Photo Diary: Weekend Productions

Monday, December 10, 2012






One great thing about blogging is that every now and again it can reveal parts of yourself you maybe didn't realize existed. I am not sure if this qualifies being put in the great revelation department but I am seeing through my blog that I have a serious affinity for glitter and woodland creatures.

This weekend I finally did a little holiday decorating and busted out several orders. I have to admit it can be alarming seeing orders coming in at the rate they do during this time of year,(as embroidery is many wondrous things, it is also really time consuming). So it was really great finally getting a couple big stacks ready for the mailman. Now I officially have a big dent in my orders and another 30 hours of weekend movie watching under my belt.

I placed some online orders of my own for christmas present gathering and even did a little shopping out in the land of the living. My kids are "done" - that's in quotes because I always find more and more stuff to get them, they are way too easy to shop for. M+L have always gotten wooden, waldorfy type toys, like blocks and trains and puzzles, felt food and animals - no guns, no noisy contraptions, no blinking lights, just toys that stimulate the imagination. It's been pretty easy considering they weren't much exposed to all the wonders of plastic goodness in the world and were happy with my selections, but this year they know what they want. So I put my parenting ideals and shop-small-businesses morals aside and bought what was on their wish list. Milo wanted a Baby Alive, the one that "eats, pees and poops." I can justify this by the fact that he wants a doll. Of course this doll only says mommy and is 100% geared towards girls, which I find quite irritating and makes me not want to support a company that promotes ridiculous gender stereotypes, but all he wants is this doll, so he gets to be a mommy for christmas. Luca wants a giant plastic dinosaur that is made by a giant plastic company. But Luca is convinced that he is going to be a T-rex when he grows up and every time he says it: Mama, when I am a T-rex someday you can come to my house in the forest . . ., my heart melts into a giant puddle, so he, of course, got his dinosaur. Then I did the unthinkable, the unimaginable and also bought them a kindle fire hd for christmas. Yep, as I was talking to one of the guys about which tablet to get my four year olds, and he gave me that "look," I realized, I am one of those parents that buys tablets for their toddlers. Eek! I bought my older, Fisher, a present he doesn't want to nurture an interest he doesn't have, or as I like to say an interest he does't know he has yet. Awesome I know.  (I got him lots of other stuff he actually does want too.)

Happy Hanukkah! Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and checked off some things on your merry to-do list - hopefully fun things like putting up the tree, drinking cocoa and gazing at holiday lights.

25 comments:

  1. Gaaaawww!! Why does M+L sound like an adorable character popped out from a movie!! Just thinking L saying he'll be a t-rex someday and will invite you into the forest is tooo awwdorable!!

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    1. they are like little critters. they are really cute kids, i know every mom says that, but these guys, everyone just fawns over them.

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  2. Hello Plumed,

    My dear, unfortunately, also the toys have sex! Always divided between males and females!. My 3 year and a half son is convinced that he is spider man and always climbs on all walls!. Your work is amazing!.I love the little glitter deer and the silver owl.
    Baci,Eva

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    1. haha, they recently just discovered spiderman too, but luckily they haven't tried climbing the walls yet : ) xo

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  3. Sounds like a busy weekend. :) Absolutely love your glitter animals - really need some here.
    Have a beautiful day!
    x

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    1. thank you, apparently i really like glittered animals : )

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  4. Phew! Sounds like an insanely busy weekend! I always have visions of you surrounded by tons of orders with movies going on in the background! I’d love to see a picture of this giant plastic T-rex. How big is giant?

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    1. haha, meghan, that is a true image! now just picture twin toddlers wrestling on the floor in front of me as well, and that is my life right now! the t-rex isn't that big, but big for me and my house. it's like 2 feet tall???

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  5. I did part of my Christmas shopping this past weekend too, but still have a few more gifts to buy. I love the owl ornament. You should know that I've had a kind of an owl obsession lately. :)

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    1. i think owls and christmas go together pretty well, i don't know why but i think they do.

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  6. Speaking of revelations, I'm just now learning that M+L are named Milo and Luca, which are pretty much two of my favorite names of all time. In fact, both are on my future baby names list. Goodness, I think I fell in love with you a little more just now! I love that they asked for such adorable presents, and I totally commend you for avoiding the plastic-noisy-toys as long as you could. Valiant effort! I hope to do the same with my kids one day, assuming by the time I have kids we all don't have some microchip in our brain that's an iPhone/Kindle/game system/cell phone in one.

    What movies did you watch this weekend?

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    1. milo pollux and luca sparrow are their names. haha, well they will still have all of their "good" toys and i guarantee that they will still play with them more. i guess that's why i am not to worried about it, they love their wooden toys and they won't be replaced. as far as the kindle goes, that's just pretty bad parenting but i really want my iphone back!

      i watched kramer vs kramer; i LOVE dustin hoffman in the 70's, such a brilliant actor. i also watched safety not guaranteed, i liked it a lot. and i watched a couple christmas movies. then i watched waaay too many episode of the show parenthood but it was much better than i expected it be and it made my work go really fast!

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  7. I'm starting to wonder if we might be the same person, maybe. At least you're showing me sides of myself (glitter and woodland animals) that I quite like too. And we too purchase not just for who our son is now, but for the person we anticipate that he'll become. What kind of mothers would we be if we did not?!

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    1. yes, i could see us having a lovely time fawning over glittery animals and talking about our boy over a glass of wine. hopefully fisher likes his present, but i guess that's what gift receipts are for if he doesn't, right? ; )

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  8. I love your little noel sign on the window, and I looove all of those packages that you have to send! I bet that makes you happy!
    The toys for your boys sound awesome! I think those wooden, classic types are the kind of toys I will be happy to buy when I have kids too! I love that you bought them a Kindle Fire, you're an awesome mom :)

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  9. Your choice is always the right one

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  10. I love all the glitter in this post :) I have also discovered an affinity to glitter, but unfortunately my husband has an almost irrational hatred of the stuff. I still find ways to sneak it onto my Christmas ornaments. I love your embroidery! I'm trying to embroider two Christmas presents this year, and I've definitely watched more Christmas movies as a result!

    I don't have kids yet, but I already have the mommy ideals of Waldorf wood and felt toys, no batteries and plastics. So I know in the back of my head that's all my future children will want :). You are a good mom to relax your ideals to get them what they want. And I think a tablet is a great idea, just think of how much that will stimulate their imagination!

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  11. I spent a few hours this week looking at baby / toddler stuff for various little kids in my life - I kind of wanted to buy it all! That's a little bit darling that your Milo wants to be a mommy for Christmas.

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  12. I love the little noel sign on your window, and I looove all of those packages that you have to send! I bet that makes you happy!
    The toys for your boys sound awesome!

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  13. I love all your pictures, and most of all your stories about what your kids wanted for christmas and how your little boy wants you to come visit him in the forest one day. My heart would melt too! Hope you are able to slow down soon {although it's always good to be busy} and enjoy some holiday treats for yourself--you deserve it! :)

    xo Mary Jo

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  14. "When I am a T-rex" That is too precious. Oh my. Also love that little sparkly deer. Too pretty.

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  15. "M+L have always gotten wooden, waldorfy type toys, like blocks and trains and puzzles, felt food and animals - no guns, no noisy contraptions, no blinking lights, just toys that stimulate the imagination." -- This reminds of all the hopes I had for my children. Then, grandparents happened and I lost the battle. Well, I did speak up this year and requested board games, art supplies, and a trampoline. ;)
    I bet it feels so good to complete a chunk of your orders! Do you hand embroider all your pillows? Your home is looking really lovely, and I'm loving your theme of gold, sparkly, and woodland creatures.

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  16. The bambi looks adorable. I had no idea that such sophisticated dolls were being made! Sounds a bit scary but also like fun.

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  17. "A serious affinity for glitter and woodland creatures" :)))) Christine, I always admire your very clean, simple, airy and restrained style, the last thing I would associate you with is glitter :))))
    PS: That NOEL garland is strikingly beautiful, so you!

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