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august inspirations July 30, 2010

Filed under: Baby,Dreamin',inspirations — lalunaunita @ 10:28 pm

A lot of beautiful and inspiring images and projects have crossed my path lately.  August is my birthday month, so my gift from Lyndon is that I’ll be able to finish out my sewing room and the nursery.  Right now I’m just trying to soak in images and ideas, ways to fill our lives and house with serenity and a semblance of order.  I think really that the word balance would be better than order – as linear as my mind tends to run, I’ve also come to accept that an orderly life is not in the cards for me!  I prefer to work towards keeping an even keel as life’s waves come and go, rather than trying to force a plateau into places where hills and valleys are supposed to be.

First of all are three nursery photos that I ran across while checking out punkymoms.com today.  I’ve been feeling a bit run down and isolated from working full time and caring for Oli… not to say that I don’t have support, because my family is 2 miles away and they and my husband are great!  However, I don’t feel that there are many people I can relate to right now, and those that are going through the same life challenges as I am are all too busy to meet up with me (and I’m too busy to meet up with them).

I’m not so sure that punkymoms is the place for me, but it’s a start.  I’d love to hash out some of the day-to-day questions I have with some other mothers who are either experiencing their first infant right now, or are near enough to the experience that they haven’t forgotten all the cool stuff they figured out!  Most of the moms in my life have kids 10 and up, so they aren’t very recently practiced at breastfeeding, teething, planning a nursery, etc.

While I know that I am a punkymom at heart, I don’t have some of the issues that I often listen to in the counter-cultural crowd.  Most common among them: I don’t assume that people are judging me based on how I look.  Sure, it can be likely depending on where I am or who I am talking to, but I’ve noticed that there is a pervasive perception among those who collect tattoos and piercings to assume that people won’t treat them like equals or that they are being scrutinized closely by a disapproving and prejudiced public everywhere they go.  Maybe this is too honest, but I find it tiresome.  I’m interested in collectives of moms who uplift each other and share mothering experiences without judgement, not forums in which women bitch and moan about a soccer mom turning up her nose at them in the grocery aisle.

For Oli’s nursery, I have so far found an old chair in the trash of my sister-in-law’s neighbor and a small wooden wall hutch.  The chair, which is child-sized, needs to be completely taken apart, sanded, glued back together, and then screwed back together.  It is probably made of oak, or something equally sturdy, and it obviously sat out in some inclement weather for a while, but it’s really fixable.  I’m going to paint it red – that slightly light red that’s very popular right now.  Not cherry red, not fire truck red, but just a shade bluer and whiter than regular old red.  The hutch will be perfect for a few small keepsakes and books, little treasures that Oli likes but that need to be kept out of the way.  I’m painting it a bright sunny yellow.  (Her nursery walls are pale green, by the way) 

Beyond that, I need to figure out what I want to decorate the walls with!  I tried to recreate the lovely birds on a wall from Curious Bird, but so far my little tweeties turned out kind of like blobby pincushions (I made my own pattern – not a good idea).  If you’re wondering why Olivia has gotten to be seven months old without a completely decorated nursery, the answer is that we moved in only three weeks before she was born.  I had to seriously stifle my nesting instinct while we bid, then closed, then paid up down payment for the house over the course of a month.  I feel pretty darn lucky that the walls are at least the color I wanted!

As another source of inspiration, I recently read the first half of a book titled Math and the Mona Lisa about the connections between science, art, and nature.  One crossroad of these three subjects that really fascinated me is the logarithmic spiral.

It is both a natural and mathematical phenomenon!  I decided to explore it using art and started a meditation piece for my brother-in-law’s birthday based on overlapping spirals.  The execution hasn’t been quite as profound for me as the concept, but it has been a stimulating exploration into being present.  Since it’s a drawing designed to aid meditation and calm, it seems only right to really take my time and be completely within each penstroke as I work on it.  That kind of quiet time is really good for me.

I am always thinking about making clothes for Oli, no matter what else I am up to.  I’ve been slow regarding the projects I already purchased patterns and fabric for.  This is mostly due to working during the week and then her lack of nappage on the weekends.  She’s stopped taking those lovely two hour naps that were so good for her and daytime sleep has devolved into 20-45 minute naps at a time, usually, about twice a day if we’re lucky.  She is one tired girl by bedtime!  I don’t get a lot of “me” time for projects, etc., but I will try to get on that stuff before she outgrows the patterns.  I saw a really cute bootie pattern today (I’m always scoping out cute booties):

They are easy to make, small, and she’ll still need them come winter.  She might walk early, but she likely won’t be walking well by the time cool/cold weather makes its way back to Texas.  Being functionally shod will not be an issue for a while yet.

Podcasts have also been great inspiration lately!  I have several mothering-themed ‘casts on my iPod, as well as the very cool Craftypod, which gave me some great blogging pointers and got me to thinking about organization for this thing.  That’s great, because it means I’ll probably update more frequently.

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Updates soon July 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — lalunaunita @ 1:31 pm

The once-a-week goal obviously didn’t work out. However, I have a couple of finished items that I would like to post pictures of.

I also discovered http://www.scrapblog.com! It has been great for me since I knew I would never, ever be able to actually sit and cut and glue and arrange pages of photos. Now I can do it digitally without the mess and then order prints when I’m done. Even better, I can publish it for family to see and they can order prints of the pages they like!

 

Gorgeous Saturday May 15, 2010

Filed under: Baby,Nature Overwhelms Me,Sewing — lalunaunita @ 4:35 pm

First of all, it’s a beautiful day here in Austin.  It rained all yesterday and last night, but today is clear and sunny.  The flowers in my front yard are blooming:

 

The calla lilies were a Mother’s Day gift and thank goodness I managed to get them in the ground before they wilted and died.  I want a garden, but don’t have much of a green thumb so far.  I also potted the moss rose just a few weeks ago and have so far managed to keep it alive. 

 

The lilies were put in by the previous owners and I don’t know that we would have really seen them for what they are except that we’ve had so much rain this year.  They have been amazing!

I got the chance to make new friends and purchase a ton of fabric for next to nothing today… I’m not sure what projects I’ll use everything for, but it’s all so useful!  Some gentlemen in town posted the fabric sale on craigslist, so my friend Mel and I went over (with Olivia and Ashton, our daughters, of course) and ransacked the fabric stock.  I ended up with some great patterns, buttons, and ribbon as well.  Benson, who was selling the fabric, even gave some of the buttons to me, since they were for Oli!  I’m determined to make a few things for her this summer, so now I’m feeling much more equipped.  I just need a couple of nice patterns to round everything out, and once my sewing machine is back from repairs, I’ll be able to get started.

I also received free fabric from Mel last night.  She brought it over for our first stitch n’ bitch, which went so well that we’re going to make it a weekly gig.  My sister in law Marcia joined us too.  She’s been working on an order of dream catchers for a lady she met at a craft fair.

       

Biscuit likes Mel’s taste in fabrics…

I’m feeling like the patterns have come back around again… I especially like the halter top in the first and the short dresses in the second.

And now to end this post … gratuitous naked baby!

 

So many, many things to update May 12, 2010

Filed under: Knitting and Crocheting,Sewing — lalunaunita @ 8:35 pm

Now that life seems to be settling into a hectic but manageable pace, I’m going to attempt to update once a week if I can.  I have several FOs, the most important being little Olivia, who is now 4 months old!  She’s beautiful!  And I knit her together in my very own womb. 

She’s starting to grow a lot of personality.  She’s a very laid back baby (she gets that from her dad).  She likes to laugh all the time (she gets that from me).  As I told my cousin the other day, if I’d had any idea kids were this fun, I would have had one years ago.

Here she is in a onesy I embroidered for her (inside joke with her dad):

I embroidered a little towel for her last week with her name on it.  I learned the joy of project planning with this project and I think I’m going to continue with the same process for future projects.  I discovered that planning with a sketch book is nearly as much fun as the actual project!  I also felt much more confident working from something I had written out, rather than making decisions right on the spot.  The finished product does not exactly match the towel envisioned in the planning stage.  However, I felt confident about making changes as well, since I had had time to reflect on my original concept.

You can see that instead of the “heart” flowers I originally chose, I embroidered a different style of flower that I found on a scrap of fabric from another project.  I also nixed the second line of ribbon and went across the top with a line of herringbone embroidery in green instead.  I let Lyndon pick the color for the herringbone line.  Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the result and I’m already envisioning a little 3 year old Oli using it to dry her hands in a few years. *happy sigh*

 

FOs! November 8, 2009

Filed under: Knitting and Crocheting — lalunaunita @ 6:28 pm

Just a couple of things:

This is a hat for Olivia – it’ll probably be the first hat she wears on her head!  It’s made of the same knitpicks shine sport yarn that I made her little shirt out of.  I’m also working on a cardigan that matches in the same yarn, but I kind of got bored and stalled out.  There’s only a sleeve left and then some finishing, so I’m not worried about not finishing it.

I also knitted myself a quick cowl to work on my yarn-over skills:

Now I’m working on my dad’s Christmas scarf.  It’s kind of a “patchwork” scarf of different stitch patterns.  I hope it doesn’t turn out too ugly!

I also bought yarn today for a couple of other Christmas projects.  I’m only making a total of 3 Christmas presents out of yarn – I don’t have the time to make more and I don’t want to stress myself out about it this year.  I’m considering one good weekend of baking instead.

And, of course, an update to my most important project:

These are photos of months 5 and 6 of my pregnancy.  We’re rounding the bend of month 7.  She’s almost here!

 

FO – and a knitted gift! September 24, 2009

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I finished Olivia’s undershirt, which was made of stash yarn left over from my mom’s Christmas gift last year.  I have yet to get some pictures of that item…  I was supposed to knit it in the round, but my needles had too long of a cable between them and I impatiently decided to knit two sides flat and sew them together instead.  The result is very similar to the pattern in Interweave Knits Fall ’09.  Crocheted edging always evens things out.  The Shine Sport yarn from knitpicks.com is so soft!  I love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have enough left to make a small newborn hat for Livvy, so that’s already begun.  I love knitting in the round, but I confess I hate double-ended needles!  I just have the hardest time working around all those pointy ends.  Usually by the third or fourth round I’ve managed to get some kind of rhythm going, but I often end up starting over and over at the first round, unsatisfied with my cast-on over multiple needles.

The second set of photos is of a wonderful, beautiful, soft and colorful baby blanket that my awesome friend Jef knitted for Olivia!  I couldn’t believe how great it is!  My guess is that he started directly after hearing about our baby, because people have only known for 3 months (we announced around 2 months, just after we found out ourselves).  Jef is the king of patient, even stitches.  The entire blanket is impossibly uniform garter stitch – yes, simple, but it’s about 4 feet wide and 6 feet long, and I think he probably knitted it on a pair of straight needles.  I’ve made a similar attempt before, and it’s kinda hard to do it right.  The photos don’t really reflect how dark and rich the purple is.

 

Work in Progress (and why I’ve been away) September 19, 2009

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Months 2-4 of Pregnancy

Months 2-4 of Pregnancy

…Aaaand here is why I haven’t put up a post in ages.  My latest work in progress is a baby girl!  We’re calling her Olivia.  I just completed 5 months (I need to take a new picture, since I’m already much bigger than I was even a month ago).  Soon I’ll have a couple of cute FO’s to post that have been made for her.  The yarn from the evening top below has been ripped to provide stash for a cute little undershirt I’m making from the pattern in Interweave Knits Fall ’09.  Some too-small booties are also in progress – now that I know, I’ll be making bigger ones soon, too. 

I started crocheting a blanket in my first trimester, but had to put all my knitting/crocheting away for several months since I began to associate it with my nausea.  Now that all that has passed and I feel great, I’m getting creative again.  That’s the latest and I hope to have more detailed posts in the future!