Boston Snapshots

Our holiday Boston trip has come to an end. We head home tomorrow morning. We had a nice time with Jeff’s family and friends, met up with some friends from California at the Boston Children’s Museum and spent a very cold morning at the Boston Aquarium. Here are a few snapshots from the rest of our trip…



flashlight 2

uncle bill

Boston childrens museum

josh plays

light table




best buds


ice penguins



fish tank


dad and e



jelly fish


seal meet seal

mama and baby


happy cold girls

Happy New Year to you all! I’m excited to get home and begin new projects, make new goals, continue to watch my little girl grow and play and to be inspired by all of you out there!! Much love!




Portrait Project


eloise: The last portrait of the year. I found it much harder this year to capture your beautiful face. You have grown from an infant to a baby to a toddler to a little girl, running around, chatting, yelling, singing, jumping, joyful, angry, sad, curious, loving and wild. It was harder to carry my camera around and it was harder to interrupt our play for a snapshot. Pictures this year turned out ever so slightly blurry. I even forgot until the last moment for several weeks to capture a portrait. You are just always moving now and we’re always busy. I’m hoping next year to capture your portraits a little better, but we shall see how the year turns out…

(You are ending your year in Boston with your Nana and Papa. We fly back to California on New Years’ Eve, ringing in the New Year with Gramma and Grandpa- from East coast to West we ring in the New Year!).  

-joining Jodi for one last time this year for the 52 Project! Hoping many more of you will join us next year!!

If you want to see all of this year’s portraits, click HERE!

A Christmas in Boston

Merry Christmas! Hoping you and yours had a lovely couple days. We made it safe and sound at Nana and Papa’s and Christmas was delightful and lovely as well. Lots of good food, family, an annual beer swap (and family peg dolls), chasing chickens around (my SIL’s) and lots and lots of presents and toys!! It’s been a very fun trip so far.
santa came!

opening presents


more presents

new camera

chicken licken

chicken lady

uncle bill

uncle bill is funny

beer swap

Weekending: Early Christmas Edition

We’re headed to the east coast for Christmas this week to spend it with Jeff’s family. As much as I love doing things “on the actual day”, we decided not to ship presents back east and instead Jeff called Santa and Santa made arrangements to bring Ellie’s gifts early this year (plus a little bit more on the actual day). So, we celebrated Saturday and had a wonderful, magical family Christmas. That evening, we drove up to my parents’ house and celebrated with my family as well.
clay ornaments


Earlier in the week, Ellie and I made Christmas clay ornaments for everyone. We used Jenny’s tutorial and supply list, but I was unable to get the pigment she recommend in time, so after we cut them out and baked them, we painted them with acrylics. They’re definitely not as lovely as Jenny’s but they are perfectly perfect for our first go around. I’m thinking we’ll definitely do this again next year (and hopefully, I’ll be better prepared).


Ellie actually caught a throw up bug late last week and we were so worried we’d have to cancel Christmas. But, it seems it was only a 24 hour thing and after a couple of days of rest, easy-going in-home activities and of course some Frozen,curled up next to Mama, she seems much better. On Friday we made snowflakes for Santa and his elves and left them under the tree.
santas snowflake

elf snowflake

On “Ellie’s Christmas Morning” she found that Santa and his elves had hung the snowflakes all over the house.
santa came

mama made

santa table

Santa also set up Ellie’s table with new toys from one of her favorite books, Red Knit Cap Girl and Mama and baby polar bear!! (This wonderful shop custom-made Red Knit Cap Girl for me and the bears are Holztiger)!
close up

waldorf doll

This doll was the big item (along with the grocery cart). She was a custom handmade doll from this lovely shop. I have been wanting to get Ellie a Waldorf doll for a while now and this sweet doll came across my Facebook feed one day. Unfortunately, the doll sold to someone else and so I waited till the doll maker posted another doll for sale and I snatched it up right away before I lost another one (all the while, still wishing I had gotten the pink haired doll). I mentioned it to the doll maker, that I was disappointed I had missed the pink haired doll and she immediately responded and told me she would make me another just like it. I was so thrilled. Ellie is very into dolls these days and I knew a special doll, like this would be the perfect gift. Ellie loved her up as soon as she saw her.


We opened our stockings and enjoyed some homemade swedish oat bran pancakes (thank you to my Grandmother for the recipe).
christmas is over



The little white softie stocking friend is something I made for Ellie. I’ll go into the things I crafted for her in another blog post (there’s just too much to tell here, so I’ll save it for later).
pretty baby

I didn’t take too many photos at Gramma’s house, but Gramma did make Ellie a glorious Christmas dress, which Ellie loved!
grammas house

take two

peg dolls

I made my siblings (and my brother’s girlfriend, peg dolls, of course). And Ellie picked out an ornament to give to each of her aunts and uncle too.

happy girl

pretty girl

It was a very nice morning and night. We got home late, tired but happy and full of Christmas joy.
Sunday was a lazy day. Laundry, preparing for our trip and playing with new toys. We did take a trip out to the Ojai farmers market and had a few surprises along the way…


santa sells

fairy dust


baby violinist


Baby violinist’s, fairy’s with fairy dust to share and Santa selling persimmons… it was a very interesting trip to the Farmers Market.

And because it was the solstice, We made a hot beef stew with homemade biscuits (Ellie helped) and we ate by candle light. A perfect way to ring in Winter, if I do say so myself.
kneading dough


candle light


We had a wonderful family Christmas. Now on to our east coast family Christmas. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!! I’m hoping to still post this week while in Boston, but if I don’t get around to it with all the holiday hustle and bustle, Have a wonderful holiday my friends and a Happy New Year!!!!

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!