Baby Brother

A poem I wrote before I had children.

Is this my little baby brother?

I think I’d better ask my Mother.

For I am dark and he is fair,

I have brown curls,

He has straight hair.

My eyes are brown

And his are blue.

I’ve many teeth

And he has two.

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Can I be sure this is my brother?

Not a sibling of another?

Did you find him in the street

And take him home for me to meet?

Thinking that I’d share with him

And play with him and care for him

And brush his downy hair for him?

Please return him to his lender

Note attached, ‘Return to sender’

Keep him happy,

Not to mention,

Pay him lots of close attention.

For he will dribble on your chairs,

Pull your hair and chew your stairs.

Cry a lot

And sleep a lot.

Laugh out loud when you are not.

Drop his food and make a puddle

Putting Mummy in a muddle.

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But when he’s resting, fast asleep,

I go upstairs to have a peep.

He’s like an angel lying there,

With glowing skin and wispy hair.

My little brother, you can stay.

Just for a while, just one more day.

And if you’re good and smart and clever,

We may just keep you here forever.

xx

Beautiful simple

A moth, of all things, has shown me a beauty that can be found in simplicity. This moth has been living in our bathroom for the past two days and we have all noticed it and commented on its presence.

Something about its color and shape in contrast to the pale eggshell blue backdrop…

The little tear in its wing.

This moth will stay.

In contrast, I have been working on some highly detailed felting and have enjoyed the challenge and the valuable things I have learned from the process. However, I miss the simplicity of design of my previous work. More is not always better.

And I have a wool’s nemesis to thank for the reminder.

Love the Ears

toward the end of the Max phase

When Asher was 5, I felted a pair of bunny ears for him that he wore every day for a year. I have such fond memories of him waking up, going to find his ears, putting them on and starting the day. He was Max, the little boy bunny  from Max and Ruby. As you can see, by the end they were pretty worn out.

Fast forward two years and my needle felting skills have improved! Ash and I were out for the day and we came across a book called Zombiekins. It’s a fun chapter book for boys about a zombie bear/bunny that is purchased from a witch’s yard sale. So we started to read and as Ash became more and more uncertain, Jasper was thrilled.

Jasper and I  now have to leave the room to read this book together. Turns out he wants to be Zombiekins for Halloween.

We’re getting there, starting with the ears first.

Koala Care

My new neighbor had her baby girl almost 3 months early and I ache for her as I recall the constant longing to hold, nurture and nourish my boys as soon as they were born. Her baby girl has been in an incubator on breathing and feeding support since July. Olive is thankfully due to come home next month and we are all keeping our fingers crossed.

I am a huge fan of baby wearing and wore Jasper so often that my Mother-in-Law called him little marsupial baby. I loved the Moby Wrap and the Ergo, wonderful carriers that were part of my dress code for 2 years.

Actually, Kangaroo Care is a therapy used for preemies.

Preemies don’t have the body regulatory systems of full-term babies.  They lose body heat quickly, making them vulnerable to illness.  But when a baby is carried close to the mother’s chest, her body actually senses the baby’s temperature and the breast temperature rises 2 degrees in a matter of minutes. Amazing!

Also, premature infants cannot regulate their breathing, but when carried chest-to-chest with a parent or caregiver, they match their breathing to their parents’.  When your baby has been contained for 3 months in a plastic incubator, holding her as much as possible  will be a wonderful needed bonding experience.

So, for my neighbor’s baby shower today, I have made a representation of what I hope for her and her little Olive in the very near future.

can also be purchased here in my store 🙂 Koala Mama Jingle Toy

Tools of the Trade and a Messy Work Space

This is my messy work space.

It starts off so very clean and organized and then it kind of erupts into a sea of wool that takes over the entire kitchen, hallway…front room. There are boxes of wool for my boys to trip over wherever they go. They are used to navigating the open spaces now.

It is not uncommon for my family to find bits of wool in their food and I more often than not have little bits clinging to my clothing throughout the day. I found a large clump of roving in Jasper’s hair the other day and a fluff ball in my husband’s stubble.

Above is a fraction of the mayhem.

Then I have a major clean up and we start the cycle over again.

I love my tools. If I weren’t already married to a great guy I would marry them. When someone touches my needles I feel very nervous. I want to protect them from harm. When other people use them they get bent and that makes me sad.

Now I kind of understand how my Dad felt when I wanted to use his prized pattern cutting scissors on paper…

From the top

  • six needle holder (have had this for 3 years and LOVE it)
  • needle nose pliers (good for removing big mistakes)
  • 3 needle pen holder (fantastic)
  • 12 needle holder (gift from hubby that I was afraid to use for over a year)
  • wonderful haberdashery scissors from MIL
  • 40 triangle single
  • 38 star single
  • 36 star single

If you are starting out, I recommend a couple of singles and maybe the 3 needle pen holder. That will keep you going for a while. Pen holder is available from Amazon for about $12 http://www.amazon.com/Clover-Style-Needle-Felting-Tool/dp/B00172TD5S

You can buy a wonderful starter kit and extra needles from a lovely little Etsy store here http://www.etsy.com/listing/62921755/fantastic-deluxe-needle-felting-starter

Oh and just look at *part* of my own wool stash!!!! Yummy!

Making Tiny Bees

I make these bees a lot. Mostly for a lovely man from Alabama who first requested them about a year ago. He kept ordering them and ordering them and eventually shared with me that he included one  bee with every gift he gave as a reminder of his daughter who passed away. She loved bees.

Every time  I make this little fellow it reminds me how lucky I am to have my boys, to hold them and hug them and cherish them a little more.

bee blank felted from core wool

with yellow roving added

orange pencil roving to mark the stripe

fill in the space

add features

add wings cut from sheet felt

switch colors if you like!