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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Sunday, July 15, 2018

*Summer*

a little lady on the train 1st train ride! percy! watching the world go by
train ride
Thomas L with Thomas
L with Percy
Baby F with Purple Grandma happy boy on Thomas! dreams coming true
Sir Topham hatt
at the park trying to get his head wet in the leak in the hose teaching baby f silly face after he hit a ball silly boy water play Summer is in full swing here and although the heat can be unbearable we are trying our best to enjoy it! Yes, that means some plastic actually entered our lives. So very much the opposite of who we are but I am glad we got that little water play table for Baby F. He loves it. At least it is kept outdoors, right?! 🙈

We took a trip to Strasburg to make two little boys' dreams come true. Well, it was mostly for the bigger boy but the little one seemed to enjoy it just as much. Not only did they get to ride a train for the very first time in their lives (all our lives actually, except for Kevin) but it was Thomas the train! L has so enjoyed his Thomas books ever since he was three or four so I am sure you can imagine what a big deal this was to him.

We had to drive through Lancaster to get to Strasburg and oh my - I want to live there! Amish farm life - is there anything more beautiful?! If only it wasn't so crowded there (farm plots were small) we would live there in an instant.

My children and I have been discussing what we miss the most that is currently in storage (and has been for more than a year now 😭 ). L missed his toys and trains the most, which I figured. C missed her books and C Baby. K missed her books and furniture and one other thing - our salt rock lamps. At first I thought salt rock lamps were a rather funny thing to miss but then, with a dreamy look in her eyes, she went on to explain how cozy they made our house feel and all the good memories they brought back to her. I could not deny her sentimentality.

Shortly after our conversation I came across this article on salt lamps and my goodness, no wonder they are so missed. I forgot about all the good that they do for us and our home along with the cozy feel they bring. Although I did not realize the danger they could potentially cause for cats. Seriously, check out the article! I am kicking myself for not bringing them with us - granted when we packed I thought we only needed things for 3 - 6 months tops not over a year! I hope our salt lamps survive being in storage for so long.

p.s. Thank you so much for all of your movie recommendations. You guys are awesome! I can't wait for August!!
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