Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Birds, The Birds!

spring chicks

Birds make me think of spring.  And then I hear Mary Poppins singing in the background.  Not really, but aren't birds great!  The birds, the flowers, the spring air...it's just so wonderful and refreshing.  So wonderful that when these little things caught my eye I knew I wanted to make them!

easter chicks

Little spring chicks and bluebirds that will end up in my kid's Easter baskets this Sunday.  Aren't they cute?  Next time around I would knit a smaller beak on the bluebirds but they're lovely nonetheless.

birds on a branch 

Hope you have a wonderful day with the sound of birds chirping at your window!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Womb...

 photo found here

Wow! Thanks for all your sweet comments yesterday! You all made me feel so loved!  Well, I have more knitting posts coming up this week, but today I pause from that creativity to talk about something else.  I was reading in The Voice Of Psalms the other day when something stood out to me.  You know how you read something and whether it's where you're at in that moment, something you're going through, or just plain seeing something with new eyes, it stands out?  So that's what happened when I read Psalm 33:6.  This version read, "His Word is the womb of all creation."  I just thought that was the coolest.  God's Word is where it all begins, where it all starts, where it is breathed into existence.  I don't want to dissect it too much because I think there's a cool simplicity that comes from just the way it sounds.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Ribbit

little frog

Yes, that's the sound a frog makes! And yes, that's the name of the pattern that makes this very cute frog!  Another blogger said it, but I believe it has to be true.  Susan B. Anderson is a toy knitting genius.  This is only the first pattern of hers that I've knit, but I've browsed Itty-Bitty Toys, and the stuff in there is just absolutely gorgeous!  One day it will be mine!

on the stump

Anyway, back to the frog at hand!  I knit Ribbit for that special baby boy whose birth I was able to be a part of.  I think knit toys are just the best.  They just seem so hand made.  So natural.  So special.

among the flowers

This little guy has been patiently sitting on top of my books on our desk, just waiting until he could go to his new owner.  We had a "Sip and See" this weekend so Emma Grace gave this as her present to Ty.  I hope he likes it as much as my two have liked it!  The instant they saw ribbit, they wanted one of their own!

holding ribbit

playing with ty

Oh, and this is also the "see how many different places we can take pictures of a knitted frog" post.  I guess you never know where those things will hop to!

on the pots

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blueberry Muffins

blueberry muffins

I do believe that blueberry muffins are just about one of my favorite muffins!  I just love those juicy berries that seem to burst in your mouth!  Here's an easy recipe that I've been loving lately...

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 egg
6 tblsp. melted butter
1 cup blueberries
sugar to sprinkle on tops

Preheat oven to 400F*.  Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Combine milk, egg, and butter.  Stir into dry ingredients.  Fold in blueberries.  Spoon batter into greased muffin tin.  Sprinkle the tops with sugar.  Bake 20 minutes.*

*The original recipe says to preheat to 425 and cook for 25 min.  That seemed too high and too long to me so I reduce both and they turn out fine!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fashion Designer In The Making

On one of our spring break shopping trips, I was sitting at the front waiting for the checkout to finish when I looked over and saw Emma G among the mannequins.  She posed for me very still like a mannequin when I asked her to, but the best part was when I looked over when she wasn't looking.  She was acting like she was fixing their hair, accessorizing with headbands, and giving them a pep talk.  I swear she is going to go into the fashion industry some day!

among the mannequins

posing

Friday, March 26, 2010

Coaching

spring flowers

Today we have our first coaching appointment.  In the past couple of years, I started becoming familiar with life coaching.  We know some people who are life coaches and have friends that have a life coach that walks with them.  In the past couple of months, I've come to understand it even more.  A coach is not a counselor who tells you what to do, what to change, or gives advice, but rather someone who listens, asks a lot of questions, and helps you determine and achieve personal goals.

We will specifically be doing sabbatical coaching.  Although I don't know everything that entails, I believe some of it will center around helping us to disengage from the ministry for this season and learn to rest.  Honestly, I haven't quite figured out if true rest is possible when your kids are young, or if I just don't know how to rest.  I'm not necessarily talking about sleep but about true rest for your spirit, soul, and body.  I'm also not sure what personal goals I have (other than learning to rest) but I'm looking forward to letting God write the script...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sweet Little Booties

sweet dress

Have I mentioned how much I love making baby booties? Yes, I'm sure I have.  Have I told you why I love making them?  Probably, but here goes again.  They are so stinking cute and tiny.  Much like baby feet.  Small, perfect, and oh, so sweet. 

baby booties

One of the hardest things about being back in the states is knowing I will miss the birth of our third niece, scheduled to arrive in just a few weeks.  At least if I couldn't be there, I knew she would need something sweet from her Aunt Jen.  These little Mary Jane's were perfect to go with the little dress I got her.  With this one being the third little girl born to Zach and Anneke, mama was getting a little tired of pink....so I tried to go easy on the pink.  Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Pea Green matched the dress perfectly.  And these booties take so little yarn that you have plenty leftover for more!

side view booties

A little flower embellishment and they were off to S. Africa via some friends.  I hope they fit those precious little feet!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Price Tour Of Homes...Back Door Corners

I can't believe we've been in our place for over a month and I've yet to post inside photos.  Time goes so fast!  So for those of you who have asked for pics and have been holding your breath waiting, (some) of the wait is over!  I am still doing some decorating here and there but here's some corners of some of our rooms.

rooms

We'll start at the back door because back door guests are always welcome, right?  It's actually more of a side door, but you get the point.  When you walk in our back/side door, you happen upon 2 rooms...our bedroom to the right and a bathroom straight ahead.

bathroom

I have been so overwhelmed with God's goodness as He has provided so much to make this place home for this season.  It's been such a great way to talk to our kids about God's provision as well as maintain an attitude of thankfulness for everything He has given us.  Everything you see in these rooms has been given to us with the exception of our mattress ($25 on Craigslist) and the shower curtain ($4 on clearance at Target).

our bed

bedroom

So this will conclude my first Corner edition.  I'm afraid it's not too exciting.  We do have a bathroom and closet in our room (to the left of the desk) but that's even less exciting than our bedroom!

desk

Tune in next time as we go further up the hallway to the kid's bedrooms!  It gets more exciting the further we go, I promise!

Last day for deals in the store!  Join in on the spring cleaning!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I've Become A Chart Person

chore charts

Maybe it's what home schooling does to you.  I don't know, but in an effort to bring some incentive as well as some structure, it was necessary.  We started out with chore charts for the kids.  Just something simple that they can do that helps around the house, even in a small way.  So far I only have 3 chores that we rotate:  taking out the recycles, emptying the bathroom trash, and helping with lunch.  Those simple things don't take long, but they do offer some help around the house.  And more importantly, they are learning the value of helping with something.  I chose to make a chart that would offer some flexibility.  I wrote the kid's names and days of the week on a piece of card stock.  Then I covered it with contact paper.  Each week I write the kid's chores with a dry erase marker (note: will not come off completely when you erase).  When they've completed their chore, they can put a magnetic star underneath (which I also made).  So far it has worked well.  They fight over taking out the recycles.  I say if they are fighting over a chore, then that's success in my book!

copywork chart

I also made a copy work chart for Joshua.  Copy work is his least favorite thing to do, to say the least.  The first day it took him 2 hours to copy 4 lines.  Now I'm all about kids going at their own pace, but I knew he could do it faster.  He just needed some incentive.  So I started setting an alarm.  If he gets his copy work done before it goes off, then he gets a star.  If he has 90% at the end of the month, he gets to draw for a prize.  Amazingly, he's gone from 2 hours to 30 minutes!

emma g's magnet

I've gone a little crazy with all this contact paper!  We've made lots of magnets (covered in contact paper) to hold up the kid's beautiful artwork.  Aren't they fabulous!?

magnets

PS:  If you're needing a little sugar today, Starbuck's is offering a free pastry with your beverage today with this coupon.  Only good until 10:30 AM!  AND Ben & Jerry's is offering free cones today from 12-8!  Wow!  Talk about a sugar rush!

Monday, March 22, 2010

This Crazy Weather!

I don't know what this weather is doing except acting crazy!  I woke up yesterday morning to find this outside my door...

snow

snow

When was the last time it snowed...in Texas...during spring?  Seriously.  I feel like I'm living back in Connecticut where sometimes the last snow fell in April.  Oh, but wait, it was warmer in Connecticut yesterday than it was in Texas.  What is wrong with this picture?  I had dreams of planting herbs and flowers this weekend, not turning my heater back on while I tried to keep warm under afghans!

wet mittens

Well, on the bright side, those mittens and hats got one more use.  Just when I thought they were hibernating until next season, and it was time to pull them out once more.  Hopefully it is just once more.  You might be asking why I seem so bitter about the winter.  Well, it goes like this.  I almost feel like I've been in a perpetual winter.  With the seasons opposite down in the Southern Hemisphere, the last summer I experienced was Christmas 2008 into 2009.  Don't get me wrong.  Although it gets cold in S. Africa, it doesn't snow in our region and we did see some warm days before we came back in November (but it sounds dramatic, doesn't it?)   I am, however, ready for longer spells of warm weather that I can enjoy.  It's almost like some kind of Narnia...always winter, never summer.  So warm weather, I wait patiently for you to come and linger around for a while...

Oh, yeah, and don't forget to check out the deals in my store!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

old fashioned pancakes

Well, the forecasters were right...yesterday was a very wet, cold day. Not a good day to plant flowers and herbs in honor of the first day of spring.  Instead we stayed inside making the best of it...watching some movies while eating popcorn, knitting away (there's a certain mister who has a birthday coming very soon!), cozying up under a myriad of blankets and sleeping bags that were hauled to the living room floor.  I think there was even an art project going on at some point.  But we started the day out to some good old fashioned pancakes.  Nothing like pancakes to warm you up!  Hope you have a great Sunday, friends!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Welcome First Day Of Spring!

spring!

I am excited to welcome the first day of spring!  Although, this weekend forecast calls for anything but spring weather!  Temps in the 30's (F) and possible snow!  What?!  Well, spring, we welcome you anyways and look forward to beautiful weather soon!

To celebrate the first day of spring, I've added some new items to my shop!  Springtime flower note cards and vintage~esque cloths are now available!

springtime flowers note cards

vintage~esque cloths

But wait!  There's more!  In honor of spring cleaning, I'm offering discounts throughout my store.  From now until Wednesday, prices are reduced by 10% or more!  (Discount reflected in shopping cart.)  So head on over and check it out.  You might even find some goodies that would fit nicely inside an Easter basket!  (Note: If you would like to order from overseas, just email me and I will send you an invoice with the right shipping rates.)





I wanted to plant some flowers and herbs this weekend, but if the weather doesn't allow, we'll have to leave it for another time.  Hope your Saturday, whatever season you're in, is fabulous!

Friday, March 19, 2010

At The End Of This Week...

Pardon my absence yesterday.  I really needed a breather from all the fun we've had!  It's been a great week.  I feel like I blinked on Monday and when my eyes opened, it was Friday.  It's gone so fast!  I almost feel like we need another week of Spring Break.  It's been a fun week, though.  Here's what we've enjoyed...

...shopping!  You might have seen Tuesday's post with Joshua looking quite cute in his new wardrobe.  Nothing like new clothes to usher in a new season.  It feels so good!

...pedicures and manicures!  Pampering is so fun!
pedicure

...experienced Sam Moon for the first time.  Oh, my word!  That store must be transplanted from the Asian markets.  I've never seen so many necklaces and purses in one place!

...ate lots of good food and experienced some new restaurants.

...watched the kids brush up on their swimming strokes.
dive
happy splashes

sporting a new costume

... and of course, started a new knitting project.  :)
baby knitting

Hope you've also had a great week!  We're looking forward to welcoming the first day of spring tomorrow!  I've got some fun arriving to my store so come back tomorrow! 

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