Monday, September 29, 2008

getting ready for Vida's Market....


I have been busy getting some mummysam items ready for an upcoming show in NYC known as Vida's Market. I am really excited about this event, and will hopefully send about 30 pieces (oh what lovely timing to have the grandparents come to visit!!! the extra sewing time has been fantastic....) I know some have you wanted me to let you know when I was about to pack up, as there are some pieces in my Etsy shop that will make the journey. I plan to edit the shop on Thursday, and will hopefully only need to take off about 15-20 pieces. Just wanted to make sure I gave those people who asked a fair heads up :)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

it's apple picking time....



If there is one activity that I immediately associate with fall, it is the amazing apple picking that can be had in our area of New York. With a visiting grandma in tow, we ventured to our local farm where a lovely Saturday morning was spent picking apple after apple. The boys filled not only their apple bags, but also their little tummies as they reveled in the ability to taste any apple they picked. (it also helped that they were strongly encouraged to sample as many apples as they would like, and to subsequently throw their tasted apples back onto the ground....an activity they were delighted to participate in!) After a good day was had filling bag upon bag of apples, we naturally finished off our adventure with five sets of hands diving into a box of fresh, warm apple cider doughnuts....after all, my eldest son states that a farm is not an apple farm without them. Happy fall everyone :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

As I sew.....


As I continue to brush up on my sewing skills, I find that my mixed-media past is managing to sneak itself back into my life. I was wondering how long it would be before I would start to add more materials, and thus was eventually led to some crocheted accessories using pure wool thread. I am determined to keep making my dolls with all natural fibers, and found this to be a good solution! I plan on going with this idea as I develop some dolls for an upcoming exhibit entitled, "hand.craft.it" this November in Georgia. I would love to know what you think!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

the rejuvination of fall.....


There is something about fall that is so refreshing......I am much more "awake" and full of energy when I wake up to the wonderful cool breeze that drifts across my cheeks in the morning. (or could it be the overzealous monkeys jumping on our bed?) The morning routine of waking up to anxious boys desperate to get outside has been replaced with a calmer interest in staying cozy and sipping some hot honey milk by the fire....a routine that shows no protest on my end. The fact that I am able to sit down in a comfy chair and actually take time to enjoy my morning cuppa' is a very welcome change. If there is ever a time where I feel a sense of renewal, it is now. Cool brisk air, changing leaves, baking bread, going apple picking, lighting fires........just some of the ingredients that make for a perfect season. I am in heaven.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

mummysam coming to Small magazine....


I can't begin to express how elated I was to find out that mummysam will have a doll featured in an upcoming issue of small magazine!
I was asked to provide a "wintry" doll, and thus will begin a day of sketching and sewing until I come up with the perfect doll. If you haven't looked into Small magazine, you must. There ability to showcase children's fashion and accessories through photography and art is breathtaking, and I am truly honoured to be a part of it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I'm really proud of this one....



whew! I have been working on this doll for a few days now, and it's finally done! I really enjoyed making this doll for an expectant mother of two, and now find myself anxious to make more.....thankfully the wee one gave me two hours of nap time to work on her, and the older one will be home any minute. I love it when I can get something completed before the end of the day :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

an exciting day for dad....


My husband and I could just see it starting to happen....the ability to get a hot cup of coffee as we saunter over to the soccer fields to sit and watch our new soccer player start his first game. O.K, so maybe he had no clue how to play, or even which direction to run, but it was fun nonetheless to see the pride on his face as he glanced over at our direction. It was a great day for all of us, and with it came a glimpse of what fun can be had as we enter this next phase with the kids. I think it was the first event where we could just sit back and enjoy the moment...the older one was absorbed in his "game", while the younger one sat patiently on the sidelines shouting out an occasional "go!". As much as I am sometimes saddened by my boys leaving the baby life, I have to admit that I am relishing the ability to stand still and be in the moment without having to chase a wee one to and fro.

Monday, September 15, 2008

mummysam coming to craftsbury kids!


I am so thrilled to soon be part of a wonderful online store, craftsbury kids! We are currently working out all the products that will be featured there, and I cannot wait to sit alongside some other great artisans....
I have also just shipped some mummysam creations to the Renegade Handmade shop in Chicago. Another exciting venture :)
well, just had time for a quick note, as the little one will be coming home on the bus soon. take care everyone....

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I needed this......


After a week of being ill, I desperately needed to create something that made me feel good....I have been anxious to try out this idea, and I am just so pleased with the results! In my pre-kid days as a mixed media painter, I used to make dolls similar to this one out of canvas and oil paints. I had gone through a couple year phase where everything was put on wheels, so naturally I had to bring that into my new sewing world:)
well, I am off to do some more sewing now....maybe more wheels?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

getting ready for the shops....


I have been working hard at getting a bunch of things ready for the upcoming Vida's Market in NYC this October and a couple of other shops as well. I wanted to let everyone know ahead of time that I will have to take several pieces from my shop in order to finish up these orders. I plan on editing the shop tomorrow (thurs), so if anyone has had their eye on anything I just wanted to give you the heads up!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

why i'm proud....


As the fall approaches and the bowls of warm custard start making their appearance, I find myself getting even more excited for what experiences can be had with the arrival of cooler weather. I don't know if it's a vast approching birthday or not, but I have been reflecting this past couple of weeks on my approach to motherhood with the boys...I have been feeling lately that the focus has become more on what frustates me during the day (the usual frustrations that comes with two young boys...) and less on the aspects that make staying home with the boys a great decision. I want to look at this upcoming new year with a sense of pride of what my husband and I have accomplished thus far, and what wonderful things are bound to happen as the family grows older. I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and list the things I am/have become proud of:

1. I am proud that my boys have the ability to sit down and create a whole imaginative world with the simplest of materials...

2. I am proud that we only watch t.v. one night a week designated as "movie night", complete with popcorn and "movie tickets" to watch the show. (this can make some days quite long when the boys are having one of those days!)

3. I am proud that my little one is finally out of his night-time pull-ups and thus allowing the house to be rid of any evidence of diapers...

4. I am proud that my boys are completely confident to be either scary dinousaurs hunting through the woods, or princesses going on garage sale hunts (yes, even I was taken aback at how much they enjoyed the latter)

5. I am proud that they have developed a sense of compassion, and are deeply affected when something isn't going right

the list can go on and as I write, more things start popping into my head...I don't know where this sudden need to become reflective has come from. The fall tends to do this to me, as the time rocking in front of the fire presents a wonderful opportunity to just stare and think. I am looking forward to an amazing season of school projects, apple picking, cookie baking, leaf jumping, and all the other good things associated with this season. It's my favourite time of the year......

Monday, September 8, 2008

oh, the advantages of ADD....


Although my attention span is quite poor (I am impossible when it comes to focussing on conversations....there are too many "shiny" things to distract me...) there is a plus to being blessed with ADD as an artist. Thankfully this new medium is really allowing me to succumb to my continuous need to change things up. One week its dolls, the next houses, and this week it's everything miniature. I just had to get this out of my head and into something material last night, and found myself working feverishly to get it done. I absolutely love the way they turned out and think there are so many possibilities with these figures. My son loved setting them up with some of my plush townhouses, and I found them particularly interesting placed on top of framed pictures in my hallway. This has been one of those projects that felt really good to do....now we just need to see how long I keep interested until the next "shiny" thing catches my eye!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

mummysam coming to poppytalk!



I am just thrilled to be a part of Poppytalk Handmade again, and will be part of their upcoming exhibit starting Monday called "Mixed Tape". The show will be running until October....please stop by and let me know what you think!

because I just had to....


After my big boy went on his new kindergarten adventure, I managed to put his little brother down for a nap and sew this school boy in honour of A's big day...

and now the other one....


The morning started with a surprise snack bag I managed to sew the night before...

My big boy was full of anticipation as we waited for the bus to approach (with mummy's cell phone clutched tightly in one hand as he constantly checked the time....)

Then his little hands clutch with excitement as the school bus appears around the corner (as his excitement builds, I find my nerves increasing that much more)

After a very quick wave with the hand "goodbye" he rushes onto the bus without even a pause....(Apparently there was no need for the past week of worrying about the separation issues he was going to have going on the bus..he was so thrilled to get on the bus, and as his eyes lit up with happiness my eyes filled up with gobs of tears...my big boy is going to school!!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

sending my little seed off to school.....





My little one woke up today ready to start a new chapter in his life, and the day quickly became filled with many mixed emotions. Extreme excitement was had as we donned on our new fire engine backpack (well, new to little M as I crossed out his brother's name and wrote the new one on top) and got ourselves dressed for school. After a good filling breakfast and some hanging out time with the big brother, we all set off in our wagon and set off for school. As I walked in tow with the camera dangling off my shoulders, it suddenly hit me that my life was starting to move into the next phase. The past few months of feeling ready to move on to this next venture was quickly met with sadness....I think it hit the big brother as well, as unexpected tears were running down his face the entire walk back home. Part of me is just so elated to see him grow up, and yet another part wants to freeze time....he's my little guy......(and the last one too...probably why this is so hard!)
Well, that's one down. The big Kindergarten day starts on Friday.....I have a sneaking suspicion that a certain first time on the bus will cause mummy to lose it even more :)

Monday, September 1, 2008

and then he turned three....



My wee little one turned three (or "thwee" as marcus so proudly expains) today, and yesterday we took advantage of the lovely weather to make the best of it. After baking some Sally Lunn bread in the morning (yum!), we headed off to Saratoga for a morning of window shopping at our favourite toy store, strutting down Broadway, and buying some extra birthday goodies from a delicious bakery for the afternoon party. A much needed nap was taken on the way home with just enough time to get the table ready and the house cleaned up before his friend arrived. Everything had the potential of working out beautifully, but with kids 5 and under things can always go in a different direction.....the boys were just a wee tired during the party, and as the emotional breakdowns over sharing the new toys increased with frequency both sets of parents agreed it was time to end the party. Oh well, at least I managed to squeeze in a quick glass of wine and a yummy cupcake!