Monday, May 19, 2008

an evening stroll

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Towards the end of what I read was called "the arsenic hour" last week, Milo, Nate and I decide to take a stroll around the block, to soothe our souls and clear our heads. I took some photos of the many sights we encountered in the are some of the favorites.

evening azaleas

Friday, May 16, 2008


Many moons ago, back in the early 80's I would wake at 6am on the weekends and catch
this show on CBS. It was about a boy named Chris who somehow through the television
found a girl named Ingrid in a space colony. They would speak through the TV & share
Laurel & Hardy shorts and a puppet show called the Edge of Time. It was an odd show,
& when I would ask my peers about it, they would not know what I was talking about.
It was really exciting that Chris knew the show. At least we knew that we didn't dream it up,
it was on quite early and the premise of the program was kinda wonky.
Well last night I implored Chris to go online to find some information, perhaps a name to
the show.....
Low and behold......Starstuff.
A show produced in Philly in the early 80's for one season.
Apparently we weren't the only ones who thought we were dreaming...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

bunny love

bunny love
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
This past Saturday I was turned loose on the sales & came away with some sweet finds. This little blue bunny (not to be confused with this blue bunny) has a real cotton tail....I've never seen a cotton ball dispenser quite so clever, although my Mom assured me they have been around for quite some time.

To compliment this little hopper I found this blue tray, which will match the blue room.

They hadn't quite made it to the blue room yet & have been hanging out in the dining room, where I found them this morning...not quite sure how the silk rose got there, but it was striking. I think altogether like that will look quite lovely on the bureau....

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

our new arrival

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Ray's Junkyard is filling up fast. This weekend Chris picked up this 1977 VW Westy from Maryland. What fun it is dissecting & cleaning 31 years of dirt & fun. I don't think the man who owned it cleaned it out once. There was a whole collection of "beetleskins" in the glove box, plus various bits of ephemera scattered under seats, behind cabinets & such. There were bottles, clothes, tools, books, a pill box with the alien from Borroughs Naked Lunch...
Here are some photos....a veritable feast for the eyes....

back side window
back hatch door

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Easy-to-Make Old Fashioned Rag Doll

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
For Milo's Birthday he received a birthday package from his Tanta Sue from a Toy Garden. In it was not only 2 kits for Milo to put together but a little gift for me, too The Easy-to-Make Early American Folk Dolls Pattern Book.  The book details 12 doll patterns & some history of primitive dolls and american doll history. It was an enjoyable read & bonus, the patterns weren't hard to follow at all.  I have an aversion to patterns generally but was eager to get started with this...only after I helped Milo with his kits first, mind you....
This was my first attempt in making a doll. Its been on my mind for about 15 years...I had been wanting to make one for my cousin Genevie when she turned she will be 16 at the end of this month....I am thinking it might be a bit late...
The doll making was a great learning experience and she turned out pretty good for a first try. Luckly I ran into some organic wool and cotton yarn this weekend at a flea market for 75 cents a skein so this little lovely can have some hair. Still flumoxed on how to add hair since it wasn't quite detailed in the pattern book. basically I just sewed it on with embroidery floss which seem to double as "barrettes".  I am enjoying the black cotton yarn, but if you look at her from behind, her hair appears to be dreadlocks, which I guess is kind of normal for yarn hair.... 

Here is a full was great making the dress too...It came together alot easier than I thought.  A lot of fun too!
We delivered little miss to Bayliegh, Tanta Sue's daughter, this afternoon. She loved on her right away.  Speaking of loved on her....

here is Chris giving her some love before we walked out the door. I must go now, I am itching to cut out some more doll parts before the little one wakes up for some milk....

Saturday, May 10, 2008

this is what a mother looks like....

What a mother looks like....
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
a little mother's day photo of me nursing in front of the computer....

Thursday, May 08, 2008

the BAG

the BAG
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
What seems like forever ago, the time before Nate came, I made a bag. It was intended to be The Nappy Bag by Amy Butler, but my adversion to getting through an actual pattern took me away from it to go on my own bagging adventure, to some mixed results. On my way to the induction and following birth of my second son, I was feverishly sewing up the bag, mere minutes before we left for the hospital. It made me feel good knowing it was coming along.
I wanted the bag big, to stash all those incidentals that having two kids require you carry; drinks, coats, snacks, balls, diapers, change of cloths, a bit of craft and the I needed it to be roomy, yet lightweight. Here is the result....
I love the bag....its different & can handle all the things that I need to carry, but I think it might be too big....sometimes when I am wearing Nate in the sling, with the bag slung around back, people think I have two children...& really, its soo big, I could truly fit 3 Nate's in the there. It size has made it an object of jest.
Honestly, things do get lost in my phone, or heaven forbid the I am debating, whether to scale down this one, or just make one a bit smaller? I was impressed that I pulled that one off, with only a few alterations towards the end.....& this BIG bag does have its place sometimes....
I also whipped up a changing pad....
matching changing pad
But I think that the bag needs to stick around...we all know that I think big = beautiful...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Cinco de Milo

Cinco de Milo
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
& you catch me every day
little one
with your unfailing adventure,
your curiousity
& your ability to make me smile.

getting on the ball

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
These little lovelies are from the "Bend the Rules Sewing" Book by Amy Karol. They are quite simple to make and also its so nice to see Nate in them!
I really enjoy the calendar one. Its made from a vintage tea towel, circa 1978....I made sure his November is on there. I am excited to make more of them. There simplicity adds to my "speed demon" sewing side. In Amy's Book she lists the different sewing types. I believe I identify with the speed demon. I like quality, fair enough, but I enjoy swing something simple, that moves along quickly and have lots to show at the end of a session.....

Saturday, May 03, 2008


So I thought I might keth-up & play along with some post-ness....lets see if I get all them all in, minus the 2 that I have already missed...perhaps I will make them up in June.

We are hectic getting ready for Milo's Birthday Party today...there is hummus to be made & a cake to be decorated.....a shirt to be appliqued...

hopefully the rain will hold till tomorrow!