Thursday, June 25, 2015

LOVE YOUR BLOCK: SUMMER YARN BOMB

Several weeks ago I saw a group of my fellow New Yorker Neighbors beautifying a small portion of the city. It looked like they were planting, mulching and landscaping.  Later I noticed they finished the job with a homemade sign that said Love your Block.

I let that sit for a bit and then decided I could join in on this beautification with some yarn bombing.

Here is the invitation for you to participate in the Summer Love Your Block Yarn Bomb! Just knit or crochet flowers, insects, clouds, suns, whatever seems like it would go well on this fence.  The fence is a bit tricky to navigate as it is made on an angle, not flat like most chain link fences....so remember to leave me some ends so that I can easily tie it up!

The Deadline is Autumn. I will be bombing it as I receive items. 

Send them here:

GLASS POSSE
PO BOX 1151
LIC NY 11101

THANKS!

Here is the first installment:




Birds

Jason and I went up to the house for one of our final walk throughs. I will never forget the pit in my stomach when I peered outside under the eaves of the porch and saw 16 complete birds nests all set up like a little Robin Maternity Ward.  That day, Jason and I transitioned all at once from two little kids dreaming, to home owners in REALITY.  After that came the wasps and the ants and the snakes and the deer and now we are handling everything just fine...but that first moment, that FIRST intrusion had a very big impact.

Once we knew the nests were empty we knocked them all down. And then we did the same thing the next week and the next and the next and the next.  I had a feeling it was one Mama Robin making all of the nests. Is it normal for a Robin to make THAT many nests?  When I returned one week I saw one nest in particular that was VERY developed.  I tilted it toward me with my stick and spied a single Robin's Egg. That distinct blue! It is so vibrant and inspiring how could I knock it down? Luckily the egg stayed in the nest and the nest stayed in tact, I quickly pushed it back up into place.  Sidenote: she built that nest RIGHT above the plastic owl he had hung there to deter it. Literally, DIRECTLY above it.

I let her keep the nest and her egg.

I then did my research.  I was surprised there was only one egg, but Robins usually lay one egg a day up to 4 eggs.  Also, the NEST building ceased. This could be that the other robins were busy sitting on their respective nests elsewhere, but really I think it is because SHE was now nest bound and had stopped with her obsessive nest making routines.

I checked on the nest only a few weeks later and what I spied was 2 in tact eggs and one baby robin. Over that weekend all 3 of her babies hatched.

As I am in a particularly vulnerable time in my mothering and struggling quite a bit (if I am being honest) with mothering right now, it has been an inspiration to me watching this Robin prepare for her family.  I  can't believe how hard she worked on making all of those nests.  I cannot believe that she sits on her nest 50 out of 60 minutes per day and that she will do that for weeks.  Every time I checked on the nest over a few days time, another bird had hatched.  And every time I went back, she had cleaned the nest of any egg particles. She is spic and span, neat and tidy.

As we observe her from inside our house, it is usually just her sitting there keeping watch over her family, but one time we also spied Dad sitting next to the nest helping with a feeding.  Nature  continues to inspire and amaze me.  I am glad I let her set up house along side ours.  

I also took it as a sign that she didn't lay the four eggs, because 3 is enough.





Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Recital Season

I can't believe how much the girls are growing and learning and changing! Here are a few clips from their end-of-year shenanigans:


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I crochet: Wedding Capelet

It has been fun working with Lion Brand this summer. One of their most popular downloads is this very WEDDING ish Wedding Capelet. I took one look at that and had a different plan. I grabbed some fun coppery brown (vanna's glamour in copper) and went trim shopping on etsy and voila! The wedding caplet turned on its head:




Thanks to Phoebe for being my model!



That craft room though...

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I KNIT: Pink Sweater

My friend Ariel sent me a link to this awesome vintage DKNY sweater. I immediately tried to find a suitable pattern. I found one that I altered to make a heathered version of this awesome piece.


Saturday, June 20, 2015

POWDER ROOM

Guys! My Powder Room!

I had my heart set on this beautiful vessel sink I found on etsy. It did not arrive in time to be installed for the certificate of occupancy, so I just went with a very generic glass bowl from home depot. blah.

My designer encourage me to "go crazy" in the powder room so I just went for it! I ordered 8 different vintage wall papers from etsy and bought all of the white frames at ikea. Seriously, all of them.

Then I placed them all on the floor and then transferred them with my math and hammer skills (it took HOURS!)

I bought a curtain panel (also on etsy) and split it in two, hemmed it and added some pom-poms so that those doing their business would have some privacy from those enjoying the back porch.

I bought some vintage floral hand towels on etsy to go with the theme of vintage awesomeness.  I also hung up a painting that Jason's deceased mother painted some years ago as well as a photograph of my grandmother in attire that quite matches the prints happening around her.

Lastly, I added a little yarn bomb on the pipe so that one has  something to look at whilst doing one's business.

voila! I love it.





Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pickle Turns 3

What? My Baby is 3 ALREADY?  We had a lovely little combined party with Bee in the park. She rode all the bikes, ate all the snacks, made a party hat and ate cupcakes. Her idea of heaven.  Later we opened presents from parents and grandparents and then the weekend of her ACTUAL birthday her Dad took her to get her first bike complete with training wheels! They practiced on the back porch! Fun!