Thursday, March 31, 2011

a walk in the rain

 I'm gonna love you like nobody's loved you 
Come rain or come shine 

High as a mountain and deep as a river 
Come rain or come shine 

I guess when you met me, it was just one of those things 
But don't you ever bet me, 
'cause I'm gonna be true if you let me 

You're gonna love me like nobody's loved me 
Come rain or come shine 
We'll be happy together, unhappy together 
Now won't that be just fine? 

The days may be cloudy or sunny 
We're in or we're out of the money 
But I'm with you always 
I'm with you rain or shine 

Days may be cloudy or sunny 
We're in or we're out of the money 
I'm with you, baby 
I'm with you rain or shine

Frank Sinatra
Come Rain or Come Shine

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

happy list

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, 
so does my gratitude renew itself daily.  
The breaking of the sun over the horizon is 
my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.  
~Terri Guillemets

wednesday will be happy list day. 
in no particular order.

1. the view from my kitchen sink.

2. new recipe success.
i used pumpkin i had cooked and pureed.
and added some sugar.

3. growing.

4. this guy.

5. composting.

If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

to begin at the end

of the last post, that is...sewing!

the desire to sew had been growing inside of me for some time, but in all honesty i lacked the confidence to jump in.  i don't consider myself an inherently creative person and i like things to go well the first time.  i am a recovering discouraged perfectionist, so i didn't want to start unless the results were fantastic.

months passed.  my sewing machine languished in the corner.  
until i stumbled across something i could not resist.  
one day when perusing the world wide web i found cloth birthday banners.  they were so perfect, so adorable, so perfectly approachable, that i thought: i can do this.  

we were gaining on my son's 5th birthday, so i began.  
i studied several different online patterns 
(you can see the one i used the most here: birthday banner), 
came up with a basic plan, raided the local fabric store and was on my way.  
i fired up my singer for the first time.  as it hummed, so did my brain...
i love sewing, i love sewing, i love sewing!  what a surprise!

i whipped out the birthday banner, as well as name banners for all three kiddos, in no time.

i'm pretty proud of the results.
birthday banner with my beautiful birthday roses.

my next project was similar, but i added my own flair.  
it hangs in my bedroom and is one of the first things i see every morning.  
what a wonderful reminder.

yesterday i got inspired and upcycled some old clothes into some delightful and practical little bags.
i also found a forgotten remnant i had picked up for the boy boy.  
made him a little pillowcase.

ahhhh...sewing success.

so what's next?  i have a few projects in mind...
even toying with the idea of using a pattern.
so far, i've pretty much been flying by the seat of my pants.  
yeah, that's how i roll.

i'm contemplating a skirt, perhaps an a-line or a yoga skirt?
considering curtains.  i mean, who can't use a little more color?
stay tuned.  a great project can't be far off...

Monday, March 28, 2011

here i am

mostly stay-at-home mom to three great kiddos.

avid reader.

passionate childbirth educator and birth advocate.

slow food cooker.
aspiring health nut.

beginning to sew.

richly blessed.