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12 December 2012



                 24 weeks 


11 inches long and apparently about the size of a canteloupe. 

hard to believe i'm more than halfway through this pregnancy and i'll be meeting my baby girl in just 16 weeks or so!

Such a busy little thing she is already. 
A late night mover. 
She responds to the sounds of her brothers, and to music in particular. 
When i sing to the boys at night, she really moves around. 
Neat to think she will already be familiar with her lullabies when she arrives.






07 December 2012

raindrops keep fallin' on my head...


 This adorable rainfall mobile on pinterest the other day totally caught my eye, and i immediately thought how it would look pretty darn sweet hanging above this tiny new one's little bassinett.  
Though I prefer to go a bit more permanent, so instead of paper drops, i used felt. 

My version went like this:

Materials:
- broken emroidery hoop (hot glued back together of course)
-1 bundle of tangled embroidery floss 
-Hot glue gun w/2 glue sticks
-1 flattened old bed pillow worth of stuffing (so glad to get this sad old pillow out of my closet crafting stash finally)
-8 sheets of various felt colors and an old silvery sweater tank top scrap for raindrops (enough to make 18 raindrops each)


I began by cutting out the raindrops. 162 to be exact.

Why 162? Because 9 is my lucky number. 
So... I decided to do 9 strands of 9 drops each (81 drops total) and since each drop is actually 2 drops glued together, 162 drops it was. 

They are not all the same shape, and neither are real raindrops. But they are all approximately 2 inches.

The next step was to hot glue the felt drops to lengths of embroidery floss which I first tied to the hoop(these hoops cost 59 cents at craft store, or if you are real crafty use a very young flexible twig)

No real order here, just made sure the same 2 colors didn't end up next to each other.

One side is glued under, and another is added over the floss to connect the 2.



I added the cloud by hot gluing the pillow fluff to the top and sides of the hoop.
Lastly, a piece of embroidery floss threaded through the clouds, and tied to on each side of the  hoop and voila! 


For now our mobile lives in the boys room, just hangin' there lookin' all cute like,
awaiting the arrival of some chubby baby toes to get tangled up in it..

26 November 2012

healthy no-bake yumness!

With only a half cup of honey needed to sweeten this whole batch of cookies, i have tweaked this no-bake recipe to perfection. 




Cocoa Honey Oatmeal No-Bake Cookie



1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup cocoa

1/2 cup milk (any type)

1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil or butter 

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled or quick oats 


1 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of fine sea salt

(1/2 c sliced almonds, diced apricots,

 raisins, etc... (optional)


Use a medium sauce pan, over medium heat.

First pour in milk and honey, bring to a 

gentle boil. Stir in honey,coconut oil and 

peanut butter.

Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. 

Stir in: vanilla, sea salt, and oats. 

May also add any additional nuts, raisins, 

etc... if you wish) We added sliced almonds.
  Drop by spoonfuls onto lined cookie sheets.




 Mmmmmmmmmmm..... chocolatey!


  Stick the pan into the refrigerator until the mounds are set, then eat away.



Cocoa Honey Oatmeal No-Bake Cookie

1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk (any type)
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil or butter 
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats or quick oats
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of fine sea salt

(1/2 c sliced almonds, diced apricots, raisins, etc... (optional)

Use a medium sauce pan, over medium heat.

First pour in milk and honey, bring to a gentle boil. Stir in honey,coconut oil and peanut butter. 
Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. 
Stir in: vanilla, sea salt, oats 
May also add any additional nuts, raisins, etc... if you wish) We added the almonds at this time. 
 Drop by spoonfuls onto lined cookie sheets. Stick the pan into the refrigerator until the mounds are set, then eat away.

18 November 2012

sewing hour/ gender neutral rant...


As a mother of 2 boys, whom I have designed and sewn dozens of pieces for over the years...   
May i just remark for one moment on how much more fun girls clothes are to create?  I am like a fashion designer for elves over here...
I guess my taste in baby girl clothes is a bit  unconventional.    I am actually a bit irked by the idea of dressing this incredible miracle i am  facilitating the growth of over here in my tum tum -in any of the pink and purple fluffy ruffles. flowers, bows and ponies that i see as the normal dress code for little girls these days.  




I must say, I embrace femininity and am




(Paper bag skirt: if anyone wants a tutorial, let me know) 


absolutely stoked to have been born a female.  The creative freedom that comes with being able to wear pants, dresses, tights and skirts ,braids and make-up.. 
I have  personally found to be an artistic/ creative outlet my entire life. 
And maybe my daughter will too,  and however she chooses to express that is 100% fine with me.  
I'm ready for it... fairy dresses? fine.  princess wands, no problem. Tutus? Don't get me started, I freaking LOVE tutus. 
 I simply don't want her to be raised up from babyhood with any pressure in that direction, being told that is the way it is, i suppose is what i'm saying.  

She has 2 older brothers who are both quite nurturing with dolls at this point and they also have a CRAZYTIME fancy for swords, trains, and superheroes. They love dressing up and  having tea parties.  Serge even plays Mommy with his baby doll,  peter and nurses it.  Even now, in his 2nd year of school, with peer influence and all, he still has the confidence to play mommy.  

And I feel like this is all the proof I need, to know I have succeeded by them.  At least allowed them to be who they were born to be, and not a macho-tough guy version of themselves, just themselves.

 Now on to the table turned version of gender-whatever child rearing.  (I just made that up.. do you like it?)
Wish me luck!
And now for an oldie but goodie...



13 November 2012

mmmmm... Somewhat guilt free gingerbread cookies



  The time of year has (almost) come.  Sergei gets out one of his favorite stories  (in all of it's creepiness) we just so happen to love this version here... 


and gets urgent baking ideas.

We have tried various recipes in the past, but finally with a bit of  healthy tweaking found one that is worth putting in the recipe box. Phew.

Main things we love about this recipe: 
* short dough chilling time
* they came out soft! 


(So, once the rolling and the cookie cutting came around, the camera had to go, considering there were also 2 more toddlers involved)

But they smelled amazing baking, the outcome was wonderful, and we finally got to use this icing piper i got at an estate sale this summer. Serge took the icing job pretty seriously. 



We had our eye on this guy... doesn't he look wiley?! 


  
mmmmmmmm..... Happy almost holidays!


Ingredients:

  3/4 cup honey

  • 1 stick butter softrened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour, plus more for dusting work surface
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • Icing:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Cream the honey and butter until thoroughly combined.
 Add the eggs and molasses and mix until combined
Mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and combine with a spoon or spatula.
Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap; place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, until pliable. 
Take about 1 cup of dough at a time and roll onto a floured board until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with cookie cutters and transfer to prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.

And to our suprise, when we came downstairs in the morning...
 we found Bo Jingles also quite enjoying himself amoungst the cookies.

little twerp!
































12 November 2012

up-cycled needle felted woolie night night


A friend of mine inspired me to make this bunting the other day. She stopped by in the evening with her sweet baby girl.  We chatted as I showed her my new stash of clearance fabric, watching her little one roll about on the floor in the sweetest little sleepysack. Talking about heat miser husbands and chilly nights, and how it just feels so much better wrapping your baby in wool at bedtime for that extra added cozy... 
As mentioned in this previous post, my boys are super thrashing blanket kickers, so I totally get it.
I went on the computer that night, and holy cow! If you want a wool sleep sack, you gotta shell out the green, for realz...

Not really sure why I've never sewn one before, but i sure will be making more.  Nxt on the list? Cashmere!


I just wung it and made a pattern from tracing a sleeved bunting onto an old wool sweater (whose arms had long ago been turned into longies)  I may end up sewing a zipper in the bottom, if slipping baby in through top proves tricky.
Then to be lazy yet decorative,  I needle felted a strand of bulky weight wool yarn around the neck and armholes.



The blue wool literally jumped out of the basket at me , so I just went with it.
I made this friday evening after my ultrasound, so I was just beginning to feel all sortsa nesty... 
I love this part, the super human motivation to sort, organize, clean, create...And maybe even post a blog post once in a while.

  

This is the only pathetic tutorial photo I took before i got lost in the cuteness of it all... Pretty self explanatory though , right?



12 October 2012

big boy(s) bed(s)

So, if you sleep/slept with your babies /children, you can relate.

This very realistic chart:


PERFECTLY illustrates some the very loooong nights we endured these last couple months leading up to Finch's departure from our snuggle nest.  I can best personally relate to "H is for hell" and "snow angel"... 
And then there was the historic morning I awoke with Sergei's legs wrapped around my neck (no joke)...  

 CO-SLEEPING : I love it while it lasts. Some of the most precious, memorable moments of my babies are snuggling with them in the family bed.  Waking up next to them, with their downy, sweaty little heads nuzzling into any nook of mama they can find.  Nothing more cozy.  

...and then comes a time when I just know (bruised ribs, dark eye circles are some signs to look for) that it is time to give them their own separate sleeping place.

 With Finch recently weaned and pretty independent all around... i must say, it truly was not much of a challenge.  

As you can see, they were quite distraught about the whole thing.

I decided instead of having to worry about him rolling off the bed (he and his brother are acrobatic sleepers)and/or get thrown into sleeping all by his lonesome, I'd give 'em a snuggle nest of their own. 


So, 2 mattresses on the floor it iss.  And did you know when you push two twins together, it makes a perfect king? 
AND did you know that i just got 2 vintage king size sheets (free) at an estate sale just days before??

22 March 2012

lunar gardening

   Planting by the moon. (Keep in mind today is a new moon)


     So, gardeners have been aware for centuries of the effects the moons cycle has on the growth of plants because of the effect that it's gravitational pull has on moisture in the soil.  A very real phenomenon.
 Basically the trick is to sow and plant when the moon is waxing... and cultivate, weed and eradicate pests and diseases when the moon is waning.   


This means that there is an optimal time in each lunar month to perform each type of gardening activity, sowing, planting, harvesting, seed collection etc.  


The basic activities in the various phases of the moon are 
- New moon-  brings in an upsurge of energy so we sow, plant, and transplant annuals which produce above ground crops. (tomatoes, peas,etc...)
 Avoid harvesting at this time as rot sets in more quickly and mow and trim if growth is to be encouraged. 


-1st quarter - the sap is still rising, so carry on with more or less the same activities as in the new moon.


 -Full moon-  sees a peak in electromagnetic energies - the sap begins to flow downwards towards the roots so it is a favorable time to plant anything for which good root growth is important. (carrots, beets, etc...) We also harvest at this time as there is less chance of rot setting in.

4th quarter - is the barren time of the lunar cycle so it is an optimum time to weed and cultivate as well as harvesting. It is not a good time to sow and plant although transplanting can begin about 3 days before the new moon arrives.


There is also an aspect of astrology to be taken into consideration, if you are up for it.    From what I understand, the sign that the moon is in, whether it is a fertile (water and earth signs) or barren (fire and air signs) can increase or decrease the benefits.. 


I did just order this book, "In Tune with the Moon" and am excited to be a bit more mindful of this gardening aspect this year. 


 I have very half-assedly planted by the moon in previous years, but never took notice or paid attention to whether or not the crops seemed to be stronger or more plentiful due to this.  


The farmers almanac is a great resource for gardening tips and information.  I found very handy this chart specific to Denver for exact planting dates.


Tons of other places online to find info on planting by the moon.... here , here,  and here.   for starters.


And, since we are on the subject... 
Check out this sweet puzzle on etsy,  this ingenious mug, and this necklace.  *pitter pat pitter pat *
Oh, and last but not least... i love this swimsuit and all the others from this company for that matter.

(photographer:Laurent Laveder)


There. I'm done. 

16 March 2012

keeping busy toddlers happy...

I must say, Pinterest has made my life as a stay at home daycare mama quite a bit easier lately...
So many great crafty ideas, recipes and learning activities on there... the best of the internet, and it just keeps getting better as more people join... *sigh* Sweet sweet pinterest... <3
Anywho, here are a couple ideas i put into action this week with the boys...
Nice quiet time activities i must say, good for some zen focus time  before nap, or when things are getting a little rowdy...


I used hot pink duct tape this time, but have used masking tape and also electrical tape in the past as well. I made a really simple road this time, but  you can really go town if you let yourself. :)  Bust out a pile of matchbox cars, throw on some classical music, and you'll most likely have at least a half hour of chill play happen (in this case the boys stayed entertained for more than an hour, yay!) 

I must say, this next one was pretty darn fun as well.. we came back to it a couple times through out the day in fact.  So simple, a colander and some pipe cleaners.
Plenty  of language/ teaching opportunities with this activity.  Colors, shapes, we even made our  
names.   They also had fun turning it over and pulling them out the other side.  Good stuff i tell ya.