Monday, 20 October 2008

take one saturday

add a generous amount of sunshine, blue sky and a scattering of fluffy white clouds

take a walk into the countryside and mix in a few laughs and big smiles

and perhaps throw a baby into the air a few times until it starts giggling (optional)

and there you have it the perfect recipe to restore your soul

hope your weekend was lovely too.


Tuesday, 14 October 2008

boys love dolls too

francisco wanted a dolly so i made him one. dolls shouldn't be reserved just for the girls, they can be as treasured and cherished by our tender hearted boys. it makes me smile when he says "i love her mummy".

i am very pleased with her. my first rag doll. a little plump in the arm department but nobody is perfect. the first of many i think, i really enjoyed sewing her face and watching her slowly appear before me, and seeing my little mans face light up. she is so pretty.


Thursday, 9 October 2008

this and that

sometimes baby stan actually manages to fall asleep in his pram when we're out and about walking somewhere. only sometimes, mind you. at these times, i take a deep breath and relish in the knowledge that i have a tiny moment when i can switch off and think about whatever i please and just quietly look around at my surroundings.

i find it quite calming, a bit like meditating as i walk along. and i love noticing tiny things hidden in the nooks and crannies as we continue on our journey.

i saw these small graffiti stencils the other day hidden among the loudness of the city and really enjoyed looking at them and thinking about who made them and how. then before i know it, it's back to the hustle and bustle as my lovely little one wakes up.

baby stan's new passion in life is dancing, give him a beat and he'll start grooving, waving his arms in the air and giving a good wiggle. seriously he'll dance to anything even the beeps of the 6 o'clock news! i was looking on the internet the other day for a jonathan richman song that stan could dance to and found this guy. he did a dance a day for a whole year to all different kinds of music. i started watching them and then got kind of addicted. i find it really interesting when people take on projects like this. i always want to know the story behind the idea, and what drives them. i have also recently been inspired by this lady. she has given herself the challenge of taking photo's of random strangers one a week for a whole year. i wish i had the courage to do something like these guys. i bet it makes them feel really alive amidst the sometimes humdrum of normal.

another favourite in our household is dan zanes, he is great. and baby stan loves this video, it's very cute watching him dance and wave to it!

and oh! and i've been tagged by the lovely ginny to tell you 6 random things about myself, eek! well here goes...

i have been writing stories in my head ever since i can remember. i even wrote in my school exercise book when i was 8 years old that i wanted to be an authoress when i grew up. not very pc i know, but hey!

i am a huge fan of the over the knee sock for keeping those (rolling) pins warm of a winter.

i love bread, any sort that needs slicing will do, spread generously with real butter, or with a bit of olive oil to dip into, i could go on.

i am a slow eater and a fast walker.

my fantasy one day is to have a small holding of my own. somewhere i can collect water, have a composting loo, grow veg and keep chickens. that kind of thing, preferably in a mediterranean setting. not sure how this will happen, but it's good to dream.

well thanks ginny, that was fun. now i invite some other lovely people to tell some random facts about themselves. so if you feel like playing... leya, chloe, danica, melissa, emma and need to link the person who tagged you, post the rules on your blog, write 6 random things about yourself, tag 6 people at the end of your post and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog, and finally let the tagger know when your entry is posted.

it's nice to think about things you wouldn't normally. have fun.