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Life of Seven: I love being busy and am always in the middle of about ten projects. I have to always be making something. I love being around my family and all the noise and chaos with a house full of kids. I also love trying to organize it all and keep it clean. Well, sometimes I like to. It is can also be a big giant hassle. My daughter Cate also blogs at her adorable and well written site, belovedbooks.
Interests: Jen (Life of Seven): Knitting, reading, friends, any type of crafting, organizing when I'm in the mood, cooking from fun and interesting recipes, homeschooling, listening to my children play piano, church, theology, Jesus. Cate (Jen's daughter, belovedbooks): My interests are about the same as Mom's. I like to sew, craft, work in the garden, cook, and bake. About my favorite thing to do is read, that is the way I spend most of my spare time. I love hanging out with friends, going to church, and playing piano. And I love to write, so I hope you enjoy my blog.
Recent Activity
Lucia is ready to meet her new Mommy this year for the holidays. What a joy this dolly was for my hands to make. She is made of all of so many of my favorite things. Keep reading if you want a very long, detailed description of my process as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at life of seven
Please meet Sigrid. Oh, you guys. This was probably the funnest doll making project I have ever undertaken. The gem of the idea of Sigrid came to me about a year ago, when I knit with Lettlopi, which is made from Icelandic sheep's wool, for the first time. This yarn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at life of seven
Hello! Happy fall! Happy, happy, fall; it is so easy to be a in a great old at this time of year. So cozy. School starting- kids nestled down with their books, new ones starting for the first time, baking every single day, if not multiple times a day, boots... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at life of seven
****If you are anything like me, you may want to skip all the story telling and scroll down to the bottom to get the details about purchasing the dolls. I put it there for you nice and concisely.*** First, a super quick blog update- Sweet Blog, I have missed writing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at life of seven
Well, I think the pictures should say it all. I want to write more, but in summary, there has been doll making and a three year old's birthday party. It is our anniversary, and Ben and I are running out the door to go out to breakfast. But soon, very... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at life of seven
Okay, have I ever told you guys how five year old boys are about my favorite thing in the world? It's true, and I am lucky enough to have had three of them. At any rate, I am halfway through raising my third five year old boy, at least. And,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at life of seven
Well, first I was going to write a blog post about this darling little pony I am knitting (Here's my project). This is gonna be a pony, not a unicorn, okay? With a floral saddle blanket and all. Why am I knitting a pony? Because sometimes you've just got to.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at life of seven
Oh, yea, I think this would work really well for a bigger child. I would make the largest size, and use a thicker ear, such as sport or DK weight. The pattern is very versatile!
Toggle Commented May 29, 2017 on The Dress at life of seven
Remember a couple of years ago when Cate and Grace fixed up the old attic? Well, that inspiration got the wheels in my head turning, and I decided I wanted to convert our shed by the garden into a special place for Evie, as well as make the surrounding areas... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at life of seven
Here's one of those "sweater-sized" projects I mentioned last week. Here is the link to mine on ravelry, here is the link to the (free!) pattern on ravelry. The instant I saw the pattern, of course, I thought, I must make this while I still have a little girl to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at life of seven
Happy Easter, friends! I hope you found the day to be as glorious as I did. Easter is at the same time a completely sobering and absolutely joy-filled holiday for me, as I imagine it would be for anyone who celebrates the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at life of seven
This is how I find him on the morning of his thirteenth birthday. It could have just as easily been a shot of him playing with a ball, any ball. I think he loves sports as much as he loves music. But this morning, he couldn't resist the new stack... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at life of seven
Now to talk about these three. They bring so much joy into the house and in our family. Jude and Truman are both learning to play piano, and it's so much fun to watch them learn and discover how to play a new song that they end up loving. Clemmie... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at life of seven
Hi Dawn, you have certainly hit the nail on the head, and a big reason reading has suffered. It seems like I have enough creative energy to focus on one hobby at a time, and yes, in general, it is either reading or knitting. Even if I have time to fit in both, I don't have the concentration to focus on both. I've gotten better at the balance this year, though, by doing audio books while driving, and by staying off the internet more and reading actual books instead. I have had similar situations with my kids, when we've attempted to read a book together, and I've fallen woefully behind. Also, funny thing, my daughter was given a lovely copy of Wuthering Heights for her birthday. It may have to go on my reading list for the year.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2017 on Impulsive at life of seven
We were looking at old photos on Facebook last night, and my heart broke a little, realizing how many memories were on there, even though I don't feel that I put all that many photos up. And I realized I had hardly taken a picture since my last post, back... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at life of seven
You know it's something special when your twelve year old son notices your knitting on a chair and says, "Wow, Mom, that's a beautiful shawl!" I have to agree with Gideon, this may be one of the prettiest things I've ever knitted. The pattern is Lilli Pilli, and an extremely... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at life of seven
When you are the youngest in a family of seven children, sometimes your siblings dress you up as The Christmas Elf. It is just comes with the territory. However, if you are two, then playing the role of Christmas Elf is pretty close to the best thing in the entire... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at life of seven
``````` As I've gotten older, I've begun to realize that there's nothing better than a day devoted to remembering all of the blessings in my life. When I was young I thought this aspect of Thanksgiving (sitting in a circle and discussing what we were thankful) was extremely boring. What... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at life of seven
Yesterday, Gideon and Evie asked if they could paint. Since they were in their little room away from the little kids I carelessly replied, "Sure." This morning they showed me the painting they had made. Maybe because most of my kids' paintings end up looking like mud, I was both... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at life of seven
Last post, I wrote about my intarsia sweater that I was determined to finish. Well, apparently, this fingering weight fair isle pushed itself ahead of the intarsia sweater and I finished that instead. That's why it's never a good idea to commit your knitting commitments in writing. Here is my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at life of seven
If you look at the date on my ravelry project page, I started this in February 2013. That's a long time. I've taken lots of breaks in the knitting, of course, but I pulled it back out a few days ago, and decided I really, really want to finish it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at life of seven
Wow, guys, sorry I haven't checked in for a while. The last couple of weeks, as you may have guessed, have been quite busy. Part of it involved an anniversary/birthday trip that Ben and I went on for three days to California. Okay, why lie? We spent all three days... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2016 at life of seven
Here ya go, folks: Merriment cardigan and bonnet. You can probably tell from the delight I had taking the pictures that this project was a winner. I used Drops merino, which was a great price, and definitely seems like it will hold up well to a two year old's antics.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at life of seven
When I look at these photos, I think, It's too bad Clementine Merriweather doesn't have many dimples...then I chuckle to myself at how hilarious I am. She's got dimples upon dimples upon dimples. As you can probably tell, this little girl turned two yesterday. My littlest baby, still a baby... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at life of seven
Ooooops...totally meant to post before another week went by but that's the way life goes sometimes. Well, gear up because I feel like writing today. An organized blogger would put all these thoughts and photos into two or three posts, but I never said I was an organized blogger. Or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at life of seven