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Bear with me!

I am trying to find a theme that better reflects my “feel”.  I want you all to feel like you have come to my little house in the woods to sit a spell.

Things are going to be a bit out of whack as I try new things on so please be patient while I sort this out.

In the meantime, pull up a seat next to my fireplace, wrap your hands around a warm drink, and listen to one of my stories.

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Introducing….

carmencutlassMy littlest brother! His name is Cormac and he has started a blog, A Sovereign Style. He is a stylist over at American Eagle Outfitters and wants to make it in the fashion world.  He does some amazing make-up work and is really rockin’ his drag persona, Carmen Cutlass.

I wanted to introduce him around to help him build some followers.  I know some of you out there are fashion and art-minded.  Even if you don’t plan to follow his exploits, head over and welcome him aboard!

Art in August: Thanks Be to Nature, Good Friends & Family

I’m pretty sure that I missed a week of the Art in August blog along fun, but I’m back and I’ve got something to share!  This weekend, some of the crops in our super-sized garden came ready to harvest so I had some canning to do.  For those of you following along with my pregnancy saga, I am still pregnant.  Being a week overdue is rough, but putting food up in summer while a week overdue is even worse.  Luckily for me, I’ve got AMAZING friends who came to the aid of my husband and I. Continue reading

Art in August: Hazelnut Calm

Today turned out to feel like the most trying day in a very long time.  It was pretty normal, by most standards, but I just felt wiped by the time we hit nap time.  I had appointments to make, chicken to skin, family to visit, medication to pick-up, groceries to buy, donations to drop off, and mail to retrieve.  I did not realize how wiped I was until my absolutely over-the-top-full-of-energy munchkin was in his bed and I was finally eating an egg salad sandwich.  Which, by the way, seemed quite literally like the most delicious food I’ve eaten, as of late.  It was then, mid-sandwhich, that I heard the softest raindrops hitting the leaves of this lovely hazelnut tree just outside my dining room window. Continue reading

Art in August – Descent: The Mind of the College Educated SAHM

A blogging compatriot of mine over at Laptop on the Ironing Board, has started a fun creativity project for everyone to join in on.  She has dubbed this event: Art in August.  For background on her inspiration for this event, read Resolution and Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

The basic idea is for those who are participating to create something once a week during the month of August.  I decided to join in because creating is fun and is a good activity to help give your brain a workout.  Today, I decided to sit down with my two year-old and his art supplies and create.  This is what I came up with, and I dubbed it “Descent: The Mind of the College Educated SAHM”:

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This lovely little piece of preschool artwork has been the inspiration for a piece of writing to come at a later date.  Spending hours interacting with a two year-old and teaching him letters, numbers, shapes, and colors has clearly addled my brain and taken its toll on my creative mind.  I think next time I will put down the crayons and stretch myself with some mixed media.  For all of our sakes.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!!!

This has nothing to do with literacy, but it makes me happy :)

This has nothing to do with literacy, but it makes me happy 🙂

According to a commercial for “The Cat In the Hat Knows A Lot About That” on PBS, Friday, March 1 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  I am naturally over-the-moon excited about this (OK, maybe not THAT excited) because I LOVE Dr. Seuss books and so does my son.  On a side note, I recently found out that my mother hates to read Dr. Seuss.  Weird.  Where did my love of his crazy rhyming stories come from?  I’m guessing, rebellion.

In my house we are always reading and working on words.  I love language and have a great time working on early literacy skills with my 20 month old son.  He loves to talk and read stories.  We mostly just name objects, but he is staring to get some two-word phrases down.  In the vein of promoting literacy, I would like to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  The only problem is, I’m not really sure how to do it.  Of course, I can read his stories, find some coloring pages, or watch PBS, but what are some more creative ideas?  I want to work on early literacy and inspire creativity and play.

Do any of you creative, experienced parents have any ideas for me?!?