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Summertime Doing

Certain elements feel like Summer. Are almost necessary for Summer to achieve Summer-ness.

Fiona and that face in the hello kitty pool on Shalavee.comon

There’s bubbles, fireflies, sparklers, s’mores, and “swimming”, which just means being in “woger” to Fiona.

ripening tomatoes on Shalavee.com

On the Shore here, Summertime means local food. Crabs, corn, tomatoes, and cantaloupe.

Maryland Blue Crabs on Shalavee.com

And all activities related to obtaining these yummy ingredients.

crabbing on the Eastern Shore on Shalavee.com

We went dip net crabbing once and had a blast.

A day at the blustery beach on Shalavee.com

Visiting the beach can be a challenge with the onslaught of traffic but well worth the effort for a Wednesday outing.

Adam's Market on Shalavee.com

Stopping back by the Adams market on the Delaware line for produce.

shucked corn on Shalavee.com

crabcake and corn salad on Shalavee.com

And then fondling, shucking, and cooking your treasures. Crab cakes, corn salad, and pita chips.

obligatory sunburn on shalavee.comAnd as always, there’s the obligatory sunburn at soccer camp.

Yup, chaos and boredom aside, I think we’re hitting some sweet Summer notes, grabbing great pictures, and actually having fun.

One month left. I think I may need a vacation from this vacation however.

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May Making

Officially, I have documented my daily making for six months. You may not remember that I committed to a year of making in the beginning of this year, 2015. And now I’m kinda liking it because it keeps tabs on creative me and acknowledges my efforts and our family life too.

may making collage from Shalavee.com

May making was happening when I joined a few photo and art challenges in May. And then we finally got to hang out with

our new neighbors Steve and Rob and see them open their B & B, Turnbridge Point.

may making collage on Shalavee.com

We spent time together as a family, snuggled and giggled, had friends visit and help me in my garden,

and Eamon celebrated his 10th birthday with a sleepover.

may making on shalavee.comMay found me arting another chair like the one I did last year for the Talbot Humane Society. I had more girl fun with a thrifting lunching trip to Rehoboth with a dear friend, a visit to the Walter’s Art Gallery in Baltimore to meet a new friend , and a Mother’s Day breakfast/playground/thrifting trip to Bridgeville, Delaware.

may making on Shalavee.com

And let’s not forget the cooking and eating! There were roasted beets to ponder and photograph and eat. There was Aunt Emma’s chocolate cake to make for Eamon’s birthday. Smoked salmon and cream cheese with tomatoes, red onions, and capers as a treat instead of the same old waffles and pancakes my kids don’t appreciate. And Eamon made his own peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch a time or two.

Sometimes I’m not the waitress.

We really enjoyed the last weekend of May with a visit from family and friends on Memorial Day and then a family party the following weekend with three special toddler girls all with the last name of Peach. May was thoroughly enjoyed and we set our sights on a June full of making and fun.

And If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

My Year of Making in February

In the first week of January, following the lead of the incredibly hard-working and inspirational Kim Werker, I declared this my Year Of Making. And I have taken pictures and documented my every day process this year.

The idea was that I prioritize my creativity daily. I felt I’d not been doing this well in the past. And I quickly noticed that I do create daily even if it’s not what you think of as traditional creativity. Like mothering and feeding and writing.

Kim encouraged us to just go ahead and take any lousy picture we had the opportunity to take so we can document our progress. But if you know me, I’m incapable of taking a completely bad picture. Here’s the pictorial proof of my year of making thus far.

2015-02-22

From the top left corner across, cards for faraway friends continue, Coffee date at Rise Up Coffee in Easton, Maryland and the pink curtain rods for Fiona’s room makeover ( reveal soon). Second row from left, My new goals board, sleeping Fiona, and another card for a faraway friend. And the bottom row from the left, one more paper feather card for a faraway friend, the remains of a waffle breakfast, and my Brazilian ham, sweet potato, and black bean soup. If you follow me on Instagram , a few of these pictures will be familiar to you.

There are many benefits to choosing to create a daily practice for yourself. The habit keeps you present and the cumulative effects plus actually seeing yourself show up are all so very worth it. I feel we’re so mindless so much of the time and like I mind so many other people so often. If I’m going to choose to mind, why not also have it be about myself. (Or I could concede to just losing my mind but that doesn’t sound like nearly enough fun.)

Expect more random Year of Making collages.

If you enjoyed what you read, subscribe, via the subscription box in the sidebar, to my thrice weekly posts via your emailbox. And visit me on Instagram to see my daily pictures, friend me or like my page on Facebook. Or come find me on Twitter or Pinterest too. I am always practicing Intentional Intouchness so chat at me please. I live for conversations.

And, as always, Thanks to you for your visit.

 

Merry Christmas Decorations 2014

As I arranged the last present under the tree which has already become frozen into a crunchy statue…entire decorated  livingroom 2014 on Shalavee.com

part tree and fireplace 2014 on Shalavee.com

presents under the tree 2014 on Shalavee.com

christmas tree 2014 on Shalavee.com

tree top 2014 on Shalavee.com

And I styled the last vase on the mantle so I could take my official Christmas decorations pictures 2 days before C-Day,

I felt good about all of it.

Christmas 2014 mantle with milk glass on Shalavee.com

Christmas 2014 mantel side view on Shalavee.com

I was able to go to the grocery store and not have to calculate my spending as I went.

I have simplified my decorating style and I find the objects in my colors make me happy. Me happy.

chair and cage corner Christmas decorations 2014 on Shalavee.com

cage and candles from Christmas decorations 2014 on Shalavee.com

The kids will be crazed with gift and sugar overdose come tomorrow and that is as it should be.

So Merry Christmas to all and to all a good time.

Blue Huesday

Know me well and know, I’m A Green Girl. I don’t really do blue. Except my son’s eyes are blue so I guess I did do his sky eye colored blue. The only other exception is the aqua that became so popular and still pops in here and there. But otherwise, I don’t do blue. Except judging by these pictures, I do some blue by default.
Blue swing  on Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Fiona at the beach from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Eamon on Cox Creek from from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Watching a puppet show in Chestertown from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

David and David casette tape from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Sycamore bark on sheet from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

living room couch in blue from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

De Soto in Denton on Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Under the thunderdome on Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Si truck on Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

 

The church next door from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Fiber arts building in Denton, Md od Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Campaign sign  from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

paper chandeliers from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Shots day from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

Halloween house from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

odd sky from Blue Huesday on Shalavee.com

 

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