15 June 2012 § 1 Comment
I have homesteading fever! From downloading books about chicken and bee keeping from the library to searching for rent houses and land in any of several places we might move, I can’t get enough. I’m not sure whether it’s the hot sun or the fresh food at the farmer’s market or the friends that have defended their dissertations recently (two in the last week), but I feel ready for a change that would involve more time making a home!
I love the idea of an urban homestead, within walking/biking distance to the farmer’s market/co-op. Ducks and chickens in the backyard, kitties in the house, and the pup wherever I am. Lovely, medium sized garden and maybe one of these prefab sheds at the back of the yard for science writing/editing, screen printing, crafting and sewing. A basement for Hubs to brew beer and a lovely large kitchen with a gas stove and plenty of space to make cheese. Eventually (like 2+ years), this imaginary awesome homestead might even have a baby or two living there.
My current idea goes a bit against the idea of cohousing, but maybe there could be good alternatives (like this). We also have these amazing friends from college who have always [sort of] joked about starting a commune where everyone that they love would come live. As I meditate and pray about my calling, as well as continue on my current path, dreaming about all of this stuff is REALLY fun and inspiring.
What are you dreaming about lately?
18 May 2012 § 1 Comment
Y’all, if I didn’t have SO MUCH FUN making this craft! The pattern is free, the fabric was estate-saled, a tree fell down in our yard right as I needed a branch, and this little birdies are cute as pie. Combine that with the chance to give something to some dear friends for their soon-to-be born wee babe and I was pretty happy with this whole project!
Up next: sewing baby clothes with the serger I found for a STEAL at the same estate sale the fabric came from!
20 October 2011 § Leave a Comment
Up next was a tropical[ish] baby shower solely because the parents-to-be have chosen to call their named-but-it’s-a-secret son “Mango,” which I’m fairly certain is the cutest pre-birth baby name ever. I, of course, made some bunting:
The bunting sort of reads backwards because I used the same “welcome baby” part at the other shower. Good task consolidation me! You also may have noticed the pom in the top left corner of the photo above. We had lots of poms:
Baby bingo was attempted for this (co-ed) crowd, and for whatever reason, it was a total flop (it may have been Hubs talking non quietly about how he was mad that he didn’t win the artisan chocolate bars we had as prizes). Luckily, one of my co-hosts was my brilliant friend, Uptown Girl, and she knows all about fun activities to do at baby showers, so we did onesie decorating, which was a roaring success.
The final photo I want to show are pinwheels made by another sweet friend. She learned how to make these pinwheels to decorate her own wedding, and taught it to me so I could help at a craft night where five of us made hundreds of them. She wanted to pay it forward, so she, Uptown Girl and I had an awesome crafting night before the shower. The pinwheels are perfectly whimsical and fun for a baby shower and made a great outside decoration to let guests know they were at the right house.
I love crafting and I love parties, but the best part of these baby showers was that my roll is significantly slowed in terms of the burning desire to procreate. Thanks to my baby-having friends for letting me live vicariously through you!
13 October 2011 § 2 Comments
I co-threw two baby showers recently and therefore got to do the best parts of both (invites, some decorations/games and a bit of food). I threw the first shower with my mother-in-law, who, as I’ve mentioned before, is the queen of using flowers as decor. She is also the queen of having china (dishes) for any and every occasion. Behold the magnificently decorated table, which was entirely her doing. If you click to embiggen and look closely in the bottom right, you’ll be able to spot the famous china (one of maybe six! patterns she owns).
It was a really awesome party with all the momma-to-be’s girlfriends and I felt so honored to be able to be a part of it! My first main contribution was the invites:
They didn’t turn out a bit how I imagined them, but I had a blast making them and sure did love them in the end .
My second main contribution was a sewing project. The momma-to-be’s mother found an old baby carriage at a yard sale and bought it because she is an amazing woman with an eye for really cool pieces. My MIL borrowed it to put the presents in at the shower and had this fantastic Beatrix Potter-ish fabric that she’d just picked up somewhere, so since I absconded with her sewing machine approximately 3 years ago, I got the job of sewing a new cover, cushion and pillow for it.
And my final contribution was baby bingo, which we played during the present opening. I made bingo cards using the bingo card generator from this UNC-W site. It was super fun because each space on the bingo card had a descriptor for a present. Each time a present was opened, we got to mark one of our squares. If the gift was a blue, 0-3 month onesie with a bear on it, we marked “something blue” or “something for 0-3 months” or “something with an animal on it” and we had prizes for the person who had the most bingos at the end of present opening. I highly recommend it as a diversion during present opening time, which can be a bit boring for the people not opening presents.
Stay tuned for the other baby shower!