An Elfy Giveaway!

I had such a fantastic run this year with selling my peg dolls that I thought I’d give some away today. A small token of thanks for everyone who’s supported me through buying, words of wisdom, words of encouragement and just being present in my life. I thank you all!! I have a little trio of elves to give away to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on the blog. You are welcome to share this giveaway on Instagram and Facebook too (but it’s certainly not required to win)! These little peg elves stand 1′ high (they are tiny). They are hand painted with non toxic watercolors and can be finished with an all natural beeswax and jojoba oil rub or sealed with a non toxic sealant (winner’s choice). Their eyes are wood burned on. The winner will be announced on Wednesday the 17th, so come back here to find out!!

****GIVEAWAY CLOSED**** CHOSEN THROUGH THE RANDOM GENERATOR- THE WINNER IS KIM (mothering with mindfulness) !!!! Kim, I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your address, so we can hopefully get your little peg elves out before Christmas! Thank you everyone for all your kind words. I’m sure I will be doing another Peg giveaway soon!

giveaway stocking caps Happy Holidays!!! xoxo, Summer


This weekend was slow and steady. Not too many plans. I wasn’t feeling all that well, so we tried to take it easy. Lots of good Christmas books, crafting, watching some harbor fireworks from our bedroom window, some late night Christmas movies and a walk through a new favorite park to get some fresh air (where we found mushrooms and rocks and swung on swings, met a horse named Charlie and walked along a fallen pine tree that smelled like Christmas).

walking through

the staff

nature girl

dada and elle

winter sky

the basin


little girl



cool mushroom city

mama and me

this kid

this beauty

charlie horse

ta da

in the stump

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend and wishing you a delightful week!!

Portrait Project


eloise: it doesn’t rain much in California, so when it did, we spent the majority of our time outside, in it. You were happy as a clam with your new rain boots and rain coat, stomping around in puddles and not caring one bit that your hair was getting wet or your hands were ice-cold. I had to drag you inside kicking and screaming. You’ve spent the past few days singing “rain, rain go away”, but I kind of think you’d like it to keep on raining.

-joining Jodi for 2 more weeks (eek! only two more weeks left!) for the 52 project!

What We’re Reading

library books

We have been reading a lot these days. The shorter days make it harder to stay outside too late and cuddling up with good, holiday books has been a nice alternative. Every week we pick up several holiday books at the library (see above for this week’s finds). And this year (because of my preschool teacher stockpile of books), we are doing a new Holiday/winter book every evening. I keep those books under the tree in a basket.

book gnome books

I’ll admit, I have a thing for children’s books and holiday titles especially, so I have picked up a couple new ones (or gently used) a long the way too. But this way, we will always have a big basket of books to bring out every  year and what a lovely tradition that is. These are the books we have read so far. The Snowman has been a favorite as well as Tracks in the Snow and The Christmas Wish (a lovely photographic journey with a little girl who wants to be an elf).

I’ve also picked up a few for when Ellie’s older. One in particular I’m thrilled about. A gently used copy of Sendak’s version of The Nutcracker. I’m a sucker for anything Sendak. And of course, when a great book comes along, I tend to get inspired and want to create peg dolls to go with it.
peg dolls

book gnome
What are your favorite holiday reads?