Weekending: Thanksgiving edition!

apples

grammas

T day books

matching dresses

helping

gramma toys

play

turkey

flowers

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gramma

yay!

We spent Thanksgiving at my parents house this year. Jeff cooked the turkey and made an apple pie. My mom and grandmother made the rest. I made a sweet potato pie and chased around a little munchkin. I finished her Thanksgiving dress just in time (a dress to match the baby doll I made her earlier this Autumn). The dress was actually up-cycled from an old skirt of mine. It was a nice, busy day with family.

We also had a sort of friendsgiving as well this weekend. My closest friends and their families came down to our house for turkey sandwiches and stuffing (Jeff got up early and roasted another turkey. He’s my hero). We drank mimosas, munched on turkey brunch and took the kids to the playground. A lovely morning and afternoon with dear friends.
our party

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turkey

holiday

ladies

swings

littles
tree lot
trees

happy holidays

shell

carosuel

daddy and boo

photo booth

poinsettia
Sunday was spent at home, enjoying the cooler weather and little bit of rain. Christmas decorations went up and we bought our tree. We ended the night with a trip to the carousel and a walk down by the marina. It was a nice, long weekend to kick off the holidays. I’m so very thankful for the wonderful family I am apart of and especially for my darling little girl and my loving, sweet husband. I hope you had an equally wonderful weekend!

Making and making and making…

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.
peg dolls

I put the word out on Facebook and through friends and family, and have been inundated with custom peg doll orders (which I’m enjoying immensely).
elf pegs

I’ve also been working on stocking my etsy shop with some wintry kindness elves (although it seems I can’t make these little guys fast enough).
lambie pie with camera

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).
lanas softie
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!
waldorf dollAfter

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.
Jeff's quilt

all done!

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.

Weekending!

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.

How was your weekend?
wet leaf
leave walk

puddle stomping

leaf collage

leaf man

 

 

mias peg family

leaves

 

 

run

coyote

coy-ote!

char

da dada

-joining Pumpkin Sunrise for “Weekends”