Thursday, June 18, 2009

jude's first self portriat

Jude is finally starting to draw so that you can recognize what he is drawing. I asked him to draw a picture of himself today, and this was his work. I love the big eyes and that arms come out of his face. And in case you are wondering the scribbling in the middle is his belly. I wonder if his is upset?!?!?!

"In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt." ~ Pablo Picasso

Friday, June 12, 2009

gabriel the doll

Remember this? Well, here is Gabriel, the doll for crafthope project #2. (Take a look at all the dolls that have been made for this project.) He will be given to an orphan at the Casa Bernabe orphanage in Nicaragua. I finished him on Wednesday and dashed him off to the post office, jammed his sweet little body into the smallest flat-rate priority box, and hoped that he would make it by Saturday (despite the nice post office worker's standard response that "there was no guarantee").

He is a black apple doll with some of my own adaptations. His arms are a little wonky. I got a little obsessed with adding sleeves to the regular pattern and forgot to focus on arm placement. Legs were done 3 times before I was satisfied. I wanted him to look like he was wearing rolled up pants so I added some bias tape and basically had to make my own leg pattern so he would show some skin. But despite all the fuzziness (hmmm...could this be why nothing ever gets done), I just made sure that when I was doing the hand sewing I took the time to really seal in a lot of love. Jude and I gave the doll a real big hug before we sent him away.

I am still making Jude's doll (I decided to make him one while I was at it). Jude asked who was getting the brown haired doll. I said, "a little boy who doesn't have a mommy or daddy." Jude's practical response was, "why don't you make him a mommy then?" Ohhhh, if only it was that simple.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


I went out to the garden shed this morning, and the baby phoebes were all perked up. I thought to myself, “It won’t be long now and they will be leaving the nest.” An hour later, I was out to the shed again and the nest was empty. I helped the last fledgling find its way out of the dark shed and into the beautiful day that awaited it outside.

All the nests I have been finding this spring have been very symbolic of the nesting that I have done with a particular idea that I am so excited to share. And it’s finally hatched. Let me introduce you to my new blog...

So wabi sabi will celebrate the beauty and balance of nature and of all things handmade, homegrown and homemade. It will give gratitude for moments of peace, wholeness, and connectedness. I’ve been working on this idea for years (without really knowing what exactly it was), and I have visions of many different projects that might spin out from it in the future. I plan to post something nearly everyday so click on over and please, please let me know what you think and help me by spreading the link.

As for oh wow…I’m not sure what its fate will be, but I am grateful for the space I’ve had here to share and learn. This really started out as Jude’s blog, and I kind of took it over. Jude will definitely be a part of so wabi sabi, but I’m hesitant to say goodbye to this blog for good, so for now I’ll just say, “oh wow! how grateful I am for possibilities.”

Friday, June 5, 2009


I'm sorry for those of you who checked in to see what the "news" was. Unfortunately, I have to delay my announcement for a day or two. I am so bummed about this, but this is apparently not the time.

However, I will share something I am incredibly excited about...

I had a truckload of black gold delivered last night. This is the most beautiful finely grained organic compost you've ever seen. I have my work cut out for me this weekend. I will try to have some weekend snapshots to share at some point. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

garden fairies

I was working out in the garden reclaiming a section of a perennial bed that jumped its border. It overtook a section of the garden that I double dug a couple of years ago. That was lush, beautiful soil then, but now the weeds were rampant. It was a little painful to see all that hard work undone so quickly. Fortunately, the soil was loose and friable so the weeding went quickly. Nevertheless, Jude had it with gardening for the day and was tired of my attention being so fixed on one thing besides him for such an extended period of time, and said, “I don’t want to garden anymore.” To which I replied, “Well, mama’s got get this garden under control because I didn’t take care of it for a couple of years and now the weeds are taking it over. The garden fairies aren’t coming to visit anymore because it looks like I don’t care about it.”

A moment later, I discovered an enormous patch of wild black raspberries growing at the far end of the same perennial bed. I had to eat my words. The fairies have definitely been here and they couldn’t have picked a better spot. I was planning on converting that section into a perennial food growing bed with asparagus and berries. I’m halfway done and I didn’t even have to do anything!

In case you are wondering how I could miss an enormous patch of raspberries...I've learned to completely ignore large areas of our property and take great delight in nature’s ability to thrive when I do so. In this case, my neglect will reward us with several boxes of black raspberries in a few weeks. I can almost taste it now.

This is officially my 50th post, and I have some exciting news to share tomorrow so be sure to check back.

For now I will leave you with this inspiring quote that earthy crafty mama shared on her blog this morning...
"One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar." ~Helen Keller