A Monday tradition where I share what I’m making, reading, learning about, listening to, and exploring this week.
These days R is crawling around like a maniac, pausing only to point her little finger off into the distance at who knows what. The other day she escaped my site and pulled my mom's vintage lamp off a shelf and burned her leg. I haven't been able to forgive myself since. Such perfect skin, now with a blistering mark. I guess this is part of the right of passage that is the early years.
Gosh though, this little thing keeps me on my toes like nothing else, which is why I'm having to force myself to write right now. Besides crawling like a maniac, R is also teething like one. I barely got her down for a nap today, and that was only after I cuddled her sobbing, slobbering mess for nearly an hour. But....motherhood is still the most wonderful and fulfilling thing I've yet to experience.
She's about to turn 1 next month, and I can't believe I've spent nearly an entire year with a baby. I feel like I should be having a birthday too, but one celebrating adulthood. I arrived late to this party, I know.
Anyhow, I've been trying to find the perfect cake to make her, and I really like the looks of this one here. It's a sugar-free smash cake, and if you scroll down to the bottom of her post you can see version #2 that she made when her daughter turned 3. That's what I'm talking about.
Speaking of R's birthday, I'm working on a hand-stitched quiet-book and this DIY dino play mat here for her gifts.
I don't know if you know who Amanda Soule is, or ever read her now inactive Soule Mama blog. I followed her for years, back before I ever wanted kids of my own. It was around the same time that I had a love affair with the Waldorf educational philosophy, and those two things had such a huge impact on me. Her books The Rhythm of Family, The Creative Family, Handmade Home are basically my blueprints for crafting our family life. If you haven’t read her stuff, I can’t recommend doing so enough.
I don't know about you, but after a while, I get real sick of trends. That includes the unicorn thing but does not include this particular ultra-cute Halloween pumpkin hack. I like it. I like it a lot.
As I've mentioned in a few previous posts, we're working to get the travel trailer complete so we can move in around the beginning of August. Surprisingly we're on track for that, so I've started to get all nesting-instinct in preparation. Because we are fairly furniture-free, I've been wanting to sew up some big floor cushions and have been thinking about using this tutorial for them.
I'm reading another thrift-store find this week called Calm and Compassionate Children. I tend not to buy a lot of parenting books, but this one feels pretty special.
Okay, now you tell me what your week looks like in the comments below, because the whole point behind this new series is so we can inspire each other to grow and learn and do, so share away :)