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Paper Hearts, We Like Um!

January 30th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Okay it’s almost February. Which brings one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day.

I love Valentines Day.

Not for its chocolates, high pressure romanticism, or gifts and such.. (and definitely not for its overpriced long stem red roses that always go limp necked and die before ever opening!).

I love it because I have forever loved to make cards, and Valentines Day is the ONE day in which EVERYONE is encouraged to give handmade cards. Now don’t let me down and buy the Star Wars and My Little Pony ones propped temptingly on the isle ends at the grocery store — DON’T DO IT.

Get out your construction paper, doilies, glue and glitter and get to work folks.


Oh and make sure to replenish the craft supplies, you can never have enough hot pink glitter!

Making Custom Spoons for Grandma

December 21st, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

I originally saw this project here and knew it was perfect handmade gift idea for the boys Momo. I ran out and got some nice wooden spoons at the cookshop the next day!

I got the boys to draw on their spoons with pencil and we traced it with a wood burner tool.

The boys have a Grandmother who lives and breaths kitchen gadgets, I once counted four waffle irons in her kitchen.

I hope she loves her custom spoons as much as I do!

Kids Making Teacher Gifts

December 19th, 2011 by zoe 3 Comments

Some last-minute gifts for the teachers.

The boys hand painted terra-cotta pots for Amaryllis bulbs.

I am pretty excited to share with my children the joy of giving, which after all is kinda sorta the whole dig dang point of the holiday season.

I have a memory that on the Little House on the Prairie the children were pretty excited to simply get one of these for Christmas….

Making Woodsy Wreaths

December 6th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

On Sunday we went for a family walk. We gathered a big bag of Princess Pine from the forest floor. The children ran here and there excited to find a new patch, plucking it up and adding it to their bags.

Yesterday I used the metal hoops salvaged from a broken old lampshade and some thin wire to make a hand wrapped holiday wreath.

We bathed some pinecones in glitter too but they are still drying!

I think it came out swell and I love that we were able to gather it from our back yard!

Sewing for Sanity

December 4th, 2011 by zoe 5 Comments

I like to keep my boy’s room pretty organized – for the sake of my sanity. Everything has a home and it can all be put back together in a super human tornado speed clean.

After dreaming about it for months I managed to make a pattern & sew up some toy storage containers. My idea was that they would fit perfectly into our cubbies.

This one was a bit big so — here is round two.

With felt cars stitched on the front because that’s where the cars go!

Thanks to Marsha for the quilted lilac polka dot fabric — circa 1982?

Grow, Regress, Grow

November 27th, 2011 by zoe 3 Comments

Parenting children is such an interesting ….(word choice? frustrating, challenging,huge) job.

There is a desire to create a “balance” in parenting that is somehow basked in an attainable golden light. Some days are angelic, while others are a complete and utter slog. Some days fly by while others are a grind that leaves you TRYING to keep your cool till bedtime.

The little ones they test, they demand, they work their magic – which somehow seems to unravel the fabric of your being till you click your heals and wonder WHY…. did I think being a parent would be FUN!!!

As parents we help them grow, rejoice in their accomplishments and then hold onto our hats when they fritter backwards. We teach, comfort, stand firm and gently nudge. Doing our best not to go stark raving mad in the process!

We must familiarize ourselves with the constant patterns of growth and it’s less popular cousin regression.

Somehow we all missed the chapter on Regression in our fantasy pre-parenting minds. Teaching them to walk, talk, tie their shoes and bring you coffee in bed seemed to take the forefront.  In reality moving forward with new skills is the easy peesy part! The hard part is holding it all together when they decide to unlearn themselves.

The hard part is teaching yourself that the true pattern is not grow grow grow but more likely GROW, REGRESS, GROW.

And on the on those rough days my special ritual is to sneak into their rooms after they have fallen asleep. I peek in on their quiet peaceful faces.   Oh they are small, oh they are learning, & oh I love them so.

Little rascals that they are!