goodnight moon

31 03 2012

aka: actually following up with a Pinterest idea

goodnight moon

My sister introduced me to Pinterest in December, and I’ve been cautiously enthralled since then. Enthralled, because really – who doesn’t like to collect great ideas for future reference? Cautiously, because it can be a huge time-suck & because there is a gap between the gathering of Inspiration and actually Making or Doing something. Case in point? Most of my food-related pins languish untried… although the very few recipes I’ve attempted have been sooo delicious. Nom nom. Thank you, internet community.

I have been using my virtual pinboards quite a bit as we figure out our new home – paint colors, arranging things, etc. And I love so many of the ideas for kids’ spaces. For Bebe, I became geekily excited when I saw these gorgeous Christmas moons at Marie Claire Idees.

Minus the lovely glass or crystal chandelier bits – not exactly child-friendly – I thought that these giant crescent moons would be perfect for my boy. We have at least four copies of the Goodnight Moon books, which were originally given to us/him as baby presents, and he has loved each and every copy to a state of battered, gnawed on, torn-and-taped, bookish bits. So making him a giant moon softie went on my list for To Do ASAP.

And guess what? Instant love.

He helped me sort through my fabric pile (literally, it’s still a pile after three months of unpacking : shameful). We picked out a big scrap piece of heavy cotton duckcloth, drew the big circles together, and he happily watched me cut the pattern. Mr. P helpfully lured him away with promises of dish washing – lately our boy gets seriously excited by nightly dish cleaning – so that I had time to sew the pieces together and begin stuffing. Bebe came back as I stuffed the last few tufts inside and began stitching up the gap.

Originally, I’d thought that I would hang the moon on his wall or from the ceiling or something – whimsical room decor, ne? And I tacked a bit of lace in a loop in a top seam (badly placed for balance, as things turn out).

goodnight moon - decor

But Bebe immediately took charge and carried it off with demands for Mr. P to read him the eponymous bedtime story. And he slept with it all night, then carried it out of bed the next morning, propped it carefully near to hand for naptime, etc. He’s basically rolled around with it all over the house, which means the moon has already collected bits of dustbunny fuzz and random hair and required an interval of quick cleaning.

“It’s my goodnight moon,” he says. “You can hold it for a little bit, but I need it for sleeping. It’s my favorite -” which melts a crafty mama’s heart a lot, “- and so is my race car.”

goodnight moon - and car



ten lovely memories

26 06 2010

Oh, Summer. You are very humid, uncomfortably hot, and we still love you. The past week has mostly slipped by without stopping here, but here are ten lovelies that made us laugh, smile, and play.

1. father’s day

We were up early on Father’s Day and found a sudden change of schedule. Oh, opportunity! Mountain-bound!

father's day hike

We journeyed into the Shenandoah Mountains for a day of chasing butterflies, nibbling tasty treats, and hiking in the woods.

2. summer woods

ferns along lewis falls trail - shenandoah national park

3. cucumber mint soup

cucumber mint soup

A perfect bit of summer soup from an adorable cafe in Gordonsville, VA.

4. Weekend Sewing (by Heather Ross)

I am in craft-love with this book.

huck pants - wip

In progress right now: Huck Finn pants for Bebe (pictured above), plus a tunic and summer dress for Mama.

5. double birthday pool parties

6. new toys

Bebe is still a toy taster and teether, sometimes managing to gnaw layers off, so it’s been a challenge with plastic toys. Recently we’ve been happy to discover some great wooden toymakers who were still in our modest price range.

Found these sets on etsy

justhatched - woodland creatures set justhatched - neighborhood set
justhatched - woodland bears set

(from Just Hatched – made in Indiana)

and these while I was working at the VA Ren Faire

uswoodtoys - nesting house uswoodtoys - cow and sheep

(from Unexpected Surprises – made in Maryland).

7. friend’s toy trucks

we like big trucks

Of course we still love big trucks, especially big Tonka trucks.

8. summer drives

Love the sunny green.

skyline drive - shenandoah national park

9. working on a summer quilt

Bebe loves the colors. The strips have been sewn together and cut again, now I’m working on the squares: eight 9-squares done, many more to go.

rainbow quilt - squares

Still going as slow as a snail – because I’m slow, not because there’s any hand-sewing. If I were hand sewing, this project would actually be “Working on Next Summer’s Quilt” or even “The Summer After Next.” 

10. this silly boy



Hope you have a lovely weekend.

sewing bee, honeybee

19 11 2009

Finished a new pincushion yesterday.


Really need it, even if this one has some very wonky stitches closing the seam. My old and very first pincushion (the red tomato that you get with sewing sets) has stuffing bursting out of the holes and is fraying in every possible way. It needs to be retired to a dark, quiet drawer before it bursts like a sliced tennis ball. What else is there to do with old pincushions? Let me know if you have any ideas.

My sweet boy – my honeybee – has finally recovered from his cold. Huzzah! So we have been able to enjoy playing outdoors this week with some unseasonably warm weather.  Yesterday he enjoyed trying out his new shoes.

going for a drive

Lots of supported walking, too. Bebe is almost a real biped. Watch out, world: here he comes.

We took our weekly trip to the library and found a new booklove:

setting sun
Crickets, curtains, day is done

-from All the World, by Liz Garton Scanlon & Marla Frazee

Delightful book, a definite buy for our home library. Bebe and I have read it several times since yesterday and once so far this morning. Mr. Perches also liked it very much – I read it to him last night as he was resting from several hours of an apple pie baking extravaganza (more on that later).

We also brought home, among many joys, The River Cottage Family Cookbook and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac. Elizabeth writes:

In some quarters, November is considered rather a dull month, but not at our house. It is a time of snugging down; of finding, and foiling, sources of draughts; of augmenting the woodpile, putting up the birdfeeders, starting in on some serious reading, and knitting – always knitting. One plans and executes the remaining knitted Christmas presents, and considers some ambitious project for that distant snowlocked time After Christmas. (pp125-126)

Agree and agree, except for the woodpile and especially the birdfeeders – which in our area only encourage the squirrels to become tree rats. But drafts, Christmas knitting, and lists for 2010 knitting? Yes, they have been with us this November.

Another thing I’ve found in the Knitter’s Almanac: the I-cord knitting term/technique, (which I just learned) is short for “Idiot-Cord.” Hmm, I can see why they only print the abbreviation and do not generally explain what it stands for. But it is a wonderfully easy and useful technique – you can see more information here and here.

What have you learned today?

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