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That Smile

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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Basket Full of Goodness

Out in the garden this morning, I had this epiphany about one of my own seasonal rhythms. During the summer, when the garden is bursting and I’m in the thick of picking, weeding, and exclaiming over what is growing, I fall in love with growing our own food all over again. Then I start contemplating doing more, providing more for our family than we currently do. Wondering what it would take for us to be more self-sufficient in regards to our food. I tend to obsess over it for the rest of the summer, have long discussions about it with L1, make some plans, then fizzle out come September and a new school year. If I get some things planted in the cold frame I call it a good year and then fall into the rhythm of the colder seasons, including being busy with grading and planning for my classes.

This year we’re going to go a little further with the self-sufficiency idea. We have a lot of reading to do. And I have to come to grips with being patient, content with the planning stage that we’ll be in for a time, and know that we continue to move toward the direction we have been for the past several years.

Things we’re thinking about:

  • How much & what do we need to grow
  • Grain for us–a totally new realm of growing & harvesting!!
  • How is the yard going to be transformed more (L1 is all over this)
  • Planning more cold-season growing.

Once again, I know this will be a long-time in coming, and there will be many items we won’t do for ourselves.  But it’s fun and exciting to daydream about it and building more of a community around it.  (I think about you, Jessica, and having your friend down the road with the garden space she can share!)

What rhythm do your thoughts take on at the height of summer (or winter, dear southern hemisphere friends!)?

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Treehugging with the X Sweater

Every year as my boy’s birthday nears I find myself in a bit of a panic when I start contemplating the birthday sweater for that year. A similar process happens for my girl’s birthday, but in that it is usually, “Which pattern should I choose?” while in the case of my boy it is, “There aren’t any to choose!” While there are fewer “boy” patterns in general, the older he gets, the more this becomes the case.

X Sweater Sleeve close up

This year, with a little help from the Inside Out e-course, I finally made it a goal to write and knit a pattern for my son. I sketched, read, started doing the math (which I loved!), wrote out what I thought I’d do, knitted, RIPPED, rewrote the pattern, re-knitted, added to the pattern, kept trying it on him, and finally finished it.

Raspberry Treasure X Marks the Spot

The Sneeze

The Stats:

Pattern: X Marks the Spot, be me, front stitch pattern inspired by B. Walker’s “Inverness Diamonds” in A Treasury of Knitting.

Meg asked about this name, since he was turned 9, not 10.  🙂 The X pattern is knitted over his heart.  I wasn’t thinking of that when I sketched what I wanted to make him, but it came to me when I was trying to name it and realized where it was.

Yarn: Spud & Chloe Sweater

Needles: US7s

Thoughts: It’s isn’t exactly how I pictured/sketched it. I needed a lighter weight yarn for that. In the end, he likes it and that’s what matters, right?

Just Being Himself

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{this moment}

X Marks the Spot, close up

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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Hydrangeas at last!

Lately I’ve been catching myself in moments of gratitude for the pieces of our days, like the above hydrangea blooming after being dormant for a couple of years. Those pieces of gratitude are a good reminder when, like right now, my son just won’t/can’t go to sleep and is crying out that he is hungry (he’s been given snacks and told he was done for the night). I struggle between frustration that he won’t just lay with his eyes closed and give himself over to the music playing and the sleep awaiting him, concern that he might truly be hungry, and a desire to have some quiet adult time in the evening with L1. Finding my breath and the calm that comes with it becomes easier when I have some small piece of something to hang onto in those moments of frustration and uncertainty.

May you, too, find calm and an anchor for yourself. Namaste.

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lake digging

From boredom to mud in minutes.  Such is the rhythm of summer in our home.  How about yours?

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Beyond the Bend

Thank you, ALL for all of your well-wishes and support here and otherwise.  It meant the world.  I so wanted to come back to this space and share all of my castles in the air turned real.  I’ll share the foundations they need instead.

Cash Apron

The Good:

I did it, I took that step, made the journey round the bend into the world of something new and unknown, being a vendor in a craft show rather than a member of the audience. There was lots of learning, something upon which I thrive.

The weather was gorgeous.  Though it was quite hot, we were under shade and there was a strong wind that blew all day so the air never became stagnant with humidity.  The predicted thunderstorms never materialized.

I was able to spend so many hours with my friend who invited me to the show.  It’s been a long time since we spent so much time together and it was lovely.

Setting up the SignSetting up my sign!
Waste Not Collection DisplayWaste-Not Collection (reclaimed materials) on left table
Crunchy Clothing DisplayCrunchy Clothes Collection
Gentle Living CollectionGentle Living Collection (Household & Wellness Goods) on right table

The Not-so-Good:

Many of the vendors canceled at the last minute.  I was saddened that my friend had to call to discover where the missing vendors were—they didn’t have the courtesy to inform her they wouldn’t be attending.

It was the show’s first year, which meant that it was small.  Having those empty spaces from the cancellations was a turn off to many potential customers, it seemed, as so many would drive past but not stop, park, & get out.  The end result was a disappointing attendance rate.

Remember that wind I mentioned above?  It was a double-edged sword.  Everything kept blowing around or away!

Where I Stand Now:

I want to try this again, to find the right venue for what I have to offer.  I want to continue to refine my booth set-up.  There wasn’t enough time for me to do all I wanted to for it.

I am torn about feeling that the booth wasn’t “full” enough.  I knew I didn’t want it to be cluttered, but it might have been a bit too sparse.  I am currently wrestling with this.  I don’t want to create “things” because they’ll sell, or so that I’ll have a bunch of “stuff”.  It seems antithetical to the idea of handmade/handcrafted and eco-friendly.  I would like to have more choice & price-points for my booth & shop.  Thus my current dilemma is born, or really, if you look deep into my archives, it’s an issue over which I have been struggling for a long time.  Dear readers, do you have any thoughts on this matter?  I’d love to read what you have to say as I continue to ponder this issue.

Business Cards

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