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hump day nuggets: craftiness with eggs and such.

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week Huh. I wonder if I might be that ridiculous mom who hands out raisins on Halloween and stuffs Easter eggs with spinach. I promise I WON’T do those things because I am married to a man who values chocolate like many value sports cars and also I remember the taste of all that candy on those special occasions when I was a kid and I just will not be the turd in that punch bowl. Also, I don’t think I am ridiculous. In general. But holy smokes with the peeps and robin’s eggs and pastel m&m’s that everyone wants so earnestly to feed my toddler. Do I need to loosen up? Yes. I mean, my family doesn’t celebrate Easter as a christian holiday, we celebrate the day for vibrancy, new growth, spring and a wacky excuse to drink mimosas on a Sunday morning and hunt for eggs full of soy nuts, er, skittles in the back yard. There is a whole new and SO FUN aspect to holidays now that Margot is old enough to flip out over the magic of it all. And I love getting crafty an creative with what I have laying around, making our own traditions and magic that doesn’t involve spending of the cash money and subsequent garbage. :: I came home from our week in Red Lodge to 30 eggs and Andy had been eating two a day and had given a dozen away. Our happy hens are quite productive. (Holy hell I am so thankful I don’t ovulate every day.) We made our own egg dye (left to right: paprika, plum, tumeric, blueberry) and slowly beautified our brown eggs all day on Sunday. Paprika did exactly nothing except look pretty for this photograph. That lone glass of dirt water at the back was my attempt at boiling some dandelion greens. Also, not pictured is coffee, which was my favorite (speckled egg, center, below). To make egg dye, mix a cup of water with a tablespoon of white vinegar and add pigmenting stuff. For fruit, use salt instead of vinegar. I boiled the blueberries and plums (I actually used last season’s plum butter!) with the water and pressed the liquid through a strainer. The whole process was quite beautiful and very fun. :: I’ve never been much for holiday decoration but I was completely smitten with this little nest I saw. It was a fabulous project for Margot who loves nothing more than the following: 1. glue 2. getting messy 3. birds 4. scissors 5. dipping objects into liquid. So, to make, cut up paper into strips. Mix a few tablespoons of clear-drying glue with a cup of water. Flip a bowl upside down and cover the bottom with saran wrap. Immerse the paper strips in the glue mixture and coat the bottom of the bowl. Add a few dry strips to the outside when done. Let set for a few hours and peel off. Let dry and that’s one stinkin’ cute nest. And one stinkin’ cute kid who is so proud of her nest. And three stinkin’ cute chickens who laid some sweet eggs to go in the nest. We made two nests out of one paper bag. I thought we could find egg-shaped rocks to paint and place in the nest. I was certain Margot would be so excited for this. We went outside and I picked up a rock and said, Hey, bug, this looks like an egg. And she said, No. That’s a rock, mom. And so we just collected cool rocks. And she has no desire to paint them. So we have a nest of rocks. :: I have been thinking on the plastic egg schtick for a while. I just don’t want them but I enjoy the concept of them. I found these sweet crocheted eggs and coveted them and wished I crocheted but settled on sewing some egg bags for stuffing with CANDY and hiding all about. Also if I crocheted I’d make an Easter egg basket out of plastic bags but instead I think I will buy one of these beauties. Seriously, how fabulous is etsy?? Ok eggs. At first I used woven fabric, lined and turned. But, this mama needed something quicker than that. During a 3:30am breastfeeding session I remembered I had a ton of scrap felt from Margot’s birthday party…felt=EASY. I cut out two pieces of felt, embellished a bit or not, machine-stitched up and over the top 3/4 of the egg and then made a drawstring at the bottom with yarn. These seriously took no time at all. You could really get crazy cute if you wanted…I was tempted but then I reminded myself it was midnight and these are egg bags. :: I am working on a new shirt line of fruits and veggies. They’ll be out by May. My trip across Montana was also for business and I gained a few new shops: The Natural Baby Company in Bozeman and The Glass Rabbit in Red Lodge. Perhaps a shop in Helena too…also, I just dropped an armload of Montana shirts off at Blackbird here in Missoula! :: And now for the non-egg craftiness portion of today’s post. :: Virgin Harvest High Mowing Organic Seed Winners: Read more on hump day nuggets: craftiness with eggs and such….
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moving earth

Well I came home to tulips doing sun salutes. The snow has melted, even in the always-shady areas of my backyard. The rich compost is turned and the rain barrels are open, ready to receive water. Barely visible, my spinach and lettuce will put meaty, sun-warmed salad on my dinner table in a few weeks. I also came home to my giant package of High Mowing Organic Seeds! Oh the beautiful little promise rattles. Margot immediately grabbed the Matt’s Wild Cherry Tomato, her little mouth forming and ‘o’. Oh how she loves strawberry pillows. I find it thoroughly incredible that one priority mail manila envelope full of tiny freckles will feed my family for the next year. Don’t forget to become a Virgin Harvester by trying something for the first time this year! So far, there are 43 participants doing very cool stuff. This is great and all, but, really people, come on and sign up for the fun. And, leave a comment here or on facebook for a CHANCE TO WIN your very own selection of organic seeds! (if you haven’t read the interview with HMOS, consider taking the time to do it. Good, inspiring stuff). OK, Nici, how about your Virgin Harvest? Glad you asked. Read more on moving earth…
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dig this sponsor: High Mowing Organic Seeds (giveaway!)

I am SO excited to brag about this month’s sponsor: High Mowing Organic Seeds. This inspiring company describes itself as an independently-owned, farm-based organic seed company dedicated to providing high-quality certified organic seed to farmers and gardeners. Sweet Basil Started by Tom Stearns in 1996, the Vermont-based business has grown from a hand-made catalog offering 28 varieties to over 450 varieties of heirloom, open-pollinated and hybrid vegetables, flowers, herbs, garlic, potatoes and cover crops. Bull’s Blood Beets & Detroit Dark Red Beets I believe it is now more important than ever to choose organic seed and food. As a consumer, I hold power in the future health of my community, my nation. Every time I spend a penny, I am voting for what my family values. And, we value nutrient rich food that was sustainably produced by farmers who value our planet. Sugar Snap Peas I have used High Mowing Organic Seeds for years to grow food for my family and love them because: Read more on dig this sponsor: High Mowing Organic Seeds (giveaway!)…
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hump day nuggets: Red Lodge

hump day nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week The girls and I had a great drive across this great state last week. I am often in such a hurry to get there to see my family that I don’t absorb how surreally and serenely gorgeous the trip is. This time was different. No hurry, just a journey. I could probably drive this very stretch of I-90 blindfolded. It’s all valleys that open and close like deep breathes, some tight and s-shaped, some wide and o-shaped. Mountains whisper from the north and sing from the south. Mountains moan from the west and beg from the east. And, always storms are gossiping among the peaks and valleys. And always the sky and earth kiss. It was fun and empowering. Every time I do something with my kids that I haven’t done before the act further proves that life with kids isn’t remotely limiting unless you want it to be. Turns out seven hours singing the swimming song and looking for trains is totally doable and so fun. And, since we arrived at grandma’s house we’ve been: :: Never tiring of hearing Margot intentionally call this animal poopypotamus. :: Laying on the floor watching the sisters (and running interference). :: Playing. skirt above from our friend Casey and can be found here :: Bathing in sinks. :: Making. :: Baking. :: Rolling around with relatives. :: Chewing, chewing on toys. :: Watching snow fall. :: And the the sun reemerge. :: Seeing old friends and their kids. :: Rolling over. :: Afternoon martini-ing. :: Walking around town. My favorite mountain in my whole world is Mount Maurice. It stands strong, but elegant at the south end of town. It holds a spiritual, grounded presence. I always think of it as Red Lodge’s guardian. :: Running with my aunt in her ‘neighborhood’. :: Jumping on beds. :: Daring mama to get mad. :: Wishing the toddler hair tease would last forever. :: Jogging for fun. :: Gazing adoringly. :: Working but always making time for hugs. :: Laughing (I couldn’t ask for a more fabulously funny and loving mother-in-law. She’s one of my best friends. Yes, I know how lucky I am.). :: Romping in my aunt and uncle’s backyard, with Mount Maurice watching over us. :: Loving. Read more on hump day nuggets: Red Lodge…
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marriage with two kids is a lot like dating long distance

I made a big, take-my-breath-away purchase last week. My fingers are bouncing about the tidy white squares right this minute as the sun rises over the east bench in Red Lodge. As you may guess, I am on the computer a fair bit. I am not much for tv but give me an internet connection and I can dork out for hours. The computer is also the medium for all of my work. We have a big, beautiful iMac that my man surprised me with for my 30th birthday but with two kids and what feels like 7 dogs and 13 cats, to get work done, I need a door to CLOSE. Or, better yet, a computer to take out the door…a computer to accommodate my new, exploring lifestyle as a mama with two kids, without a 9 to 5er, who enjoys hopping in the car and getting out. So I bought a computer. Andy was surprised and a bit bummed. Which surprised me. He didn’t know I was buying it and I was, of course, certain he knew and endorsed it. How can this happen, you wonder? I tell you all about it in this week’s mama digs column, marriage with two kids is a lot like dating long distance. Oh, and we talked and all is swell. Andy is happy for my new purchase. Read more on marriage with two kids is a lot like dating long distance…
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