Sunday, July 25, 2010

A whole lotta weekend

First: Lili's 4th birthday party. Includes a donut pyramid instead of cake, a homemade pinata, and a whole lotta watermelon.

Then, a friend's birthday party, and Lili's first ever professional (is minor leagues professional?) baseball game. Now she wants her own (pink and white) baseball cap. I'll oblige.

And Mira? She's been sleeping terribly the past week or so but I must forgive this cute cute baby who is learning all about the world around her:

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mobile Mira

For your viewing pleasure... A short video of Mira crawling. Because I can't think of anything else to post!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


This is our 2nd year gardening in earnest, and we have growing... zucchini, winter squash, pie pumpkins, 6 varieties of tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, dill, basil, snow peas, blueberries, raspberries, parsley, mint, corn, lettuce, carrots, leeks, and.... beets!

I have been thinning the beets periodically with no real happiness at their growth rate until all of a sudden this morning...

Beetlets! See them? Under the water?

I will be using the greens in our minestrone tonight. I am very happy and excited to eat my own beets in a month or so.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Little Something Nice

I'm ending my line of the Pay It Forward game... And I will say here, it seems that many of my readers either a) don't like contests/giveaways b) don't like commenting c) don't feel they better the world much or d) some or all of the above. Because I KNOW I have more than 4 readers. Google analytics tells me so. BUT I know this post made you all think about how you better the world and that is good enough for me.

And in true Pay it Forwardism, I will choose all four of you as winners. Well, we are all winners in life, aren't we? But for these purposes, Ali, Rachel, and Tera are winners. And Leah? You can win too, because passing it back is just as important as passing it forward.

I loved hearing how you feel you better yourselves. And I am offering a little something for you to decorate your "selves" with! You remember my new Etsy find? I just got my goodies from them, and they are just as adorable in person as they were on the screen. So I'm gonna send each of you your choice of pendant and ball chain from Homestudio! And if you don't find one you like, or you aren't into necklaces? Well... you could just regift it! Paying it forward, indeed.

Just let me know (email me! oh, and your address too) which design you like, and whether or not you want a specific "letter" tile, and I'll send it along! Please let me know by July 16 so I don't have this hanging around in my to do list for too long...


Friday, July 2, 2010

Bicycle Buckets for Two

Lili and Q are like two peas in a pod. Their birthdays are 1 week apart, and they just seem to speak the same language. Thick as thieves. So when I asked Rachel what Q might want for his birthday, she mentioned a bike basket. And I thought "of Course!" because a bicycle basket is something that has been on Lili's wish list too!

And because of my newfound love of Etsy, I thought I'd see if there were any listed there. And I came across a cute fabric bike basket. And I thought "Wow, maybe I can make one too!". So I searched for a tutorial, and came across a fabulous kid's bicycle bucket tutorial**.

I got to work right away, and behold the creations, a his and hers set:

Lili immediately wanted to try hers out so we gave it a test run. Adorned with clip on flowers. A big bonus to this pattern is that the attachment to the handlebars will only work on her bike. So if she wants to use the basket, she must ride her bike. It's good motivation, I think.

And the requisite "lets fill it up with rocks" test:

** Some notes on the making of, if you are going to try it too...

- Buy 2 half yards of fabric. This will give you extra in case you mess up (like I did), and I'm not even sure that a fat quarter will cover what you need for the lining fabric
- I used boning around the edges to give it extra structure. I probably won't do that next time I make this because the boning made sewing the binding on a pain in the butt.
- I think the rectangular dimensions the author listed are wrong. Didn't work out for me, so I cut the rectangular sections based on pattern arc.
- Double sided stiff fusible interfacing is awesome. I plan to try to make a "crib" for Lili's animals with the leftovers.
- The velcro attachment to the bike seems a tad flimsy, but held up well during our test run. We'll see if it stands the test of time. If not, I'll change it out for webbing and buckles. (Note that, Rachel! Q's gift comes with a warranty!)

Overall, I'm pretty proud of myself for this project. It was pretty quick, took about 4 days from start to finish, sewing whenever I had a free moment... Hopefully Q will love his birthday gift!


I received my "Pay it Forward" treat from Leah today! A lovely little package from across the sea, plus her very own recipe for Popovers! Leah, how did you know that Popovers are one of those things on my baking "to-do" list? I have always been intimidated by them, but I am sure with the easy recipe you have sent I will be successful. I hope.

And to go along with the popovers? Some lovely tea and jam. How very grown-up. I think I will host a tea party for the girls.

But since I don't read French...

Infusion of Marmots? Will it be furry?

Just kidding! It smells like very nice, herbal tea.

Check back later for my "Pay it Forward" winners...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My tunnel of love

and... it's official! real crawling on hands and knees today!