Portrait Project

22/52

flower child 22/52

eloise: my flower child. 

– joining Jodi for the 52 project,

“a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014.”

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Weekending

I don’t have very many photos from this long, memorial day weekend. I wasn’t feeling very well off and on throughout the weekend but we did have moments of fun. Lots of tea, some kite flying, some music and dancing and steaks on the grill and a visit from Gramma and Grandpa with a trolley ride. How was your Memorial Day?

tea

kite flying

flower child runs

flower child

frozen

granpa strums

trolley

mama trolley

gma and gpa

-joining pumpkin sunrise for weekending!

The Knothole Tree

I’ve been pretty busy lately in the creating department. After making Ellie a seasonal spring time play mat, I realized I could be making them for every season and could possibly make them for other people too. I’ve always wanted to open an etsy shop. And since I’ve started painting and doing more crafting, I’ve been working hard to get my own little shop, up and running. It would be so nice to be able to keep making things for Ellie and others and the bit of money I would get by selling online would help make that possible. So, here I go. I opened my very own etsy shop.

It’s called The KNOTHOLE TREE.

the knothole tree

I loved the idea of The Knothole and Boo Radley’s gifts to the children in To Kill A Mockingbird. Ellie’s middle name is Harper, after Harper Lee. I thought it was a perfect little name for a whimsical little shop.

I just finished three play mats. A spring inspired one and two “Frozen-inspired” mats (because  like everyone else in the world, we’ve been bitten by the Frozen bug and I thought some open-ended play mats with hand painted peg people might just be a fun idea).
Here is the spring mat.
spring matIt’s completely hand-sewn and I try to use up-cycled fabrics as well as new cotton and wool felt. This one has batting in the middle and then completed with an up-cycled wool sweater. It was so fun to make. And nice to know I was giving the old sweater a new life.
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a river runs through it

 

And here is one of the Frozen-inspired mats I made (that definitely could double as a winter seasonal mat or even a polar play mat.
frozen

It’s also completely hand-sewn and is backed with an up-cycled chenille blanket. I love those up-cycled fabrics. The dolls were hand painted by me and have been so much fun to make.
ana and elsa

I’m still figuring out the whole peg doll process, but it has been a joy to play around with these little guys and Ellie is having so much fun picking out which ones she wants as part of her collection.

Here is another Frozen inspired mat with more batik cotton.

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The “Frozen-inspired” mats won’t go in the store until next week because I’m still working on finishing up the peg dolls for them. But, my store with also have some softie dolls and animals as well as some of my paintings. I’m nervous about putting myself out there like that but I really enjoy making these wonderful things! Check out my store, if you would like! And stay tuned next week for a giveaway from me to celebrate those 500 posts as well as the opening of my store!

 

Weekending!

It was such a beautiful weekend. The weather finally cooled back down to the beachy weather we all know and love (we, particularly my husband, but I’m finding my daughter as well, do not like the heat… at. all). I got out on a yard sailing bike ride on saturday morning and found some ceramic treasures. My Dad (Grandpa) joined us for our weekly farmers market trip (Gramma is visiting Germany this week and next- we miss you Gramma!). Jeff and Ellie spent a few hours enjoying each others company so I could get in some “making” and art time. I’m officially obsessed with making peg people as you can see. And,  I signed up for this fantastic art class and although I am very behind; joining in almost half a year late, I’m already feeling more inspired by the lessons I got to partake in this weekend. We spent a lot of time outside. A lovely sunday afternoon at the beach and more time making and enjoying each others company. It was a wonderful weekend and I’m so very thankful for my little family.

yard sale find

grandpa

farmers market fun

pool daze

art space

red

obsessed

walks

happy porch

 

* joining Pumpkin Sunrise, who is taking over for Amanda for weekending!