Sunday, March 30, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
When all I want to do is lie in bed with my humidifier, a bag of Halls, some Vapo-Rub and a good book ... I remember that I am a Mommy ... and staying in bed is not an option. I know that someday soon it will be an option, as I will be moving into my new house in just 2 weeks ... right behind my parents house. And soon, if and when I am not feeling well, Isaac can walk the twenty feet to Grandma's house and be endlessly entertained while I recover.
But this week, that was not an option. So, like many modern Mamas, I had to turn to the television. I am not proud of this. I have a love/hate relationship with television. However, we don't allow for commercial television. Just PBS & well thought out DVDs. I can live with that.
So, when I came down with one of the worst viruses I have had in a long time, I turned to Amazon.com and purchased as many DVDs as I thought would keep my son happily entertained while Momma recovered. I painstakingly read nearly every review of each DVD that I chose ... wanting to be sure that these videos were more than just entertainment, but that they also had some additional educational or social value. I think I did well in my choices ... so I am passing the list on to you Mamas of young ones ... in case you should ever need some recovery time of your own (click on titles for more info):
- Word World: Welcome to Word World
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ... and lots more learning fun.
- Little Bear: Halloween Stories
- Party Time With Max and Ruby
- A Big Big World ... The Sky Above
- Springtime for Max and Ruby
- Curious George: Zoo Night and Other Animal Stories
- The Land Before Time: The Wisdom of Friends
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar ... and other stories.
The biggest hits were Max & Ruby (Isaac identifies with Max's antics), A Big Big World, and Little Bear (as always).
All of the above videos are very gentle. They are not "in your face" fast-paced cartoons. They have a gentle rhythm and flow ... and that is important to me. So, if it is important to you as well, I would check them out.
Oh - and I am almost fully recovered now ... so no worries :) We even played outside for a while yesterday. 40 degrees! Spring is almost here!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The Easter Bunny brought Isaac his own camera (along with a trail full of colorful eggs). Please click HERE to see some of his personal photography. He is so in love with taking pictures like Momma does. And I am so pleased :)
As soon as they move into their new house, we get to move into the house they are currently living in (on the same acreage) ... so we are VERY excited that their new house is almost finished! We are SO ready to finally move. Spring is a wonderful time for new beginnings :)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Thank you for looking!
P.S. I am also quite willing to sell these at wholesale prices to those interested in buying in bulk to re-sell in their own shops. Thanks!
Monday, March 17, 2008
You can visit here to learn more about this book, but I wanted to share some of the incredible illustrations here as well:
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
The new house will have creative space, but for the next couple weeks, I am stuck with my kitchen table and counter. I almost cannot believe that I am sharing this photo with you all. Fabric and ribbons everywhere ... totes full of supplies strewn all over. But this is life. Real life. And we have been eating around the coffee table so as to accomodate Mommy's need to create (thank you Isaaac & Daddy). Soon, I hope to be settled into my new jolly, super-organized and bountiful creative space. But until then, the above photo pretty much depicts how we have been living these days. Soon...soon... maybe if I click my heels .... and simply say... three times ... "There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place Like Home, There's No Place ....."
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Lately, I have taken an interest in collage, paper, and silhouettes. I have found great inspiration in some of these books: here, here and here. And though I have been "testing the waters" of this art form, I have a long way to go before I feel comfortable in it. But boy is it fun! I mean, we are talking kindergarten, hey-Mom-look-what-I-made, instantly gratifying fun! Break out the paints, the scissors, the paper and the fabrics ... and give it a whirl :) It just feels so darn good.
The above piece was done with a silhouette I took of Isaac ( I made him pose like that - and he did - can you believe it?), some acrylic paints, some cardstock, some gel medium and leftover fabrics from a recent project. All put to canvas. Isaac loves it. He says, "Look Ma, Baby Isaac looking at a bird! He a good boy." When I sat down to create the piece, I was thinking of how much I couldn't wait to see the apple blossoms in my front yard - and Voila!, they appeared.
I do plan to sell a couple prints of this piece in my Etsy shop. Not sure of the interest, but thought I would give it a shot. They should be available by next Monday.
Meanwhile, I hope you sit down to do some cutting and pasting too :) I promise that it is therapeutic.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
In recent years, I have become quite convinced that handmade is best. And on every occasion, I try to support local artisans by purchasing my gifts and home decor from Etsy (unless of course I can make it myself :)
And now, I invite you to take the handmade pledge as well:
And perhaps you can take that pledge JUST IN TIME to check out my Etsy shop ... JUST UPDATED TODAY (as promised). However, as I stated before, I plan to do another update next week as well (some goodies didn't quite get finished in time).
Thank you & Enjoy.