Friday, March 26, 2010

Love Notes For Life

My husband is a night owl. I myself love love love the early morning hours. This works out swimmingly for our computer work. He tucks me in for the night at a grandmotherly hour of 9:30 or 10:00...and then starts his papers, studying, reading, etc. He also started a lovely habit of leaving me a little post-it note under the keyboard. It's the first thing I see in the morning when I stumble in here with my coffee to start the day. I stick them to my planner, and when the pile gets too big, I bundle them up and stash them in an *old cigar box.
Last week, we ran out of post-its. So he wrote on my Facebook wall something like, "In lieu of the post-it note shortage, I'm writing your note here..."
My sweet Aunt Becky saw it and came to the rescue. Because her basement is full of anything you can imagine, and also because Aunt Becky has always done anything to make her kids/nieces/nephews happy, she shipped me a lifetime supply of post-its! I'm not sure how committed John Jay was to this little love note ritual of ours, but our new stockpile pretty much locks him in for the next decade or so! :)
*also given to me by Aunt Becky!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Teddy Bear Necklace

Just look at this sweet little guy! I am so tempted to keep him for myself. Isn't he adorable?!
Fuzzy, cuddly, chubby...just waiting to be named and loved.

Teddy Bear Necklace

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Odd Little Toy

It doesn't really have a name. I suppose that will be Judah's job once he wakes to discover this magical literary wonder I created this afternoon.
A friend of mine gave me a huge box of vintage fabrics and notions a while back and this rainbow treasure was in the mix. I've made headbands out of the flower section, but there's so much going on here: paintbrushes, balloons, ABC's, hearts, crayons, more flowers...
Since Judah loves his letters and sounds, I've been meaning to do something with that portion. Please don't ask me why a padded stick with streamers came to mind - I have no clue. It just seamed like a good idea. And more than that, it seemed like something Judah would like. Why padding? I assumed it would hurt less when he beat up the dog with it (by accident, of course).
Here's the "How to" (because I know so many of you want to make a cushy stick for your kids)
I used:
1. dowel rod, which I sawed to length with a bread knife
a tangle of ribbons, various lengths
3. fun fabric
buttons, I used green ones from my Grandmommy's button jar
5. batting (not pictured)

I cut my fabric into two long strips and sewed a sleeve, with the ribbons streaming from one end. Then I wrapped the dowel rod with two strips of batting, taping around it in a few select spots. After turning the sleeve right side out and fitting the now padded dowel inside the sleeve, I sewed up the edge using a zipper foot so I could get closer to the dowel rod. I then added the buttons to cover up my dirty sewing job. And...there you have it! A weird alphabet ribbon wand stick toy thingy. Better than these though.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hot Dogs & Boiled Eggs...

Since I'm little more than an incubator right now, my life has revolved around eating, sleeping, and eating some more. I promise you, food takes up about 85-90% of my thoughts these days! There's no escape even during my sleep...I dream about food, making food, searching for food, etc.
All that to say, this blog and my shop have been struggling to hang on these last few weeks. Sorry about that. I am a few weeks away from rounding that first trimester corner, and hoping that the surge of energy I keep hearing about will follow. You'd think I would remember it from my last pregnancy, but my vision is too blurry right now, clouded with images of sauerkraut hot dogs and boiled eggs (yep, those are my cravings).
And all of that to say, I'm still here, and I have a whole collection of new items just waiting to be listed. So stay tuned!
(Image courtesy of The Charleston Gazette)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Smoothie Animals

A few days ago I went to clean Judah (my 2.5 year old) up and get him down from his chair when he said, "Ooh! Look!" and pointed to the smoothie smears left on the tray. He said, "That's a dinosaur!...and that's a whale!"

This is so normal for Judah. He sees stuff in everything...letters in building structures, animals in the clouds, his popcorn pieces look like tractors, and spilled juice this morning looked like a lion, apparently.

A beautiful mind indeed.

Monday, March 1, 2010

I've Been Busy...

I've had a tiny lull in the shop these last few weeks - I've been using all my creative energy on creating a human.
(Yup...we're pregnant!)
But I finally got some fun new things up and wanted to give a quick summary post of the latest goods. Here they are:
1. Petaline Earrings
2. Truth or Dare Necklace
3. Vintage Chaos Necklace
4. Atlantis Earrings
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