Monthly Archives: July 2008

New Tunes

John and I used to be huge music nuts. We would go out every weekend and check out new bands back in the ‘day’ before the little ones and the move to the Island. We had so much fun back then.. sniff, sniff (just joking! I have fun now too- it’s just different- you know […]

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Christine - July 21, 2008 - 3:17 am

I’ll check them out when nobody’s napping, the low volume I can use right now will do no justice to any music. :-)
I did *cough* illegally *cough* download the GoldFrapp you mentioned a while ago and I really like it! It’s something I would never have picked myself, but it’s very relaxing when I’m in bed listening.

Christine

admin - July 21, 2008 - 10:41 pm

Hi Christine.. I’m so glad that you liked Goldfrapp..you should go and watch the ‘happiness’ video..so cute! You really have to crank the volume on ‘My Drive Thru’..

Tour de France

I’m not a sport person. The most sport I get is from John watching Liverpool or England soccer (ahem, football) games on tv while I’m sewing in hair or something. He tells me about interesting (supposedly) plays and tactics as I feign interest. It annoys him so much that I am Italian and therefore part […]

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Meike - July 18, 2008 - 10:27 am

LOL – er, well… my son (3 at the time) once fell asleep while watching the Tour De France on TV. That’s more or less how I feel about it, too. 😉 Although I like to watch the mountain laps, beautiful scenery. :) But hey – enjoy!

admin - July 19, 2008 - 12:35 am

I think that’s why I like it..it’s like sleeping with my eyes open. I also get a kick out of the commentary, really, how exciting can biking be? Apparently it really is. John has really embraced the fact that we are both watching a sport together and is telling me about tactics, hmmm.. just show me the bikers eating and riding.. I LOVE when they do that!

Christine - July 19, 2008 - 6:47 am

Sleeping with your eyes open, lol. I’d rather sleep in bed with my eyes closed. Sleep is a scarce commodity here! 😉
I’m afraid I cannot share the enthousiasm a lot of people have for watching the Tour de France. I’ve been to France many times and us Dutch folks bike all the time, so those two don’t count. And I am SO not a sports person, that makes three reasons not to watch. :-)
Enjoy it though!

Christine

admin - July 19, 2008 - 9:28 pm

I’d rather sleep with my eyes closed as well, but that is a luxury right now. Amazing what becomes a luxury when you have children :)
Oh Christine, you have to give Tour a chance! ha, ha :)
I’m thinking of running another contest for a doll but this time involving the Tour somehow.. I’ll post about it soon.

[…] Okay, off to watch the election. This is more exciting than, dare I say it, the Tour de France!! […]

Angel

I wrote in my last post about this doll and how it I was told to make her. Anyhow, here she is. She’s up on Etsy today. And about Etsy- I PROMISE that I will have more dolls up very soon. I have a bunch of gals and boys waiting to be listed but no […]

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Holly - July 11, 2008 - 4:48 pm

Hehe, making Nona work like a fiend. Sweat-shop sweaters! :p

I think it’s great that your whole family is a part of the process.

Leanna - July 11, 2008 - 4:49 pm

Having the sun shining behind the angel doll makes her look very etherial and very pretty. A beautiful sunny blonde baby!

admin - July 11, 2008 - 5:54 pm

Holly, I do get pangs of guilt about sweat shop Nonna, but I swear she loves doing it! My mom says it’s such a great thing for her to occupy her time and she loves knowing that her handwork is going to children around the world. She has hands that can never be idle..hmmm.. I wonder where I get it from?
Leanna, thanks! It’s exactly the look I was going for :)

Meike - July 12, 2008 - 2:36 am

O wow. Leanna is right – she does truly look like an angel! I love the soft curly hair.

Christine - July 13, 2008 - 3:40 am

She’s lovely! And I love that wooden sewing machine next to yours. :-) So you work during the day then? I try to do a little bit now and then, but I never get much done with my two around. It’s mostly evenings for me.

Christine

admin - July 13, 2008 - 9:55 am

Christine, I have a sitter come in for 4 hours each morning, Monday through Friday. Without this I could get nothing done. I was without a sitter for about a month and managed to get about 4 dolls made in that time. If my littlest napped and went down at a decent hour, I think I could do more- but he does not like to nap (yesterday he went 11 hours through the day with NO nap) and he will only sleep if attached to me making it very difficult to get anything done :) I think right now the sitter actually makes a bit more money then I do, but the dolls are such a big part of me and what I love- I have to keep making them :)

Christine - July 13, 2008 - 12:46 pm

Of course you have to keep making them, not just for your own creative outlet but for the kids who get them too! Sounds wonderful, a sitter every day, heehee. I couldn’t get away with that now (for myself and DH), but it’s a real business for you and the stuff I make is a hobby, but who knows what might happen?

Monica - July 16, 2008 - 12:11 pm

Christina…totally off topic…but will you post here?
http://inspirehandmade.org/
I’m still working on my post…but I find you and your work inspirational!!!

Mixing it all together

I recently answered questions for an Etsy article being written about balancing motherhood and business. It was interesting thinking and writing about how my days flow, how the kids are involved with what I do and how my business is effected by them (in good ways!). This pic is of one of my favorite things […]

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Beth - July 11, 2008 - 10:50 am

My daughter just woke from her nap while I was reading your blog and said, “Mama, is that my sewing machine?” She has one just like it. It has been great for the moments when she wants to sew with me and I can’t have her on my lap!
You’ve given a beautiful glimpse into the heart of your work. What a wonderful model you are for your children.

admin - July 11, 2008 - 1:25 pm

thank you so much Beth :)
i’m working on something that will give everyone an even bigger glimpse into our lives and the making of the dolls..stay tuned!

Tressa - July 13, 2008 - 9:15 am

i love the wooden sewing machine, totally something little r. needs – right now she clambers up onto my lap and i tell her ‘you can only touch my hands, nothing else’ and she puts her little hands on mine and helps guide the fabric. it is really, really sweet and is profoundly sharing and teaching and learning, and really not productive. :)

when does the etsy piece come out? congrats!

admin - July 13, 2008 - 9:58 am

It’s cute isn’t it Tressa? I got so much done when it was just B and me, it’s pretty neat to integrate work and the little one. Then you have a second..it all changes then :)
Not sure when the Etsy piece comes out.. I’ll keep everyone posted.

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My friend Devon , photographer extraordinaire, is having a contest over on her blog. It’s for a portrait session. Even if you don’t live on our Island she is giving away a pretty sweet assortment of goods made by Constance. We had a lovely day today. I dropped of a few new dolls at Trendy […]

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Lindsay - July 6, 2008 - 6:02 pm

Those cherries sound so good, I am JEALOUS! My husband has been making comments about a move up to Canada… well see!

admin - July 10, 2008 - 8:43 pm

What part of Canada is he thinking of? I know so many Americans who have moved up here, marrying our men to get into the country! Ha, I’m joking. It seems to me that alot of people are moving right now..either to the sticks to be more self sufficient or to Portland. All the cool kids are in Portland :)

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