Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Jacqueline with Flowers, Picasso
The past few days have disappeared so quickly. Sometimes, I feel as if time is racing ahead of me. Each day is so precious. I just want to savor these days of summer with my daughter for as long as I can. I miss her so much when I'm working. The ache never goes away when I leave her all day in the care of others. I hate it. As working mothers, we are forced to throw an invisible switch to deal with these feelings. Our time together has done us both a world of good. When she saw us a few weeks ago, Grandma said we were both so calm. Yes, in the natural realm, that's what is supposed to happen, a mother and child together. Why can't it be that way for everyone?
I'm still thinking a lot about homeschooling. But unfortunately, I don't think a single mom like me has many options here in NYC. I have strong views about education and what it should be. I'll leave it at that for now.
We had a lovely lunch picnic with a friend and her daughter at our favorite place, The Alice Austen House. We have passed so many lovely hours there this summer. It has become a place we call "ours." It is our yard, because we don't have one. And we just feel good there.
Now, I'll share the "cub-isms" with you. I hope they will make you smile.
When we arrived home late this afternoon, I was playing Pandora radio while doing the dishes, and "Across the Universe" covered by Jim Sturgess was playing. She stopped playing and slowly made her way over to the computer and just stared at the screen. I knew she was listening..."Nothing's gonna change my world....Nothing's gonna change my world."
Pause. Listening. Thinking. Slowly...
"Mama, he's right. (Quietly, pensively.)"Nothing's gonna change..."
I held my breath. Sometimes, she just blows me away. She was thoughtful when she said it. I didn't ask her to elaborate. I didn't need her to. It didn't matter. She went inside the music. She heard the words. It was beautiful.
Later, after dinner, a less philisophical girl cub started the conversation:
"Mama, Sponge Bob is poopie." (The television wasn't on and we don't watch Sponge Bob.)
"No, he's not. He's a sea sponge. He lives in the ocean."
"No he doesn't, Mama! He lives in the sink!!"
As for the Picasso, I love everything about this painting. The style. The colors. The form. The subject. Everything. And I want that dress.
On the crafting front, I've been photographing like crazy. I've also been playing around with a lot of paper. Bookmarks, Albums made out of paper bags, and the latest ATC's (thanks, Jenn!) I tend to work on a small scale, so this has been wonderful for me. After seeing the post on playing card notebooks courtesy of whipup, I'll dabble some more with the cards.
My ATC's are not "scrapbooky" looking. I don't have scrapbooking supplies, so I'm using old magazines and vintage children's books, wrapping paper, ribbon, thread, glitter, whatever I have around the house. So far, they seem to revolve around the themes of childhood and coming-of-age, so I'm going to keep going with that. I'll post some photos soon!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This book was originally published in 1956 and you can totally tell by the lovely drawings. This magic was also purchased for 10 cents at the local library sale.
Now I am off to finally bake that chocolate zucchini cake I have been talking about for way too long. Hopefully, tonight there will be some serious crafting happening here. Hope everyone is enjoying the day.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
This is the fabulous pouch I purchased last week. It was difficult to choose just one, but this vintage fabric just speaks to me. I can't get enough of it. I still don't know if I'll use this as a cosmetic case or something else. It's almost too pretty for that.
I have a real weakness for all things dutch and folk-arty. So, I had to exercise an extreme amount of self control while tralling new etsy shop Pony Party.
I passed on the cutting board but caved in when I saw these two cuties. They will live in my dutch-style wood shelf which needs some legitimate inhabitants. There, I justified this purchase!
I have been inspired by everything around me lately. Finishing up some great books I will write about in a future post. Also watched documentary The Business of Being Born. What an important film. Every woman needs to see it. (Another future post.) Last night I watched In the Realms of the Unreal about the life of artist Henry Darger. I enjoyed it. His life, artwork, and 15,000 page novel are fascinating.
Feeling better today. If the weather holds out, there is a live Afro-Peruvian dance party at the children's museum tonight. Can't wait to boogie with cub who told me, "I'm gonna shake my bootie!" Like mother, like daughter.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
After the birth of my daughter, I got on a kick to make homemade bath products for our family and friends. I started with soap, then went on to bath salts, milk, and oils. Two months ago, I started making my own shampoo and hair rinse for girl cub. I use the tried and true baking soda wash with apple cider vinegar rinse. I add rosemary oil to both. It works beautifully on her hair and smells so good. I came across a simple recipe for toothpaste here (love this site) and have been using it ever since. I tweaked the recipe a bit for extra whitening.
And for no othe reason than feeling a little sad and needing to share...Saying goodbye to a special friend, today. I made this for her over the weekend
Saturday, July 19, 2008
And here is the non-edible birdie I made last week. I thought this would be easy-breezy, but to my surprise, it was not. I think the fact that I haven't hand sewn since last winter may have something to do with it. Also, I decided to make him at 1 am. I tend to make a lot of things in that half sleepy state. I think I use this slightly altered space as a way of tapping into my creative process. Yet, it's not the most precise way of doing things. The bird's head definitely needs more bird-like shaping. I have a ritual of leaving whatever I make at night on girl cub's little table where she eats her breakfast...so she can see it in the morning. I do this as an offering of love to her. Mostly everything I make is a devotion to her. She is the root of all my creations. I want to make a ton of these until I can whip them up with my eyes closed.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Glad Day: Working out in the gym this morning, taking my healthy breakfast to a local park and eating, relaxing, and reading the first forty pages of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich. I can already tell what I love about this book are all the things I loved about My Antonia. The prose are stunningly down to earth, the portrait of the land and its people (Native American in this story) gets me in the gut, for lack of a better term.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I found this very amusing and quite charming--how this section of the grotto extends into a neighbors side yard.
Best of all, my girl had a great time. She is usually game if I am. She won a few prizes, too. Who knew she was a magnetic fishing pro? And I'm sure this drippy cone made it all worth her while.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I was feeling particularly energized after my date with the Doctor this evening, so I channel surfed a bit and found a VH1 "list" show...The 40 Best Heavy Metal Songs. I watched it so I could get a hearty belly laugh before I turned in. It wasn't long however, before I found myself drawn in by the surprisingly intelligent commentary and factoids about the musicians.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
How to Cook Your Life - An interesting documentary focusing on the author of The Tassajara Bread Book and the connection between Zen Buddhism and daily food preparation. So much more but I'm short on words tonight.
Le Ballon Rouge (1956)
One of my elementary school teachers showed this film to my fifth grade class. I loved it then and still do. What a cool teacher. I can now appreciate the way she was thinking. Very few films in my opinion deserve "must own" status, but this one is definitely on the list. So beautifully captures the innocence of childhood.
& last but certainly not least....This little piggy makes me smile every day.
Must add other smiles- Pink Martini's Hey Eugene!, Stapleton Library, Uncle Louie G's Cannoli Ice and discovering band WaFoo Chamber Unit.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This cool blue wall served as a backdrop for many funny portrait combos of our girls-
And of course, a healthy dose of nose-picking.
J and I are so lucky to have met a group of women right here in our own neighborhood. We are all within a year of each other, live within a few blocks of each other, and all have daughters, too. Patrizia, Winter, G, and H-We love you.