Tuesday, September 17, 2013

elsewhere, mostly

Oh, I miss you. Sniff.

I've been elsewhere. And I will probably be staying elsewhere (mostly) for a while. Exciting things are happening and they will (mostly) be taking place over there where I need to be.

So. Will you come visit me, elsewhere?

Because in the process of cleaning out the Beloved Yarn Cabinet to make room for school books and handwriting stuff and sensory toys, oh my...

I discovered some...extras.

A pair of mittens in a gorgeous blue (size preemie/newborn to six months, $11 retail).

A felted pair of green striped mittens with a connecting string that - I think? - someone ordered a year or two ago and never paid for (size 0-12 months, $22 retail).

An extra newborn hat that is exactly like one I already had listed (size preemie/newborn, $19 retail). Yay!

What to do with them, though?

A giveaway, of course. An utterly shameless, unapologetic promotion for where I've been spending so much time lately, and we can bump into each other a little more often.

Autumn is here. Baby showers are on the way. Christmas is coming and these are perfect stocking stuffers for expectant mamas or their new wee ones...

Entries as follows:

- Like Copperlight Wood's facebook page. (+1 entry)

- Subscribe to Copperlight Wood - click on the link, scroll down, at the bottom of the right margin. Email address only. No cost, no spam, no sales pitches, no worries. (+3 entries)

- If you like what you see there, recommend our page to your friends and ask them to post on the facebook page, telling me that you sent them, so I know it was you! (+1 entry each)

Then your friends can enter, too!

-Oh. And i f you already follow/fan/subscribe...you already have entries if you want them. :) Just let me know you want to be entered! (comment here or post on the page - thanks!)

Giveaway runs from, oh, now through...next Tuesday, 9/24. One week.


Much easier, at least, than figuring out what to do with four new boxes of school supplies. See you soon!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

through wind and water

Tornados and floods. Hell and high water.

Want to help us help them?

From now through June 15th we are donating all funds raised to benefit tornado recovery in Oklahoma and surrounding states and also one of our own local communities, the village of Galena, that was flooded this week. All funds raised will be sent to Samaritan's Purse (for tornado recovery) and local ministries (for Galena recovery).

Help us clear our shelves. Really, we want them emptied. We have exciting news that we will be sharing with you later this year about why we are so happy to part with product, but in the meantime, would you just share this photo and send people shopping for a cause?

If we can raise attorney fees to help bring two children home, we can help these communities, too.

Please share this photo on facebook, and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a headband or kerchief of your choice. (yay!) We'll do the drawing on Friday, June 14th.

Happy shopping and sharing! 
Thanks for joining us as we pray and help 
our loved ones through hell and high water.

Friday, March 29, 2013

all things new

OH MY GOODNESS! Have you heard?!

You're kidding me. No way.

Okay, fine. I'll tell you.

We have some new scarves...and the pattern is for sale here

...and there is this amazing 
one. The colors are incredible.

Are you doing anything special for Easter weekend? 

I spent part of the afternoon feeling proud of myself because I actually remembered to hard boil two dozen eggs (last year I just completely...forgot. Not kidding). This year, though, I'm feeling pretty good - not only are we ready with the eggs, but I have wonderful intentions of dyeing them with natural dyes this year (here and here). We're going to use what we have on hand and try turmeric, paprika, blueberries... 

I've read that red cabbage makes a glorious blue color, but a certain person who shall remain nameless (but he's married to me) forgot to stop at the grocery store on the way home tonight, so maybe we'll try that another time. ;) (Update: you can see photos of how they turned out here)

Depending on how the day goes, we'll make these cookies. We'll do a mountain of laundry, and the Professor and I will hopefully get in another chapter or two of Oliver Twist before dinnertime. And, if these guys (well, this one's a gal) stay away...

 we'll send the kids outside to play. We'll see...

Want to see some new colors of headbands and kerchiefs before we go?


or, ahem... "cafe au lait"

We've had a wonderful Good Friday here, remembering why we celebrate Easter in two days.

Religious Art Abstract Painting of Jesus on the Cross Unframed Print

Sunday is coming...and He makes all things new. He is risen, indeed!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

legwarmers for little ninjas

The combination of living in Alaska, having hard floors, and constantly sliding around like a ninja is brutal on socks.

I confess that I am a knitter that refuses to knit socks. This is a result of careful observation from the above statement and simple math. 148 hours of hand knitting a pair of socks that will wear out in one season would be a huge waste of time for me.

But I do love socks. I often wear several pairs a day, and go through them like crazy due to my mad ninja skills...and no, (another confession) I never darn socks anymore. I tried a few times with some favorite pairs. For the effort put into it, the lifespan of the sock was not extended long enough for it to be worthwhile.

I used to feel so bad when favorite pairs of thick socks would wear through in the toes and heels and meet an early demise in the burn barrel. There was still this perfectly good, beautiful, thick, warm ribbing from the top of the sock and I hated to toss it.

So. I started cutting off the feet of my old socks, and saving the ribbed tubes.

I gave a pair of them to Little Miss, and for a while she wore a pair of "tubes" around the house like legwarmers...she's three...she still has short little legs. It worked for her.

But then...I thought they were so fun that I couldn't wait for my next pair of busted socks, so I could make them longer. I grabbed some sock yarn (see? I do own sock yarn, at least) and some vintage buttons.

With the cut ends in the middle, slightly overlapping, I sewed the sock tubes together with a simple whip stitch. The overlap is a little bunchy, but they're rustic-style-cute anyway, so I like it.

Keep going...

Once I got all the way around, I went back again and crossed all my stitches so they were little X's...well, some of them were decidedly V-ish. Close enough. :)

We put a few buttons on one end (could be top or bottom).

Tada! They fit me, too...but I'll have to make a different pair for myself. These are in almost constant use lately.

What else is new...oh! New pattern available for purchase in the shop as an instant download for $5. Start now and have it ready for a blustery spring or summer day...or take your time choosing the perfect bulky yarn, and have it ready for fall. The smallest size takes only a few hours of knitting. Pattern is for approx. sizes 0-6 months, 6-12 months, and 12-18 months.

We have some new hairbands and kerchiefs. This silvery blue is amaaaazing...

{I have no idea what she's doing in this photo...}

Aaaand...Big Red had a birthday. Seven. Egad, Holmes.

We are still covered in snow but longing for spring, and I found some new favorites:

Fields of Love With Teal Aqua Butterfly/ watercolor print / grey and yellow / gray and yellow / Archival PrintKnitted Dishcloths Avocado Green Kitchen Cleaning Cotton

Watercolor Herbs Card Set of 4    Green Hand Embroidered Cuff Linen Monochromatic Fiber Bracelet

Knitted dishcloths by Ewenique Essentials
Watercolor butterfly print by Kelly Burmudez
Watercolor Herbs card set by Susan Windsor
Embroidered cuff bracelet by Laurel Susan Studio

Hope you all are having a delightful end of winter. We will join you in a few months. ;)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

to pink, or not to pink?

In the words of the Professor (age 12), tomorrow is that dreaded pink day. He journaled about it, even - something like, "The girls will love it. Kissing. Hugs. Pink stuff. Hearts everywhere...but I'll warn my brothers tomorrow to run for their lives!"

This is the same kid who required that we call our parfaits "sedimentary fruit salad" because it sounded less girly.

Anyhoo, we made some cute and super-easy hearts. Don't tell the boys.

Cut strips of paper. Or, go rustic and have a child cut strips of paper.

Fold a strip of paper in half, and the fold becomes the pointy bottom of the heart.

Curve ends of paper inward and secure with glue or clear tape. 

Hang dozens of them ALL OVER the boys' room. Yes!!!

Just kidding. We hung them in the girls' room (we used clear fishing line), but you could also leave them (sans fishing line) in your husband's pickup, lunchbox, underwear drawer, etc. Scandalous.

We also found this adorable printable (with other fun ideas linked here!)

...and some beautiful work by fellow artists...

American Girl Doll Clothes - Berry Ta Dot Peasant Swing Top, Made To Order Soft Heart- Fine Art Photography print 5x7 by Alana Gillett- Ruby Red Aquamarine Teal Baby Blue Bokeh Dreamy Valentine's Day Love Wall Art

Gladiola art print by Solhful Print Shop,
Kiss Me Quick hoop art by Candykins Crafts,
American Doll clothes by Doll Closet,
Soft Heart photography print by Maria Rose Collection

Hope you all have a wonderfully pink...or not-so-pink...Valentine's Day. ♥

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

things we learned in 2012

our boys are fearless...and honest

Afton, age six: Mom, watch me do this weewee!
Me, a little startled: A what?!
Afton: A weewee, you know, wike what Mattie does on his big bike? A WEEWEE! I can do it, too!

Our son has made a baptismal tub out of exercise mats and is dunking his stuffed buddies. The first one in is a shark puppet, who has come to know Jesus and is now "a nice shahk, an' not a fewoshus man-eating creechah."
Caught Afton in the kitchen getting a large freezer ziploc baggie, looking a little suspicious. The interrogation goes like this: 
Me: What do you need a baggie for? 
Afton: For...doin' something wif it. 
Me: What are you going to do with it? 
Afton: Um...fill it wif air an' tack it to the wall. 
Me: What for?  
Afton: For an emergency. 
Me: Why would you need a baggie of air tacked to your wall in an emergency? 
Afton: In case we need a whoopie cushion.
Mattie: Hey Mom, don't worry if you hear a big crash upstairs in a minute. It's just me being adventurous.

*insert suspenseful narrator voice* Afton, being fearless as always with the pepper shaker, throws it on his corn on the cob and goes in boldly for the first bite of black-encrusted yumminess: "Mmm...OH, my." Pause. "Whoa-" -gulp- "I think I used too mu-" gack, sputter...and the rest is lost in coughing, amid hysterical laughter from his unsympathetic table mates. We have dinner entertainment every night, folks.

I asked Mattie if his room was clean, and he says yes - and then qualifies it with, "...if you're a person who's good at finding your footing."

learning English

Andrey, watching me cook dinner: Pizza?
Afton: No, wasagna. Can you say "wasagna?"
Andrey: Zanya?
Afton, jubilant: Mom! He said it almost perfectwy, he just forgot da "wuh."

Chamberlain, to Andrey, while I'm prepping potatoes for dinner: "See dis? Iss a toe-tay-toe. Can you say toe-tay-toe? Toetaytoe, Andrey!" 
After a victorious day punctuated with moments of great frustration, we capped it off with an overly cocky child demanding tabasco sauce with dinner - quickly followed by the joy of watching natural consequences ensue. The play-by-play is as follows: 
Mattie, to Andrey: Do you want this? It's called...TABASCO. (big grin)  
Me, to Mattie: Noooo!! NO! Don't offer him that! (starts to remove tabasco amid loud protests of both Mattie and his unsuspecting victim) 
Mattie: But Mom, he wants it! See?! 
Me, to Andrey: It's hot. Spicy. TOPLO. You sure you want it? 
Andrey: Da. (huge grin) 
Me: Oooookay...(motions to Andrey to just dip his finger first to taste it) 
Andrey's grin widens and he scoops a generous amount onto his fingertip. Takes a mouthful, smiles at his audience in a self-satisfyingly manner for about 1.5 seconds...and then commences convulsing and screaming as though we had done something terrible to him, to the great entertainment of everyone else. God loves me.

homeschooling: they don't always learn what you think you're teaching them...

A few large puppets + several smaller stuffed animals + elementary knowledge of childbirth = not the puppet show I was expecting to watch right after breakfast.

I'm chopping nuts with the ulu and ask the twins if they know what the name of the knife is - they both promptly answer "pizza cutter." Funny little Alaskan kids.

the life of a mama

You know you've found a great doctor when they ask "How often do you exercise?" and you answer "I have four children and a two story house without an elevator" and they are good with that.

In all the chaos of planning an overseas trip and getting ready to bring home Andrey and Reagan, I realized I had forgotten to put something crucial on our to-do list. I've fixed it now, though, and "paint toenails" has now been put in its proper place near the top of the agenda.
The cat just made a mess in three different places and I confess that I am really, really bummed that none of the kids have misbehaved tonight and earned extra chores. Being honest.  
Five minutes later: Never mind. An altercation over brushing teeth at bedtime resulted in a small injury requiring a large band-aid, and I sent the offender to go clean up cat puke. Procrastination wins.

I can't tell you how many times a day I reach for the pencil behind my ear and then realize that I am trying to write with a knitting needle.

There is some small comfort when you get ready for bed and realize that you have been entertaining the general public all day by wearing stickers all over your backside that were meticulously applied by your toddler.

Afton: Oh no!! Andrey threw it and it landed in my CUP! Now I can't drink my TEEEEA!!
Me, not thinking (obviously): It's just a crayon. Drink it.

Woke up to Chamberlain singing the ABC song on repeat right next to my head. I looked and looked for a snooze button on her, but alas...

Intercepted two crayons that were headed to go into the dryer with a clean load of laundry, and felt a little like Ethan Hunt, Mama-style. The laundry load full of favorite hoodies is saved, thankyouverymuch. *cue Mission Impossible theme*

toddlers are adorable...and dangerous

Our kids have acquired a somewhat morbid sense of humor from watching VeggieTales. Chamberlain just had a piece of carrot: she called it Laura, took a bite of it, and then softly yelled "Oww! Help!!" in a high, squeaky voice.

Ah, toddlers: Those aggravating little creatures who uproot your plants and cut the stems into pieces, then proceed to calmly reassure you that we can glue it.

Chamberlain found a dead fly and sighed, "Ohhh, poor fwy, we sould feed him some oatmeal!" Mattie informed her that the fly was dead, and she immediately grabbed a shoe and commenced beating it to a pulp. Capricious, thy name is "toddler."

The kids and I are peeling hard-boiled eggs. Chamberlain grabs an egg out of the bowl, scratches at it with no success, and puts it back, muttering, "Dis one doesn't work, eider."

Daddy wrestling with all four of the kids is all fun and games, until the toddler finds the set of nunchucks. Kapow!

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