I have been having a lot of fun crafting these days. Lots of new babies on their way have made it fun to knit things like socks, sweaters, and hats. Hannah has also been having fun finger knitting. She knit herself a scarf in no time at all today. We have also been playing with embroidery. I am a beginner and I find no better way to practice my stitches than on the art work of my children . It brings me such joy to see their work take on a new life and they do too. Together we made a fairy pillow. Hannah drew the fairy, mama embroidered it. Norah helped to sew and stuff the pillow.
I have also been bitten or maybe stung by the sewing bee. I have dibbled and dabbled in the past, and found that I am an impatient sewer. But I decided that my desire to be a good sewer has made me slow down and READ. Yes, read through a whole pattern several times before cutting a piece of fabric. The other day I found myself reading my sewing machine manual from front to back. What a difference it makes to take things slowly. I have to constantly remind myself that I don’t have to finish something on the same day I started it. I am finding though, that if I spend some time each day, even if it is only 15 minutes, doing some sort of craft my day feels complete.
Archives for August 2009
Spent a lovely restful week in the Catskills on Lake Shehawken. I did not talk on the phone, set an alarm, or get into a car for an entire week. It was perfect. Spent lots of time swimming, canoeing, fishing, going on walks through the beautiful lakeside woodland, finding toadstools, salamanders, frogs and snakes, and building fairy houses . We picked loads of wild blackberries, and enjoyed evening fires. I was able to fit in lots of knitting for 2 special babies and play around more with embroidery. I am still in vacation mode now that we have returned home. I feel so restored and relaxed. I hope to carry this feeling through my days as long as I can.
We spent Saturday morning selling at our local farmers market. What a great experience for the girls to interact with customers, other farmers and vendors, learn about money exchange, and to be exposed to the importance and joy of local foods. Hannah really enjoys helping out with the display and signage and Norah likes to run from one stand to the next buying and trying new foods. She likes to barter with cherry tomatoes.
My girls could not be more opposite from one another. One is calm and quiet, the other firey and chatty. One a Aquarius, the other a Scorpio. One who loves to play in a whole other world of imagination, and the other who plays in the now. One who likes alone time, and the other who needs to be around others at all times. One who likes to make others laugh and one who likes to laugh at her. One who likes dresses and skirts, the other only tee shirts, and pants. Aside from how opposite they are they get along extremely well. They seem to appreciate one another’s differences and I can already see the life long friendship they will have.