Success!!

Success!!

Today was hair day. One year of trying. Two hours, ten minutes of intense braiding. We have cornrows.

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A Crown for the Birthday Boy (Tutorial)

A Crown for the Birthday Boy (Tutorial)

Tomorrow is e’s 5th birthday! And in typical fashion, everything is fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants and I decided to make him a birthday crown tonight. Since reading Amanda Soule’s book and seeing her cute crowns, I’ve always wanted to make one. Did I consult her book tonight? Nope. Just forged my own way. Ahh…well. I thought I would write it down for you and add some photos in case you have ever wanted to make one, too. It really wasn’t hard-the most time consuming part was the handstitching at the end, which isn’t necessary, but I thought it finished it off in a nice way. First, I cut out three crown shapes out of regular felt. Now, I would have┬áloved to use wool felt but I don’t have the budget for that and since I...

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What “p” food shall we have next?

What “p” food shall we have next?

Warning: guest post.┬áSo H has decided that I (j) should write this post about … drumroll … our latest investment. Now. The term investment is a bit of a joke ’round these parts (our home), because of its utter misuse by H. She will come to me with the most sincere of looks, usually some sort of advertisement in hand, to tell me of the latest thing she’d like to have. And it’s always presented as an investment. “J, I really think we should invest in (such-and-such).” And that such-and-such might be anything from air freshener to bird seed. She used to truly misuse the term; now it’s pretty much just a household joke. It’s a good laugh. So, all that to say … … this one really is an investment. It...

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Cob Oven Cultivating Community

The 36-Hour Dinner Party article from the New York Times sat on the computer screen for several days. I knew what was in our future. These are the sort of things dear j loves to experiement with; I am (generally) happy to follow along. This little experienent has consumed much of the weeks in the months of October and November and I am sure we are wiser for it. The site was chosen, a friends house…although I am sure our backyard will soon be graced with a similiar beehive shaped fire breathing oven. The first test oven was built mainly without our assistance, but we were able to eat much from that first little cob. Cookies, breads, venison, pizzas and the most delicious plum crisp my mouth has ever savored. I know something magical happened to that crisp as...

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E rides

When c first rode his bike without training wheels, e, of course wanted his off. Since he was so convinced he could do it, I took them off… …and put them back on the next day after he realised he couldn’t do it. But the seed was sown and not much later at all, he was ready to try again. This time, he took off and never looked back. Here’s a bit of video of him riding. This is only a day after he first learned!

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c sheds the wheels

April 3, 2010. The day c decided to ditch the training wheels. He just hopped on, and rode off. He’s hardly stopped since. Take a look. This video is of the day he took them off. Quite a lot happened in this one day. P.S. A cookie for whoever identifies the artist/track in the video.

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