Well, the crafting moments here lately have been "knitting with sick child on lap" style. I was literally giddy last night when the two youngest kids were sound asleep... no coughing! And the oldest two were watching a movie on the laptop, a rare treat in this house. All this added up means "mama time".
I finally got brave enough to cut into my Heather Ross Camper stash. (see here and here for my fetish) I recently got the coordinating polka dot print on ebay for a mere $3.99 a yard. How I do love a good bargain!
So I made a little quilt, whole cloth style, and it turned out so nice. Cotton fabric front and back with a piece of flannel in the middle to add some weight. It made for some extra ironing, but the wavy looking border adds a lot of funk appeal to the quilt :) I didn't prewash the fabric, I did this on purpose. If you make a blanket and wash it after you sew, you get this rumpled shaggy chic look that I absolutely adore! I had SO much fun using the BSR foot on my new Bernina to do the quilting. I'm still in awe of that machine. It makes sewing so much more fun :)
Anyhow, on to the photos:
So we've started with the music, the amazing music of Louisiana. New Orleans Playground by Putumayo has been a big hit. We've been comparing French music to New Orleans style music. Many similar instruments. My hubby is loving the sound of the accordion. (and he is hoping to find one down there!) So far we've decided that if you were to mix blues, french and a splash of jazz music all together you would end up with the "New Orleans" sound. It's upbeat and fun to listen to. We're singing along in the car and dancing around the house. What fun!
We're all really excited about discovering the roots of the culture in the New Orleans area. The French inspired food, music, art and so much more. It's almost like moving to another country....
Speaking of Music & Art...
...a fun find on Etsy ~ this lovely and affordable little piece of art:
created by artist
Laughter is the best medicine!
How many times have we all heard that little tidbit of advice?
I am so fortunate that my sweet man & I are always making each other laugh. Today I watched him play his guitar with the wee one climbing on his back.....
First, let us be completely honest with one another. I am bored with my scarf. Oh sure, I do a few rows here and there and it is coming along....... but then I see something shiny.... in this case it was looking at Soule Mama's favorite knitted hat (the pattern is offered on her site)...... and I finally understood the instructions! I am a new knitter remember? I just figured out the YO is not a cool way to say "hello". No, it in fact means yarn over. (Thanks Deb!)
And so in another 72 hour knitting frenzy this beauty was born. Knitting is a fabulous activity to do while sick kids sleep on your lap! The yarn came from my mama :) It's a lovely deep olive green with pretty little flecks of other colors... DaleGarn Sisik yarn (color 160)
So here are some photos of the lovely little hat. And I thought you would all especially enjoy the one of Miss 10 & I being goofy in the car while waiting for the Daddo. Such a silly girl she is :)
With the whole crew feeling well again, we are heading to Minneapolis this weekend to spend the day at the Science Museum and then we'll head to a hotel with an indoor water park. Frightening in my opinion! (the water park part) But daddo & the big ones love a thrill. The wee one & I will be quite content splashing our toes and floating in the aptly named "lazy river", thank you very much! Our room is a family suite wich means there is a mama/daddo room and a kid room with bunk beds. What a luxurious treat! After the tired kiddies are asleep we will have some much needed grown up time, perhaps with some wine :) A much needed mini vacation for us all!
Hope your weekend is lovely!
Thank you so much for all the "get well" messages. Aside from a lingering cough all the gypsy forest kids are on the mend. Phew! The last couple of days have been spent reading stories and listening to some new music. We really had fun singing to the folk songs on Elizabeth Mitchell's album.
I've got a house full of coughing feverish kids. Stuffy noses and tummy aches. So far, the adults have not succumb to the germs.... (knock on wood!) but there's not much time for blogging around here.....
I found this on the internet while doing "research".......
STEP 1: Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days.
STEP 2: Put these supplies into your car.
STEP 3. Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.
Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in Louisiana.
We'll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:
Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.Good luck, and remember: It's great living in Paradise!
Did any of you ever enjoyLife Learning?
Well, by the time I found it, it was extinct.... meaning that it had merged with Natural Life.....
I have been devouring back issues from our local library.... love, love, love it!
Anyhow, I can honestly say that my new favorite magazine is Natural Life.
I don't currently subscribe to any magazine..... I am a library girl! Frugal & Green hearted I tell you. But.... I may just bend my green frugal heart a bit and subscribe to this one. Natural Life is like Mother Earth News and Mothering magazine rolled into one. If you are a green minded unschooler, you should definitely find this at your library. It's a must read.
I was totally inspired by Soule Mama's post about the knitted gnome hats, I mean how cute are those babies?? Seriously!
And with my scarf nearly finished, it seemed like the perfect time to start another project!
So My friend Deb got me started and I knitted for two days. Non-stop. I think I was starting to get carpal tunnel.
Knit through the pain.......
must finish hat......must!
"Are you ever going to stop knitting?" the kids asked.
"One more row?" I pleaded......
And then....... voila! The gnome hat.
Knitted from Dale/Dare Ara yarn. It's sooooooooo soft. And funky. Perfect for little Miss 6.
The free pattern is here. I cast on 70 for my hat and then I also made the point a bit longer by just adding some extra rows in there when making the point. I also picked up stiches on the inside for my earflaps since the thick & thick yarn made a bumpy edge.
This is my first hat! I love it! Miss 6 likes it too.
Thank you Soule Mama :)
Another cutie in a handknit....... what could be better then that??
Not much I tell you, not much.