Sunday, July 22, 2018

Living in a Wilderness Wonderland

reindeer sweater reindeer sweater reindeer sweater reindeer sweater (and flower lover!) silly boy he cracks me up the faces he makes! run away!
robin's eggs
Robin eggs robins robins Robins! chipping sparrow eggs Four little chipping sparrow eggs resting right at eye level in the tiniest nest my children and I ever did see.

My family and I are living in a wilderness wonderland and we couldn't be happier! Well, minus the threat a lot of this wildlife has on our chickens. This country/forest life really is even more magical than one could imagine.  I can't get over all of the learning opportunities right at our doorstep. I dug out our nature journals this evening so we can take full advantage of such an opportunity and document all that is around us. Living on our property (so far) we have seen the following wilderness families being raised right before our very eyes:  black bears (1 mama with 3 cubs), bald eagles, red tailed hawks, foxes, deer, groundhogs, wild turkeys, opossums, bull frogs, toads, a large variety of birds, and one lone coyote. I wonder what we will see next...

On another note this seemed like a good time to finally share Baby F's reindeer sweater from Christmas, since it was inspired by the nature around us while living in Oregon. I can't believe I hadn't photographed it sooner. Oh wait, that's right Baby F never sits still long enough for me to get a good photo of him so I kind of gave up. 😇 That cheeky little monkey! Rav notes here.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Crafting On

The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life. This explains why I always have more than one project guoing at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too. What are you creating? What is keeping you going? Snap a picture or two, post it on your blog, on Instagram #craftingon and/or Flickr and then share it with the rest of us by leaving your link below.

Crafting On
Not exactly a new project but something I have been working on nonetheless. This little Peter Rabbit blue cardigan was knit for L the Easter after he turned three. I didn't have any specific buttons for it so I threw on some cute honey bee ones. However I didn't have enough of them so I ended up with a mismatch buttons cardigan. Not exactly the look I was going for. Fast forward to now. Baby F found that sweater in a pile of WIPs and fell in love with it. He isn't quite big enough to wear it yet but his enthusiasm was just the push I needed to sew on new buttons and give it a proper cleaning. I purchased those beautiful toggle buttons from Taryn of Wooly Moss Roots at Flock and Fiber in Portland, OR last September with this very cardigan in mind (I miss you Taryn!!).  I am quite happy with my choice and can't wait for Baby F to grow into it!

 What are you working on? Happy creating!

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