What I know…

Back Porch

It’s been a really long time since I blogged…

Sometimes, or maybe a lot of times, I feel like I can’t balance all the parts of me, like the different things I want to do are all competing for attention, or pulling me in different directions all the time.

But recently, towards the beginning of the year, I was struck by the idea that all these things aren’t different and competing things, they are all part of my life. And I only have one of those.

So maybe it’s not many things pulling in different directions, but a matter of balance and rotation to enjoy all the things that are important to me. I can’t do all of them in any given day, but that doesn’t mean I can’t rotate through them, while keeping certain things a part of every day.

Here’s what I know:

I know I value beauty. Because of this, I want to continue on my quest to organize and minimize the contents of my home to make it easier to clean up and maintain in less time. We have made great strides in that direction on the first floor, and recently I’ve expanded that to the shed and the back porch. The back porch is our main entrance and like any high traffic area, was a clutter magnet, especially in the corner by the door. Solution? I deep-sixed the mildewy chairs, and put the table in the corner by the door, then I scoured craigslist for about a week until these awesome chairs popped up. Not only are they painted mustard (most recently), but they are old and well built, and match the style of another chair we have already.

More on that later…

Back Porch

I value hand-made. I started making more and more myself because I discovered that I could often make high-quality items for less than I could purchase them. In the case of this play tee-pee however, I’m could possibly have purchased something similar from Etsy for about $20 more than I spent on materials. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but I am so happy with how this turned out, and I learned some sewing techniques along the way that will help me create more beautiful things for our home. And I got to use fabric I designed :-) Bonus!

Play Tent

I value art. So I incorporate it where ever I can, like in this retro truck design for Eli’s 2nd birthday next month. I’m going to put it on bunting and cupcake signs etc. And… more on that later 😉

Retro Truck Tee

I value writing, which is a part of making art. But I’ve spent too much time talking about that on this site when I have posted.

And one other thing I know… I know my life is too changeable right now to make declarations about when I will post, what I will post about and so forth. So, no guarantees. I’m going to take that pressure off myself (and if I know myself, which I sometimes do, that will mean more posts). And I’m not looking for a rhyme or reason anymore. This is simply about my life. That means I’m going to write about what I’m doing for friends and family (and extended internet friends too, of course 😉 ), and that’s it.

The theme is beauty in life and everyday art, in all kinds of different manifestations.

I hope you’ll stick around as I hop around and figure out what that means.

A day in the life of…

Actually, make that a morning in the life of…

Okay, so I’m writing this for me. Don’t read it, it’s not really for you.

That being said, if you’re still reading… stop it! okay fine, you can read, but don’t comment.

It’s not even 10 am.  I sat down around 8:27 to spend an hour on my social network sites, namely facebook and twitter.  Trying to be disciplined and all that jazz, don’t want to get addicted or let it eat my life, yada yada.  My hour went something like:

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The Mommyhood

So it’s been well over 2 months since I posted. I have a four and half month old and a business to run. But, gosh, do I miss blogging! So I’m back. And I started two out of four (well, five if you count this one) sentences with “So” which is boring and evidence that I must need to write more frequently for my own health and grammatical well being.

Anyway, I have actually been up to a few projects and I have a couple of awesome up-cycling things in the works, one of which isn’t baby related, as in you don’t have to make it for a baby, I happen to be making it for Eli’s room, but you wouldn’t have to… make it for Eli’s room that is, unless you want to, but I can’t see him needing more than one.  Rag rug.  Yes, I’m crocheting a rag rug out of sheets, tablecloths and unused stash fabric that was long overdue for a home in a project.  I’m taking pics, and will post a whole how to and how I did it post in a week or so (knock on wood).

And the other project is upcycled and artsy, though baby-related, and I can’t share it cause I’m making one for Eli, but also at least one more for a friend’s baby, so you’ll have to wait till after I give it to them. And I don’t know when that will be.

I know, I’m literally writing a stream of consciousness post and probably none of you are still reading, but hey, this is my blog and this is making me happy.

I’m actually very happy in general.  I love this whole mommy business.  Especially after I came to the realization that motherhood (well parenting too, but I’m a mom, so I’m saying motherhood) is an actual spiritual discipline.

And yes, spiritual disciplines come in handy as well, but the practice of motherhood requires multiple ones a the same time and is in itself a spiritual discipline.  Being a mom requires patience, flexibility, and the ability to pay full attention to one tiny person for sometimes extended periods of time. It involves sitting on the floor watching your baby kick just because it makes him happy to look  up and see you there and to see that you’re paying attention to him.

It requires the disciple of presence, actual undivided presence, an act that is all too often lost to us as we listen to the messages that we should be multi tasking our lives, but I don’t want to multi-task my baby.  I’m committing to times of undivided attention, breastfeeding times being some of them, and then I try to have at least one other time a day when he just gets my whole attention for a while while he plays or we play depending on what mood he’s in.

And I’ve discovered at least most days this gift of presence gives back to me in that it seems to help him feel secure enough in my attention and my willingness to come when he needs me that he is then okay on his own now for some periods of time while I get some other things I have to to done.

More on this later, this post is getting long, but I’m glad to be back, and I look forward to starting to catch up on everyone’s blogs as I can.