Friday, April 4, 2014

This Moment

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
 
Inpired by the Always Lovely SouleMama
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Music of Childhood.

What does childhood sound like in your home?

well besides the giggles, screams, screeches, whines or crying.... because we've all experienced those sounds as well.

Does the rhythm of your day have a soundtrack?

In our home we are striving to be as screen free as possible in regards to Reagan. We're not perfect but it's a goal. It helps that we do not own a television set which frequently comes as a shock to people. Yep, we gave it away. Now we do have computers and a Nook tablet and she has discovered the joys of Wild Kratts and Dragon Tales and like every other small girl on the planet she is walking around singing the Frozen sound track on repeat but we try to keep that at a minimum. Ideally we would have it at once a week (or not at all) but some weeks are better than others.

Not having a television set does not mean our house is silent...or even quiet. Our household residents include a 3 year old and a rather vocal parrot. If you team that up with our abundance of musical instruments the sound in our house can range from fun and whimsical to down right chaotic.

What I have found that helps our daily rhythm is music. I thought on how in an adult music can have a powerful impact on our emotions and I figured the same would hold true for the wee ones as well.

Using Spotify (a free streaming radio thing on the internet) I complied a playlist for our day that I titled Reagan Radio. I included our favorite artists such as Kira Willey, Elizabeth Mitchell, Bob and Ziggy Marley, Willie Nelson and Jerry Garcia. All of those artist have folksy kids albums that are a lot of fun. Now before you think I'm some sort of super mom who only exposes her daughter to quality, age appropriate music keep in mind she also knows Rhianna's entire hook on Eminem's Monster track.  Thanks teenagers at church :) Got to get variety in there somewhere. Also her favorite song is currently Avecii's Hey Brother...which she sings to Sami our parrot.

We play music most of the day but especially in the morning while she (is supposed to) engages in "free play". Typically she spends this time making art but occasionally she will build blocks or take care of her babies. I think that the right music promotes a peaceful and enriching experience for this sort of activity.

In the afternoon our soundtrack typically switches to spiritual songs and Broadway soundtracks which help focus her mind on the Lord AND train her to be a theater geek!

And of course there is no shortage of self made music around here between made up songs we sing to many impromptu jam sessions where daddy and Reggie typically debate over who gets to play the ukulele. Good times for sure. This is what our music set up looks like. It's always out and ready to go. Most was either gifts or acquired relatively inexpensively.


We also have a small purple guitar not picture because it needs repairs and a piano.

What are the ways you use music in the rhythm of your day? What are some of you and your childrens' favorite songs? Let's discuss!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Not a Knitter.

As I sit in the children's section of the library (where I now have a part time job) on a cold, snowy Saturday on the first day of February it occurred to me that lately my brain seems a place for brilliant albeit ambitious, unrealistic and sometimes utterly frivolous ideas to fly in and get trapped. They just keep buzzing around in there until either a better idea comes along and gets stuck or I take action on the idea....today I have several ideas whirling and swirling around in my head which has lead to a slightly frantic, almost manic feeling and also lots of little, quickly jotted notes littering the surface of the circulation desk. Because frankly, sometimes it get so crowed in this brain that even good ideas can be suffocated and die.

One particularly insane and ambitious idea that I'm currently taking action on is that I *must* knit my dear mother in law a scarf for her rapidly impending birthday. What's so insane and ambitious about knitting a scarf you ask? Well for one thing, I'm not a knitter... nope, I'm a fiber hoarder. It even says so in my Ravelry profile. Sure, I can cast on, knit, purl and bind off but that doesn't actually make me a knitter. Simply knowing *how* to knit does not make one a knitter. There are lots of attributes that do make up a knitter and generally somewhere on that list the words 'Likes to knit' will be found.

Let me clarify, I am not one of those crafters who crafts because I find solace and refreshment in the slow, rhythmic process. I don't create for relaxation, I create because I HAVE to....in order to stay sane and be allowed in public with out a straight jacket and a scrub wearing escort... I create for the finished product, to see something I dreamed up manifest into a usable item. Don't get me wrong, once I get in the groove I do relax but my "relaxation" looks a lot less zen and a whole lot like me dancing around the room and singing loudly. Out of that chaos productivity will emerge.

So why and I attempting to knit a scarf again? Because the idea flew into my head and inspired me to do so....sometimes it's just fun to hop aboard the crazy train just to see where it's going. Also because I know my mother in law will love it. She probably won't wear it but she will hoard and treasure it beyond measure. She once had a little table quilt I made her professionally framed. So really it's not such a bad idea unless you factor in the non-knitter thing....oh and her birthday is in 12 days.....in Tennessee. Now I really wish I hadn't dropped the hank while winding it and ended up with a tangled mess.

All aboard..the crazy train will be traveling at warp speed.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Crafty Goals 2014

The other day I shared with you some of my general goals and plans for next year and today I thought I would share with you some of my creative and crafty goals and plans for 2014! I always get super excited about these.

* Pinterest project with M. My best friend and I have a couple joint Pinterest boards that we share mostly inspiration for sewing for our girls, knitting projects and nature tables. The clothing inspiration for our girls is the big one. The Fall/Winter inspiration board alone has 240 pins! We've decided that instead of just collection ideas we're going to start putting those ideas into use and making stuff. Making stuff is my favorite thing to do anyways. Each month we're going to pick one pin from one of our clothing boards and jointly recreate the outfit. Since neither of our girls actually needs any clothes we'll alternate who gets that months outfit. We're actually pretty geeked about this so of course I will show you what we make here on the blog.

*Personal sewing. This is another joint idea with M. We like to motivate each other....and also fuel and encourage any and all grandiose ideas and intentions. We've decided that once a month we're going to make ourselves something to wear.

*Improve my photography! Thanks to Snap Academy this won't be impossible!

*Get caught up on Reagan's scrapbooks. This is a legacy that I've had on my heart to leave her so I need to really get crackin' on it. The only way I'm going to make it happen is to purposefully set aside time each month to work on them. My plan has been to make one for each year of her life. I take A LOT of pictures. My husband is able to write such beautiful and heartfelt letters to her for when she grows up. She will be able to tell his character and feel his love just by reading his letters but when I tried that it didn't work out so well. It wasn't really my style however I feel I can express myself better through pictures, journaling and creativity.

* Improve hand sewing and embroidery stitches. This is something I want to be good at but I'm not....and so far I've not be motivated to get better but  hopefully that will change in 2014.

*Knit and crochet more. With the goal of improving, building confidence in these skills and actually finishing a project or two. Also to justify the amount of hand painted yarn I own....

*Get the Sewing Pit of Doom cleaned and organized AND maintain it. I'm currently up to my elbow in this project. I've pulled all 6 million and 42 yards of fabric out of the fabric closet so I can refold, purge and organize it. And by "I" what I mean is *I* bribed a couple teenage girls to haul all 6 million and 42 yards of fabric out of the closet. The shelves where started to collapse so I got some zip ties to reinforce them. This is a huge project that's going to take some time to be completely finished...time I'd rather be using to make more stuff but alas...no creating until it's finished.

*Decorate Reggie's bedroom. I need to make some wall art, throw pillows and a quilt.

So those are my goals for 2014 which really means my giant To-List! What are you hoping to accomplish this year?

I'll be back tomorrow to share my spiritual goals for the coming year. See you soon!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Time for a Clean Slate...

New Year's is just around the corner and it is the perfect time to plan and map out new goals for the coming year. For me personally this is very important if I'm going to live as intentionally as I hope. A fresh start is a lot like a brand new journal, it is full of possibilities and promise and I find that so encouraging.

I've started brain storming some ideas regarding my goals and plans. I get very excited and enthusiastic this time of year although I must confess I'm not always successful with my resolutions.

Here are a few that I thought I'd share.... in no particular order or relevance.

* Read more books! I love to read and normally I am a voracious reader but since I became a parent I haven't indulged that as much. Now that I have a part time job at the Library it seems like a perfect time to get reacquainted with my love of reading.

*Purge, purge, purge, organize and declutter. Yikes, this is a HUGE goal for 2014. I'd like to purge down at least 40% of our material processions. I made a good start in 2013 but I feel like I was just warming up and now I need to get down to work.

*Complete the transition into Vegetarianism. In 2013 I stopped, buying, cooking and consuming meat at home but would still eat meat if we went to someone's house or out to eat. My goal isn't to go vegan but I would prefer if something didn't have to die just so I can eat.

*Blog more. Ahhh the best laid plans of mice and men...But I would like to get more focused on the content and such here. Perhaps make more of a splash in the Blog world....and entice some of you readers to comment more ;)

*Spend less time online or wasting time. I'm going to double my efforts to get up early and plan to stay off the internet during the day (or when Reggie is awake) I feel like I'm setting a terrible example.

* Mail Birthday Cards! I'm so bad about this and we have some really special women who are so faithful and diligent about this at Church. I plan to set time aside and do this every month. Handmade cards with handwritten messages. We're going old school folks!

*Evening Tea and Devotional time. I would really like to start the tradition of having tea and a devo each night before we put Reggie to bed. Complete with fancy tea cups and a nice pot. I'll talk more about this at a later date but my friend Melissa mentioned starting this with her girls and I found it so inspiring.

I have some really fun and ambitious goals for sewing and creating that I intend to share with soon.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The Art of Conversation

Today I was chatting with my Bestie via Facebook Messager. Sometimes we take a break from texting to get down to some seriously chatting. Well you know, squeezed between juggling the chaos at our various houses. I tell my husband that she keeps me sane but he's read through some of our dialogues and seems to think we're both insane.... today we had the best conversation. I'll skip the part were we talk about poop, sick kids and how long it's been since either of us bathed and just give you an excepts of the brilliance that is the M&C show...

M: someday you and i are going to the Squam art workshops
C (that's me): What a dream that would be!!!
We could follow the Yarn Harlot and SouleMama around until they politely asked us to stop and you ratted me out for being a fiber hoarding non knitter and then they would insist on teaching me by force and we could all sit around sipping wine except I would just be pretending to sip wine because I hate it and would have a secret flask of creamer laced coffee
M: So you are making me laugh and N keeps asking "what's so funny!"
C: I've thought this scenario out before. Can you tell?
M: Maybe a little. I just started thinking about it so I do not have any scenarios thought out.
C: It would be so amazing! And we could yarn bomb something which is like my favorite thing ever. Maybe I should tell Michael I need a subscription to Taproot for my birthday
But we could only yarn bomb with left over yarn since I'm too cheap to waste the good stuff.
What are you guys having for supper?
M: Leftovers.
C: Leftovers are the best thing ever
M: You? Something with out onions?
C: Brown rice pasta and Trader Joe's sauce. Heat and eat tonight...

Friday, December 6, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment}
A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.
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