Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Father Time & Baby New Year holiday card

Our annual holiday card was a production as usual. We decided to build on the baby new year idea from 2010Harriet’s inclusion led to the idea to dress her up as Father Time. In hindsight it might have been easier if we had done the shoot when they were sleeping.

Christina and I shot hundreds of photos while constantly adjusting the girls and their props. In total we got about a half dozen of potentially useable pics. The beard was by far the hardest element to deal with since it had to be constantly adjusted and Harriet was super annoyed by it tickling her nose.

Not every pose worked, but the number of hysterical outtakes is pretty great.

Some of our research turned up this old timey gem to use as inspiration. A co-worker had the hourglass and we made the scythe from a unused chandellier extension rod, cardboard from a cherrios box and some tin foil.

Another fun year is complete. May time ever bring you a glad New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

4th stocking

This year I made a stocking for little Eloise. I had made the other ones in past years out of felt and had some extra green felt that I had pre-cut for future stockings so it was really a snap.  It was nice that I had some of the same color red felt so they all are perfectly matching, but different. I love sewing felt because you don't have to fold the hem under since the edges won't fray. Makes for a quick project and I love the way felt looks! 

This picture is visually kind of insane to me with the white bannisters, but you can see all four together. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas

 We had a nice Christmas this year after a rough week prior due to illness. Everyone is healthy now though and enjoyed the holiday. We went over to my mom's on Christmas eve and then to my aunt and uncle's on my dad's side the next day.
 Eloise's hair cracks me up.

 Harriet was the real winner this christmas with tons of new things and clothes. This is one of her favorite presents from my Aunt Sylvia and she loves wearing it all day long in the house.
 Becky and Raymond stopped over.

My Aunt Sylvia and Eloise sharing a snuggle.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Candy Cane Ornament

I saw this post and just decided to make up my own pattern for it. Seemed to have worked. It was quick to make and then I stuffed a couple pipe cleaners in there to give it shape. I gave it to Harriet and, as usual, she seemed underwhelmed despite her love of candy canes lately. Sigh.

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Thanksgivukkah spirit!

Hanukkah was super early this year. We had a few days off together as a family because thanksgiving landed during it for the first time in my life. Apples were still in season so we made our own batch of apple sauce to enjoy with latkes. 

Night one brought Packer garments galore from my mom.

It also was the pickup day for my new stereo console. A refurbished '59 Motorola. I'd been pining for one for almost a year. Ironically we're collectively most excited to play old christmas LPs.

On Thanksgiving we watched football, ate food with family, and lit candles. Thansgivukkah!

We surprised Harriet with a trip to the circus. Her friend Lauren and her parents joined us. We pretty much sat front and center. Tigers, camels, dogs, acrobats, latino dancers, clowns, motorbikes, and shriners!

Harriet was captivated.

Still captivated.

Asian balancing act, light up snow cones, oh... and elephants!


 Before Hanukkah was over our neighbors came over to light candles and make sufganiyot. I made the dough for these donuts from scratch the day before.

 We fried them.

 Then rolled them in sugar, filled them will jam, and enjoyed the entire batch.

By the last night Harriet had figured out all the hiding places for the presents, mastered lighting the candles and singing Oh Hanukkah.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Oink

 I love this little pig. It is about 3.5 inches tall and so quick and easy to make. Pattern is here on ravelry and free. The wings are a cute touch.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

3 months

Three months marks the end of maternity leave and the beginning of daycare. After a rocky first half of the week on a hunger strike, things got progressively better for Eloise. Harriet loves having her sister with her all day long now.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Family pictures

Our friend and neighbor Jonathan Chapman took pictures for us again. Here's a peak at them.






Thursday, November 14, 2013

Double take

Two babies, same age, same outfit, same changing table. Who's who?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pressed leaf wreath

The leaves just dropped this past week and I have been collecting tons on my walks with Eloise each day.
I love how the leaves cover the sidewalk down the whole block and transition colors as you walk.  

Inspired by the pictures at the top, I made my wreath into a gradient of sorts with mostly maple leaves. I just used the cardboard from a frozen pizza and cut out the middle and then after pressing the leaves for several days, I used craft tacky glue to affix them. The leaves are rather brittle so I don't think this would be something we could put up year after year, but it was easy enough to make I could just do another one next year.

Harriet was thrilled to make her wreath along side me and it was a pretty age appropriate craft for her. She loved using the glue.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Hen to Fox

I started knitting this before Eloise was born and just finished it now. In fact I was knitting this in the hospital while in labor. Multitasking at its finest. I quite like how it turned out!

Goodbye Grandma

At the end of October my grandma (above with baby Harriet in 2010) passed away at the age of 93 after living with dementia for the past few years. She will be remembered as a bleeding heart liberal with a big heart who would help anyone in need. She loved Scandinavian sweets, bowling and was the first person to teach me how to knit. She had a full life and was able to live at home until the end with the help of my aunt. She is finally at peace and for that we are thankful.

Video montage from her memorial here

Friday, November 01, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Harriet and Eloise had matching skeletons outfits. Eloise looks like she has seen a ghost as this picture was taken!
Harriet was Katerina Kitty Cat this year, a character from the pbs show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, a Mister Rogers Spin off.

I did my best to match her outfit and made the headband and modified the dress.

A fun night had by all!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

So many peppers!

As Christina pointed out, my pepper plants in the raised garden had a great season. We picked jalapenos, serranos, and sweet bell peppers whenever we needed them for fresh salsa or salads. As the end of summer approached, we realized we had too many and started to offer them to anyone we saw. I also tried some new ways of using them. The first was making jalapeno poppers on the grill.

Pretty straightforward recipe. Cut the tops off a dozen peppers, core and seed them. Then combine a 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar and an 8oz tub of cream cheese in a bag, then squeeze the cheese mix into the peppers.

I grilled them so the egg carton bottom was used to keep them upright while they cooked. The carton didn't burn. The grill was pre-heated on high with some water soaked cedar on one side. On the side of the grill where I had the poppers, I turned it down to low and let them smoke/cook for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

They were pretty darn spicy and in the future I plan to wrap them in bacon. 

Another venture to use up the bounty of pepers was pickling. I've made pickles before so it wasn't too difficult. Making sure you have the correct canning supplies is huge. I ran out to get new tops and lids for our jars to be sure we got a good seal.
Harriet was very excited to harvest the remaining peppers for the pickling!

So excited she still had her pajamas on.

I chopped the jalapenos into rings, while I cut the serranos and some sweet peppers lengthwise. We also prepped some garlic from our CSA.

For some extra color we added red peppercorns.

The finished product!