Autumn wreath

We collected some autumn leaves a few days ago and melted some beeswax. (Our beeswax is red because I added some old bits of colored beeswax candles to our pot.)

We then dipped the leaves in the wax. All of the kids had a go at it. They were dry within minutes.

To assemble the wreath, I hot glued the leaves onto an old wooden wreath base that I had in my garage. It is lovely!

Handwork loose ends

I love handwork. I love making things with my hands. I love the process and the product. Through mostly the process, as the product isn’t always what I was envisioning.

My handwork books and supplies have been in major disarray after we had to turn our craft room into the Zoo room for our guinea pigs and rabbit. Last night I finally tackled it all and it makes me want to get busy on my long list of things i want to make.

I didn’t take a before picture, but it’s so lovely now! I even have a whole drawer for my doll making supplies!

Today, I started chiseling away at my in-progress list. I decided before I dive into anything new, I had to tighten down and focus on the projects I’ve begun. The only exceptions I’ve made were for some crochet baskets that we badly needed in the play room, and a sweet little doll that was a present for my friend’s daughter.

Today I finished a sweater for my baby, and a baby hat that is now much too small for him and has become a doll hat.

This is my list now. I’m thinking I’ll work on the fairy mobile next. It’s a little kit that I bought last summer and I really want to get it made and hung up.

Self care and fridges

Pictures from our day.

I feel like we entered a new level of homemaking today since we purchased a second refrigerator. I got it used for $50 and it’ll live in the garage next to our chest freezer. My teen thinks it’s hilarious and slightly embarrassing to have two fridges, but I assured him that it’s quite common. We will finally have space for all the veggies that we juice and lots of extra fruit! I’m a little too excited about it.

The sleepless baby saga continues as we wait for that tooth. It isn’t too bad, but it does mean I’m much too tired to wake early, before my kids, to do much self-care. Waking up at the same time as my kids, feet hitting the ground when I wake, isn’t my ideal. In fact, my favorite time to wake up is 4:30am. But with a baby now, that isn’t happening and probably won’t for a good year more. So i settle for 5:30 most mornings, and the first child (usually the baby) usually at 6. For me, self-care can be anything that fills my cup. Meditation. Long showers. Cup of tea and a good audio book. A book I enjoy. Journaling. Making things. Just sitting and enjoying the silence.

But I have a lot of patience these days, this being my fourth baby. I look forward to the days when I have more time to myself, but I am also deeply savoring these days of child rearing that slip by so quickly. I know all too well that in a few years, my days of babies will be over. So for now, I’m quite content to just be here, now, and enjoy where I’m at, squishy baby snuggles and little time to myself. It’s all perfect.

Baking day

Thursdays are my baking day. I’m down one child and we have a more relaxed day, generally. Today I made 5 loaves of bread, 3 sourdough and 2 yeasted. All but one will go into the freezer to be eaten over the next 1-2 weeks.

This is no-knead sourdough that I started last night. I bake it in a ducth oven.

Mixing up the dough for today’s baking. The bowl on the left become two sandwich loaves and the other smaller bowl, a sourdough boule each.

The loaf on the left has already been tucked into. And my sandwich loaves are a tad brown as my new oven runs hotter than I am used to.

I love the magic of sourdough. My sourdough is around 3 years old now. I started it myself and it took about a month to really start rising the bread. But my family prefers yeasted sandwich bread so I still bake some of that, as well.