Friday, April 29, 2011

it's not spring without chicks

the first evening we had these chicks i hear a little commotion going on in the laundry room and decide to investigate. this is what i found. i think every small animal and many of the insects that come into our home have received a ride in this firetruck. i've seen it zipping by with ladybugs, beetles, moths, even earwigs, and of course... baby chicks.
now... usually when mark brings baby chicks home i'm about as giddy as the children... but... i have grow quite fond of the size of our current flock. we have five hens... all different breeds... perfect.
well... perfect for right now anyway.
luckily for me, mark and lisa have taken over the raising of the baby chicks and i am glad to be back to my happy little flock of five. and the kids get to go across the street and play with baby chicks... yes... perfect.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

a baby and a blanket

this blanket... finally finished...  finally... and it's about time, i started it when i was pregnant with eislee. now, it dosen't help that the majority of that time it was in hibernation. but with a little motivation, in the sense of really wanting to start a new project, i got back in gear. i am very happy with the results. the yarn is nice and soft, yet seems quite durable. the pattern is sweet and simple, i wrote a little tutorial here if your interested.

now, about the baby (since that's really what your here for, isn't it?)... she is growing ever so steadily. whenever i take the time to give her my full attention, she rewards me heavily with smiles and coos. she has the best smiles, and the way she coos... well... it's kind of like she's telling you a story or something. such a sweet, sweet baby. did you realize that she's almost three months now? crazy how fast that went huh? just wait... tomorrow she'll be sixteen... sigh.

Friday, April 15, 2011

nuturing my creative side

i've been feeling a need to create lately. it's amazing how good it makes me feel. sweeping, laundry, dishes, those are all things that you do and then the next day they need to be done again and again. sewing though, it really makes me feel like i've accomplished something. when i complete a sewing project, it's finished and i get to use it again and again. yes, a very good feeling. i highly recommend skipping your dishes and/or laundry and doing a little sewing instead, and if you decide to take my advice the keykalou pattern i used to make the purse above is a quick and simple project and also on sale here in her etsy shop (created in portland, OR). it's practically instant gratification, and who can resist a project where you get to use a cute button? not i.

Monday, April 4, 2011


  • Three rules of work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein 
  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Mark Twain
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. William James

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