One of my favorite bridal shower and house warming gifts to give are homemade kitchen towels. Each set of towels I make are different from the most recent set made, taking the bride’s or wife’s personality and style into account.
Good morning! Here’s to another winter full of surprises. Annabelle and Ainsleigh have discovered snow for the first time ever this winter. They seem to handle the cold better than their sisters. And we’re getting ready for a household of little people coming over this morning. So I’ll see you for tomorrow’s Projects Revisited.
the sleepy time gal
Shout Yes for fruit bars! A 100% whole grain bar sweetened by fruit and agave. Yes, I’m proud to say that after experimenting yesterday, there is no refined sugar (or refined flour, for that matter) in these bad boys. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor: toasted pecan topping, glazed cranberry, raisin, and date filling, and oat based crust.
I’ve longed for the return of sewing with these cold months that keep us home bound. I started some winter skirts that weren’t finished in time for Christmas that have been on my mind. Penguin corduroy that I bought in high school. I can’t imagine what in the world I was going to make to wear with it, but I’ve been holding on to it for a while.
This weekend we’ve been enjoying many of our frozen blueberries from summer. I’m trying to experiment with alternative sweeteners (with my pledge to no refined sugar) which was no excuse for why I somehow missed sweetening the blueberry muffins. Bobby and I noticed but the kids kept those muffins coming, not caring in the least that they were technically blueberry biscuits. It is rewarding as a mother when I notice their tolerance for less sugar (or none!) in a world of sickening sweet. Apparently just the sweetness of the blueberries was quite all right for them.
I was given my Granny’s wooden embroidery hoops well before I even understood the concept of embroidery. They were exactly what I was needing for the perfect focal point for the basement playroom. I wanted an aesthetic room for children and their mamas, for playdates, conversation, and my sewing happening just on the other side of the room…
How would I define this past year on this blog? Real life with my family and creating as we go. I hope you enjoy this small collection of some of my favorite moments and creations. As I looked through thousands of photos of last year, I came up with a grand idea. Fridays will no longer be The Sleepy Time Tip but will now be Projects Revisited. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about that. There were so many creations and learning experiences while creating this year that I don’t want to get lost as new life and experiences are shared in this space.
Are you still trying to find the rhythm in your days this new year? I’m in the process of trying to figure out how much order I really want right now after a couple of months of little structure. How much of “going with the flow” takes away from organized productivity? Is that why keeping up my house just isn’t happening? (I must admit, my bathrooms are spotless, nothing else, but the bathrooms look pretty darn good.)
Thank you for your thoughtful words about my health yesterday. Ironically yesterday was a better day for me. (Probably because I gave my body a break and didn’t eat until dinner. Too bad I can’t do that every day.) I’ll definitely keep you posted as I experiment with my health.
Happy New Year! I’m up early this new morning and year. It feels good. I just decided to erase the very lengthy and draining essay I was going to post about something difficult going in my little world.
Let me try this again but a bit more upbeat.