Spring Things

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They say there is snow covering 50% of the country right now. Eeeesh. Here in northwest Oregon, I think we're having classic spring weather: one day warm, one day sunny, one day sunny and cold, one day cloudy and warm, one day hail, one day a golden sunset that warms you right through your skin. Amelia and I have been out walking every day. The neighborhood looks so very pretty right now. All of the plums and pear trees are in bloom. The daffodils are out, and many camellias. Grape hyacinths. Magnolias just starting to bud. Today it was chilly and rainy and so we went to the mall. It's warm, it's dry, it has flat surfaces, lots of food and things to drink, big doors (and occasionally people will even hold them for you — you can tell which ones have ever had to maneuver a stroller through a door and which ones haven't), elevators, and cute clothes. On a cloudy March day, what's not to love. Amelia enjoys going anywhere. Everywhere. I love being out with her.

We have ordered all of the supplies we need for the next round of Maggie kits, and the felt has already come in. Greta is back in the studio folding felt as I write. We are making twice as many kits this time, but will only have five dress/yarn options available — four new fabrics, as well as the original Betsy (and by the way, the names of the fabric and yarn that I used? Those are the names the manufacturers [Liberty and Brown Sheep, respectively] gave them, so if you're in love with something you can definitely Google it to find more somewhere). I think the new dress-fabric options are gorgeous. I can't remember the names offhand, but I will take a photo of the samples so you can see the prints. So, Greta is working steadily to put the kits together, but we aren't rushing these. Rushing just doesn't work for me these days. We are going to do them at a more reasonable pace that works for all of us here. So, I'm not sure exactly when they'll be done but it might be about a month. Unfortunately, no, there is no waiting list, and I don't take pre-orders. But I will keep you posted here on our progress and let you know when the new kits will be available!

I have gotten a lot of emails from people who have already finished Maggies, either from the kit or the pattern, and they are seriously ADORABLE. So, so sweet! (My in-box these days is just utter chaos. I'm kind of coming to terms with the idea that I will just never get to it all, which feels weird, but it is the reality, so I really do apologize.) But I have started a Pinterest board for Maggie photos. If you post a photo of your Maggie to your own Pinterest boards, you can send me the Pin and I'll repin it to this board. Or you can send me the link to images on your own blog and I'll pin it for you. Or you can send me the photo and the photo credit/blog info and I'll upload it directly to the board. If you send me a photo but you DON'T want me to Pin it, just tell me, and I won't (of course). But I do love seeing them because they each have their own personalities, and a little gallery would look so cute!

I'm also still working on alternate patterns, and I'll keep you posted on those, too. I'm just trying to do everything at my own pace, so that's kind of a slow pace right now.

(Did you see my Steiff teddy bear on the window seat? I got him when I was a baby. I love him. He's very gorgeous. A true gentleman.)

I made the scarf (and her little navy sweater), but I bought the handwarmers from Sandra Juto last year, and I love them and wear them almost every day.

My mom has a dragonfly tattoo on her wrist. 'Cause she's cool like that.

How I love hanging out with Mimi in her big-girl room. In the afternoons, when the sun starts setting through those windows, sitting on the big bed, with our pets nearby (always nearby), reading stories to this beautiful baby girl . . . well . . . you know . . . nowhere else on earth. Nowhere else in the whole wide world do I ever want to be. My happy place.


you know what's so great about reading your blog? It shows me that life is beautiful, that home is where all the good things are happening, it keeps me safe and warm, that crafting is a joy that makes our world a better place to live, that I too love spending time doing things and reading with my son...thanks for making my workday a lot more beautiful.

Fauxhawk Mimi looks so much like Andy there it made me laugh out loud. xo

Yay! A board for the rabbits. I finished my fourth, one for each of my kids, just in time for Easter. I was kind of sad to be done. I've loved fussing over them. After the last stitch I had the urge to make, like, a hundred thousand more of them. But decided my late pregnancy nesting energy would be better directed elsewhere.

Here's the last guy. http://stillparenting.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-new-friend.html

I'll send you links to all of them for the pinterest board. And really, thank you for the the inspiration. I've loved these little bunnies and since three of mine had to be boys, it's been fun to come up with boy clothes. Happy spring! Although we've got snow here it's melting fast.

Mimi's room is beautiful. I love the built-in shelves and drawers. Those are going to be awesome as she gets older and acquires more stuff.

Love those baby pictures, ESPECIALLY in the navy blue

I just love Amelia's new room! and hopefully, I can get a bunny kit when they come out again <3

Oh my gosh...your photos! Your life! So happy for you.. Amelia's cheeks and thighs, oh my! The buds outside the window? Oh my! We have snow and flurries, winter boots and hats. Have a very happy Easter!

Susie Sears Taylor says: March 26, 2013 at 04:33 PM

Look at that SUNSHINE on that darling girl!!

I loveee Amelia leggings...reminds me of flashdance. she is adorable.

love the pics and enjoying your posts (past and present).

Amelia's big girl room is cozy and lovely...just beautiful! I love the fairy lights too!!

Oh my gosh, look at that beautiful room! No wonder you love hanging out there! Amelia is just getting so cute, all chubby and smiley, you just want to kiss those little cheeks and tickle that little tummy. Her little flop of hair kills me too! Oh what a lovely world you are creating, I hope you are delerious with joy.

Oh my that bedroom is so beautiful! I'm having complete bedroom envy :-) What a dreamy space for a little girl. I can ditto with the mall. When my girl was tiny we lived in a tropical city - in an old house without airconditioning - the mall was so lovely and cool with long wide walkways, indoor trees, a pretty glass ceiling to look at the permanent blue sky through, two bookshops, a lovely cafe .. we got to know the ladies in the bookshop so well that it was a lovely weekly outing of friends, books and coolness. Enjoy your pretty, pretty spring. Oh and can I suggest another book for your summer - "Bilgewater" by Jane Gardam - very English, about a teenage girl Marigold who has grown up in the very old fashioned boys boarding school where her father teaches Latin. You will love it - and you will look forward to sharing it with Amelia when she's older. have a lovely day sweet family!

That Baby bedroom is divine. I am totally stealing that pic, to give to our carpenter as we build our new house, for the as yet non-existant baby we may one day have.

Look at those cheeks! Such a beautiful, beautiful girl. I'm so happy to see such a good view of the new built-ins too -- they turned out so great. I've wanted a window seat since I was ten. (It's a clear memory! I was reading Jane Eyre who was ten, trying to hide behind the curtain and read. "I'm ten and I'm reading and I wish I had a window seat," I remember thinking.)

I love the little picture of Amelia smiling and wearing her leg warmers. The first thought that popped in my head was, "Dance Amelia, Dance!"

and now I have the Flashdance song in my head.

So a lovely home full of happiness and love, even more so now with Mimi filling it in every corner with that smile!

Such a dear bedroom for a dear little girl. And I see Amelia is a reader. We liked "Sheep in a Jeep" too although my daughters thought "Pat the Bunny" was the tastiest of all their board books. :)

I know I've said it before but if you haven't looked up Eloise Wilkin illustrations to see that Amelia could have modeled for all her babies, you really should. She even illustrated a book called My Goodnight Book where the little girl has a window seat in her bedroom, just like Amelias.


marthaeliza says: March 26, 2013 at 05:09 PM

Looking at my beautiful 16-year-old daughter, snuggled on the hearth with a book and a kitty, I am happy for the long, lovely road ahead for you and Mimi.

I forgot to say that the scarf is over-the-moon beautiful. I'm speechless . . . well, almost :)

I am sitting here trying to get my printer to work as I type this so I can finally start on my bunny.
Spring Break is here and my little guy is home for a week.
It is going to be a difficult process to work on bunnies and boy at the same time, :)
But I must try.

Aaaaah, what beautiful photos. I have spent my morning multitasking, to wit: Little House on the Prairie in the background, sock knitting to hand, and Posy archives in front of me. I think I'm somewhere in 2006. I had to stop and vacuum the house but came right back :-) Ooooh I hope I can get a bunny this time, eek, exciting!!

i love her room...lucky sweet girl. xo

I just LOVE the first comment by Hokidoki! It is true, true, true!
I am sure you feel like you can't post anything without a barrage of, "Where did you....." But here it comes: Where did you find that cool mushroom house light on Amelia's shelf?

I am a bunny! A long time favourite in our house!

I never tire of gazing at the beauty you share here (least of all your sweet girl). Thank you. :)

Auntie Allyn says: March 26, 2013 at 05:36 PM

The good thing about spring snow (at least, in my neck of the woods) is that it seems to come and go pretty quickly. It's time to look forward to daffodils and tulips! I hope to add my special bunny to your Pinterest board (BRILLIANT idea!!!) shortly . . . I stitched her individual pieces while sailing in the Caribbean last week and will finish her up in the next few days. Could you have imagined that she would have such tumultuous appeal??!!

I especially liked your picture with the kitty and your bear . . . I've got my childhood babydoll propped up in my bedroom, so I could definitely relate!

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