May 28, 2017

Around the Neighborhood






Memorial weekend is considered the official kick-off for summer around here, though today it is a rather rainy and wet one.  I've been a bit quiet in this space over the spring, mainly because my crafting mojo dropped off when the weather broke.  I don't know what that is about, but I am sure it is only temporary.  Is there such a thing as a crafting existential crisis?  I browse the craft blogs ( here, here, and here ) looking for inspiration, but nothing has sparked.  Yet.

Instead, when there is time, or the school-funk settles in, we wander about the neighborhood looking for pretty things.  Once Astrid brought her sketchbook and drew as we were walking.  This kid.  Always surprises. Of course, it is out on these walks, as we are searching for beauty, that I am pulled toward crafting.  I feel a growing desire to bring these things into my crafts, though I am not quite sure how I want that to look at the moment.  So I'll keep wandering.

Now that the warmer weather is here I am feeling a stronger a stronger pull to be outdoors.  As the years have passed it seems as though we spend less and less time out-of-doors.  But the mildness of late spring and the lengthening light are a siren song, calling out for garden time, nature walks, bonfires, and some constellation gazing.  I love the summer stars.

So I'll keep browsing the blogs, and seeking beauty in the world.  I'm sure something will spark.  It always does.  But for now, the future looks like summer barbecues, fellowship meetings, and just a few more lessons.  And it feels like just the right time to put hands to earth and get that garden started.

May 12, 2017

Herald's Surcoat





A couple of weeks back, our Dagorhir unit hosted an event at a nearby park.  Cynar volunteered to herald, which is Dag's version of a referee, and so proper garb was required.  The surcoat (sewn by me, of course) is 100% linen to keep him cool on hot summer days.  The pattern is here. Although the pattern doesn't call for it, I used french seams, and trimmed it with black bias.

Since then, there hasn't been much crafting at all around here, aside from that one sad attempt at sock knitting.  A spring cleaning bug settles in once in a while, and much energy is devoted to (attempting to) focus on schooling.  I've poked around the interweb crafty archives, but nothing has jumped out at me.  The focus board is bare.  It's just so beautiful outside!  I've been relaxing and just breathing in the fresh air whenever I can.  These days only last so long.  68 degrees and party cloudy?  Perfect.

We will be settling in soon for a very relaxed Friday evening, much needed after so many early mornings.  There is a possibility of rice pudding.  Yum!  And then a weekend full of friends and family; first a fun Dagorhir crafting event, and then a very special first Mother's Day in our family.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend!