Saturday, May 30, 2009


And here are the kids who were messing around under the light box.


Chris made a light box this weekend for photographing the boys' lego creations and I had him snap a few shots of my little hum bug bags. Recognize the fruit fabrics? I used scraps from the napkin project I did for Christmas presents. Aren't they cute!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Checking In

Hello there. I'm just checking in since it's been so long. And while I do feel a little guilty, I'm also enjoying the time that not blogging has opened up. Of course it's not a lot of time, but instead of spending those precious few minutes a day writing about what we're doing or what I'd like to be doing, I've been doing more!

I recently got a Fluke ukulele which is the most fun I've ever had on a musical instrument. After years of struggling with my guitar and never having much success, I got the uke and suddenly I can play! And it's so small and light, I can take it anywhere. Seriously, it's a blast! Here's a utube bit of someone demonstrating the flea - same company, but a little smaller than the fluke.

And I've been sewing. I'm finally making the little "humbug" bags - a little twisted zippered bag that's darling and useful and perfect for all my little scraps of fabric and for gifting. Here's a short tutorial - although I bought this pattern for making it a tiny quilted bag.

And I'm on a do-it-yourself kick these days. Thinking about turning our yard into an edible landscape, an urban homestead. That won't happen this year, but maybe we can start small and make it part of our homeschooling journey. My sister's yard and what she's able to grow is AMAZING. Well, in terms of being an urban homesteader, she's way ahead of me!

Anyway. I'm not throwing in the towel entirely for this blog and I'll try to keep photos posted, but I'm easing off a bit.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Busy, Busy

It's been awhile, hasn't it? It's Ember's fault. She is so busy these days, busy pulling all the books off the shelves, all the tupperware out of the drawers, all the bandaids, all the little baskets of toys, all of anything and everything she can get her hands on, she dumps it and drags it around the house. She is such a little sweetie and if I see her doing it and tell her to stop or put things back, she's delighted to comply. It's just that I can't be everywhere she is all the time. Usually I'm a few steps behind trying to put away the mess she leaves in her wake.

But besides that, we've been getting some bids on finishing the fireplace downstairs. It's plumbed for gas so we're having a gas insert installed and covering the old bricks with some new seagrass limestone tile. The insert we want is from the Regency contemporary collection, but instead of the blue glass fire bed we're thinking of going with spa stones and river rock accent pebbles. Still working out some details, though.

And I've been trying to work on a little sewing project. It's a pattern for a small zippered bag that I bought when Yogi was a baby. I can only manage a few minutes at a time, but I actually did make some progress last week.

And the weeds. Well, what can say?! I've already complained about those plenty of times. Just don't look at some of the gardens in the back yard. It's bad!

Ember's at it again. I still haven't had a shower and it's almost 10:30 in the morning. The garden beckons, my sewing project awaits, and the laundry is piling up. Time to go.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Best Moment

There was a moment this morning while I was sitting at the computer and I watched a robin and tiny hummingbird working their way through the verbena just outside the window here. That was the best moment of the day.