Thursday, September 30, 2010
I think as a mother, we are official translators to the family. That is our job. I know some who don't want to leave there kids with there husbands for fear they can not understand them. Luckily my daughter translates for him too. Now, both my kids are typical kids. There are no speech delays or developmental issues. The 2yr old is just in the language explosion phase of development. Some things come out garbled and mumbled. It happens to the best of us. But translation issues can happen at any age. Have you heard teenage boys talk on the phone! Seriously! I can barely understand them. But someone can. I think kids have there own language for a while. And even when they do learn "English" I think they are bilingual. It starts with English, then Pig-Latin, now we are seeing the language of texting. I don't even know what half those acronyms mean anyways.
As a mother, I am beginning to think that I will always be lost in translation with my kids. Between my husband and I we can decipher a fair amount of what the 2yr old says, but there is still a lot that gets lost. That goes for the 4yr old too. So I will accept it now, before they are teenagers and do not want to talk to me. Kids and parents have different languages. We share English, and the rest is a great big guess. I will probably always be lost in translation.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This is a good one for older babies and toddlers because there are more commands and emotions that they can relate to. And, as they're beginning to form actual words and short sentences, this helps them understand their meaning and can express themselves with a little less frustration. When teaching an infant sign language, there isn't a whole lot beyond "milk", "more", and "sleep". This book is divided into three sections: Mealtime, Playtime, and Bedtime.
So far so good. Little Miss Polka-dot is catching on quickly, and Mr. Jellybean is even getting in on it, even at the ripe old age of 4.
Have you taught sign language to little ones? I'd love to hear your tips.
P.S. Speaking of communicating with little ones, if you or someone you know has a BRAND new baby, I would highly recommend checking out Dunstan Baby Language. Most libraries should have the DVD. I was skeptical at first when I had newborns, but it's amazingly accurate!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
I checked this book out from the library a while ago. I looked at the pictures, read the first chapter, and then had to return it before actually getting to work. But it sparked something in me that I can't forget about...a desire to design my own clothes--pattern and all!
I know there are hundreds of women out there who do this every day. I know because they blog about it! But I have yet to make the leap from quilts and crafts to clothes.
I want a skirt that flatters my hips instead of widening them. I want a shirt with a moderate neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. I want pants that won't gape open in the back when I bend over. But since I can't find any of those things, I will make them! I will tailor them to my own body and feel so comfortable that I won't be distracted by always adjusting and tucking and pulling and I will be able to enjoy my own fashion. Yes, someday I will...
Anyone have a good tip to get me started?
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Marvin J. Ashton
As I thought about patterns this week, the first thought that came to my mind was the patterns we make in our lives, and who we pattern our lives after. We all have examples and people we look up to. Some of them we know, some of them we do not know, some are patterns we are taught through our religions. As a mother, a wife, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, there are a few patterns I hope to follow.
The biggest patterns in my life come from my Parents. for instance, my parents were converts to the church when they were in high school. There families are not "Mormons," and most did not agree with there decision. They were not active for a while, until they got married and moved to Germany. My Dad was stationed there in the Army. While there they met some new friends who helped bring them back into the church. I am actually named after one of those families. The Cali's. So where does this lead to patterns in my life.
My parents had to create there own patterns. They had to follow the examples of others as they tried to live the gospel the best they could. They struggled. They were not perfect. Who is? But through them, I gained an even stronger love of the Gospel and have patterned my life with the church. I have found things I want to change and do better, and I have found things I want to do the same.
Here are some more patterns I have followed.
My dad is a frugal man, he couponed while I was growing up. So because of him I am frugal and coupon.
I am OCD, I swear. I have to be organized, that came from my dad too. He was the one reorganizing and cleaning out the cupboards on Thanksgiving while everyone else was in the kitchen making dinner. Yeah, I have adopted that pattern too. (You should see what his office looks like though, A MESS!) I have my messy spots too, but they drive me bonkers till they are clean.
My sister is really fit and has a workout routine, I am working on making that a pattern in my life too.
There are tons of patterns we follow. We pattern our lives by what we have seen from those around us, what we have been taught, and what we see in ourselves. These patterns will hopefully help us become better people, mothers, daughters, children. We create who we are. Like a sewing pattern, sometimes you have to give a little here, take a little there, but in the end, hopefully we have a beautiful project. We are in charge of ourselves. We have a divine creator who knows and loves us. We are here ultimately pattern our lives to his. We have been given examples and those around us to help us do so. It is up to us to pattern our lives in such a way that the project is beautiful in the end.
Who has helped pattern your life?
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
But nowadays, these hard and fast rules of design are rarely followed or enforced. Today's style is mostly eclectic, and we have the freedom to combine elements to create our own style.
Even so, here are some general guidelines when using patterns:
1. Begin with one pattern to build on. Whether it is a piece of art, fabric or a rug, start with that and find coordinating patterns to suppliment.
3. Consider how each pattern will be used in the room. If an accent pillow fabric doesn't quite perfectly match what is in the area rug, remember that the pillow will be on a sofa and not right ON the rug. It's OK to not be too "matchy", although many home decor fabric lines provide you with coordinating collections that are meant to match in both color and style.
4. Choose bolder patterns for smaller areas. A large stripe sofa is much more difficult to change out than some accent pillows or wall art of a similar pattern. Don't commit yourself to a pattern that will be difficult and/or expensive to change out when you tire of it.
So, I guess the most important rule in using pattern is don't be afraid!
And, on a different but related topic of pattern, my mom just taught this quilt pattern to 15 eager learners at her 7th annual quilt retreat.
Man, does she know how to use pattern! I didn't attempt the quilt (my sisters and I are the resident cooks for the event), but I've finished some long overdue projects while I've been here that I'll share later.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Me? I wouldn't have minded, I think. Because opposite to Jenni I am definitely a pattern person. I just don't have that "if you can dream it, you can do it" sort of creativity. I need clear and concise directions - which isn't to say that I always follow them, but I need to know exactly what the rules are before I'm comfortable breaking them.
And so! Here are a few of my favorites:
And look - they have a doll version, too! How cute is that?!
The Barcelona Skirt from Amy Butler.
I've made this in a few variations and loved every single one.
The Lazy Days Skirt from Oliver + S.
Which, inspired by a skirt someone made for my daughter when she was 2, I modified to make reversible! I should take photos of that, shouldn't I ... ?
The Buttercup Bag from Made By Rae.
I've made this a few times, too. A cute bag couldn't be simpler to make than this one!
There are also some really great pattern books out there, like Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross and Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule.
Whatever your style, pattern or not, aren't you so glad there's such a great big wide world of inspiration out there? Yeah, me too! Happy Sewing!
Monday, September 20, 2010
For example, I found these fun projects ideas recently...and man am I itching to go at them.
Friday, September 17, 2010
I am not the kind of person to quote a movie very often. And if I do, it is probably a line from one of the movies my family loved when I was a kid. I'm talking about movies like The Princess Bride, Groundhog's Day, or Overboard. Here are a few of my favorites--you may or may not know them:
"Don't drive angry. Don't drive angry!"
"There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world, t'would be a pitty to damage yours."
"You are the devil and my children are the spawn of hell!"
"I make the weather."
The next two are from a movie I didn't mention:
"These potatoes are so creamy." and "Do I like jello?" (If you like While You Were Sleeping, you'll know why these are so great!)
There are plenty of lines from films like these that are more popular and that I know you know...but these are the ones that I can say to any member of my family and I know they will laugh. These are the lines we have repeated time and time again, at just the right moment, to communicate something else not actually said--to recall a shared experience that somehow links us together and helps us understand each other better. (Okay, the one about perfect breasts is not one that we really say unless we're rattling off favorite movie lines--but you know what I mean.) :)
I didn't realize how much I loved movies until the other day when I finally stuck in a "mommy movie" for me to watch instead of a kid movie for my girls to watch. It was amazing how I went from feeling like a task-driven tethered-to-my-kitchen mom, to a young vibrant member of society again. I'm not sure exactly how it works, but just by watching a movie I heard good music, saw cool parts of the world, witnessed humor and love and human interaction that made me happy. I took part in a world outside myself for a while, and I didn't realize what a difference that could make.
Sometimes I feel like sitting down to watch a good movie is wasted time. But I'm beginning to recognize that there is more to movies and really great films than just entertainment. We live in a world and a culture connected by things like this--the commonalities of life portrayed in such a way that we can all relate to each other. It's the wit and genius of people we would otherwise never get to enjoy without this cinematic link. I love it!
There is nothing wrong with a date night of dinner and a movie--whether it is out on the town or in your own home--that can be just the right way to stay connected and enjoy a little piece of life. :)
So, as you select the right movies for you and your family (because there are just as many bad ones as there are good ones...), might I just say, "May the force be with you," my friends. ( he, he, giggle, giggle, you know that one, right?)
What will you watch this weekend?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
PS I learned tonight that YouTube is one word, and spelled like that. It is totally throwing me off in my editing. It just looks weird.
PSS You can full screen the videos without leaving the site to go to YouTube too by clicking the 4 arrow looking button in the bottom right hand side of each video.
My kids (2 and 4) were belly laughing so hard when they saw this. They ask for it all the time now.
This one just received a Webbie award. It is a classic viral video.
We love this one. In fact, we love the whole Muppet studios channel on YouTube. It is AWESOME! If you have time you should watch them all.
My little brother introduced me to these last two. They are funny, but yet very amazing. They crack me up every time.
I will probably be singing this all day now. I love the covered heads! He is so talented. I am so happy i found one with English subtitles for you too and in HD. The one we have been watching was not so great. You are lucky!
I know I could go on all day, but I better go and accomplish something instead of watch YouTube clips all day long.
What are some of your favorite YouTube videos?
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
It's got some great suggestions, and it's fun to read! Go check it out, and then go watch some movies!
If you'll remember, I couldn't decide last week if I'd choose the winner at random or if I'd choose the comment I liked the best. WELL. When I went to buy the fabric to make the bag, the pattern says it takes 1/2 yard of each; since I wanted to make one for myself too, I bought a full yard of each. Which, actually, made enough for three! Hooray! I got to pick my favorite and one at random! So the winners are:
I'm beginning to think that mothering during the school years is much harder than having lots of toddlers. I'm beginning to think that life takes more faith than I have previously exercised. I'm beginning to think that my kids don't have enough hours in the day, either. I'm beginning to think that joy can be found at every stage of life, if you will only notice it. I'm beginning to think that a good marriage makes everything else possible.
and Britney, who said:
I'm beginning to think that all little girls should have "The Devil in Diguise"
as their theme song. ;o)
Congratulations, ladies! Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how I can get your new bag to you! I only wish I had the time to make one for all of you. But seriously, this bag is really simple to make - even for a Martha pattern (I'm not a huge fan of her instructions sometimes). And here's what it looks like:
One side ...
... and the other!