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As the mama of two little girls, I'm trying hard to be a good teacher and a good learner.
Interests: mothering, reading, knitting, crafting, yoga, reading, writing
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Yes, but the inly local store that stocks them is out of refills for another two weeks. Sigh.
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When Flannery was three months old I decided to have her picture taken at a local portrait studio. Although we had taken plenty of pictures of our own, I felt the need for professional documentation of the existence of our child. I made an appointment, spent way too much money... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Mama Squirrel
Last night I had the pleasure of joining several other ladies for an owlcrafting workshop led by Nicole McGee. Nicole is one of my crafting role models. She is the creator of both Plenty Underfoot and Collective Upcycle, two businesses that use upcycling to create beautiful, original works of art.... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Mama Squirrel
You may have noticed I haven't written in awhile. I've been going through a bit of an identity crisis here with my blog. I started blogging in August of 2010 to chronicle my adventure in not buying toys for my children. The original name for my blog, Little Tiger and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2013 at Mama Squirrel
Although Collective Upcycle's Holiday '12 pop-up shop does not officially open until next week (check out the opening party on Tuesday the 27th) you can get a sneak peek of what will be available during Cleveland's Winterfest TODAY! Celebrate Small Business Saturday by purchasing items handmade from upcycled materials by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine shared this article on Facebook. As soon as a saw the giant corn box, I knew if we only made it to one fall festival this year, this would be it. Since this is the peak weekend for fall foliage in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
My hunter/gatherer roots are never far from the surface. Or maybe I'm descended from pirates and all of this can be traced back to a centuries-old desire for buried treasure. There has to be something more than the simple practicality of saving money that causes me to get childishly excited... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
From the thrill of finding great deals to the satisfaction of turning someone else's castoffs into something valuable, I love everything about thrifting. While I'm always up for a good rummage or estate sale,there are a few annual events I look forward to...and tomorrow is one of them. Unlike most... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
I LOVE the iphone case. Makes me wish I had an iphone.
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2012 on a gentle return at the Creative Thursday blog
Anyone who is a regular on Pinterest knows that pinning a project idea and actually seeing it through to completion are two very different things. I currently have 720 pins and the number of Pinterest-inspired projects I've completed is...significantly less than that. A couple of weeks ago, I saw a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
There are MANY things I love about teaching, but sitting through meetings is not one of them. So, after my first "teacher day" of the new school year, I was extra excited to attend the Etsy Craft Party at Stitch Cleveland last Friday. I was hoping to meet some fellow... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
I'm a hypocrite. I raised an eyebrow when I heard that Mockingjay, the third book in Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games Trilogy" was going to be developed into two movies that would be released one year apart. One book = TWO movies? REALLY? Seems excessive. ...and then I stretched my last... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
At the third ZL harvest of the season the ZL Gallery was at its best. The diversity of projects was truly impressive. Jan, a Lakewood art teacher, made all of the pieces on this display board ( AND the board itself) from ZL materials. In addition to the pouches and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
...and, if you check it out, I know you will too. What's that? You would like to attend a harvest, but you don't know when the next one will happen? Well, funny you should ask. The next harvest is You say you're free tomorrow (yup, tomorrow is Friday) afternoon, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
In my last post I wrote about what went on at the August 10th harvest and a little bit about what to expect at the third harvest of the season on the 17th, but I didn't tell you about my own treasures from this Friday. Between this summer and last... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
This was the scene at Zerolandfill when we arrived yesterday: Joining Laura and I in our ZL carpool was my friend and local artist Brandi Woodward. Brandi makes up one half of the crafting duo known as The Lovely Wrecks. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because you've... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
Ruby reminds me of Ramona Quimby...but cuter.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2012 on mosaic monday-dolls at Kleas
No medals here, but as we've watched the Olympics for the past few nights, I've been working on some rings of my own. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
We were sitting on the patio at an area restaurant. We just ordered our food and both girls were working on activity books. Shortly after the beverages arrived, The Milk Belly Princess spilled some lemonade on her dress. She was concerned, but I told her not to worry about it;... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
Little Tiger took it upon herself to make me a report card. She came up with the subjects and grades all by herself. Here it is: She's accustomed to writing in pencil and the marker she was using gave her some trouble. In case you're having trouble reading, here is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
Little Tiger has moved beyond shelf-liner embroidery, but she made me this beautiful souvenir to remember her brief stop there last summer. I found this at the bottom of her unfinished work box. I'm not sure if it was there by mistake or if there was initially a plan to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
Eleven years ago, The Mister and I received a decorative wooden box as a wedding present from The Mister's sister Kate. The card inside the box said it was for storing photos so, for several years, that's what I did. Unfortunately, the photos I stored in the box weren't ones... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
Adorable! Great buttons! I love that they CLEARLY symbolize different scouting endeavors: sailing, entomology, etc...
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2012 on khaki scout uniform at Wee Wonderfuls Archive
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Thursday was my last Basic Hand Sewing class of the summer session. Both of my week-long classes were full of amazing students who were eager to learn and take creative risks. Just look at this pillow made by a six year old student featuring the ultimate fantasy animal--A Rainbow Unicorn... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at Mama Squirrel
When I arrived at the Zerolandfill (ZL) Cleveland site on Friday, I was pleased to walk into the biggest ZL harvest crowd I've ever seen. There was a positive energy in the air as eager harvesters listened to an explanation from ZL's founder of what ZL was about and what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2012 at Mama Squirrel