“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.” – joining Soulemama
I’ve been crafting so much lately that it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with documenting it in this space. I’ve been feeling a lot better these days and I think it’s showing through my art and crafts. I know when I feel low, I tend to not want to do anything creative, but lately, I’ve been doing all sorts of crafty things and it’s certainly uplifting.
I put together a couple little softies for some new babies. This little guy is for a wonderful new mama and her little one who has taken incredible family photographs of us every year since Ellie was born. She’s taking our portraits this week and I finally get to meet her little one (I made the softie a little fabric camera too).
I had my mom make this adorable baby quilt to match the hedgehog softie I made for another friend’s baby. I think the whole thing turned out quite darling and even though, I haven’t gotten to give it to her yet (I’m hoping she’s not reading this right now), I had to share it!
This is Cindy. I’ve been trying my best to research how to make Waldorf dolls. I think Santa might just bring Ellie her very own (professionally made) Waldorf doll, but in the meantime, I’ve been piecing this doll together. Her arms and body came out a bit wonky, but what fun she was to make. I even made her overalls out of an old pair of shorts I used to wear. I’m going to keep trying because I’m beginning to really fall in love with these dolls. (I had a slight doll obsession as a child and it already looks like Ellie may be following in my footsteps), so I don’t think she will be upset if more dolls (mama made or otherwise) make their way into this house.
And the biggest crafting completion… Jeff’s quilt! I think I may have talked about this before. But this quilt was a long time coming. I had made Jeff a quilt a long time ago for his birthday, but it has been slowly falling apart and he’s mentioned several times that he’s love another one. Well, we stumbled upon this math and science fabric one day and he loved it so much, I decided I’d finally make him his new blanket. I took me quite awhile to finish, but I did it. And it turned out wonderfully. He loves it. Loves the length, and it’s better made than the last one (I’ve since improved with my sewing skills). It’s his big, early Christmas gift this year. And I’m thrilled to be done with it!
So there you have it. I’ve been crafting away any chance I get. Ellie naps. I craft. Ellie is playing with Gramma and Grandpa, I craft. Ellie is at the park with Dada, I craft. Ellie sleeps, I stay up way too late and craft. I’m back in business and it feels good.
The weekend was another quick one (man this year is flying by )! I got some time to finish up on some custom peg doll orders and get them ready to ship out. Ellie rode her balance bike to the park with Daddy while I got my craft on. We made a stew and homemade pizza and spent sunday running errands and going out to an early dinner with the grandparents at a local beach grille. We’re looking forward to a Thanksgiving at my parents house this year, less cooking and cleaning for us! Now that’s something to be thankful for!
eloise: The joy of hearing you sing every day is too much. I love it… “Da Fama in da Dell”, “Baa Baa Black Seep”, “Easy Goin”… the list goes on and on. Your Dada and I get the biggest grin on our faces when you break into song. Keep singing my love. Never stop.
-joining Jodi for the 52 project!
My mom is a rag quilter. When she’s not teaching reading and math in the public schools, she’s sewing. She’s made so many beautiful quilts. I’m a very lucky daughter (and my daughter is even luckier). A few months ago my mom was with me in our local, favorite fabric store and we came across adorable mustache man fabric (Les Monsieurs fabric by Michael Miller). The little men looked just like peg dolls. An idea immediately came to mind and we left the store with enough fabric to make two baby/toddler rag quilts. While my mom worked on the quilts, I made some replica mustache men. My mom added a pocket to the quilt, in went my mustache peg man and a crafty collaboration was formed. My mom sold the first quilt and peg dolls as soon as she put it in her shop. This is the second quilt and peg doll set and I had to share it here before it went up in her etsy shop. I just love how it turned out!
This weekend started out a bit wet. So of course we went out in search of puddles to stomp in. We collected leaves and brought them home to make a leaf collage. We read leaf books and made leaf rubbings. We’re soaking in the Autumn weather before California gets the better of it and warms up again (as is always the case). We went to a good friend’s birthday party and brought her a peg doll family. Saturday we went to my parents and took a nice long walk with my brother and his girlfriend. Ellie ran off some energy and climbed trees. We even saw a coyote skitter down the wash.
Halfway through Sunday, Ellie all of a sudden came down with a miserable cold. So we’ve been laying low ever since. Lots of good reading, building train depots, wrapping up baby dolls and some quiet time watching Frozen. Hoping this cold is a quick one so we can enjoy our days a little more again.
-joining Pumpkin Sunrise for “Weekends”
eloise: You tell me, “I’m big Mama.” “Yes, you are growing bigger,” I reassure you. You want to try the big kid things. The big kid swings and the bigger structures and the bigger bites of food and the bigger bike. You are growing all right. And your Mama would love it if you’d slow down… just a bit.
-joining Jodi for the 52 project!