Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Still breaking

So, now my computer is on the fritz.  For real...  But, I just want you to know I have a couple of hats, some zafus and a little cute applique shirt to show you.  And I'd like you to hold me to it.

In the mean time I want to ask about how 2011 is going to be for you.  What do you love about yourself that you want to nurture in the new year?  What would you like to change?  What do you need that you aren't getting?  What do you have to give?

I'm going to think about these things the next few days myself.  Tell me what you are thinking too.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas 2010 057, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.
Wishing you all the tickles and snuggles this season can bring!

Monday, December 20, 2010


So many things bouncing around my head...

The last gifts are made.  Everything handmade but two this year.  Not that I made so many...  I also didn't buy anything to make those gifts.  Nothing but what was already here.  That feels nice too.
I broke down and got a winter coat with my holiday gift from the shop.  Today we went for a walk for the first time in weeks.  Literally.  It has been low 30's during the days since the beginning of December.  I had to have a coat.  Had too.  I'm not sure if it counts against the GSC since I didn't technically buy it...  I got this one only in purple.  It is super awesome.  Thin, warm, close fitting but not at all binding.  What could be better?

Everything keeps breaking around here.  The mini chopper gave up yesterday.  E's diaper covers are going...  You know about the French press, had a I mentioned the mixing bowls? Well, them too.  What a wild couple weeks we are having for things breaking down.  In the middle of the night last night E was wet and Senor went to change him  and stepped in something squishy in the dark. He called for me to come get E so he could clean up the squishy part...  In my sleepiness I took the boy and looked at his pants and said, "How could that be?"  It was dog puke...  Ohhh.  I just assumed all messes come from E now...

Speaking of- I might be the worst parent ever.  Last night right after E fell asleep he started talking to himself.  All he said was, "No. No. No." while jerking his head.  Is he working through it?  Is it all he ever hears (um, maybe)?  He did used to crawl and stand in his sleep and we weren't bad parents then...

Anyway, just popping in to say hi!  I hope you all have a wonderful Solstice tomorrow!!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Topsy turvy

Christmas Tree 2010 050

Today is the first day I have felt caught up in a while.  Which is so powerful because I don't think I could have handled today without at least that.  And a super nap from the boy...
I don't ever remember such a roller coaster like time in my life.  Maybe I have become sensitive or perhaps everything really is a big deal, one way or the other.  Ever since about Thanksgiving I have been wobbling back and forth between delight and distress.  Case in point:
After dinner last night the Bug broke our French press.  I had had a presentiment about it earlier in the day and was completely unsurprised.  But so sad.
Later I was on the phone for a long time with someone about the opportunities we might find for working together as I finish my school.  This was very exciting and full of hope and promise.  Amazing!
I got off the phone and went up to meet Senor in bed and couldn't find my pajamas.  I asked him if he knew where they were.  He pulled them from beneath the covers piping hot.  It really is true love.
He then asked me if all the things that I had made for some folks he was meeting with in the morning were ready.  Crap!
Back down stairs to finish up...
This morning I woke up to a text message telling me not to let the neighbor kids play in the yard anymore.  Our lace leaf Japanese maple was destroyed last night.  I thought perhaps a branch or two were knocked off.  When I looked out the window and saw only the trunk and one tiny bit of a branch left I nearly threw up.  We planted it a month after we moved in here.  I don't have any idea if it will survive.  Now I have to control myself while I confront those boys later today. (I am assuming they will show up and pretend they have no idea what I am talking about.)  I am really looking forward to that part being over.  All I really want to do is cry about it.
This afternoon I got a whole bunch of Christmas present making done and am hoping for more tonight.  It has been snowing all afternoon.

Friday, December 10, 2010

{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.From Soulemama.
Happy Weekend to you!
I am cheating and putting two pictures, but they are both from the same moment of morning sun.

morning 008

morning 013

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Yesterday I cut the baby curls off of my baby boy to reveal the little boy he has become.  The whole day was weird since we are just getting back  home from travel and our rhythms are off.  I trimmed his hair and he decided to take a nap at 10 in the morning (he usually doesn't go down until 1!) After an hour, he woke up screaming crying for a few minutes.  Awake isn't quite it though- he didn't open his eyes and wouldn't be comforted.  Finally he asked for a bottle but by the time I came back up with it he was fast asleep.  He kept touching his neck.  He slept for a couple more hours before waking up and crying again.  This is not like him.  He almost always wakes up happy from naps unless something (the dog barking) wakes him up too early.  The rest of the day didn't go so well either and so around three I put on the Princess and the Frog (i love netflix) and we enjoyed some afternoon rest and chips and hummus on the couch.
Today has been a little rough too.  Fussing and fighting, neither of us giving what the other one needs.  I would swear some one was torturing him but I am the only other person in the house, so I am not sure what is going on.  Except those evil molars.  Please, come the rest of the way through molars!!  Let us have some peace!
Luckily, we keep finding peace from this birthday card from my father and mother-in-law.  I can't wait to give it to the Bug for his 2nd birthday in April.  If the batteries last that is...

Monday, November 29, 2010


Thanksgiving 2010 007 crop

I just celebrated thirty years on the planet.  I have had some discomfort over the last year coming to terms with the idea.  Not because I think thirty is old but because I have been twenty something for such a long time.  I did also think you would feel more grown up when you got to thirty.  And since I so often feel seventeen in my head the disparity can be glaring...

When I was twenty I moved to Baltimore.
When I was twenty one I moved onto the career path that took me into event marketing.
When I was twenty two I  realized I was staying in Baltimore for a while.
When I was twenty three I married the most amazing man.
When I was twenty four I traveled the country with my husband and met thousands of interesting people.
When I was twenty five I experienced great losses at my husbands side.
When I was twenty six I began to explore my creative side with sewing.
When I was twenty seven I found out I would be a mother.
When I was twenty eight I learned what it was to be a mother.
This past year I started to discover a whole new piece of me when I stumbled upon the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

I love following the paths of self discovery.  There is so much inside yourself that you can't learn anywhere else.  This year begins full of gratitude for the kindness and generosity of family.  With high hopes and so many practical steps already in motion.  It is the first time in a long time (ever) that I can see a particular future.  Maybe that path will look like it does in my imagination and maybe it won't.  Time, effort, intention will reveal things in proper order; I am just so lucky to be able to enjoy the ride.

Thank you Twenties for dropping me off so gently here at Thirty.  I am ready.

Friday, November 26, 2010

{this moment}

Thanksgiving 2010 057, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.

Hooray for cousins! (and aunties and uncles and oma and opa and all the rest!)

Friday, November 19, 2010

{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. From Soulemama.
Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Walk the dog

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jingle Bells Garland

Oddly, the Christmas spirit is with me very early this year.  Generally, decorating before Thanksgiving and my birthday is something I am not interested in.  This year is a little different because the Bug is able to help (a little) with some simple crafts.  I wanted to do something with him that would be fun, easy, and have lasting appeal.  In wandering around the craft store looking at all the obvious options I came across some beautiful bells and thought it might be fun to string them and hang them in the doorway between the living and dining areas.  I picked largish bells with a nice texture and sound.  I chose a ribbon just big enough to keep them from sliding around but not so big as to be difficult to slip the bells onto.

Thread the bell

I taped the end of the ribbon and had him pull out the bells one at a time and hold them for me to push the ribbon through.  He loved taking them out of the container and watching them become part of the ribbon.  I couldn't move fast enough!  Once we had them all on I tried to arrange them spaced evenly and then made a little tie to keep them in place.  After that he grabbed the whole garland and went to town on jingling (tangling) it up.

Jingle jangle

A good time was had by all.  Now every time we pass by the garland we give it a little tap and listen to the bells.  Ho, ho, ho!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dolman sleeves

I think about clothing and designing clothing pretty much all the time.  Some garment is swimming around in my head every minute.  I occasionally focus on something else enough to make dinner or accomplish my class work.  I almost never feel like I have the time or attention span to translate these ideas into actual items.  Yesterday I decided to stop making excuses and draft a pattern for a shirt.  A knit, no less.  And so I got out Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified and opened to the shirt page.  Okay, first I put on Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days for the Bug.  Then I pulled out the book.  I followed the instructions until it got to the sleeve part.  I wanted dolmen sleeves for two reasons.  One, I like the look.  Two, I am lazy and it means less cutting and less sewing.  Both of the latter reasons are a huge bonus for working with a knit fabric too.  I mean, the less cutting and sewing the less likely you will get something wonky with a seam.  Which I hear happens.
I drew the sleeves and used a dress makers curve for the armpit.

Dolman sleeved

After putting the Bug to bed I went down and cut out and put together the whole thing in about an hour.  And the fit is perfect.  The fabric isn't so flattering to my skin tone but this is a muslin really.  I am so very pleased.  More will be coming.

Dolman sleeved

A few notes on other subjects:
1) My camera screen still isn't here so I apologize for the terrible pictures lately.
2) Links to our wishlists are in the sidebar for family.
3) I am building a planted/fence/gate this weekend.  The pictures should be at least funny.
4) I am almost halfway through my GSC project.  I really haven't missed cloth buying.  I thought I would have made more garments by now but life is far too busy to allow for such luxury.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


hot water bottle cozies 002

I have been thinking lots of things.  I have been making lots of things.  I have been studying lots of things.  And so, not so much time to write here.

hot water bottle cozies 007

One of the things I read from Integrative Nutrition was about using hot water bottles in bed at night to keep you warm and help digestion.  Since our house is always chilly in the winter and I am a cold footed person I latched on to this idea right away.  And the Bug sleeps in under jams and over jams.  For real.  His room is chilly.  And he has been coming and getting in bed us around one anyway.

hot water bottle cozies 008

So we all needed a hot water bottle.  And cozies!  Which we should be able to tell apart.  (because it is important  for some reason not to share cozies ;)  And I had such fun making "boo".  Of course, I only had time to make two like that.  The last one was just fast as could be.

hot water bottle cozies 004

We are getting plenty of use from them.  The whole thing seems so old fashioned and sweet to me.  It always reminds me of our trip to Ireland where every B&B put one at the foot of the bed for us.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

At 18 Months~


Driving Lesson Crop

: Must take the train with you on almost every walk.  It very nearly had to take a bath with you this morning.
: Have been switched to morning baths because night baths were too invigorating.
: Are really making headway on the language front.  Though we often don't know what you mean, it is clear that you are using words.  A few hilariously sound like cuss words.  You say "shit", "cock" (which means cat or car), and "bitch" alot.  We try very hard not to laugh.
: Love books.  We spend hours reading every day now. Especially "Puppies are like that", "Hop on Pop", "Are you my Mother?", and "Go, Dog, Go!"
: Like to go outside and crunch in the leaves.
: Make us crazy with the animal water dish.  Stop pouring it everywhere!
: Love kisses.  Once we start you keep asking for them.
: Are playing pretend.  Sometimes you make the noise for a car when playing with a toy car, but also with food (while running it around the plate) and you like to "feed" your frog.
: Love dancing to live bands.
: Can walk a four inch wide board, one foot in front of the other.
: Want to watch construction sites all day.  This is really nice for mama. :)
: Are getting really into Sesame Street and Your Baby Can Read.
: Can use a spoon and fork fairly well but prefer to use them as drum sticks.
: Like to turn your rocket and car over to do "maintenance" on them.
: Turn the rocket and car right side up to use them as step stools.
: Love that it is your job to feed the cats and dog every morning.
: Make us crazy and crazy in love with you every day.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October Block- Spooky

The theme was "Spooky."  You have to love that, right?  The color I had to incorporate was yellow.

October quilt block

When I first heard the theme my thought was, "Boo!" I looked around at other things.  I thought of making a ghostie, or a full moon.  I didn't get around to it until way late.  I was scared to make the letters without a pattern.  (Why?  I have no idea.  If I have learned anything in the last three years (can you believe it??) it is that all these silly things I build up in my head are much easier to actually do than imagine.  Remind me that next time I am stalling on something.)  In searching the glorious, full of information, world wide web, I came across a person (who I have lost now- blerg!) who said something simple and brilliant like, "Most letters are made using the idea of a log cabin block."  At which point I cut some strips and sat down at my machine with the iron on behind me.

October quilt block

I love this one.  Only the radishes come close in how I feel about the completed product.  I hope my partner likes it too.

Friday, October 22, 2010

{this moment}

october table 001, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.
Still shooting blind waiting for the new screen to arrive. I think I am getting better.

Happy Weekending!

Friday, October 15, 2010

{this moment}

Click on the photo to get to the funny video that I almost posted.
Have a wonderful weekend!

mama made cuteness

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Acorn Cap

Acorn Cap Closer

I have been squirreling away a couple skeins of Cascade Yarn - Eco Duo Yarn - 1706 since the spring.  They feel soooo good.  I knew I wanted a hat for myself (or maybe a scarflet) out of them but felt so selfish keeping them all to myself.   I knew the Bug was going to need a warm hat for the coming season and I wanted to make one for Senor as well.  But I started with an Acorn Cap.

Acorn Cap Crop

As is so often the case, my idea was to follow a pattern but after I got started I saw where the yarn wanted me to go.  With all the acorns everywhere and the squirrels eagerly eating and hiding the nuts we see a lot of these little caps.  Whenever we walk I always find little hands full of the season's bounty.  E doesn't much care for bright leaves ( he likes the crunchy brown ones.)  He doesn't have much interest for perfect, intact acorns (he likes the caps and the split open nuts.)  And so this little hat should be perfect.  Right now he is taking it off as soon as I put it on but I hope that is because it is 80 degrees outside and will pass when the weather changes.
ps- I am still shooting blind but am going to order a new screen for the camera right now.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Shooting blind

We had a wonderful time visiting my parents this last week.  Getting out of the city and into the woods was just what was needed.  And the weather being crisp, the leaves changing and falling, and so many crafty things getting done was icing on the cake.

My camera had an accident last week and the screen is no longer working so it really is just point and shoot now.  Shooting without seeing exactly what the camera is seeing is certainly different.  Here are a few I had to share:

oma and opa's October 2010 019

oma and opa's October 2010 055

oma and opa's October 2010 078

oma and opa's October 2010 081

Emerson's quilt

For the record, only the first and last images were edited at all.   And he wore the vest almost every single day.  And he picked the orange minky for the quilt.

Have a lovely weekend friends!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcome Autumn

I had never really liked the end of summer when I was little.  I loved the hot sun on my skin and the cool grass on my feet.  Now I feel like I betray summer as I rejoice for autumn's arrival.  Maybe because I love making quilts and sweaters.  Maybe because of the soft crispness in the morning air.  The golden light and the butterflies and the frantic squirrels.
The last few weeks I have been imagining a little boy's vest.  A warm piece that keeps him warm inside before we break down and turn the furnace on.  That will keep him warm while playing in the leaves.
I made up this pattern myself and just finished it today (sitting on the porch, in the sun, where it is 90 degrees!) I made the stitching run a bit the opposite direction most sweaters would have.  I am going to have to wait for a cooler day to put it on him.  I'll get better pictures of it (perhaps in use?) because it seems all of my pictures taken of finished work lately are terrible.  I am not sure when I got so bad at this part... And I haven't blocked it yet so the wonkyness will get fixed when I do.

E's Autum Vest

The yarn is my favorite alpaca.  I used it last year for him. And the year before for myself.  This year it looks like I got started a little early.  And I used a new color.  Aren't you proud?
I found the buttons at a regular sewing store.  I looked and looked and bought some that were brass (I thought the brass would be pretty with the gold woven into the yarn) but they weren't really right.  I took them back and looked and looked some more.  And then I saw these.  And they were so sweet.  Peter Rabbit?  On Mama's lap??  Could I really put them on a little boy's vest?  I consulted Senor.  He said yes.  I knew he was perfect.

E's Autum Vest

Friday, September 17, 2010

{this moment}

labor day 003, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.
{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. from Soule Mama.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A Spring Quilt

For Autumn??  I started this one in April and just finished it last night.  I had to.

spring quilt 006

At the end of August I signed up the Professional Training Program with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  In October my classes start in earnest.  In March I will be able to start seeing clients as a Health Coach.  Helping people make the changes they want and need in their lives to become healthier and happier.  I am so excited to be able to go to this school and have the chance to do this kind of work.  Work which is helpful to individuals, communities and our whole world.  Right now I am going through the fundamentals, they call them Warm Up classes.  And I am certainly getting warmer.  It is so wonderful to be learning again.  To have something to share with my family and friends aside from what the Bug did today.
I am sure you will all get to listen to me ramble on about all this in the next year.  I might even learn to take decent pictures of food for you.  I know, shocking!

spring quilt 021

In the mean time, I have a few other things to wrap up.  This quilt is down and dirty.  Full of short cuts in the end.  I hope to continue adding stitching to it but I also knew I needed to get it out of the WIP stack.  And with all the old fashioned florals I like the random, slightly wonkiness of it.  But you all know, I like wonkiness in general.

spring quilt 016

Zo curled up on it the minute she had a chance.  When I threw it on the bed last night she was the first in and was very reluctant to let Senor have a place for his legs...

spring quilt 023

Others seem to like it too.
{click any of the pictures to see a few more of the quilt on flickr.}

Friday, September 3, 2010

{this moment}

I can't pick only one today.  So here you go.

{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. 
Wishing you a lovely weekend!
sheep petting

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blame Erica.

I mean that in the nicest possible way.  The other day on Facebook I mentioned that I might have to move all the furniture out of the house because a certain someone was climbing.  Everything.  Erica said something about a house full of pillows sounding very nice.  Yesterday I couldn't blink without finding him on the table, pressed into the window or dangling over the back of the couch.  Even after I turned all the chairs on their sides to make a barricade.  So here we are.
This is now our dining room.  This is the table I got the Bug to work at and now we will all be working at it.  And eating at it.  We'll see how it goes.  We had breakfast on the porch this morning and he was at a friends all morning so after he gets up from the nap we will try lunch. 

Monkey House
This is the living room.  He can still climb onto the couch, just now I don't think he will break anything and if he falls it should be less painful for us all.  And he can move his chairs around to get up to look out the window but not so much crawl out of it. 

Monkey House

Monkey House

Over here he can climb up and look at the pictures in the bookcase.  Because I am really not about making him stop (as if I could, ha!)  I just want it to be safer for him and less traumatic for me.  I couldn't make dinner, go pee, put music on, or anything that didn't involve looking directly at him the last few days.  Or there he was, sitting on the table eating sugar straight from the bowl...

Monkey House

Alright- he's up.  We're going to make lunch now.

Monkey House

Friday, August 27, 2010

{this moment}

Nice piggy, originally uploaded by Mr & Mrs Speeed.
You know how it works, right?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Block- Vacation

Whew- this one is cutting it close.  I almost missed my own deadline!
 I used the quilt book again.  I have been just waiting for a reason to make this kind of block.  And then Senor said "vacation" was our word.  Score!

August block- Vacation

So here it is, waves of sun light and water which make for some of the best vacationing out there!

August block- Vacation