Photo Friday

Happy Friday everyone! It is Friday, right? Things have been feeling just a bit mixed up here due to some deadlines and crazy work schedule for Chris. He’s been working late nearly every evening and also working some Saturdays, so that leaves a lot of time for me and Lewis to keep busy on our own. Thankfully we have been lucky to have beautiful warm weather all week and have spent as much time as possible outside. Even a rainy day yesterday didn’t ruin it since all that meant was that Lewis had the chance to test out his new rain jacket! He is loving the puddles, the mud, and every other part of this emerging spring weather. We’ve gone for some nice walks and also enjoyed exploring outdoors again and seeing how the world is changing around us. Hope you all have had some nice weather to enjoy too!

Let's start things off right with this artistic Lewis-eye perspective of some of the mess on our floor.

Let’s start things off right with this artistic Lewis-eye perspective of some of the mess on our floor.

An enormous stick!!! What more could a boy want in life?

An enormous stick!!! What more could a boy want in life?

Finally warm enough to get back to digging in his favorite dirt corner! He told me he was making a garden and planting seeds to grow some carrots.

Finally warm enough to get back to digging in his favorite dirt corner! He told me he was making a garden and planting seeds to grow some carrots.

These poor bird feeders were abandoned in their tree all winter while their family went to Florida. They are now home and filled up the one they could reach. Lewis helped rescue another that had fallen in the snow, and then crouched down quietly below the tree and eventually told me he loved that tree. :)

These poor bird feeders were abandoned in their tree all winter while their family went to Florida. They are now home and filled up the one they could reach. Lewis helped rescue another that had fallen in the snow, and then crouched down quietly below the tree and eventually told me he loved that tree. 🙂

Trying out his new rain jacket! Pothole puddles are the best because they are deepest.

Trying out his new rain jacket! Pothole puddles are the best because they are deepest.

Ker-splash! He loves tossing rocks in the deepest puddles and seeing how they disappear beneath the mucky water.

Ker-splash! He loves tossing rocks in the deepest puddles and seeing how they disappear beneath the mucky water.

Don't cry over spilt milk! (This is actually a lovely concoction of yogurt, chia seeds, and water. At different points he told me he was doing an experiment and also that this was a fun project. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and let the messes happen.)

Don’t cry over spilt milk! (This is actually a lovely concoction of yogurt, chia seeds, and water. At different points he told me he was doing an experiment and also that this was a fun project. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and let the messes happen.)

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Photo Friday

Another weekend is here! We spent last weekend (Sat-Mon) at my family’s cabin on Lake Champlain. Since I didn’t get around to making a dedicated post about our trip, I’ve included a few photos here. The lake was absolutely gorgeous, though still too cold for swimming. Lewis loved the freedom to go outside at almost any time, and opportunities to dig in dirt and hunt under rocks and logs for bugs! He also was excited to see Grandpa B., two aunts, and one of his uncles, and has continued talking about them since we got home.

Watching a duck on the beautiful lake.

Watching a duck on the beautiful lake.

When can I go back here??

When can I go back here??

Lawnmowers are so cool!

Lawnmowers are so cool!

Sitting on a pebbly bit of shore, coloring on rocks with a piece or charcoal we found.

Sitting on a pebbly bit of shore, coloring on rocks with a piece or charcoal we found.

I crocheted this hat for him last year and it was to big. This summer it is perfect!

I crocheted this hat for him last year and it was to big. This summer it is perfect!

Robot hands! Lewis' innovative use for toilet paper and paper towel tubes.

Robot hands! Lewis’ innovative use for toilet paper and paper towel tubes.

Experimenting with creating a stapled collage. ICAD starts Sunday, are you ready?

Experimenting with creating a stapled collage on a 4×6 index card, using mini staples. ICAD starts this Sunday, are you ready?

 

Lewis' favorite place outside our apartment: Digging in the dirt and checking for bugs under pots.

Lewis’ favorite place outside our apartment: Digging in the dirt and checking for bugs under pots.

 

Dish Cloth Mania

When I started this blog my intention was to not only post about Lewis, but also to include some posts about my own art/crafting/cooking/etc. I’ve written a bit about things I’ve cooked and baked, mostly in relation to Lewis, but I haven’t posted much about the artistic side of things. I’ve been feeling inspired to create more recently, so I thought I would share some of that with you.

I’ve worked in an art journal off and on for a long time. I did a lot in it while pregnant with Lewis, especially in the few weeks that I was home between stopping work and actually giving birth. At that point I had uploaded some photos of a few pages to flickr. Since Lewis was born I’ve done quite a bit of sketching and doodling combined with journaling, but not much of the painting/glueing/etc. that I had been doing.

As I was sorting through a box of papers yesterday I found several product registration card thingies that we never sent in to register whatever random things we had purchased. For some reason this pile of little cards inspired me to make a little book with these and some other random papers, junk mail, cards, etc.

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The cover.

I haven’t done much yet beyond just putting together the book and gessoing over some of the pages to make more of a blank canvas for work.

The page on the right is a pocket.

The page on the right is a pocket.

This little book has me feeling inspired to do more painting/collage/drawing/etc. If you are interested in art journaling, altered art, etc. I recommend looking at the Daisy Yellow blog and artjournaling.ning.com.

My creative energy has also recently been pouring out into a mountain of cotton dish cloths.

IMG_8621It started with making a new cloth for our kitchen when I noticed several of ours were getting worn out. I used up all my cotton yarn making three or four more cloths, and then went and bought several more balls of cotton.

IMG_8616I have a stack of 8 dish cloths sitting by the couch, I’ve given away 3, put one into rotation in the kitchen, and have yet another just cast on to my knitting needles.

IMG_8613The knit cloths are my favorite to use, but I’ve made a lot more of the crocheted ones because they are faster and use less yarn. I think the dish cloths are appealing to me right now because they are small and can actually be finished, they are easy to pick up and put down while busy with Lewis, and they also don’t get boring because there are so many different patterns I can try out. I think I need to try this leaf pattern soon, but first I have to get more cotton yarn.

Anyone need a new dish cloth?