Wednesday, January 28, 2009

In the corners

I was taking some pictures of Merrick the other day and realized that I haven't shown you, all of you out there, what our "art studio" (dining room) looks like. So without further adieu I'd like to introduce you to our home.

On any given day you can find us in our studio hard at work creating something beautiful to give, to keep or just to pass the time creatively. On this particular day we decided to do a little acrylic with foam stamps on big sheets of charcoal paper (the size you see on the wall behind Merrick).

Merrick has really come into his own with his art and I love watching him grow and learn what he likes and dislikes.

Our wall space is pretty much full. I go back and forth with the idea of taking things down at the end of the year and starting fresh but I just can't seem to take the leap. Merrick started a lot of these when he was 17 months and they're such a huge part of our home it breaks my heart to take them down so I think I'll wait until our next move and then start fresh. Of course by then I'll have double the art to look forward to (Memphis) so my walls won't stay bare for too long.
So many memories with such a special person in my life, just looking at these pictures fills my heart with so much love and joy.

*Merrick if you ever read this please always know that I loved you very much. You were my first unselfish act as a mother and for that I will never be the same

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Handmade/ Homemade

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Buttermilk from hand mixing cream

Homemade Butter and Bread


making skirts

making your own patterns for skirts



stuffed animals (Amy Butler pattern on website)

Baby Food

Frozen jam

I've been playing around with homemaking lately and these are a few of the things I've made. I've also made deodorant, lip gloss and laundry detergent (Sean was not crazy about this one). It's been fun to play around with the idea of being self-reliant and not having to rely on the big stores for everything.

Merrick's House

Memphis getting around

He's sooo big I just can't believe that he's going to be 10 months next week. So far he's crawling everywhere, standing up on anything (including people) has his 2 bottom front teeth (came on exactly his 8 month b-day) and is working on his two front top teeth oh and he loves to eat.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cookies with Grandma

They were both covered in flour but I think it will be a memory that stays with Mrrick forever. Thanks grandma.

Santa Barbara Zoo

This and that

playing with daddy and new Christmas toys

sitting in the toy box

Hiding in Grandma Donovan's pantry

This and that

Fawn- Merrick loves the beanie you made him.

Merrick's new found love for his pockets= sagging pants and plumbers butt

His pockets were filled with anything and everything

Grandma's house

We miss you Fawn and Mike.

It' been way too long...

and I'm very sorry. We had a great Christmas and New Year with all of our family but now everyone has returned to their little corner of the world and I need to get back into the swing of things especially so that people can see what we've been up to. So for now I think I will catch you up and then work on telling you all about what's in store for us.