5.18.2015

Here And Now

Well, it's Monday and I have a very full week ahead me! I like having a lot to do around the house because when I'm on a schedule I get so much more done. I've been on a roll the last two days so hopefully I can keep the productive ball rolling. Here are some pictures from over the weekend and a couple from the last few weeks.
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We visited our friends on Friday and had the best night playing music, singing and drinking beers. Maggie had fun roaming in their backyard. I love how the pumpkins are taking over!
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We've had an abundance of eggs lately so I made a yummy frittata Sunday. Ruben and I have been on a poached egg kick and have been making them A LOT.
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Mr. Banjo. He's cute but he isn't very nice most of the time.
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I carved alphabet stamps last week and made some market totes.
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Alright, I'm off to go do my chores! I hope you all have a great week.

♥ anne

5.14.2015

Birthday Girls

Last month was Margaret's first birthday and yesterday was Marianne's 4th! Both these girls are such joyous little ladies and bring smiles to us all daily. Yesterday when Marianne woke up she asked if she was really 4 years old now. She just couldn't believe it :)
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On both of their special days I reflected on their births and how extraordinarily different they were. Marianne's was by far the most difficult of all 5. People say you forget the pain and the hardships of labor but I'm gonna have to disagree with that, I remember it all vividly!
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Maggie's birth was a breeze compared to Marianne's!
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If you're interested in reading a bit about their births, you can find them here and here.

♥ anne

5.06.2015

Wax Paper Pressed Flowers

Today I pressed/ironed some flowers between wax paper. I remember doing this as a kid and I was just as fascinated by the results as an adult as I remember being as a child.
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Pretty cool huh?!

♥ anne

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!