Monthly Archives: April 2011

Look What We Made

A tiny baby girl. Ruth surprised us by arriving early on Saturday, just in time for Easter. (Not that Easter was much on our minds!) You probably won’t see much here for a while.  I feel like I’ve been totally consumed by nursing – Luckily also consumed by love.

(tiny baby, long feet)


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Our world is beginning to turn green again, as spring slowly creeps in. Perhaps “slowly” isn’t fair, it’s just that we are always so eager. Also undergoing a green transformation this weekend was our living room floor at Good Cheer. It has taken us a while to figure out what to do with this previously white-painted floor. Now, there are places, especially in magazines, where a white-painted floor looks really great, and I know there are people who could make a white floor work for them, but our living room is not that place, and we are not those people. The through-traffic in the room alone makes it impractical, not to mention the stove and wood and accompanying mess. We would have loved to strip the boards of paint, but aside from the work that would take, we also read that every time you sand down floor boards you are making the boards thinner (obviously) and since these already thin boards are all that stand between us and the cellar this seemed like a bad plan. So what colour to paint? Much humming and hawing. But after our bold decision in the bedroom, we once again figured “it’s just paint” and settled on a green, Pineapple Sage, one step darker than the “nettle” on the mantle.

We are happy. Goodbye white, and hello green.

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On the Line

On the line today are 24 hemp/cotton prefold diapers, washed (3 times) and drying in preparation for baby. And a newly sewn clothespin bag.

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Birthday Crown

Because somebody is turning 2….

but also because there were numerous less fun things that needed doing, it was suddenly imperative that I sew a little birthday crown. I’m sure you understand.


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Stripy Eggs

Here is an Easter activity for little hands. Of course, anybody can make these, and I had fun making my own, but this is perfect for the youngest set (3, maybe even 2 1/2). It is easy for them to be very successful with minimum assistance.

Stripy Eggs


cardboard (ideally something thicker than a tissue box) with one side “plain”


paint (different kinds of paint achieve different coverage. As long as the cardboard is brown, or white or something, it will still be pleasing)

paint brushes

something to do while the paint dries!

pinking shears you don’t mind cutting cardboard with

scraps of yarn or embroidery floss


1. Using a pencil draw eggs of various sizes on the cardboard.

2. Paint each egg a solid colour. It’s a good idea to do a lot of eggs at this stage as it is so easy. You never know how popular wrapping may be, and this way you can have lots of eggs to wrap. (maybe even to leave out at the craft table for future wrapping)

3. Wait for them to dry. If you are working with little ones, maybe take this time to read a book, or have a snack….

4. (adult) Using the pinking shears, cut out the eggs. The zigzag edge will make it easy to wrap the eggs.

5. Time to wrap the eggs! You have several options here. You can either make a little slit with straight scissors at the edge of an egg and wedge the end of the yarn in to secure it, or simply tape the end of the yarn to the back. The second option is easiest for kids to do themselves. Then get wrapping! Secure the end in the same way you started.

And that’s that! If you are looking for a nice way to display your egg collection consider attaching them to a piece a long piece of ribbon (using glue, or again, tape)  and hanging them on the wall.

Some other ideas: You can use plain brown cardboard or white cardboard to look like natural eggs. Try making some giant eggs and using several colours of yarn for the stripes.


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Handmade goodness

We have received many, many wonderful gifts for the coming baby. When I look at the pile of baby things (really, it is just a pile right now, and I suppose soon we shall have to start doing some organizing) I keep thinking how lucky we and this baby are to have so many generous friends and family in our lives. Because this blog is quite often about “making”, and because, let’s be honest, I haven’t been doing such a great job sharing things *I* have been making lately, I thought I’d just do a little post in praise of all the handmade gifts we’ve received for the baby. They are: two lovely quilts, a beautiful hand-knit blanket, a diaper-change kit in a basket, two cozy comfort blankets (or “deedees”), a baby-book, a beautiful knit cotton hat and facecloth, an ingenious origami night-light and the teddy-bear you saw before. What a collection! I am so grateful for all this creativity and am glad we will be able to surround the little one with handmade goodness!

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