Monthly Archives: November 2011

thankful nuggets

nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words So many fabulous things swimming around my head today. A good place to be, a bad place to write from. Unless, of course, I do nuggets. I know Thanksgiving blog posts were like so five minutes ago but that’s cool with me. I still wear boot cut jeans too. This minute, a few things I feel thankful for: :: Kids who, when faced with very little snow at Ruby’s sledding birthday party, see nothing but the ability to move snow around and sled like crazy for two hours. :: This epic sledding hill will be in our backyard. Soon. I am dying to share lots of details here and will. Soon. :: Riding in a wet, slippery plastic dish with my healthy, funny two year-old and her new favorite frog. :: Three cupcakes and big smiles. :: Strong legs and wonderful friends. I wrote about this Thanksgiving morning run and my appreciation for for the whole bit — aging, appreciating, being gentle with myself — in this week’s mama digs: seeking grace. :: Delicious food and fun, shared with family and friends. :: Pie. :: Today is Cyber Monday which means many millions of people are stalking the interweb for holiday gift deals. Every little purchase we make votes for or against an industry, a way, a standard. We get to choose how and where we spend our hard-earned cash! And the internet makes it easier than ever to choose small, independent companies. New sponsor: Earlywood. After many years of thought, artistry and more thought, Brad just launched his wooden spoon company, Earlywood LLC. We spend a lot of time in our kitchen and our home has been 100% Earlywood for the last few years. Brad has completely redefined the kitchen “spoon.” They are brilliantly perfect (functional and beautiful) in every cooking capacity from noodles to rice to vegetables to soup to oatmeal to eggs to whatever you want to stir, scrape, scoop, spread. The jars of utensils you see to the left are all we use (think outside the spoon). And those ladles?! Amazing. Available soon. A few other awesome things about Earlywood: 1. Handmade in Red Lodge, Montana. 2. Brad plants 100 trees for every 1 tree he uses making product. 3. He has been a part of my life for a long, long time and I love him and his wife a whole lot. 4. Earlywood products are the #1 asked-about items in our home at dinner parties. Everyone wants some. Earlywood is offering you 20% off your purchase! Use coupon code ‘DIG WOOD’ through the end of December. Hello perfect stocking stuffer! Hello perfect gift for that person you drew at work! Thanks, Earlywood. xo :: Long, low winter shadows. :: Tree harvesting tradition. We cut our tree on our friend’s property :: Tree decorating. :: My fun husband. :: Alice :: Ruby. :: Margot. :: Us. I hope you all had a lovely holiday! What did you do? How did you celebrate? I’d love to hear about your traditions and thankfulness. xo,dig :: :: :: all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com Read more on thankful nuggets…
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stuff I love happening all at once

We have a big week around here: family to and fro, a birthday to celebrate, Thanksgiving. new charming haircuts, same charming faces Also, we tore into a wall in our kitchen to fix up some last things and ready for the new owners of our home, their home. So, things are happily bananas what with the construction zone, holiday and birthday gift making, visitor and party prep, work, trying to pry the patio furniture and sandbox toys out of ice since it appears the little warm up we usually get early to mid-November isn’t happening. Believe it or not, this is now glittery, beautiful ornaments. I’ll show you soon.before the haircuts, long blond locks I always cut my kids’ hair and I, ahem, messed up this time. We are very thankful for friends with haircutting skills who make house visits. I was so surprised Margot wanted it “all gone right now mama” after over a year of begging her hair longer. I have no idea where she got this spontaneous, decisive characteristic. Margot, er, Magort sings Boto to sleep, Ruby has a picnic and campfire on the bed I am really looking forward to this week, for it is the times when all the stuff I love happens at once and it feels like too much that I have the most fun. I mean, really, what is there too much of? Prettying up our home? Making presents for people I love? Hosting parties, meals and family? OK. still life: butternut with dog sneak photo capturing one of my new favorite regular occurrences in the car In this week’s mama digs, I wrote about birthdays and the power they hold for those who were born and the mama who birthed them. It was specifically inspired by Ruby Jane who turns two on Wednesday. Click to read mama digs: birth day. Wishing you all a week of thanks and love.  xo, dig :: :: :: all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com Read more on stuff I love happening all at once…
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nuggets: sewing, sewing

nuggets: bits of the season in photos and words about the last week First up! Thank you for your amazing bucket list comments. It was so fun to read your goals and dreams. The randomly selected camera winner: long-time reader, Kelly Cach! Congrats, mama (no you don’t need a blog!).Kelly Cach said…Bummer. I guess you have to have a blog to enter. But I “liked” them on Facebook anyway And funny, but one of my bucket list items was, “start a blog and document my beautiful, blessed life.” I love these kinds of prompts, though. Thanks for asking Kelly :: :: :: I hadn’t planned to go the whole week without writing here, but that’s how it goes sometimes. I am busy stitching up holiday orders as well as planning my own gifts, busy taking it easy and then catching up from that easy-taking. This is a jam-packed, full time of year for me, no doubt about it. And in the moments when I wish it was slower, I remember how much I love my jobs. How appreciative I am for all these holiday orders, how honored I am to make things that people will give to others with love, how much I love contributing to my blog and mamalode and interacting with you. How much I cherish being home with my kids. I love my jobs. Thanks, sincerely. Specifically, right now, I am sewing my designs as well as special, custom things like Boba Fett, treasure maps, Goldilocks, fairies and rainbow butterflies, I am stocking and restocking my shops, readying for a November 26 sale (and Santa!) at Walking Stick Toys and the MADE fair on December 11. I am sewing more than ever before, working with two talented, awesome employees. I regularly look up and am amazed with how much this has all grown in three years. Again, thank you. nuggets (and then back to sewing!). :: Winter just plopped right down and isn’t going anywhere (right it is a full on blizzard with sideways snow). I didn’t even get around to pulling all my carrots or parsnips. They’ll be waiting for me in the spring. spontaneous alley snow angel :: Remember Susan the Snowoman? She’s on her side and headless from a few warmer days. Every time Ruby sees her she says “Wook mama. O-man? Bummer.” The first mama-driven weakling snowman Then papa stepped in :: The girls and I made sushi for a friend who isn’t well. Sushi making is kindof the perfect kid-in-the-kitchen food: they can nibble on all the ingredients, it is fun to press rice in a row and stack thinly cut food and they can help with the rolling and sealing. We made ours with tofu, avocado and carrot. :: With the darkness and chill, everyone is rediscovering puzzels, games, books and toys that have been trumped by dirt, rivers and trails for the last several months. :: Missoula has a public graffiti wall (permission given by the person who erected the wall that borders a public path) that I think is awesome. Andy and I have always been fascinated by graffiti. In fact, he has long-dreamed of making a fence out of old railroad car chunks. :: During one of my wild, no-food-in-house, random-ingredient cooking states, I made a really delicious meal. Quinoa with Tofu, Mushrooms and Apples quinoapine nutsolive oilgarlic, mincedmushrooms, choppedtofu, cubedapples, choppeddry basilsalt Prepare quinoa. Lightly cook pine nuts in a skillet until barely brown (cast iron works best). Remove from pan immediately so they stop cooking. In a large skillet, over med-high, heat olive oil. Add tofu and garlic and cook for a few minutes until tofu browns. Throw in the rest and cook for five minutes. Toss with quinoa. :: The girls went downstairs. “Margot? Ruby? What are you doing down there?” Breathless, broken response from Margot, “Oh nothing!” :: I volunteered to take class photos for Margot’s school. Eighty kids preschool-kindergarten. I think I lost five pounds. :: I love hiking and running in the summer and I love hiking and running in the winter. Distant wind and audible snowflakes. Our good friends | loving the portability of my new phone for photos   :: A date, just Ruby and me. :: A few dig things you might consider for your gift-giving: An oversized 2012 calendar with my photos (only 10 left!) Prints of my photos Stuff I make (use coupon code ‘digholiday’ and get free shipping) :: The journey to Margot’s school two mornings a week is always: meandering, funny, exciting. :: We made a happy birthday banner for our pal and hung it in her office while she was in a meeting. I am really loving this daily give thing. Margot’s coat knit for me by my grandmother :: “Who is going to be two?”  “ME! Wooby!” happy nearly-weekend out there. :: :: :: all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com Read more on nuggets: sewing, sewing…
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bleeping wreathes!

I made a few wreathes. And, for some reason, I want to talk gangsta and swears about these pricks. I texted my holiday craft-lovin’ friend a photo of one finished project accompanied by some colorful, excited language that I keep typing and then deleting so as to not offend your delicate eyeballs. I think it is funny. Especially in the context of a holiday craft that symbolizes friendship and the circle of life. Like the decorative gourd essay. Word, bitches. OK, enough I promise. But know this: as I am writing this whole post, I am wanting to write swears instead of “wreath.” Not because I am angry with the wreath. On the contrary, I am excited by the wreath and want to express it with expletives. Like, put your hands up for the wreathes! Feel free to insert your swear of choice wherever you see “wreath.” The wreathes. The first was super simple. I scored a straw wreath at a thrift store for 75 cents and got my hot glue gun on. Margot and I collected dry leaves and attached them with said hot glue. I used a scrap piece of one inch black binding that I wrapped around the wreath (should have done this first!) and up over our front door, tacked in place on the other side. It was super easy and fast, the kids had fun and the whole thing is made from natural materials (we collected the free range glue sticks from our back yard). Ruby played with scissors and Margot sang Dynamite.  Also, if it gets mucked up in our, ahem, storage “system”, it can be reconstructed or changed entirely without waste. The second wreath was inspired by this lady’s felted wool sweater number. I saw it last year and have been more than a little gobsmacked by it. I think it is so beautiful and simple, love that it is made from upcycled stuff. I have been on the hunt for second-hand wool sweaters but they are spendy these days. Instead, I opted to buy eco-felt (made from recycled plastic bottles) and a wee bit of wool felt because it is so so beautiful. materials:thick wire, 2 – 2 1/2 feeta circle to trace (like a wide mouth canning lid or yogurt lid)scissors3 – 3 1/2 yards of felt (the eco-felt is 45″ wide, wool felt is 36″ wide)   I used (I had some left over):   9 inches light blue and dark blue eco-felt   17 inches red, dark pink, white, yellow eco-felt   17 inches light green wool felt   22 inches dark green wool felt   I used a thick piece of scrap copper wire (benefits of wedding an electrician!), like twice as thick as a wire hangar. I traced eleven million circles and then they only filled half my wreath so I returned to the fabric store and traced eleven million more, using a 4″ ceramic dish. I folded my felt in half and cut two at a time. At first I was pushing a thick needle through the center of each felt circle and then muscling the wire through. I was a mama dedicated to my craft, my fingers red and sore, my hand aching and in a permanent gnarled fist from clutching the wire circle. Andy saw me struggling and casually observed, “Why don’t you just fold those circles in half and snip a small cut in the center?” As my bloody digits trembled, I replied, “Where’s the fun in that?” After my man’s brilliant suggestion, it went pretty dang quick. My kids participated by choosing, stacking and tossing the felt circles. I wrapped the wire onto itself at the end and cut a few felt circle slits a bit bigger to slide over the increased bulk. I hung it with a 4″ nail. It is so tactile, everyone who comes over wants to caress that beefy, lofty orb. And they can! It is so magnificently sturdy. We might even play Thanksgiving flag football with this wreath. I really love it and think I’ll leave the cocksucker up all year. In other holiday cheer of the g-rated variety, my family gave ourselves an ongoing assignment to give something every day. Read about what inspired us and how much we love it so far in this week’s mama digs: giving. * * * *ALSO! There have been so many issues with comment leaving on the bucket list/camera giveaway post. I am so sorry, I have no idea why your entries aren’t showing up and have contacted blogger. I am extending the giveaway for one more day! Leave a comment (and copy, save it) and double check it posted. If it isn’t there, try again…people seem to have luck the second go round. :: :: :: all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com Read more on bleeping wreathes!…
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nuggets: hibernate

nuggets: little bits of the season in photos and words about the last week I can dork out on well-organized spreadsheet just as much as rolling dryer lint balls. In school, my grades in calculus were comparable to my grades in literature. I’ve never fully aligned myself with my right or left brain; I am constantly playing hopscotch between the two. The party lines are blurred. Similarly, I am equal parts social butterfly and homebody. Recently at a fund raising training for an organization I volunteer for, the facilitator asked the group to line up at the end of the room, creating a spectrum of outgoingness. “Stand on this end if you walk into a party and know most people and could talk to anyone. Stand on this end if you walk into a party and find a corner.” I was certainly on the know most people/talk to anyone side but the thing is sometimes I just don’t go to the party because I want to turn my phone off and make a pie in my leg warmers.  I tend to lean toward creative endeavors (and I am beginning to believe my husband when he sweetly suggests that while I *could* do them, I might never prioritize my books and need to hire a bookkeeper). Almost always, I pick making something. But the introvert-extrovert isn’t as predictable. It’s seasonal, it’s random.  Right now, I am inclined to spoon my home. In fact, right now, it is 5am and I am under a hot pink, orange and green afghan with my purring 20-pound cat tucked against my body. Last night, I slid under our heavy winter blankets with my daughters and a stack of books as 8pm with no intention of getting back up. My husband is already gone, left with a friend to fish. And I am leaning into hibernation with coffee and cat.  nuggets. :: In our home, a sure sign of fall and more time inside is dance parties. They happen at least once a day when one of us will declare dance party! followed by a stampede to the living room and hardcore move-busting for one song. A new favorite Pandora station in our home: Kidz Bop Kids :: Our friend outgrew his shopping cart and handed it down to my girls. While it definitely doesn’t come out of the car when both kids are with me (hello mayhem!), the little cart is the perfect accessory when on a mama-one kid shopping date. Like, to the grocery or fabric store. :: Leaves are nearing the end of their brilliance, about to tuck in for the year. Still, they remain pretty awesome. And fun to make trails in the morning frosting, as Margot calls it. :: This is the greeting my assistant, Sarahjess, gets when she comes to work. :: I made a calendar! It is for sale here. Also, through December 15, use coupon code ‘holiday’ to get free shipping on your entire order from my etsy shop :: We have things in out home that mom allows and dad doesn’t and things dad allows and mom doesn’t. Do you have those? One that I permit and makes dad bananas: kids on chairs, stools and counters when in the kitchen. Sure it makes for additional obstacles and can turn a quick recipe into an hour affair, but I love it. :: We tend to make more time to see art during the cool months. Missoula is so lucky to see this giant exhibit of Ansel Adams photographs. Free admission. Go. The girls ponder human condition. :: We went to a thrift store last week and Margot fell in love with this totally creepy looking baby doll so he came home with us. His name is Boto. :: Our rolling pin broke so we made sugar cookies with my kids’ play rolling pin. It was funny and worked swell. :: Ruby, suddenly, seems so big to me. As we approach her second birthday and her second anniversary of survival, I am so thankful for this healthy, thriving sweet potato. happy Friday out there :: :: :: Congrats to the randomly selected winner of a Blue Q shopping spree: Rachael said…Ooh, if I had $60 at Blue Q I’d definitely get the Marshall shoulder tote, some soaps, and the Cameras pencil case. Such a cool shop, I’d never heard of them before! :: :: :: all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com Read more on nuggets: hibernate…
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