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
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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?”
happy nearly-weekend out there.
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all photos taken with a Canon Digital SLR from Vanns.com
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