Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Spring Craft Show this Saturday!

If you're in Maine, or want to visit Maine this weekend, stop by and see me at this show! Here's some directions:

Directions to the Freeport Community Center
53 Depot Street, Freeport

From the North:
Take I-95 to the Freeport/Durham Exit.
Turn Right at the end of the offramp on Mallett Drive.
At the end of Mallett, turn Right on Route 1 / Main Street.
Proceed down Main Street to the traffic lights (by the Public Safety building).
Turn left on West Street.

Take the first Left on Depot Street.
The Freeport Community Center is on the Right.

From the South:
Take I-95 to the Freeport/Desert Road Exit.
Turn Right at the end of the offramp on Route 1 / Main Street.
Go through 3 traffic lights.
At the 4th traffic light turn Right on West Street (by the Public Safety Building).
Turn left on Depot Street.
The Freeport Community Center is on the right.

For more information about the show, and to preview a glimpse of the amazing work you will see on Saturday, please visit the Etsy Maine Team website.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The things toddlers say...

...can be so funny! As they are just learning to communicate, they do a lot of repeating of words they hear, and often will become particularly obsessed with a certain word or phrase. And sometimes they will say something that might be completely logical to them, but in reality it doesn't quite work that way. For instance, a couple months ago, my daughter was obsessed with the word broken. She would be especially concerned if any food was broken. One day she was eating a cracker, and when it broke, she was whining "it's broken, it's broken", which was to be expected. But then she said something else that kind of caught me by surprise - "Zip! Zip!". I wasn't quite sure how to explain to her that I couldn't "zip" the cracker back together again.

I love that I can now understand almost everything she says, and she's even starting to say complete sentences now, too. Some of the highlights from this past week were "A bird! Uh-oh, it flew away.", and one of my personal favorites "Grass! What is it doing?". She's been really interested in what people are doing, and will often ask "What's mommy doing?" or "What's daddy doing?", but when she asked what the grass was doing, and I had to try really hard to hold the laughter in.

And lastly, she has discovered the word "yet", but I'm not sure she really understands what it means, as she has just been tacking it on to the end of nearly every sentence. Last night I tried to give her a cracker, but she didn't want it, she responded with "I don't like it yet".
I'm sure with time, she will learn the meanings of all these words and phrases, but in the meantime, watching her discover new words is most certainly a joy. So for now, I will continue to enjoy the innocense of a toddler discovering her voice and building her vocabulary, because I'm not ready for her to grow up and always speak properly....not yet.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The final step

If you've been following my blog, you know that I've been working on a big batch of mini felted flower goodies for the show I'm doing this coming weekend. You've seen them before they were felted, then as they were drying after the felting. That leaves one final step: making them into hair accessories and rings! I just felted the bands for the rings, and those are still drying, but I made a bunch of the hair elastics and snap barrettes over the weekend. Here's a peek:

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ahh, lilacs!

We have these beautiful lilac bushes along the edge of our side yard, and every spring I eagerly await their blooms. Each time I walk by them, I can't help but stop and enjoy their scent. :) And here's how you could continue to enjoy the beauty of their color and fragrance throughout the year!

First take a warm bath using this lavish soap:
Lilac Shea and Cocoa Butter Cold Process Soap

Then slather on some of this lotion:
Lilac Shea Butter Lotion

Next get dressed:
Sweet Lilac - 50s Style Skirt

Cover up with this cozy shawl:
It's all Frills Lilac Mohair/Acrylic Shawl

Don't forget some jewelry:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Flowers, flowers, everywhere!

Remember that big batch of felted flowers I was working on? Well here they are after the felting, all lined up to dry:

Now to make them into oodles of hair accessories and rings! Hooray!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Staying positive through the "no's" of toddlerhood

I think all parents will find that handling certain ages and stages of their children will come more naturally than others, and for me, toddlerhood is a difficult one. Having a toddler can be loads of fun, yes, but it can also be incredibly challenging. Some days we have great fun together, and some days don't quite go so smoothly, specially if either one of us is in a not so great mood.

Yesterday was one of those not so smooth days. The day seemed to be filled with no's, on both her part and mine. She spent much of the day getting into anything and everything, and doing things she knew she wasn't supposed to be doing, which was evident by that mischievous look in her eye. I felt like I was constantly telling her no. And then every time I asked her something, the answer would undoubtedly be a firm "No". Although, I did occasionally get a "No thank you".

You always hear people talk of "the terrible twos", and though my daughter is not yet two, I'm now starting to realize what they mean. With all this negativity, I was finding it hard to remain positive. It was a day I felt my parenting skills were not quite up to par, but alas, we parents are human, and some days we will not be the shining roll model we hope to be. I just had to keep reminding myself, that this difficult stage will pass, and maybe since she's entering "the terrible twos" a bit early, she'll leave it behind early too! Today is a new day, a chance to start fresh, and who knows, maybe it will be full of yeses!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Recovering and Preparing

The week of Mother's Day is probably the busiest week of the year at a florist. And this year in addition to expected busyness from Mother's Day, we also had a slew of boutonnieres and corsages to do for 3 proms too! This made for a pretty hectic week, and I was quite exhausted by the end of the day Saturday. Fortunately I received a wonderful Mother's Day gift: sleeping in, and a nap later that day!

So after some much needed rest, I thought I better get busy preparing for an upcoming craft fair that I will be doing. With only about 2 1/2 weeks to go, it's now officially crunch time. I was starting to run low on my mini felted flowers that I use to make hair accessories and rings out of, so I decided it was time to make a big batch of them again. You can see a big colorful pile of them waiting to be felted in the picture above. Hopefully I'll get to that later tonight, then I can get busy using them!


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