chicken spontaneously lay an egg with no shell and then proceed to eat it. i let the dogs chase her away from her egg-eating temptation (the dogs are pretty good chicken herders if you are watching them), but i guess it is not so uncommon for a chicken to eat its own egg. i have never heard of one coming without the shell though! the little chicks are in the coop in a separate enclosure. we were hoping to sneak them under some broody hens, but the urban farm store warned us the hens might not adopt them so readily (indeed, that caramel-colored hen has been pecking at them). hopefully, they will warm up to one another!

Friday, February 22, 2013

this moment

glitter glue

Thursday, February 21, 2013

yarn along - opal

yarn along opal

this photo is from last week, so i am quite a bit further on the sweater. barely touched the book though, it was recommended by colden's preschool teacher and looks quite fascinating. it is the diary of a little girl from oregon, who wrote it when she was six. i'll have to let you know more when i get into it! hoping to get a few more projects on the needles soon though! joining ginny's yarn along...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

v-day proper

valentine by hand
okay, so colden celebrated at school the day before and made these sweet cards for his classmates (don't worry, it's a small class). we also sent off toilet-paper tube heart-stamped valentine's to family.
i cut, and marc assembled these little houses as a valentine's treat the next day. i cut one little chocolate heart out of a bar for each kiddo, tucked inside. when colden received his, he immediately wanted to make the little house himself, so we printed off another. and then, of course, another for azie.

Monday, February 18, 2013

hearty food

hearty breakfast i used our little heart cutter on our breakfast for valentine's. heart-shaped bananas (cut your banana at an angle for enough surface area), and tiny heart toast & egg. hearty dogsi couldn't resist making colden's lunch a little extra special too, and our grocery sells some big beef hot dogs that worked nicely. hearty soup this chicken soup with heart-shaped carrots and parsnips was another pinterest lead. tricky cutting, but worth it.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

starred zipper bags

i love, love, love how these bags turned out. i did not love three failed practice attempts, an awol zipper-foot crisis, a mad dash for new (longer) zippers, and the emotional state i worked myself into surrounding their completion (which i owe in large part to marc's cutting assistance). still, now i think i want to make more. yes. yes, i am crazy.

p.s. i found this tutorial to be a lifesaver as well, did you know you can trim any zipper to suit your project? it also gets the zip out of the way for sewing! now i will be unstoppable.

Friday, February 15, 2013

this moment


Thursday, February 14, 2013

yarn along - little rainbow mitts

tiny mitts
i bought this yarn from etsy, the colorway is called "let's blow this popsicle stand." the first pair are too small for even babies, but the second pair fit both kids.
rainbow mitts

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

star food


this was a pinterest-inspired creation. i actually tried cutting the pineapple into stars too, but it didn't work out. also: slightly dangerous kid fare, what with the sharp pointy sticks and all.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

potato stamping

potato stamper
another starry decoration...
potato stamping

Monday, February 11, 2013

yellow submarine

yellow submarine
i made this yellow submarine for our over-the-mantle mirror for colden's birthday. after getting it to print poster-sized, i traced it, and cut it and traced it, and then figured out i could draw on top of the printout very firmly so the lines would show.
purple tangerine
i went over the lines with a sharpie, and then colden colored in the rest with colored permanent markers. he also cut out most of the body (i did the fussy periscopes).
silver lima bean

Saturday, February 9, 2013

rock out

rock out

Friday, February 8, 2013

this moment

glow stars

five years

five years

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

birthday sweater

birthday sweater colden received this amazing, cashmere, handmade sweater from his best friend. my favorite part, besides the star, the cashmere, and the sweet friends who made it! - is that it will fit through the next cold season too. isn't it just perfect?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

star garlands

star garland
more birthday decorations! we got a star-punch cutter, and then made bigger stars by tracing a cookie cutter and hand cutting. more birthday crafts in the works!
rainbow star garland

Monday, February 4, 2013

star crayons

star crayons
we are preparing for colden's fifth birthday, and made these recycled star crayons for our party bags. it was a surprising amount of work, but i think it was worth it. multicolored star crayons! (note: if you choose to do this craft, be sure you are using the oven-safe variety of silicone, and not an ice cube tray. oops.)

Friday, February 1, 2013

this moment