Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Month in Review: March 2016

Happy March! #springiscoming #tulips #flowers #floral #march #happymarch

March. The time of the year when I start bringing in any and all flowers and greenery to attempt to stave off winter blues. This year, it was also the time of Piercen's crazy work schedule, my mom's visit, and Holy Week/Easter.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Luther's Half Birthday: 3.5

Happy 1/2 birthday my dearest boy! #happyhalfbirthday #threeandahalf #children #childhood #son

Luther's third half birthday occurred on December 6 when we were down in Tennessee visiting my parents. Mom made him a 1/2 birthday flag, and we bought cupcakes at a local bakery that we cut in half. We sang half of "Happy Birthday" to him. And then we ate the other half of our cupcakes, because you can't really just eat half of one.

Happy half birthday dearest love!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Shop Looks!

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And we're back, with some exciting news. Today Etsy is introducing the new look for shops. I'm super into it. I love the bold cover photo, the bigger listing photos, and the streamlined page that makes it much easier to view shops on mobile devices.

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As with all changes, these can take a little while to get used to, but I think shop owners are going to come to appreciate the new look.

UPDATE (9:45am): I'm not sure when the new look is going live. I had thought it would be 12:01am on April 5, but so far no dice . . . . I'll keep you updated!

UP-UPDATE (3:15pm): The new looks are live, at least to some sellers and buyers. Looks like the changes are being rolled out slowly so that Etsy can make necessary tech adjustments as needed. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

New in the Shop

Vintage French Black and White Striped Espresso Cups and Saucers
Two Vintage Country Western Old Fashioned Lowball Glasses with Leather Cozies
Four Vintage Blue and White Shot Glasses
Vintage Milk Glass Juice Bottle with Orange Grove Scene

The "newest" shop items. There aren't as many this week, reasons being the kids and I spent all day yesterday being outside in the beautiful, sunny, 70 degree weather. Then today we ran errands, lunched with friends, had tea and cookies with our old landlady who happens to be turning 95 next week, and went thrift store shopping for kids clothes. 

This weekend will include cleaning for my mom's visit next week, finishing up the shelving in the kitchen, and Piercen working on his final (FINAL! hallelujah!) grant proposal for the season. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Month in Review: January and February 2016

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In January, we finally got a decent snow; around 6-8 inches. Not enough to shut down our road though so that we could go sledding down it; a joy denied to me last year (re: preggo). 
For previous Januarys (-ies?), see 2015, 2014, and 2013.

February 2016
"Mama, why is it taking so long for spring to come?"
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We discovered a park nearish our house: great playground, wobble seats, swings, a large field, and picnic tables. 
February 2016
Someone loves swinging. 
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February was lovely and warm (for February in New England). January's snow melted away and it started to feel like spring. I always get a bit nervous when warm days come earlier than expected; I fear my brain will start thinking it REALLY is spring, and then when it REALLY is not, I'll get super depressed. So far that has not happened but it's still early days . . . 

Sinclair loves to swing. Like sits in the seat, mad woman cackling, loves to swing. It's the best. Luther has never really enjoyed swinging so it's nice to have a kid who appreciates one of the true joys of childhood. 
For a previous February, see 2015

Monday, March 7, 2016

Life Recently

Monday morning. #instaluther #art #artist #paint #painting #kids #children #childhood
Luther is happiest doing art projects; 
preferable ones that involve paint and glue. 
So much painting this week. #instaluther #artist #painting #children #childhood #humanities4thewin
We've made our own "sprouting" tree from fallen branches and green construction paper, watercolor raindrops for the windows, and various other decor and art pieces. 
She only wants Papa to hold her in the morning. #babiesofinstagram #babygirl #papasgirl #daddysgirl #kids #children #childhood
Piercen has had to work crazy hours on his second of three grant proposals; 
during which time Sinclair decided that he was her favorite person in the world. She sobs and sobs whenever he leaves in the morning for work. 
 Sometimes dinner is just that good. Particularly when it is 98% peanut butter. #instasinclair #dinner #lickthebowl #peanutbutter #children #childhood
Our pediatrician is a bit concerned about Sinclair's lack of weight gain, so she's had to be on a dairy-free (the horror!) diet for the past month to see if an allergy is causing the problem. So there's been lots of bread and peanut butter on Sinclair's menu. 
  That's me on the couch, trying to nap. #thatsmeinthecorner #naptime #motherhood #parenthood #norestforthewicked
Both kids have had their sleep cycles a bit off 
which means that mine's been off too. 
 "I'm sorry you're sad, Mama. I will get you something cold from that cold box (the freezer) to put on your head and then you will feel better." #instaluther #motherhood #caretaker #motherandson
Who needs sleep when you have a sweet boy who wants to make everything better for you?! 

P is home and I'm going to bed, but here's an earlier shot of L playing in today's snow shower. #newengland #growingupnewengland #instaluther #kids #children #childhood #snowday #snow #winter
A dusting of snow last week; perhaps the last of the season?! Temps this week are expected to hit the upper 60s. 
Our weekend saw the completion of this beautiful structure in the kitchen. Home reno project ✔️✔️ #homerenovation #shelving #kitchen #homeownership
And this marvelousness is the kitchen shelving that Piercen designed and put together in the kitchen. 

Happy Monday!

Friday, March 4, 2016

New in the Shop

Vintage Red Wire Basket
Two Vintage Amber Glass Candleholders
Vintage Amber Iridescent Glass Vase
Vintage Brownie 8mm Movie Camera
Five Vintage Black Glass Dessert Compote Dishes

Vintage Soup shop update from this week. I have promised myself that I will photograph items for Vintage Soup Closet today. Clothing is just that much harder/more annoying to photograph, and I tend to avoid doing it far more than I should.

This weekend will hopefully include finishing up the new shelving in the kitchen and getting Sinclair's picture taken for her passport application. 

Happy weekending!
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