Hi! It’s still March, right? I’m getting this post up just under the wire, of my personal March deadline. Yes, no problem. When I only post once a month, it seems like there is so much that happens!
Our lives have been a flurry of kid-paced activity these days…which is to say, sometimes I feel like we are whirling around doing a thousand things at once and sometimes I feel like time has never moved so slowly. (i.e., while I’m waiting for someone to put their own shoes on….)
I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year in Portland. It’s rainy and grey and still cold — I am sick of wearing corduroy pants and wool cardigans. I’m tired of soup. And yet — the daffodils bloom all over town early March and I feel like they are speaking to me personally! As if to say, “hold on, Mary. Spring is around the corner, summer is coming!” Have you ever seen a friendlier face than that of a daffodil? Oh, I just love them. The spring blossoms in Portland are just outrageous — all the flowering trees make it seem like a magical kingdom and their soft pinks and sweet lavenders and buoyant whites poke out in colorful majesty against the grey sky. It’s breathtaking just walking/driving/biking down the street.
Orlis and I have been busy with projects — grabbing our duo hours here and there while Lenox naps and doing messy things with them. Glueing fabric scraps to pieces of cardboard and making volcanoes with baking soda! Endless fun! This past Christmas, Orlis’ most beloved godmother gave him the greatest gift ever — a subscription to Green Kid Crafts. Every month he gets a box in the mail with 3 craft projects inside. They are great! We’ve made soap, shadow puppets, volcanoes, stuffed animals, paper lanterns, and all kinds of other cool stuff. The crafts in the box get us going and then we get craft-minded and start making up projects of our own. I love making things alongside little hands. It’s like having a new pair of eyes. Wonder-filled.
When you live in Portland, you need to have indoor hobbies. That’s what I always tell the checkout folks at the grocery store while we watch the rain outside — “it’s a good thing for indoor hobbies!” I’ve been sewing every little chance I get. Reversible sun hats for the boys (hoping the sky will take a hint), some placemats out of a table runner that I made last year and never used, a fun springy version of the Washi dress (hoping the temperatures will take a hint; I’d actually like to make about 5 more of these in every cool fabric I see), and some very cool little feather quilts for my walls. I felt these two walls flanking our little living room side window were begging for some art, so I decided to turn Anna Marie Horner’s feather quilt into some mini’s for the occasion. Anna Marie gave me the pattern, and wonderful Melissa from her blog gave me the courage. They bring such a softness to this room, and a sense of whimsy.
Mostly we are spending our days remembering to breathe through the moments that require lots of patience and reminding our hearts and bodies to laugh. Growing pains are hilarious if you allow them to be. Rough little hands can so quickly become soft hands with the right coaxing, and I know someday, I’ll sleep! In the meanwhile, summer is coming soon, and my mind shifts towards that moment when I realize we are spending more time outdoors than in. With that in mind, we have mud piles and sand piles to create for summer fun, and maybe — if it doesn’t incense the neighbors too much — the makings of an outdoor sound wall in the backyard. And in the meantime, there’s leftover birthday cake to eat and an endless supply of fabric in my studio…..
Happy Spring! See you next month….