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Arabella Crawford
Baltimore, MD via Edinburgh, Scotland
an ordinary person with a creative impulse
Interests: I was lucky enough to grow up in a family where creativity and big dreams were encouraged. Where the important thing was that you found something that made you happy. I spent my childhood sewing, making fairy houses, making forms (don't ask) and letting my imagination run wild. But it turns out that the thing I'm really good at and that makes me super happy involves spending my days in one of those boring officey-type places. How ironic. I'm amazingly grateful to be married to someone I really like, and have two fabulous kids (apart from when they refuse to go to bed). I still sew, knit, let my imagination run wild. I grew up in Scotland, have American parents, live in Baltimore, hold two passports and ALWAYS support the UK in the Olympics.
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The magic of women and the sea. Of exposed hearts and smooth stones, warm waves and squeezed hands. Of magic mirrors and red nails, midnight tea and soft words. Prayer ribbons and snapping wind, deep unease and jittery fear. Of profound wisdom and steady eyes, aches and tears and adolescent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Life Stills
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first light through our smudged window... more order less clutter simple routines less yelling more kindness roasted squash and sweet potato plain grilled chicken less sugar tea lots of ginger gentle touch messy hands fewer questions more real-time connections hot, homemade vegetable broth softness clean, ironed sheets warm baths less... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Life Stills
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Release. I hear the word and it sounds joyful. So good. Like a deep, deep stretch during yoga that leaves you blissed out and floating. I didn’t know about uneasy release. Right now release is making me feel like a row of cheap glass Christmas ornaments strung too close together... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Life Stills
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Glen Coe This summer we decided/needed to move house (it was a school thing). We changed babysitters. One kid graduated from pre-school. My baby turned 1 and started walking. We packed up our house and flew to Scotland. We came home and moved 4 days later into a temporary apartment.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Life Stills
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I feel as if I'm waking up after a very, very long in hibernation. I feel like I lost a year or two. It started when around the same time I found out I was pregnant. Or maybe before. But from that point on things were murky. Falling apart. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Life Stills
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On the edge of the winter Atlantic. Bitter wind cutting into your eyes. But you can feel your heart and mind spread outwards, further and further as it tries to lean into the edges of the horizon. The emptiness makes the tensions drop and droop and trickle away. *** The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2013 at Life Stills
Melissa, I love you. And if you were the only person apart from me to read any of these words, that would be enough. xo xo
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2012 on What I Want to Say at Life Stills
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I am more open. I don't know how it happened. It wasn't overnight. It took some work...but the work happened under the surface. And somehow the pregnancy and birth of this newest baby in our family contributed something huge. I'm still grappling with what and how and why and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Life Stills
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Because I want to be able to record without thinking too hard about who is reading. Because sometimes a fresh space is what is needed. I loved some of the things I wrote here on An Open Window, but I sometimes think I was trying to be a "blogger". I'm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Life Stills
My garden is about 1/100th of your scale. Just three beds. But between being heavily pregnant in June/July and having a newborn in July/August + the worst year for heat, humidity and mosquitoes I've seen in a decade...well...the whole gardening thing just collapsed for me this year. I have my herbs. Some kale - which seems to survive everything and a few random peppers which have popped up. but everything else is a mass of weeds and I've made myself ok with the idea that nothing is happening on the gardening front until next spring. Next year is another year....
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2012 on October garden at SouleMama
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Thank you, lovely. Do you know how happy it makes me to know you are reading? Love you. xo
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2012 on Shadows at Open Window
aren't they awesome? These evenings make me so happy :)
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2012 on Shadows at Open Window
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Our house is full of shadow. But it makes the patches of light spectacular. *** The older I get the more shadows there are behind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at Open Window
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thank you for a GREAT prompt. It's been a long time since I've thought about black and white and it was a treat.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2012 on In Black and White at Open Window
Thank you, lovely :) xo
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2012 on In Black and White at Open Window
oh no! I hope you find them - what a great subject!
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2012 on In Black and White at Open Window
I miss it too...sometimes I seriously think about resurrecting my non-digital camera. The hard part is only getting a few great shots out of a whole roll...and the expense. But you are right...there is a 'pureness' to it which I really appreciate also.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2012 on In Black and White at Open Window
Aren't they amazing? And these are only tiny pieces....
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2012 on In Black and White at Open Window
Thank you :)
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2012 on In Black and White at Open Window
Thank you! Taking this particular roll of film was what helped me figure out why I love black and white so much. In real life some of the detail of the carvings can be almost overwhelming in real life and full color. The black and white simplified everything so I could really focus and almost enjoy the shapes more....
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2012 on In Black and White at Open Window
It's funny...it took me a long time to love the one with the tiles but the textures ARE awesome and I love it now. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2012 on In Black and White at Open Window
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(Detail: Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain) I swore I was going to actually take a new photo this week. And I took several. But in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at Open Window
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Thank you :) Particularly with hipstamatic (which everyone is now over and moved on to Instagram but I still have a soft spot for) there is a BIG element of "shoot and hope for the best" because of the time delay...but when it works out it is SO worth it. And even though I'm still an impatient 3 year old on the inside? I've grown up enough to be able to remind myself that when I do get my real camera, the waiting will have made getting it that much sweeter. :)
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Luke in the Morning I am shamelessly recycling this photograph. Because I love it. Because it is perfect for this prompt. Because I'm pathetically pregnant... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Open Window
I loved this. Thank you. While I didn't read anything into your previous post, your words here are so needed and so true in general. I try to approach parenting in a non-judgmental way. But while I have very relaxed feelings about reading and how kids learn at different speeds and in different ways, I have other topics that can definitely trigger that (silly) Mama-guilt. The guilt that can jump-start defensiveness and judgement. I know I'll be coming back to read this again....and again. What wonderful, helpful, lovely words. Thank you.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2012 on mama solidarity at Sew Liberated
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