Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Television and kids

May 2nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

In my Mommy dream world my kids never watch television.  Enter reality. Sometimes I really can’t manage two screaming kids while cooking dinner, sometimes I need to take a shower, sometimes I have spent the entire day being super mommy and I need a moment to myself.   BUT the sad reality is that there seems to be an evil backlash  – TV addiction.  Unfortunately, the little people in my house don’t watch their short snippet of TV and merrily go on their way, oh no, they want MORE and MORE of it.  My boys follow me around with an agitated soul expressing their undying need to watch MORE and MORE.  It becomes yet another battle in the day. The whiney “when can I watch TV” question comes up so frequently that I wish I had the physical and mental strength to hurl the damn television into the stratosphere.  I can imagine it now floating peacefully in space bonking against asteroids.  If only I had real super powers, I would never need to “plug the kids” in and I could be the Mother I had always imagined.  If only!

If you love/hate your television here is a coloring page for you to enjoy!

Right click,save to a file and print it for Captain Crafty coloring fun.


Dump trucks working in the garden

May 1st, 2011 by zoe No Comments

The weather has finally turned warm and the time is NOW for planting. Quick, before the bugs hatch!! Bright crisp mornings are spectacular here in the Berkshires and there aint no better time to get out there and ready the soil for a hopeful harvest.  Alas, there are always so many things to do, sometimes Spring can feel a bit overwhelming.  I grew up on an organic farm and I am still learning to have a quaint peaceful vegi patch versus high yield turbo crops – I am trying to turn down my need to become a “weeding machine” and learn to putter about enjoying the view.  Plus gardening with children, like any undertaking with small ones, requires a heavy dose of detachment.    Some years all the seeds get planted late or scattered across the lawn, some years the chickens give themselves a dust bath right where you planted your carrots, some years the children UNplant all your starts in their own make believe “harvest”.  Such is farming, no matter what you plant, you never do know what you’ll harvest!

For now we are excited to have wee pea sprouts – let’s hope the blue birds and robins don’t notice.

A whopper day at the park

April 18th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

The weather got warm for ONE heavenly day.  We spent 4 plus hours of that day at the park enjoying every bit of the sun we could.  We climbed the the stairs to the top of the slide many many times, rode bikes with and without pedals, pumped our legs furiously on the swings reaching for the clouds, hid and found Easter eggs, ran the bases in an imaginary ball game and got 50 cent ice cream cones at the hardware store.  Wow – now that’s a day.

Quilting for babies

April 13th, 2011 by zoe No Comments


There is something so satisfying about crafting for babies, I always love to handmake something for each and every infant that steals my heart.  I realized the other day when whipping up these paper applique vegetable quilts for two very special babies in my life that there were a couple of things that make the experience so VERY pleasing to me. First I just love the idea of a baby wrapped in handmade flannel.  A circle of women artists tend to stitch and knit the very first belonging of a wee new child, there is something wonderfully pure and primal to be part of that crafty posse. And it’s a bit fun to show off your bad ass designs at a baby shower.  Sadly my boys now tend to reject the clothes I make for them, no matter how “COOL”.  At four they can somehow already smell the dork implications on their mama made velvet yoga pants. Though I discovered this December that if “Santa made it” – it’s golden.  So now I am privy to a new bonus in sewing for infants -   they can’t yet complain, that they wanted yellow not blue, that they wanted 4 carrots not 3!

What children can teach you?

April 11th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

What can children teach you?  This week my boys have conquered much, they have jumped into new things, and have  literally fallen, brushed themselves off and tried again.  I am trying to follow in their example as I too try new things.  I went to a HOT yoga class (at 7am!), with much hand holding from a wise friend, and loved it.  I also began a new big project out in the studio that involves me  dusting off my rusty metal smithing tools AND  finally figuring out how to carve and design jewelry in wax.  I can’t say I am loving it but I will say I am absorbed by the challenge, encouraged by the puzzle and inspired by the act of trying something new. Reminding myself to keep growing.  Oh and I made and sewed up a new little pattern, soft and cozy cashmere baby pants. All in all a wonderful week.


Mud Puddles

March 18th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

The boys and I have been hunting for signs of Spring and documenting what we find in a little book.  Birds chirping, sap flowing, lots of eggs in the hen-house, ants in the house and MUD.  The boys have been thrilled by the latter – mud.  Oh so  glorious, mud.  “Embrace the mud” I say to myself in a quiet clenched mantra, as they grind it into the seats of my car, try to build sand castles with it, squeeze it through their fingers and huck it too and fro.  For the Mothers of small boys, dodge the mud, is indeed a far better mantra.  Outside the air is finally got a bit of fresh, the sun a bit of warmth, inside the house muddy wet dripping clothes are draped high and low, it’s a real classy look those mud caked batman underwear draped over the woodrack.  Better Homes and Gardens – here we come.

On a craftier note, last week I got an entire glorious day in the studio and managed to sew myself a cozy new sweater.  So nice to be able to cut, sew and wear something in one day!  The pattern is SIMPLICITY#2560 and it sewed up quick and easy, I did alter the sleeve from a 3/4 length to a full length (I am all that fond of 3/4 length sweaters).   The fabric is a remnant  of navy blue wool jersey that proved to be just shy of the needed yardage so I had to piece together the sleeves, something I wouldn’t necessarily do if I  the correct yardage.  And of course I didn’t actually follow the directions  and sewed the neck banding on backwards which led to yet another adaptation, but that managed to work out just peachy.  Now sewing for myself doesn’t always work out, in fact the word peachy is rarely in my vocabulary in regards to items I make for ME.  Often sewing for ME ends in a lot of*#*&%!!!   Four days later and  I was still wearing it, now that’s what you would call a success.   Of course today my lovely new sweater met with a giant mud puddle, a mud  puddle likely to put my bath tub to shame and I now get to see how it washes.  Oh, MUD!