Our house has been a buzz with so many projects. our kids have been off in a million different directions with different ideas they are trying. I've been busy sprucing up our nest and crafting. Every time I walk downstairs where my creative nook exists, I start to feel excited about the numerous possibilities that exist for creating-oh if only I had a 48 hour day. I'm squeezing in as much as I can for creating while our littlest one naps in the afternoon. I made a declaration to myself that I wouldn't clean during his nap time any longer. ( No, not even organize or empty the dishwasher) I felt empty at the end of the day when I would clean for the whole day but no one could never tell I had. I read something by Mary Englebright in her article for Where Women Create (a terrific quarterly magazine that allows one to be voyeuristic and look at other amazingly creative women and the spaces they use for creating) she said " ...Try doing the exact opposite of what you were originally thinking. Who cares if it doesn't work out? You will have learned something in the process!" Her quote has jump started me into trying something different whenever I feel like I'm stuck in the day to day routine. I've had more creative ideas, more real connection time with my kids and more time to create as a result. Check out the hand made pants I made for my littlest guy from my husband's repurposed t-shirt. So very soft and super easy to make even for people like me who do not do patterns! I was inspired by Amanda Soule's book, The Creative Family, as well as the cost of simple cotton pants for 16 month olds. I could do a lot of thrifting for the cost of a few pairs of his pants! I added the star to accent his cute caboose. I figured that there is a fairly short period of time in ones life where one can call attention to one's right rear cheek and it's considered cute.
On the home school front, we have been really interested in Insects. My kids started an ant farm today-unfortunately, the ants found their way out of the plastic tank and met their demise once discovered on my kitchen counter. They created ant creatures out of Sculpey clay which morphed into making symbols that represent the elements from the periodic table. (The star=hydrogen, the balloon=helium, the oxygen tank=oxygen, the pencil=carbon) We have been reading about insects and we are continually fascinated by them. (Did you know they have holes in the sides of their bodies for breathing?) We watched the Eyewitness video on Insects too-anything made by Eyewitness is so amazing. I love their books and videos-maybe even more then the kids do.
We also visited Eugster's farm in Stoughton. Perfect weather for it. The animals were good sports about being loved and the corn maze entertained all.
We have a bit of something to celebrate over here as well! I have been selected, along with my dear friends, to take part in the 5th Craftacular in Madison, WI on November 28th. I've attached a photo above of one of the refurbished suitcases I'm going to sell at the show as well as some of the vintage pillows I've been making. It makes me so happy to see the little dish towels that someone spent so much time making, repurposed into a new life. So, please mark your calendars-buy hand made, buy local if you can!