A little friend of ours turned one recently. It's not quite my style to send a five foot long toy as a gift so I decided to try my hand at making a smaller and fancier snake - because doesn't every child deserve a fancy little linen snake?
We are keeping the snake on the right (he was my practice snake and has a few flaws, like an off center tongue). The fellow on the left will be traveling through the mail today and will meet his new owner soon.
I was pretty set that we were going to skip out on halloween this year. With at least a decade of halloween hoopla ahead of us I thought we should lay low while we still can. Then, less than an hour before our town's celebration was about to begin, guilt set in.
I got out my scissors, sewing maching and some linen and very quickly made this cape. Our little owl wasn't really feeling the halloween spirit so we took a few quick photos and then headed downtown for only about 15 minutes. But I thought he looked pretty cute so it was worth it.
I'm a big fan of the fish print on this positively organic romper that we were gifted. I've played around with drawing simple fish for projects that remind me a bit of this pattern.
When we received the romper it looked so big. Now I can hardly believe that it won't fit for too much longer.
Last week the baby blue jays left their nest. I had grown accustomed to having the stellars jay family right outside the window and it feels a little lonely out there without them! We've seen the young jays and their parents in the trees around our house so at least it's been a slow good-bye.
The babies were so big by the time they left the nest. It was almost hard to watch the parents work so hard to feed them - the three babies were not as tall as the adults but about twice as round.
This photo isn't the best but you can see one of the parents on the left and one of the babies on the right.
We're not the only couple getting ready to welcome the next generation at our house. A pair of stellar's jays have been building a nest under the eave of our roof over the past few days.
You can see the nest from one of our living room chairs. I've been enjoying watching them show up with sticks, grasses and pieces of shredded paper (they must have found someone's recycling bin).
Jesse put that little platform up last spring when two robins were unsuccessfully trying to build a nest on top of our down spout. It was hard to watch their efforts repeatedly slip to the ground. They must have picked a new spot because they never ended up using the platform or the down spout.
It's a lovely sunny day in ashland and I'm trying not to be too antsy about when the baby will arrive. So today I've been thinking about the things that are making me happy right now.
I don't remember ever caring so much about scents until now. Rose geranium has become my official scent of pregnancy. I have a small plant right next to my bed. Lilacs and Mrs. Meyers cleaning products aren't too bad either.
+ feeding the birds
We've been getting a ton of colorful birds at our feeder recently. Lots of gold finches, house finches, stellar jays, black-headed grosbeaks, warblers - plus the chickadees and juncos that we see year round.
It's still a little early to stick some of the tender veggie starts in the ground but I've planted most of the fruits and vegetables in our garden bed. I always hope none of my neighbors can see my attempts at bending and kneeling but I've been enjoying my time in the garden anyway.
+ walking, swimming and yoga
Much to my surprise, moving my body still feels good.
Flowers from the farmers market, a newly thrifted bed spread - I love to rest my eyes on little upgrades like these.
My favorite snack right now. I've taken martha's advice and sprinkle a bit of ceyenne pepper and a squeeze of lime on them. Also delicious added to oatmeal for breakfast (without the ceyenne pepper and lime!).
+ sparkling water
We got a water carbonator a while ago and I use it daily.
As excited as I am for the baby to arrive there are things that I'll miss about being pregnant.