Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Desden Plate Pillow

In an effort to get some started projects converted to finished projects I have been trying to sew or crochet a little each day this week. I finished the bloomers I need for this coming weekend first (you know, since I will be using them :) and then moved on the this block.

dresden plate pillow

I knew when I made it that it needed to be a pillow. I already had it mapped out in my head. Last night when I went to finish it up I had already had half a glass of wine and none of my (already poor) math skills could see through the haze. So it is different than expected. And then I sewed one of the back panels on backwards and I decided to walk away... Luckily the haze cleared and I finished it today after doing some seam ripping. Lesson learned.

dresden plate pillow

Monday, May 17, 2010

To Remember

Emerson Explorer

I hear birds chirping through the monitor as I write this. That means they are singing in Emerson's dreams too. :)
He started really walking on Wednesday. He just let go and went, like the story people card. He just couldn't get enough. On Thursday, more. On Friday, more. On Saturday I bet he walked half a mile around Canton. On Sunday he started carrying things while walking. Today he is stopping and bending down to pick up things and continuing on. From the beginning he was stopping, turning, avoiding obstacles. He has fallen once and split his lip a little. Other than that he has miraculously gotten his hands in front of his face for every time he didn't fall in a self controlled way. Amazing and so fast.
He pulls himself into our bed now. He turns around to get out feet first and lowers himself gently. I am so surprised to see him walk in to us in the mornings.
He waves good morning to us when we wake up. He waves goodbye when we leave. He says dah dah for the dog and byh for bite. He points at everything and says, dat? to ask for the name.
He blows my mind.

I am trying to be more present, more mindful. I have really let any form of meditation slip out of my life the last few months. I hate to think what I have missed because of it. So I am breathing more, smiling more. I am reading Peace Is Every Step and feeling the the calm seep back in. I put an application on my computer to sound a bell of mindfulness randomly through out the day (it just rang :) for another excuse to breath and smile. I love it. I need it. I want to watch and see this boy grow. I want to look and remember the smells and colors and textures around me. You can't do it when you are not present. I want to be right here, right now.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

{this moment}

From Soule Mama {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

I really only think you should watch the first half of this video but have no way to edit it.

Happy weekending!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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I have been doing plenty of sewing and making and have taken no pictures. There is a wedding coming up for my very best friend and his darling darling so you know, I had to get in on it.

I made them a little tiny ring pillow. Very simple, a square about 4" with a pretty ribbon making an "x" in the center and two ribbons to tie the rings on. And then I found out she didn't yet have a veil so I had to make that too. Also, très simple, just a double layer of tulle gathered and of course I had to put in a few glass beads to give a little glimmer.

For the dress I bought with Cindy the other week I decided bloomers were needed. It is just too cute not to have them and it will make chasing the Bug around less scary if I'm not so worried about my unders showing and no one else has to look at them. :) I am using this pattern. In a aqua to match my shoes. I also made a little turquoise bead necklace with silver accents. I can't help it, the dress needs it. :)

Dive Right In
{Photo by Senor. I just hate to put up words with no pictures....}

Monday, May 3, 2010

April Block- Growth

When I heard the selection of the theme "Growth" for April I saw radiating fabric in my mind. I had the urge to use something more traditional than I normally go for just for a little challenge. (I do think following directions is challenging in sewing. Many other things I don't mind but sewing and cooking I have to force myself...)

April Block- Growth

In my search for the perfect thing I found the pattern for a Dresden Plate and knew it would be perfect. I had thought I would apply it off-center or something to make it a little different. When I went to make this I decided to make two in case I messed it up big time (which is always likely here.) I cut out the pattern and put them together. I loved it. But the plate was too big! It had to fit a 10" block with room to attach but it was a full 1o" all by itself. I really thought of cutting more and making it a little smaller but then some how I came to think how neat it would be with pin tucks and then how it would "grow" off the block with some stuffing. And maybe, just maybe, it would fit on the 10" block the way it was supposed to. So I tried mine first to see if I was crazy...

April Block- Growth

It is a little crazy, but so fun! I want to make the block I kept into a pillow cover. They are so squishy and sweet. I added extra sweetness by using a couple more of my grandmother's yo-yo's for the centers. Hand stitched and everything! I know Grace loved it. And check out her lovely block too. It is called "Peace and Plenty":

Grace's April Block- Growth

You can see the rest of the pool on flickr by clicking any of the photos. I can't wait to see everyone's work!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Party time!

First birthday party

We have had a wonderful weekend of family and friends all celebrating together with us. I am always moved beyond words when I see how many people love our little Bug. I feel very blessed.
There were gifts and cake and singing galore and through it all Emerson was smiles and joy. It was the first HOT day in a while here and we all had a good time sweating and eating together. If you click on the picture you can go look at the others. He loved the cake made by our sweet friend Michele.

May photo walk

After saying goodbye to all our guests we spent this morning at the photo walk we try to do once a month with the Baltimore Photo Collective. It is a very cool idea. A bunch of photographers in the same place at the same time and finding out what everyone else saw. I borrowed Jeremy's very nice camera to take pictures with. Emerson quickly got too hot and too much sun though so we headed back to hit the pool at the Y. I love that place. He has so much fun and it is so nice to be able to enjoy it with Senor once in a while.

I must say I feel so strange about this first birthday. It seems like there was never a time when the Bug wasn't part of our lives. I feel his great struggle between independence and dependence already. I feel it in myself too. I always planned to nurse for the first year and now I am beginning the weaning. I don't want to rush it though. There are sometimes when it is so wonderful/helpful/sweet but so many times it is not. I don't want it to become any less pleasant. I want to be always able to look back on it as mostly blissful but I am afraid if it goes on much longer I will resent it. But I worry about weaning being traumatic for him. And completely selfishly I want my body back. Not the body I had before all of this baby stuff happened, just more possession over this body I have been left with. I have started to take a double take at the idea of boobs being anything other than a food source. You mean boobs can be sexy? Really?
Emerson has begun pointing at everything and saying, "Dat?" Sometimes it is so funny because he points at a large sweep of things and all we can say is, "That's a bunch of stuff." Which I imagine is really helpful for figuring out what everything is called. :) I love watching him choose what to eat or point to tell us he needs a drink. It is interesting to see what he wants and wants to know more about.
Okay- enough rambling- dinner time. Hopefully I will be back in the next day or two with the quilt block from this month.