Sunday, February 28, 2016

signs of life



 I got this sudden, overwhelming urge to make something... anything... and my last carving was months ago. Quite a few of these carvings are things i have carved before... either for someone else or something i had made for myself that was broken. It felt really wonderful to get a little creativity flowing again. I feel like this little frenzy opened somewhat of a creative window inside me. I just feel different... slighty... like i have a little creative breeze flowing. Does that make sense? I broke out the sewing machine this weekend and it has been a long while since i have worked with fabric. I do enjoy the feeling of the fabric moving slowly under my hands and through the machine.
 I filled up my old notebook and retired it, so it was time to decorate my new one.
New number cards for the snack table at the little montessori school i'm subbing at. They set out trays of carrots, and pieces of cheese, crackers, etc, with little tongs and put these cards next to each thing so that the children know how much of each food they get to have and they come and serve themselves when they get hungry. It is adorable to watch.
I would like to introduce you to my new niece, Vivian Irie, who was born on February 17th. I got to go hold her and ... oh... that sweet newborn smell... and those tiny hands and feet... there is something so incredibly special about a brand new baby. I also gained a new nephew this month! Luca Giorgio was born on Feb. 11th. I have many photos of him on my phone but i need to get some transferred over to my computer so i can introduce you to him in my next post. I love watching my family expand and i am so excited to witness the lives of these two beautiful little people.




Speaking of new life... we have also expanded our farm family by four little chicks. They have been handled almost constantly but in my experience that makes for some really friendly chickens. I make sure they get breaks from the children of course, and they have to handle them gently or they loose their baby handling privileges. It has been going well. I am so glad that my little girls get to enjoy this wonderful experience the same way that the older two did.









They have been everywhere... these chicks... playing in the dollhouse, taking a ride in a little toy truck, hanging out on the desktop or snuggling in a lap. We are all thoroughly enjoying their presence in our home and our lives.

10 comments:

Amber Mento said...

Oh my goodness!!! Baby chicks!!! And Vivian's yawning face!!! :):) we'll have to come out soon :) she's got chubbier cheeks and she's trying to grow out of nb size already ;)

Kim said...

Look at those cute chicks, adorable. Congratulations on the new family additions. As always your stamp carvings are beautiful, I really need to try my hand at that one day. Have a lovely start to your week.

jenny said...

Amber- yes!! i am so excited to hold that sweet little girl again... i'll trade you... i'll hold her and you can hold chicks and bunnies :)

Kim- thank you! and yes, you really should give it a try... it's one of those wonderful "instant gratification" crafts and very simple to get started as it requires so few materials. Wishing a great start to your week as well :)

Carlin said...

Your niece is beautiful and those chicks are so cute!! I really want chicks only - we don't have the space for chickens :) I love your stamps so much... and can't wait to see what you are sewing!!

jenny said...

thank you carlin! i hope one day you get your chick fix :)

amanda said...

oh my goodness those chicks! and yes....sigh........ that newborn smell. delightful.

jenny said...

mmm... yes... wish i could bottle it up :)

Angela said...

Those are very good carvings!! I have never done carvings but now wish to learn. Oh your niece is so adorable. Indeed the baby smell and those tiny fingernails ...adorable! I miss my kids at that age. I love the photo of the chick on top of the computer.

Bob Rich said...

What a lovely blog ! Full of ideas. What type of tools do you use to carve blocks ?Thanks

jenny said...

thank you bob!! i use soft rubber blocks (speedy cut) and a linoleum cutter to carve the stamps.

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