The apricot tree popped today. It's full of blossoms: the perfect addition to a gorgeous day. It seemed like there were a hundred bees buzzing around the tree. Can you find the one in the picture? Spring is here!
I've been thinking A LOT about food lately. Why? For a few reasons:
I eat a lot.
I'm nursing, so I seem to be hungry basically all the time, so I eat all the time. I'm not kidding either. Just ask the sisters in Relief Society. I've got Cheerios all through church for ME, not for the kids.
I'm trying to be healthy.
I have recently made an (embarrassingly) HUGE change in what I eat. I decided I love cookies way too much, so I've been opting out eating things with added sugar. I've also taken up eating more whole grains than not and basically trying to make healthy choices. In researching about good healthy food choices, I came up against a lot of suggestions on diets to lose weight. That doesn't work for me as I already lose weight when I nurse. I finally came across this website/blog that has been working perfectly for me as it is all about just being healthy and not about losing weight. It follows guidelines given by my church. (If you find that you like the blog, I suggest that you begin reading at the beginning of the posts-- it kind of builds on itself.) I have not been perfect in the changes I've made, but I notice a significant difference in how I feel when I'm being healthy.
I'm making dinner!
I've also been practicing dinner recipes. My goal is to have five recipes that I do well enough that I'm not embarrassed when company comes over. It also has to meet strict budget (and now health) requirements which is where I find the challenge. Plus, I don't really like cooking. I have been making dinner it seems every day (Rob does give me a break on weekends).
So, sorry about the complete lack of design other than the awesome gingham tablecloth (I have a love affair with gingham). But food has been a main subject in our home.
It's been especially springy here this week. Very lovely. I made this pair of pants for a friend's little girl. It was a fun and easy project- just add a ruffle to a pair of elastic-waisted pants! Made has a tutorial that gives you an idea of how to make pants off of a pair you already have. I just made sure that the bottom width of the pant legs was just as wide as the knee, and they look like little bell-bottom sailor pants! I made two matching hair bows as well. All she needs is a little Peter Pan collared shirt and she's set!
Hey guys, so I was looking for pictures of rain on the web to teach Jack about rain because I'm obsessed with spring, and have been telling him all about it lately and I came across this blog: Wonder Blog: Weather Undgerground- ozcazz. It seems to be a collection of gorgeous photos from photographers all over the world.
I've been making a few taggie blankets and toys lately since I saw this post on homemade by jill. It's a fun quick project. I like mixing colors and feeling all the different textures myself!
The ladybug actually crinkles. You know the envelopes that bills and statements come in? They have a clear window with your address printed on the document inside. The clear window thing is really crinkly, so I put that inside whatever I'd like to make the crinkle sound-- in this case, the ladybug's wings.
I mozied on over to Anthro today and was inspired by the dresses (as always). Easter is coming up and as much as I would hope to make my Easter dress this year, I doubt it will happen... but, I can wish.
The textiles in these dresses are so beautiful. I love the blending and movement on each dress. It's like they made the dress then someone came and painted the print after. I've mentioned before, I would love to learn how to paint fabric. I've used fabric paints before, but the outcome hasn't been as I would like. I watched some professional fabric painters in New York a few years ago, and decided it would perfectly blend two of my passions. Someday, I will learn.
I'm a mom of (almost) 5, always in need of a creative outlet. I love learning new things and taking on new projects. My hobbies include sewing, drawing, gardening, painting, dyeing fabric, and trying new things. I love playing with my babies and including my children in the creative process. Stop and stay a while! SaveSave