Friday, September 18, 2009

So many ideas-so little time!

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!  

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Our "not going back to school" year has begun.  We have had so many adventures lately.  
We tried rock climbing, we visited a beautiful park nearby and we were lucky enough to visit some raccoons being rehabilitated.  
We welcomed our new hedgehog named Windsor and tried our best to help rehabilitate a little baby squirrel/possum (we're not officially sure what it was exactly) that a friend of ours found.  Sadly "little Pinkie" didn't make it past the 48 hours we had him.  My heart goes out to those who dedicate their time to helping abandoned creatures and acting as surrogate mom.  You are amazing.  The amount of time and emotion it must take to endure each time a new creature is found must be exhausting.  Our house is not quite ready to take on wildlife rehabilitation on a regular basis.

Call it coincidence or something out there that's bigger but whenever my kids or I  become interested in pursuing a new subject, so many opportunities arise effortlessly.  Our daughter has been very interested in wildlife rehabilitation and not more than a month after submitting our application for volunteering at the Humane Society, we are invited to see raccoons being rehabilitated so close to our house that we could walk to meet them.  And then to have the amazing chance to be part of trying to rehabilitate the small pink creature discovered by a dear friend in the parking lot of Costco-well that was just incredible.  
The past couple of weeks have reminded me of a favorite quote:
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, 
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth,
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: 
that the moment one definitely commits oneself,then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour 
all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance,
which no man could have dreamt would come his way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:'

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. 
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.'

W. H. Murray 
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition