Since I am having a hard time keeping up with this blog and all the other things that I have to keep up with in life, I have decided to start this new section on the blog. The "I Made This" post is really the most logical to who I am and what I really started this blog for. If there is one constant in my life, other then parenting, it is crafting. No matter how crazy life gets, I must always make something. It is the only way for me to stay sane and happy. Nothing brings me more joy then making things with my hands. In these posts I will show you pictures of what I have been making in between all the other stuff that keeps me too busy to blog. Most of the times it will just be pictures, sometimes (hopefully) it will be a tutorial on how I made it. Here are some of the things I have made in the last month:
Otis finally got to use his own sewing machine and for our first project we made "Doom Shroom" from Plants Vs Zombies. He pretty much did all of it himself except I drew the pattern and cut it out. I also helped him with the hand sewing at the end, but he did all the machine sewing. I was so proud of him and he was so proud of his creation.
I made the boys some Angry Bird shorts with contrasting print pockets and patches.
I finally took a weaving class and this is my first piece. I am now officially hooked and obsessed. This weaving was done on a SAORI loom, but I am doing my own at home on a lap loom.
This is my first try at weaving on a lap loom. I found a bunch of fabric at my local Salvation Army and have been practicing with that until I am more comfortable and then can start using the pricey stuff.
My second attempt.
My brother recently had a little girl and I am over the moon, because I now have a little girl to make stuff for. I am obsessed with Jess Brown dolls http://jessbrowndesign.com/ , but I can not afford them right now, so I thought I would try to make one in their likeness. I found a rag doll pattern and then went off pictures of the Jess Brown dolls. I am pretty happy with how she turned out.
Okay, so when I started this blog I thought, "Oh I can do this, I will post at least once a week". NOT! I guess I did not take LIFE into account and how it throws you curve balls, sometimes, or a lot! So long story short my husband who works in film was suppose to do a film in New York that fell through and then he got another one within days that is shooting in New Orleans. So I have been a single mother all summer. Which has happen before, but my mother came to help me out, which bless her heart did, but then put a strain on our relationship. This time I decided I would do it on my own and make the best of it. I have been handling it pretty well, but I am EXHAUSTED! So I have been neglecting not only this blog, but my Etsy shop, my body, etc.
This blogging thing is not easy and I have so much respect for all those mommy bloggers that home school and still some how find the time to run a successful blog. I take comfort in knowing that I always, eventually achieve my goals and this blog will one day be what I have envisioned it to be. I am not super woman so, for now, it is what it is and I am at peace with that.
Here are some pictures of what we have been up to...
I managed to finish this little number...
I am usually really bad about visiting my husband on sets, but this time I said I would and so we took a little trip to New Orleans for 10 days.......
We went to the WWII Museum and this is the only souvenir I could come out with. It was a great way to teach Otis about
Rosie the Riveter. One of my goals as a parent is to raise feminist boys.
This little one is growing too fast. He is such a different child then my first. The older he gets the more that I see so many of my traits in him, a lot more then I do in Otis. He is fearless to a point and abundantly loving. He is stubborn, but is quick to share his toy with a total stranger. He is pure joy and really loves his mama, which is worrying me a bit because of preschool time quickly approaching. I am going to spend this year giving this second child a little more undivided attention and going to sign him up for a bunch of fun classes so to better prepare him for when he has to leave mama for school.
I have been too busy being a single mom to write, but I will leave you with this until I can return.....
I was sure that when I started this blog I would keep it going and now here I am and it has been weeks since I posted something new. I feel like this is how my life goes most of the time. I have these grand plans and all the enthusiasm and intention to keep them up, but then life just gets in the way. So how do all those other countless bloggers that I love to follow do it? Do they have a lot of extra help? Are they just more disciplined? Do they not get lost on the internet looking at blogs, pinterest and Etsy? To my defense the getting lost on the internet usually happens late at night after I have put the kids to bed and yes I know that those two or three hours before I myself retire to bed should be spent writing a new post or sewing for the shop, but sometimes I am just too tired to do something productive.
Yet, there is that always lingering guilt. The guilt for not putting in the 110% into the blogging or the sewing. The guilt that I should be doing more crafts with the kids, or that I should be taking them to more museums or exposing them to more culture instead of just taking them to the playground and calling it a day. The guilt that if I took on this mothering thing I should not be complaining or longing for something more for myself. That I should be totally content with waiting until they are older and do not need me so much to start pursuing my ambitions, my interests. I know, such bullshit! Most days I do not go here, I usually go to this place whenever something comes up like my husband telling me that he will be doing a movie in New Orleans for most of the summer. The news that I will be spending my summer as a single mom makes me want to throw a tantrum like a three year old and causes me to have complete bipolar emotions. I go between being positive and vowing to make the best of the summer to cursing my life. REALLY ?
This morning I woke up and said, okay enough pouting. Let's put things in perspective. I am lucky. Lucky that I had kids and had the luxury of staying home with them when I decided that I just could not leave them at 3 months old to go back to work. Lucky that my husband has always been supportive of all the decisions I made for our family. So instead of freaking out, lets look at all the possibilities. Maybe I can take this time to take a trip or two with my single mom friends? Maybe I can take this time to get back in shape, put all those workout videos into good use. And maybe, instead of being the wife that does not visit her producer husband on set, maybe this time I will travel alone with the boys and visit my husband in the beautiful city of New Orleans for a week or two! Keeping things in perspective is something that has gotten better with age and I am grateful because nothing good comes out of feeling sorry for yourself, because in reality most of the time you are way better off then most. I know I definitely am.
Here are some pictures from the last few weeks.
I chopped cut my hair short!
This boy climbs everything and this city is perfect for a boy who loves to climb.
I am having so much fun with my packaging lately.
Watering cans are just as much fun with concrete as it is with gardens. We have been just watering the plants in the playground or on the street instead.
Otis has become obsessed with wearing glasses.
Summer is almost here!
I have been sewing up a storm, or as much as a stay at home mom with school pick ups, after school play dates and two days of sewing days can sew. My Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/RebelsandPebbles?ref=si_shop has changed a lot in the last few months. I decided to focus on making things that take less time to make, unlike my beloved dresses that take a lot of time and work. I now only do custom orders for those. I also really focused on making the photos a lot cleaner and stopped stressing about getting my kids, or other kids to model for me. As much as I love Etsy, if you do not have the time to put into it, it is just not going to work, so I am now focusing on doing Craft fairs. I will keep the Etsy shop up, but if I am actually going to make some strides with my clothing line then I need to do something else. Craft fairs here I come!!
Here are some of the new looks in the shop.
Otis is almost 6 years old and wearing a size 6/7, so shopping for him has gotten harder. I have always had a hard time finding boy clothes that I really liked. Yes, there are many smaller lines that make great boy clothing, but they are pricey and I can only afford them when they have a sale. He is also in a size that seems first to go in most sales, so this summer I decided I would try to make him a few things to mix and match with simple things I could find at the thrift store or Target, etc. I also wanted to try out a few of these styles for the Etsy shop. I really love the multi pocket shorts and will be making lots of those for the shop. I tried my hardest to get good pictures of him, but he was not in the mood, so he is pouting in most of them.
This post is more like two weeks in pictures plus a peek at some of the stuff I have been working on. So since my last "a week in pictures" post we almost bought and then pulled out of the sale of a house. My son Otis was battling a two week strain of Strep throat and then I got sicker then I have been in a long time. Throughout all of this I have been sewing lots of new things for the Etsy shop as well as a few things for Otis as well. I also decided that although I love making the vintage inspired little girl dresses that I will only be making them as custom orders and not ready made items in the shop, just too much work. I have instead been working hard to perfect the designs that I love as well as learn new ones. So here is a peek into all that has been going on in the last two weeks or so.....
I think that my oldest son giving up nursing at 3 1/2 was probably easier then getting this almost 2 1/2 year old to give up his bottle. I swear he is going to be that 5 year old with a bottle one day, he loves it that much.
Otis lost his first tooth!
This is what Yohan has started to do when you try to take his picture.
A rack of some of the new stuff that will be in the etsy shop soon.
A peek at some of the stuff I have been working on.
We took a much needed mini Spring break vacation to a farm in Fairfield New York. Handsome Brook Farms http://handsomebrookfarm.com/ We had a wonderful time. The boys got to feed the baby lambs a bottle twice a day, there were baby chicks, a beautiful creek and the friendliest farm cat. In the summer they also have pigs and the sheep are let out to roam the grounds, so Otis insisted that we return in July. I also discovered the best vintage shop, so good that I had to send my husband to take the kids to lunch while I spent at the least two hours there. I found some great material at the most reasonable prices and that a wonderful time getting to know the owner Donna. If you are ever in Fairfield New York you must check out both the farm and this great shop. The shop does not have a website: the squire's tankard 438 Main Street, Franklin NY 13775 Call Donna at 607-829-6885 or 607-434-6580
Best little vintage shop ever.....
If you get to visit chat up Donna, she has the best stories.
Such a nice way to end a very busy two weeks......
My husband is a film producer and he works damn hard. He pours his heart and soul and a lot of the times sacrifices events in our children's lives in order to help see a film through. Tomorrow his film premieres in New York city and soon will open in other selects cities. He is very proud of this film and just from the trailer you will see why. I am a bit of a film snob, being an actress for 7 years made me one. I am very picky about what I choose to see in the theaters and especially now with two kids. Any movie we choose to see now needs to be worth the price of a sitter, so the standards are crazy high. This film is a film I would pay a sitter to go see and I am, tomorrow when I go see the premiere and get to attend the after party! Yay! Watch this awesome trailer and check it out the film in a city near you!!
I am a crafter and I love crafting blogs. In fact, aside from the dresses I make which I came up on my own I have learned a lot of my sewing techniques from tutorials that I have found on craft blogs. I also discover a lot of great supplies websites through these craft blogs, one of these being Hobby Lobby. I see a lot of crafters referring to Hobby Lobby. I have checked it out a few times, but never ordered anything. Now I am very glad I never did, when I found out that Hobby Lobby was morally opposed to providing contraception coverage to it's employees, I was so relieved I never gave them my money or support. Way to lose a lot of customers! I know that a lot of this has to do with their religious beliefs, but I think if you are going to serve the public, probably best to keep your religion out of it.
We are not moving, not anytime soon anyway. We had found a great house in a new up and coming area, it was spacious and best of all it had a yard. A real yard, big enough to build the boys a tree house and we were thrilled, so much so we never really gave the electrical substation that sits directly in front of the house a thought. My brother finally came back from traveling and he was excited that we were buying a home and wanted to look it up on google maps and when he did he brought all the dangers of living in front of that substation to light. He sent me articles and I then spent the following four days looking up anything I could on the dangers of high EMF levels. The results were scary and it became very apparent that we could not move into this new home. We hired Matt from Healthy Dwellings http://www.healthydwellings.com/ to come in and test the EMF levels in our current apartment and then test the new home and as we suspected the levels in the new home were considerably higher and not safe. So, this is were the heartbreak comes in as I put away all my back copies of Domino magazine and stop pinning home ideas on Pinterest. Usually something like this would really depress me and put me in a dark place for a while, but it has not. Maybe it's because I kind of feel like we dodged a bullet. What if my brother would have not previously read about the dangers of living near a substation and we had decided to look into it years later after living there long enough for it to do damage. I rather wait longer for our dream home, or possibly lose money pulling out of this home sale then to be in a hospital years later with a very sick child. So, we move on, life goes on and as long as we are all healthy and safe that is what is most important all the other stuff is just stuff.
Spring is slow to come and I am getting a little tired of wearing this hat.
Never thought I would find putting the boys in matching pants cute, but I do. I made these for the boys a ribbed cuff for otis and a little flare leg for Yohan.
Otis is finally really into drawing and I could not be happier.
Why does he suddenly look like a teenager to me, it is going way too fast!!
What your big brother does to you when you fall asleep at the party.