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Tire Swing

Amy took these gorgeous shots last week at a birthday party we were at, on a gorgeous Colorado evening. The evenings here in late spring/early summer really can’t be beat- the light is perfect, the weather, flawless. And, if Amy has her camera along, everyone looks like models for some magazine. I love the way kids are in pictures. I saw Grace swinging Truman in the tire swing as a halo of light glowed behind them and begged Amy to run out with the camera and get a picture. Then, Evie, who loves to be in on any kind of action, especially the kind that involves attention, waltzed over, and snatched her baby brother up and began to smother him with kisses.

Evie and her baby brother

Of course, the camera right in hand, Amy documented that as well. Kids have the easiest time in the world being candid and impromptu, it seems. So much more of a struggle for me. Anyway I hope you enjoy these.

 

Me and my little guy!

Close up

 

Lover of Books

So fun to share my favorites with her

It landed on the wall for the day…

They bring me so much joy…

He’s two now!

View from the porch

 

We’ve been having a great time living out here, kind of in the middle of nowhere…to me, a thirty minute drive to the nearest grocery store constitutes the middle of nowhere. Not a single house as far as the eye can see is the middle of nowhere. Our house is teeny and cozy- think “Little House on the Prairie” and that’s the idea. We love it.  The privacy and quiet is very inspiring. It really fuels my creativity- not as much for the dolls right now, but for cooking, sewing and knitting projects, painting (furniture!) and home schooling. I can’t remember many times in my life where I haven’t had a million ideas brewing, and being out here seems to draw it out of me even more. Maybe I’ll write about that more next time. Meanwhile, here are a few pictures I’ve taken since moving here. Talk to you again before too long!

Babette’s Blanket

I’ve wanted to make this blanket for such a long time. Once I started it I just haven’t been able to stop! all those teeny, colorful, squares, coming together into a beautiful mosaic. Crochet can be so fun, too, for a change from knitting. The kids and I have a blast playing around with the squares as I keep making more to be sewn up.

First Smiles

Proof

I know you keep hearing me say that I have some cute little Tumble Friends planned for the shop, but not until today have I finally gotten a chance to get started on them. Thanks to Truman’s unexpectedly long morning nap…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…I got quite a bit of sewing done while the kids tackled their school work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here are some step by step photos for you. Proof that I do, indeed, have at least one doll in the works!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(this yarn, by the way, is the most gorgeous doll hair I have ever felt or laid eyes on- it’s soooo pretty!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it, folks- the start of a Tumble Friend. I’m pulling out some pretty yarn to knit her some fun stuff, and inventing outfit ideas in my head before I send the fabric off to Amy to tell her what to sew! This slower pace of doll making is going to be the status quo at least for a while, and I am really enjoying it. It is nice to take my time and let an idea come together at its own pace. This doll should be available in a couple of weeks, along with a sister or two.

Our Days

Sleeping babes…(usually in the sling or in my arms, but now and then a little nap on his own)

 

 

Little boys starting to play dress up with the big kids (he was a pirate and carried a sword)

 

 

Matching PJ’s…I absolutely can’t wait to see these two little boys playing together in a year or so…

 

 

Lots and lots of school and piano practice. With three kids taking lessons the piano is being played All.Day.Long. Love it.

Somewhere in the middle of this some doll ideas are dancing around in my head. Maybe later on today I can get started on them? If so, I’ll share on here tomorrow!

Truman

Our little baby boy Truman Law arrived on December 27, weighing 7 pounds 1 ounce. It was a wonderful, scary, beautiful, traumatic, painful, peaceful home birth. Don’t know if that makes any sense but that is the paradox of motherhood , you know? We now have three girls and three boys- perfect! And I am enjoying every moment with another newborn in the house, even those fussy hours that happen in the evening. When he finally gives a little sigh and settles in to sleep in my arms is the best feeling in the world. It’s one of those moments I wouldn’t trade for anything.

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