19 December 2007

A new little bug

Yesterday, our newest little friend, Margot was born at 10am. We are so excited to meet you, Margot! Congrats Nici and Andy!

10 December 2007

holiday crafts... finally

This weekend, I finally found the time, energy, and health to do a little crafting and decorating. I actually got really sad when I realized that I only had 2 weeks left to make any of the fabulous gifts I had planned for this year. I think that my friends and family will be receiving "New Year's gifts" or maybe even "Valentine's gifts", but probably not Christmas gifts. I was so excited about finally being able to craft and decorate, even though it was simple, and I had to take pictures and post.

First, I put together my holiday wreath for the front door. I have a simple twig wreath that is usually on the front of the house year-round. I took that and spiffed it up a little for the holidays. I found this wonderful green ribbon and some gold and silver "berries". The finishing touch was the little "hope" star ornament. I chose the hope one because that is really what this season represents to me, the hope of changes in the new year, time to spend good time with friends and family and fun goodies to give and receive.

Next, I hung my wonderful new jingle bells on the front door. I found them at the World Market over Thanksgiving and I couldn't resist. The dog likes to lick them as she walks past, making them jingle and they ring merrily every time the door is opened and closed.

Finally, we had a lazy Sunday morning, perfect for decorating the tree. Every year we go to the forest service office and get a tree permit. Then we head out to the forest to "hunt" for a tree. We were lucky this year to go out last week, the day before all of the snow melted. We traipsed through a foot and half of soft beautiful powder, sizing up trees, throwing snow on the dog and having a great time. We finally found the perfect one, cutting it down with our shiny red saw and dragging it out to strap it to the roof of the car. One of my favorite traditions.

Sunday, we pulled all of our supplies up from the basement and decorated. We pulled out our enormous lights that we purchased for our first Christmas. They are 2in, brightly colored balls that make it so fun. Then we added our mishmash of vintage balls and random nostalgic ornaments.

The sock monkey...the heart that my grandma made for our first Christmas...the ice skating couple from my family tree...and of course, the Chicago Cubs bulb. Very ecclectic, not very "stylish", but it makes me so happy. The final touch was the handmade, quilted tree skirt that my other grandma made us. Holiday perfection.

07 December 2007

Let it snow...

We lost our wonderful snow to a bunch of yucky rain this week. So, for myself and anyone else missing the white stuff right now, here is some inspiration to get you in the holiday mood. Happy Friday!

(All photos from my flickr favorites)

06 December 2007

small (fun)

Long before I thought seriously about being a mom, I was continually smitten with well-made children's clothes, toys, furniture. Some of my favorite toys from childhood were basic, well-made fuel for my imagination: tinker toys, lincoln logs, lite-brite, wooden blocks, one small doll with handmade clothes and a doll chair made by my grandpa. I can still spend hours in the children's section at the book store and I love to play with the best of them. So, of course when I came across Small Magazine, I signed up right away. Small is "the first and only online magazine of independent design for kids". You can subscribe to get the quarterly email catalog. You can even submit some of your own hand-made wonderfulness for upcoming issues. And, they are big etsy.com cheerleaders.

I just found their Winter issue in my inbox this morning. My favorite pieces in this issue include the Moon Rocket Playhouse (which I can't seem to find for sale anywhere) and the living stones from Smarin Design. Talk about an imagination boost!