4.20.2015

The Wild Three

Last week I spent a couple afternoons finding new items for my shop with these three in tow. I often wonder what I look like to the casual observer. Do I look like the exhausted mother trying reign everyone in? Do I look like the calm and collected mom with obedient children nicely following along? I know I've been both but last week I felt like the former.
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Were the kids well behaved? For the most part, no. But it's a new week, a fresh start and I did find some really awesome stuff so it was worth it.
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Come check out some of the new listings here. And let's keep our fingers crossed that this week runs a little smoother :)

♥ anne

4.17.2015

New Macrame

Hello! Today I'm sharing some pieces I've recently made. The first one is a fiber art sculpture. I finished it last week and it is currently for sale in my shop.
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Next up is a plant hanger with handmade terra cotta beads. I'm really enjoying making my own beads, it adds an extra uniqueness to my pieces and that pleases me greatly!
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This next one already sold but I'm sharing it anyway.
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Last but not least is this big mama. This was a custom order I did for someone and I love the way it turned out.
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That's all for now! Happy Friday!

♥ anne

4.14.2015

Play Time

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All my kids have been fairly similar when it comes to toys and playing. My oldest would sit for hours in his room playing with trains, cars and legos. He was constantly writing comic books and reading the newest book series that was out. He was content playing alone or with others. Alex was pretty much the same. She loved drawing, playing with her stuffed animals and collecting Littlest Pet Shops. When Shane came along, he couldn't have more different. I assumed he'd love all of Max's toys I'd saved but he just wasn't interested. At all. He is happy outside and if he can't be outside he wants to play board games or video games.
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He has never been interested in imaginative play and still isn't. It just goes to show that that's how he's hardwired and it appears that I can't do much to change it. Actually, I don't try to change him but I have searched for things to do indoors that will hold his attention.
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Since Shane threw me for such a loop, I really hoped Marianne would enjoy all the cool toys I'd kept for her and I also hoped that she'd be able to play alone. Solo play is big for me. Generally, I've never been the parent that sits and plays with my kids. I'll play board games and I'll get something set up for them and lead the way to get them started but after that I like to move away and let them play on their own. Obviously some things require me being very involved but I want them to be ok on their own and not rely on me as a playmate.
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I wasn't sure exactly how Marianne played because she has always been with Shane. When he started school last September I was able to get a clearer picture of her "play style". She's very imaginative and loves working with her hands. Play dough is her favorite. She also enjoys helping me with chores like folding laundry and doing the dishes.
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She also loves playing with Alex's old dollhouse.
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I'm curious about Maggie. Right now she reminds me of how Max was at her age...a little ball of destruction.
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What do your kids like playing with? Or, what toys did you enjoy as a child?

♥ anne

4.09.2015

One

Our sweet pea is one!
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Maggie has been such a joy to all of us. She is walking now and more curious than ever. She is like a little tornado that moves through the house making messes wherever she goes. She is observant, likes to dance and loves bananas. 
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I wanted to make a raw cheesecake for her but the kids quickly vetoed that idea. Instead I made a sugary, gluten filled cake that turned out to be very yummy.
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Happy Birthday Maggie Mae!

4.07.2015

California Home Book

Today I got this great home decor book from the library for $.25! Check out some of these great homes. If you'd like to see all the photos head over to my Pinterest board here.
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♥ anne

4.06.2015

Weekend Photos

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We had a really nice day filled with family, food and fun. I was busy cooking and chatting away so I didn't get too many pictures (none of Shane or Marianne :( I'm not sure how that happened!) but here are the few I did manage to get.
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Leftover potato soup for breakfast while planning my Easter menu.
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I made some roasted almonds that were very simple and very tasty.
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Max and my Dad deep in conversation.
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Easter dinner.
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This was taken the other night at the beach. Moon rise and seagull.

Today Maggie is One! I've been replaying her birth day in my head all morning. What a great birth it was! I'm planning on taking some pictures of her today which I will share tomorrow :)

♥ anne

3.28.2015

A Morning Stroll

Last weekend I went on a glorious morning walk all by myself. The birds were fluttering about and singing their hearts out and I was heaven!
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A few months ago I got a Field Guide to local birds and it's been really fun identifying them. Above is a Lesser Goldfinch.
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Below are three more feasting away. I stood and watched them for several minutes.
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As I walked on I came to a large pond which I'd never seen before. I'm not sure how I missed it all these years as I've walked by the area too many times to count.
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I saw this Mourning Dove and managed to snap a couple pictures before it flew away. Shane loves Mourning Doves and is very good at imitating their call.
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This next picture is very dark but if you look closely you'll see a chubby sparrow.
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Death of a moth.
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Last but not least is the adorable Spotted Towhee!
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Thanks for coming along on my walk!

♥ anne