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Durham, NC
I live in the Durham, North Carolina with my sweet husband, and two young sons. I can usually be found making a mess in my studio and my kitchen, standing outside photobooths waiting for the photo-strip to drop, or dreaming up all sorts of folksy fantasies. I vow to always remain crafty, thrifty, and curious.
Interests: :cameras and film: pickles and preserves: birds and bugs: tea and chocolate:
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Hope 2015 is off to a great start for you and the people you love. So far so good here. If you don't follow me on Instagram then you haven't heard our big news. Just before the holidays we got... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Curious Bird
Last year's gingerbread house by 3.5 year old Felix. **sniff Where does the time go? And one year later...both of my sweet boys took part in decorating this year. Romy was quite fond of smushing the candy into the frosting.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Curious Bird
This kid of mine is up for anything. It always makes my mama heart swell as I watch him be so open and curious as he moves through this world. And I've said it before, but four is such a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Curious Bird
We have gone to the same Christmas tree farm for three years now. We like it a lot and honestly quite enjoy the half hour drive it takes to get there. And bonus, there is a little stand at our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Curious Bird
Are you watching High Maintenance? If not, you should be. It's SO GOOD and it's the first show launched on There are several free epidsodes you can watch to get yourself hooked. The main guy reminds us so much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Curious Bird
Felix has always enjoyed craft projects. He loves to paint and do stamping and make all sorts of creations out of odds and ends we've collected. However, one thing he has never been interested in is drawing or doodling or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Curious Bird
I really like four. So far, I think it's my favorite age. Four, from my anecdotal evidence anyway, is goofy and serious and rascally and snuggly and waaaaay less challenging than three. I love his observations and his stories about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Curious Bird
This is what I've used most, always with great results. I've also recently checked out a book from my library. Looking forward to experimenting with some recipes from it soon. Hope that helps.
Toggle Commented Nov 13, 2014 on :lately: at Curious Bird
Spin art with a salad spinner. Found on Pinterest, of course. It was a big hit with both boys and now we have spin art flags to show for it. Definitely a nice way to spend a warm afternoon. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Curious Bird
Romy and I attended a performance of Jack and the Bean Tree (Yes, Tree) at Felix's preschool. Romy stayed close to me, but enjoyed the performance so much. Autumn has the best light. Hands down. I voted. He stickered. Such... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at Curious Bird
One minute he's like this Then he's like this and this or this Ahhhh.....two. Hope you're well out there. Cheers, Leya Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Curious Bird
Some of our favorite people flew down from Philly to spend a lovely long weekend with us. We had the best time. We always do. Our friendship is so effortless. It's the kind of friendship where we can chat for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Curious Bird
Two years ago today... we welcomed our beautiful baby boy to the world. This photo was taken a few hours after he was born and just as his big brother was first laying eyes on him. I love how our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Curious Bird
My what a difference a year makes... (september 2013) (today, september 3, 2014) His last year of preschool. *sniff *sniff So much gratitude and love for my spunky boy. May it be a fantastic year full of adventure. More soon,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Curious Bird
A favorite photo from the long weekend. Felix had finished his ice cream and was hoping Romy would share a few bites of his. Romy obliged and I was able to catch the moment with my camera. Don't get me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Curious Bird
The boys are into collage big time lately. Lots of images cut from old books I've found while thrifting have been pasted on paper, boxes, you name it. I love seeing what they gravitate toward. Felix likes all the strange... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Curious Bird
This weekend... I took Felix on a date to the Planetarium at UNC. According to him it was truly one of our best "dates" yet. Romy practiced walking in heels while attending the birthday party of a friend. He was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Curious Bird
A Friday ritual started by SouleMama. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Cheers! Leya Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Curious Bird
Can't decide what he likes best, his new cardigan or fresh corn. Silly child of mine. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Curious Bird
I've been on a fermenting kick lately. Quite honestly, I've been on a yogurt-making, pickle-making, kraut-making kick. And, if things go as planned, I'm hoping to make a batch of fresh ricotta this afternoon. Clearly I'm on more than a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Curious Bird
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Curious Bird
I love reading your words about your boy. They make me tear up a little and laugh a lot. And you're so right, getting to love someone this way is the best gift/feeling in the world. Soak it all up and I'll keep reading along because your words always remind me to do the same. Happy Birthday, dearest E. I wish I could meet you. I think you'd get along swimmingly with R. He's a mellow guy too.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2014 on Two. at book scout
This weekend... the boys and I attended a birthday party with the best food -- It's no surprise because the birthday girl's parents are major foodies. Lucky us. I watched Felix feed grapes to a goat named Mulberry and take... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Curious Bird
A Friday ritual started by SouleMama. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. Happy weekend! Leya Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Curious Bird