Wednesday, April 21, 2010

whoa. . . wednesday

life is going by so quickly. the flowering trees are weighty with ornament and too soon soft petals cover the ground. tristan and tashi are both transforming in ways that make our hearts, minds and eyes pop! tomorrow my father and his wife arrive on an amtrak train. warm weather pulls us to the four directions while the home remains a place of peace, play and production.

i have two more bib blanket sets. while i might curse or stamp my feet a bit while creating these, i am really enjoying this process. there are so many other things i want to sew these days, but i am on a mission right now with these.

i wanted to share and so had to settle for a few quick shots, the first taken in natural light and the second, not. i will have to experiment a bit to find the best photographs. the artificial light is definitely not it.

sea anemone

forest floor

i am loving fabric as a medium, working a pattern over and over again, striving to improve each time. it's kind of a meditation practice.

speaking of, i vowed i would do yoga each day, even if i have time for only one pose. and so it goes, at least one pose unfolds daily. it is subtle, and certainly not enough on a physical level. but emotionally, i can already feel how it improves.

yes, late late nights, like tonight. to ruminate. to work. to see the glassy stars and hear the forest life. to write. to read.

and days so completely full.

charged energy of spring change.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


i have had so little time to blog, but i do think about it often! we've had visitors and visitors and more visitors yet. good fun. i am trying to sew when i can, mixed in with the job and the babes and the need to occasionally sleep or be entertained!

loki is my sewing guardian. or maybe he just wants me to feed him. . .

here are some quick highlights from the past couple of weeks!

there was easter weekend with dan's sister's family. . .

and then there was music & fun with some of dan's friends from up north. . .

in the mean time, tristan is growing in leaps and bounds. it seems like he wakes from every nap a bigger boy. some new words include socks, shoes, ball, butterfly and the sound of a wolf howling at the moon! we have been doing some exploration of the great outdoors, while tasting rocks, acorns & dirt.

and there have been some playdates. . .

yesterday tristan woke from his nap with a mohawk. . .

he visited a playground for the first time. . .

and then we attended the first fridays after five of the season. . .

spring's glory surrounds us. . .

our town is lively with surprises every turn. . .

Monday, April 12, 2010

homemade monday: in which i begin my cottage industry

last week i mailed in my application to sell homemade blankets & bibs at the earlysville farmer's market. i may eventually work some other items in, but right now i'm hoping to have a least four blankets and a dozen bibs ready for market opening in a couple of weeks.

here is my first set.

the name of my wee business is windflower lane, to continue in the same vein as windflower botanicals and windflower doula service.

i'm in the midst of sewing a second blanket, and am trying to crank out the bibs when i can. it's great fun really, except for when i mess up. and mess up i do! the up side is that tristan gets to keep the "seconds", at least for now. . .

i'm trying to think of clever names for my sets. the above could be, rocket man. or, to the moon, alice. or, my other vehicle is a space ship.

just to give you an idea of my thought track lately!