Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Every time I get a custom order I get excited. The deal is a person has an idea and during the course of the order I can create something just for them and in the process I usually stretch myself and find a direction for my work. The last such order was an ethnic nativity. There is also a good feeling I get when I ship out something so personal.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday was the first day of school. That statement alone should be all I need to say for any parent to conjure up the appropriate images. Packed lunches, excited kiddos and a nervous mom.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
I find one of the best ways to really get to know my 11 year old is to deep clean his room. After securing my haz-mat suit and arming myself with a shovel I enter his domain. I have put this off for awhile out of sheer terror. As he gets older he has taken to hoarding a bit . His passion, office supplies. He is the only person on this planet who feels one can never have enough paperclips, stickie notes and blank books. I also have a sense he has been eating in his room. I have not seen any evidence which means I will surely encounter 5 week old pizza lodged under his desk. Taking one last deep breath I enter this boy cave.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Originally uploaded by haddy2dogs
One year ago on my birthday a fellow Etsy seller and friend gave me a wee needle felted mouse. She delighted my daughter who directly went about the daily care of our new friend. One evening I told my husband in passing that I need a new computer mouse. The next morning I found this mouse by my computer.
" Mama that is your new computer mouse!"
Since that day we decided computer mouse needs fresh air from time to time so we take her with us out and about on our many adventures. She has been to the zoo and out in the country. She helps me ship at the post office and even helps pick out the groceries.
We can't share our dear little friend but you can invite one to your house by contacting LittleElfsToyshop on Etsy.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Since they were wee I have taught my children to find magic where ever they look. We make toys from all things that enter our path. My daughter at the ripe age of six has mastered this concept to the extreme. The very thing we teach at times becomes our nemesis.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Often when people find out we have a Deaf son they react with sympathy. I think that might be because they can't imagine life with out sound so it must be a tragedy. For our family the reverse is true so although we are used to this reaction it always startles us a bit. Now don't get me wrong my son does have challenges, the biggest at the moment is the state of his bedroom. He suffers from a common syndrome called Cleanaphobia.
Friday, August 21, 2009
So today I was so excited to meet a friend from Etsy at a beautiful state park. I planned ahead and made extra food for dinner last night so I would have plenty to share. I travel in a health conscious circle so I am careful to respect that when I socialize. I packed my lentils and veggie curry in a smart travel pot and and went to bed.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Last week we loaded our car a set off to take my son to summer camp. At age eleven he was about to embark on his first independent adventure. For several days we prepared packing his bag, shopping for the perfect tools to insure success in the wild. We bought him a fancy flashlight, digital camera, travel clock and first aide kit. We packed clothing for every possible weather change.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I have not had time to start a blog until now because well, I am a mom. Not the mom of 40 years ago mind you. I am the new improved modern mom model. I know the mom of that era perhaps didn't have a dryer, microwave or touch phone to facilatate daily happenings but let me tell you mom's of today would cherish the separation from these conviences.
Multitasking is the new mom's art. (excuse me, "honey how did you get glue in your hair?") I can read a story, wash the dishes, felt a doll, break up a fight in 2 languages, find the missing shoe mate all while whipping up a lovely dinner from scratch.
Of course there is the occasional glitch in the system, I did forget to pick up my daughter from a playdate today but for the most part we are a well oiled machine around here. ( "sweety no jam on the keyboard please.") I, at the age of 42 have learned many things to manage the of today lifestyle and feel it is my duty to share with younger new moms. I will from time to time offer tips I have found to be effective. Here is todays,
Your child or husband is not listening it is because you have become the twin sister of Charlie Brown's teacher. In this case make your statement followed by,
"oh how strange,there is a naked woman at the door"
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The time has come for me to sit here alone somewhere beyond the age of 40 and before the 50th year and talk to myself in cyber space. I have wanted to start a blog for some time but the prospect of learning this skill has kept me at bay. Today I realized I could jump in and try and not a soul would see my lack of skill because who would think to peek at my tiny blog? So I toss on my rocket red dreads and get started.
I want to join the ranks who throw their lives out to the world. I want to admit foils and folly and perhaps that parenting is more than soccer games and popcorn. I am sure this will embarrass my children but after all isn't that a time honored tradition? I am a fiber artist , mama and teacher who catches magic moments every day that I wish to save. I imagine the kids will forgive in years to come. Or so I hope. I find there is a need for parents to take a step back and laugh. We wear our parenting coats like armor at times.
Of I go to learn the rules, tricks and see if this is even works.
While I am learning here is my Etsy shop