Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Gift Tags

Gift tags...I got these out of Chance's late Granny's sewing stash...pre-cut with fusible interfacing on the back, to which I fused a cheery Christmas print. But, one could simply cut the shapes out of felt (mittens work too) and then blanket stitch around, add rick-rack or the trim of your choice. The names were free-motion embroidered by machine. You think I have time to do that by HAND? It would be a fun purse-project, and it's nice to have reusable gift tags.
On a mom note, 3 days past due date and already extremely miserable. Not physically, but emotionally, as my older girls (aged 17 and 14) must go to their dad's for Thanksgiving, IN OHIO, four hours' drive away;this is something I did not want to happen as I wish for them to be here when their baby brother arrives. Pregnancy does not diminish my need for Lexapro! Let the pregnant woman groan to whoever has ears.....

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Ornament Idea #1

I am not sure where I found this idea, but it is perfect for children who are just beginning to "come into their hands" and can wrap or wind a ball of yarn.
You simply take a pipe cleaner and wrap it with wool. We did a wreath, too...I'm not much of a decorator, but one could add beads, raffia, etc.
Don't be limited to wrapping with wool. Try fabric or yarn scraps and pretty papers as well. Bend into a star. Use sturdy florist's wire instead of pipe cleaners. Have fun!
No baby yet today...one day past due date.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


This time of year, we are living in the great, swinging rhythm of the seasons. In my work with parents, rhythm is applied as a tool to help regulate yourself and your child. Rhythm is breath and breathing. We all need times of quiet...death...stillness...incubation...like a bulb under the earth. Sometimes these periods last longer than expected or longer than is comfortable. Then, we experience the times of growth and productivity, life and light, activity and movement. Having children around helps remind us of the importance of daily rhythm so we can work through the larger breaths life gives us.
Our modern world is anti-rhythm. Not only is an unnatural work ethic practiced, but even when we are not working for money, we are always on the run or in the car or on the phone, or at least feel that we have to be doing something.
For me, finding joy has been finding rhythm...allowing myself to alternate periods of activity with periods of rest and introspection. Were any of us ever taught to do this unless we lived on a farm and HAD to? It feels good to set this example for my children. We can come together instead of being on the go. I remind myself especially about keeping the steady heartbeat of daily life during the holidays. With so much to do, it can become a challenge to really "breathe" and enjoy the blessings of these seasons. Yet, that is exactly what we need to do.
So, in celebration of breathing and rhythm and taking time out, I am starting a "Month of Ornaments" project. Over the years, one of the things my family has enjoyed is making ornaments for our holiday tree. Most will be tried-and-true, sort of trite, and some will be inventive and creative. Hopefully all will inspire those who read this blog to find the quiet time to create. But don't let me throw you off rhythm...no pressure!
Look for the beginning this weekend.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008