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my new blog home

In handmade, projects + tutorials on 10/01/2010 at 6:02 pm

Dear Friends,
I’ve found a new home.
Feel free to drop in anytime.
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Warmly,
Gina

a new season – a new space

In simplifying, things pondered, toddler activities on 09/23/2010 at 6:26 pm

When I wrote my last post, I had no intention of it being the last one for such a very long season. I honestly can not even explain my lengthy absence from this space other than to say that life got the best of me (in a very good way) and I’ve spent the past months living more and blogging less. I know many of you can relate. Seasons – especially with little ones underfoot – change without warning and one day I just woke up and found myself doing other things that needed doing and there you have it. But I do apologize for disappearing altogether. Week after week I meant to pop in and never did. I beg your pardon.

Much has changed since our last chat. Mainly, she has changed. My brown-eyed little wren is quickly blossoming from a roly-poly toddler into a lanky preschooler with more questions than I’ve got answers. Our days are taking on a more structured form, necessarily, and it’s been a fairly smooth transition into her own active exploration of this great wide world. I spend a great deal of time searching out our next adventure among your pages, pictures, and words. Thankfully there is a wealth of help for a bumbling mother who has forgotten how to play in the dirt and catch crickets and I need fresh eyes to see all that lies just beyond the front step. And while I don’t have time for meandering words on this wide open white space, I am finding it helpful to catalog my findings by making little lists between catching critters and snuggling with good books…ever so small collections of ideas for exploration. The new space is a bit minimalistic. Clean and simplistic. Just the bare necessities. Most of the lists will contain only three items for consideration, although there will be many lists filed under each heading. Gathered bits of goodness, sized for little people. If you find it to be a helpful resource, I’ll hope you’ll visit and submit your own suggestions. Tapping the collective wisdom of so many is a gift. Thank you for your inspiration.

matching merry men

In projects + tutorials, toddler activities on 04/27/2010 at 7:22 pm

MATERIALS
colored markers
wooden clothes pin pegs
bowl (be sure the pins will fit on the width of the rim)
white stickers

We’ve had so much fun with this little game and it has gotten us through more than one wait at a restaurant. Match the numbers/colors of the men to the numbers/colors of the stickers on the bowl. This requires some coordination as well since the pegs have to be turned “just so” to slide them onto the rim. I have seen this done with regular clothes pins (the sort with metal springs) but this kind is much more of a challenge for her.

here

In things pondered on 04/15/2010 at 4:31 pm

 

Soaking up sun, earth, and words.
Discarding the shadows of winter from our corners. 
Plans for the neglected sewing machine…imagining cotton slipping beneath forgetful fingers.
Questions without answers of yet – A heart on tip-toe, wondering what’s around the bend.
Hopeful. Happy. Here.

the space between: week one

In space between on 04/12/2010 at 2:01 pm

 

Laughter and food with friends, old and new.
Scrubbing last year’s mud from pots and planters.
Milling about tables piled with vintage goodness in crisp morning air.
Hands and knees caked with earth and pollen.
A unexpected walk.

The space between Friday and Monday.
If you’d like to share yours, feel free to share your thoughts or leave a link to a post of your own in the comments.

this moment

In 30 days of beauty on 04/09/2010 at 12:06 pm

Joining the Friday ritual here.

pregnant earth

In green & growing on 04/07/2010 at 1:25 pm

Sun spills into our windows deeper into evening. Still there aren’t enough hours in the day. Early mornings are spent outdoors, tending to tiny plots of soil pregnant with bush beans, spinach, strawberries, peppers, lettuce, zucchini and crookneck squash. We water tenderly and dream of the picking. The bulky bean sprouts made their abrupt appearance three days ago and  I explained again to the curious one that these green creatures will feed us soon enough. She stares in disbelief at them and me. Fresh soil. Fresh green. Fresh eyes. And I awe and wonder too – our shadows hovering together over stirring earth. We watch and wait.