We’re gearing up for Ellie’s second birthday around here. I’ve been trying to finish up on some special decorations.
I bought these little wooden horses in hopes of making a carousel centerpiece. I’m not sure how it will all come out or even if it will at all, but I’ve been busy sanding, and sketching designs. I also started using my wood burner I got for my birthday. It’s going to take lots of practice to get good, but it’s been fun, wood-burning the designs into these horses.
Next up is painting them and then figuring out how to make a carousel stand.
In other news, I’ve been rearranging areas…
Adding some sheep skin rugs to Ellie’s play areas to encourage play.
Getting my swap goodies all set to send out.
Reading about the beach and then visiting the beach.
Trying to get into the kitchen to cook some more (although, as you can see, a clingy toddler who just wants to dance, makes that difficult sometimes).
And someone had her very first licks of a lollipop (Daddy thankfully finished it).
But not before Mike the Peg Doll gets a lick.
I leave you with one of my favorite daily views….
Hope you are having a nice start to your week.
Wow! What a magical weekend we had (as you can see by all the pictures. I went a little hot air balloon picture-taking crazy). We went to the annual Citrus Balloon Festival for the second time this year. Here is last year’s visit. Like last year, we thought we knew what we were doing and showed up before 9am to see all of the balloons fly. Unfortunately, we missed the 6:30am fly time (their website needs a little work) and only got to see two balloons. But, it was pretty exciting seeing just the two and we hung around to meet up with friends, check out the live music and take a train ride around the event arena. We were disappointed that we missed seeing all of the balloons again and knew coming back that evening was probably not going to happen with Ellie’s bedtime. However, after a very long and late nap, it seemed the stars aligned and we attempted our first “night-time outing” with Miss Ellie boo bear. While she napped, I whipped her up a mama-made Hot Air Balloon PJs top to wear to the Balloon show. And I’m so glad we went. It was so magical seeing all the balloons lit up. Seeing Ellie’s face light up and to hear her so excited was priceless. She told us when she was ready to go home, did very well on the drive home and fell fast asleep as soon as we got home, I’m sure, dreaming of colorful balloons filling up the sky.
-joining Pumpkin Sunrise this weekend.
eloise: we saw the hot air balloons for the second year. Last year you were curled up close to me in the wrap. This year you were exploring them right along with us. What a day and night we had. We saw a few balloons in the morning and then decided to come back at night (past your bedtime) to see all the balloons lit up in the night sky. It was both exciting and exhilarating for you. And you did amazingly well up so late. A very special night for both you and your Mama and Daddy.
-joining Jodi for the 52 project!
“A single photo. No words. Capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”
I’ve been working on lots of custom orders these past weeks. It’s such a neat feeling of making these sales, packaging them up and shipping them out. I’m learning a lot about the small business. I’m learning a lot about how to finish my art, printing art and packaging art. And I’m hoping that people out there are happy with my creations. I struggle with that aspect of it. It’s one thing to give a handmade gift but another to sell a handmade gift. I put my heart and soul into these little creative things I make and I’m hoping people will love them.
A little glimpse of my craft room. Finished projects being wrapped up and other projects just being started.
I’m working on some blogger swap gifts as well. I enjoyed this one so much, I had to do it again!
I got inspired one morning after finding this perfect little shelf for Ellie’s table and while Ellie napped, I went to work on watercolor summer time banner. Each letter of SUMMER represented by something Ellie has been interested in this summer (S-sunshine, U-ukulele, M-mushroom, M-moon, E-ear of corn, R-rainbow). I’ve caught her pointing out each letter and talking about what she sees numerous times in the past couple days. I think she likes it.
And getting ready for Ellie’s party with little wooden creatures for center pieces of course and some inspiration from a beautiful notecard Ellie picked out at our local art gallery.
Lots of crafting around here… what are you up to?
Fairy Gourd home, tucked in between some peach branches.
Pumpkins, here, there and everywhere! I’m so surprised at how well these little Jack be nimble pumpkins are growing.
The Hop plants are growing steadily…
… up, up, up.
Corn in the afternoon light. We are having so much success with this little bunch of corn. This week, Jeff picked our very first homegrown corn husk and we had a corn snack!
We boiled up the cob and Ellie, Jeff and I enjoyed some corn, from farm to table.
the whole garden!
But can’t forget the flower garden (which needs a little more tending to).
Or the lemon tree! We have a lot of lemons!!
The July garden is lush and full of fruit. We’re still waiting on tomatoes to ripen, but we’ve pulled several lettuce plants out and I’ve planted more carrots (because the other ones did so well). It’s really neat watching this space evolve and grow.
We headed downtown this weekend for an art show after the farmers market. It was interesting. Each artist had their pieces inside a POD and they were all placed throughout the downtown area. We got to see ukulele players and some performance art as well as take in a nice walk.
How was your weekend?
-joining Pumpkin Sunrise with Weekending.