Weekending!

This weekend I got to participate in a real live craft swap (so far they’ve only been online). I made several “tea for two” sets that included a hand embroidered spring sheep mug rug, two hand stamped linen napkins and of course some tea in a little paper pouch. I received some lovely goodies in return too.
swap
close up sheep
spring swapphoto credit (Kim Riddle)

It was nice getting together with some crafty ladies, eating yummy homemade food and chatting about babies and birth and of course, crafts.

The rest of the weekend was a slow one. We stayed close to home because Jeff was feeling under the weather. We spent Sunday afternoon enjoying the beachy weather. And I got to finish a dress for myself and a little spring top for Ellie.
new dress
pockets!
I’m finding children’s clothes are far more forgiving than busty adult women clothes. But, even if I may look like I’m five months pregnant (which I am definitely NOT), I’m still loving wearing clothes that I made for myself. And I’m hoping that if I keep at it, my skills will get better and they will fit me a little better. In the mean time, I’ll enjoy my creations for what they are, comfortable and, I think, pretty darn cute.
door step
run
mischief
beachy
mermaid
dress
Ellie was quite the wild child on the beach. I think daylight savings and last week’s full moon was getting to her. She was like Max and Peter Pan’s Lost Boys all rolled into one. Oh my wild beachy child!
what?!
dancing
wild child
jump
sandy
Happy Week to you friends!!

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Collecting

I’ve always been wary of bringing nature home. I feel so conflicted with wanting a piece of the nature to remind me of the beauty and serenity but also wanting to respectfully leave it where it belongs. As a child, I remember bringing home those special rocks I found and displaying them along a banister right by our front door. It was always a bit magical seeing all of those rocks and shells and feathers and twigs, displayed just so. As an adult, after reading about the fine art of wabi sabi and the happiness common natural items in the home, can bring to ones soul, I decided to start bringing little bits of nature back home with me from walks. And sure enough, seeing a smooth rock or some beach glass or a fallen branch inside the home makes me smile every time I see it.

When Ellie and I visit the beach, we usually pick things up, check them out and leave them in the sand. But every now and then we’ll head to the beach and I let Ellie take a few things with her when we go. For some reason, she was very interested in finding rocks and shells in the sand yesterday. She had her nature bag with her and we left with a hearty helping of beach rocks and driftwood. I’m sure some of this driftwood will end up back on the beach (we’re only a few minutes away to bring it back ), but for now, it’s a whole table of treasures for a little girl and her Mama to explore and enjoy.

run run run

beach day

walking on sand

water shot

searching

found one

found one

looking

windy

loot

shells

wabi sabi

 

Weekending

homemade chicken soup

 

pig tea

 

sunshine toys

 

nana reads to ellie

 

walk to the beach

 

almost there

 

ellies favorite place

 

dadadada

 

sand

 

beauty

 

lakeside

 

tree in the sunset

 

sea lions

 

watching the seals

 

walking back

 

watching the train

 

sunset

 

beauty at sunset

 

We are very much on the upswing of this bug. Only the cough seems to be lingering now. We all stayed well hydrated this weekend and finished up Daddy’s homemade chicken soup. Nana and Papa spent most of the weekend with us. Papa and Daddy fixing up the car that my In-laws will  drive while they are in California. Ellie and Nana playing and reading and enjoying each others company. Mama catching up on laundry and dishes and cleaning. Sunday we felt Ellie was well enough to spend an afternoon down by the beach. She was overjoyed being outside again and not cooped up in the house. We then took a walk down to see the seals in the town my In-laws are staying. One seal had just given birth and there were several more nursing their little pups. It was really neat watching them. We got to watch the train go by as well. One of Ellie’s favorite things to do these days.We ended the night with Thai takeout and a nice drive home with a happy baby. A lovely, fun evening for all of us.

 

-joining Amanda at The Habit.