under ten

Miss Mouse is now a little over one, which means she has reached the age where she is nosing around in cabinets, playing with sharp pencils, and sucking the little knob on the door that houses the garbage can every second of the day. Well, at least it feels that way.

A list of the things Miss Mouse feels like she needs to play with:
Tom's boots (some licking of the soles happens from time to time)
my boots (some sole licking)
Chick Pea's boots (some sole licking)
folded laundry
permanent markers
Tom's cell phone
my cell phone
the home phone
anything Chick Pea is playing with (oy!)

A list of things Miss Mouse definitely won't play with:
baby toys
wooden spoons w/ pots and pans from the kitchen, etc.
baskets of unfolded and untidy laundry (see above list)
her boots

A list of things I can't do while hanging with Miss Mouse:
vacuum (very scary)
fold laundry (clearly)
type on the computer (much protesting ensues)

What is the effect of this kind of turbo-parenting ? Evening trips to Target where I wander the aisles, lost in my thoughts, looking for something seductive that is priced under $10. I usually come home with a shirt or some knee high socks or a new pen .... or nothing. My latest find was this metal napkin holder that I instantly deemed as perfect for some of my handmade napkins that are usually all stuffed in the drawer in our sideboard. I love how it is lacy and metal at the same time. I almost bought it in a leaf green, but at the last minute I decided I wanted a neutral color.

Last spring, we made a commitment to using only cloth napkins for meals, which means I have been busy sewing napkins in an attempt to build up our supply. It sounds all chore-y and sore back inducing, but oh no no no no. Don't pity me. I could spend hours sorting through my fabric collection, and, really, there is something so relaxing about evenings spent folding, pressing, and pinning. Have I mentioned that there is no way for me to hear anything over the whirrrrrrr of the machine? It is like being in the shower, only instead of walking out clean, I march out having made something thrifty and perfectly useful.

xo e


  1. I picked up that very thing the other day- the green one- but cut my finger on it so I didn't get it.Sure is pretty!

  2. Emily- I am so impressed with your blog and the way you have managed to combine motherhood with adulthood. It seems like you have the best of both worlds. Your photos are phenomenal. You should be a professional. I hear that your Mom is an artist too. I thought i knew everything about her talents, but I never knew...
    The blog is so professional looking, yet warm and inviting. You have created something very special both with this blog and with your 'creations' Congratulations. and Thank You for getting your Mom on facebook! I am sure I will meet you before long.... Pat Reader
    p.s. your daughters are BEAUTIFUL. You are lucky to have your Grandmother with you too!

  3. Thanks so much for blog love, Pat! It is so great that you and my mom reconnected. I am sure this means we will meet sometime in the future. In the meantime, I will have to find a way to get a peek at your grandkids. xo

  4. I love homemade napkins. It has always seemed strange to me that folks would use paper napkins and then throw them out, when you could just use a fabric one and wash it. Plus, they are pretty! xoxo

  5. Hi. Emily. I loved your clothespin people and I am thinking of making some for my soon-to-be 2 yr old grandsons. your little peoplle dolls reminded me that I gave the twins my kids old "little people" [you 30-somthings used to play with-they only make the big chunky ones today] and they are a favorite-, so i thought i could make a 'little family' for them from the clothespins. i saw many different kinds of clothespins on the internet, so i am not sure which to get. i would like ones with a round head so i can make a nice face [you have a link where hair was added too, but those dolls look a little too tiny]. I also wanted the ones with 2 'legs' so it will look more like boys. any help you can give will be appreciated! You inspired me to sew. I bought some beautiful 'owl' fabric to make my new grandson crib bumpers - his middle name is 'owl' i can't wait to get started! thanks!

  6. I like the napkin holder. It would also make a cute daybed for a doll. I'm thinking the "Princess and the Pea" type bed :D