Wednesday, December 31, 2008

happy new year!

Wishing everyone a super-sparkly New Year!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Front Page!

My social climber dress was featured on the front page of etsy... and I missed it! Can you believe it?! However, thanks to the awesome flickr group Etsy Front Pagers I was able to see a screen shot of the lovely yellowy treasury... thank you Etsy Front Pagers!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

more dresses...

, originally uploaded by varenia.

In the process of putting together some color combos and designs with Piper's upcoming birthday in mind, I've come up with this dress... I love the new Amy Butler fabric with the Anna Maria Horner, makes it somehow more cheery and more spring-y. I don't know if this is exactly what I want for Piper's birthday, but it's close, especially the colors. Piper LOVES purple and orange. Especially together. Some may say she has her Mama's love of color.

I'll also post a photo of her Christmas dress soon, it turned out so cute... as for Apple, I made her a dress but she always has another plan. She opted for a t-shirt from Santa (pink of course) and a summer skirt. That's my Apple.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

silent night

silent night, originally uploaded by varenia.

We are continuing the festivities at full throttle today, gearing up for a cozy Christmas eve... plenty of cookie baking, story reading, and last minute preparations to finish. May all of your Christmases be magical and merry!

Monday, December 22, 2008

smiles & snuggles

first smiles...

Jack's been smiling on and off for a couple weeks, but they've been of the sporadic "catch-me-if-you-can" variety until today. Upon wakening and being charmed by both my sweet little love and the early morning light I grabbed my camera and was able to capture a few of these precious firsts.


Hey, Jack, would you like some ham with that cheese?!... Oh, that face. I thought for sure I'd be a mess at this age, as it means unofficially, of course, that the newborn stage is over. But when I see those smiles... I had also forgotten how amazing it is once babies are able to stay quietly alert during feedings. Although I loved those first nursings, they all ended up with Jack induced into the "newborn coma" and now he wants to nurse just to say hi to me, to stare at me, to have me hold him while we both say so much, and nothing at all, all at the same time.


Life is good.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

quilted baby blanket

quilted baby blanket, originally uploaded by varenia.

A gift for one of my sweet customers who has a new baby boy about the same age as Jack... It's really more of a patchwork blanket, than a "quilt", as there is no batting between the layers, but it is pretty thick as it's backed in super-soft vanilla fleece. I love how this turned out, and hope the new baby loves it, too.
all wrapped up
quilted blanket

Friday, December 12, 2008

what it's like

At least once a day I'm asked two questions: "How do you do it?!" and "What is life like with four kids so close in age?!"

The answer to the first question is simple: I don't. I would like to volunteer more at Rye's school, and in his classroom, but I know that that's really not possible for us right now, so I just try to juggle what I say "yes" to... I don't feel compelled to cook every meal myself-- Richard actually does more of the cooking in the evenings than I do, and on the weekends. I really just try to enjoy this fleeting, magical time of early childhood, even in the midst of meltdowns and diaper blowouts, because I figure the cooking and cleaning will always be there.

And the answer to what it's like? Of course it's ever-changing, but there are some constants that we can count on:

There's always someone there to comfort you when you're crying...

And on the flip side, if you're not crying, there's probably someone who can oblige with that, too...

... and we try to remember that even when we're not putting our best faces forward...

there's always beauty to be found in the messes that we've made.

Yes, some days are easier than others. But when all is said and done, and all four babes are tucked in at night, and the house is finally quiet, all I really know is that we've been truly blessed by these four kiddos, beyond any expectation that I ever could have had.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

spin, spin.... spin the blue circle

piper love.

pilgrims wear vespas

pilgrims wear vespas, originally uploaded by varenia.

yes, another of rye in his pilgrim hat... i couldn't resist. note i finally finished his scooter pants ;).


evergreen, originally uploaded by varenia.

skirts and such for the shop...

here, kitty kitty

here, kitty kitty, originally uploaded by varenia.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Getting so big! 2 months old now...

I love how he still clenches his little fists, but he is starting to reach out and swipe at things~ mostly my hair. Ouch.

Monday, December 1, 2008

ruffler blouse in mod dots

, originally uploaded by varenia.

New blouse for the shop... I can't decide how I like the sleeves best... this blouse has elasticized sleeves, and the mermaid ruffler has elbow length flare sleeves... Hmmmm. Decisions, decisions.