25 October 2011

WIP Cowl and Crochet Circles

I just wanted to share a couple of items I'd been playing with this week! (This weeks photos are compliments of my iPhone 4, so they aren't the best.)

 It's kind of an experiment... Hopefully by next week, this cowl will have taken it's final form!

A close up of the texture. I really like where it's going!

I thought I'd learn how to crochet circles. We haven't gotten there yet in crochet school, but this is what I've been looking forward to most! Hopefully next week we'll be working on them. <3 I'm hoping to make Aviva some Autumn hats! 

19 October 2011

Marching Band

Yesterday, Aviva wriggled around in an outfit of her father's. Best part is it's a 12 mos. outfit and she's barely 6 months!

A pair of charming John-John's and a shirt with navy piping. It features cute little marching band in red, gold, and white. I love the way it shows a little bit of the belly of the shirt between the chest and shorts.

The straps cross in the back and button above her tushie. I know it's a boys outfit but it's so sweet I couldn't not let Aviva romp about in it.

Josh said it was like looking into a time machine mirror haha.


Stitching Finds and Crochet School Swatch

While in Maryland, Stephanie told me about Crochet School and having been a knitter who always wanted to learn how, I decided I wanted to try it out. I knew I would need to buy new crochet needles and supplies to begin the class. But I knew that Josh's nana had been a great knitter and crocheter so I figured it would be worth searching her house for supplies.

And we found them. Lots of them. Needles and accessories in all sizes. They came in these charming wooden boxes. Let's see what's inside!

Crochet hooks in many sizes and made of many materials. The above are bone, wood, plastic, steel with wooden handles, and obviously plenty of aluminum. Mixed in are some knitting and crochet accessories.

Large needles, small needles. double pointed needles, etc. No round needles but I have lots of those.

So needless to say I was set for crochet school and had some great additions for my winter knitting supplies. So when I came home, I practiced the stitches listed and proceeded to make my swatch.

Stephanie and I decided we wanted to do some sort of weekly yarncraft post together to help us keep knitting and crocheting. Now that we have children, it's a worthwhile hobby especially during the winter and personally, when my girls are old enough I hope to teach them these crafts. I learned to knit in third grade, and crochet a little (barely) when I was 13 or 14. It would be nice if they were interested as well. :)

So every Tuesday we are going to do our best to post our yarncraft projects to keep ourselves inspired. So to next week!

11 October 2011

6 Months

Oh, Vivi!

How the time flies! I feel like I just wrote your 5 month letter!

Over the past month, you've done such amazing things! You've leapt from a sitting position into a standing position, leaving your Savta (grandmother) in stitches and your Ima wide-eyed after catching you). You've begun to get in to crawling position, and you're speech is coming along so well! I love hearing your dada, nana, ning, nans, baba, gaga, lala, and so on. The way you babble at me, it feels like we are having a real conversation.

And just last week, while in Maryland, you cut your first tooth! I will have quite the story to tell you about that... Despite the passing of your great-grandmother, you were able to keep your Savta smiling despite it. You kept her laughing and kept her tears at bay, and you were the blessing we needed to get her through this difficult time. Let's just say G-d knew what he was doing when he brought you our way.

Everyone that meets you goes on and on about how smart and advanced you are. It's enough to go to a mother and father's head! I have no perspective on this since you are my only so far, but your Abba often jokes, "how will your brothers and sisters ever measure up?!". 

During five hours straight of Hashanah services, you never once cried. You smiled and flirted with everyone around you and grabbed everyone's siddur (prayerbook). Everytime the Rabbi started to sing, you would, too, at the top of your lungs and all of the men and women in the shul laughed and smiled, saying how you were full of the spirit of the New Year!

May our new year be blessed and may you continue to be the glowing star in our family that keeps our smiles bright.

Your Ima

06 October 2011

Small Blog Meet: An Introduction

Hello folks, my name is Lauren Rose Deitch. (Rose is short for Rosier, pronounced ROH-ZEE-AY). I'm   a 24 year old stay-at-home-mother to a generous and loving husband.

Recently, my friend Stephanie, joined the Small Blog Meet, and it seemed like a fun way to get to know other bloggers and make friends with similar interests. What are those interests you may ask? (or maybe you don't ask, but here they are anyway!) I spend my time sewing (experimentally) for my daughter and for myself, crafting (accessories, things for the home, and so on), studying languages (Japanese in high school and college, Hebrew for the past couple of years) and finding ways to be the best mother, wife, and homemaker I can be. Obviously, this is largely a learning process, all of it!

When it comes to parenting, everyone has favorite methods. Some are old, some are new, and some are making a comeback because they are tried and true (an inadvertent rhyme, might I add). As a stay at home mother, I am very lucky to have the opportunity to spend time trying stuff out. I breastfeed Aviva exclusively. I utilize part-time EC (elimination communication). I also cloth diaper at home, though I use disposables on the go. We co-sleep in a family bed which we all love very much. Both my husband and I chose to wear Aviva over utilizing our stroller. However, we do use our jogging stroller when go for nature walks on the trail.

I mentioned my daughter. Her name is Aviva Margot (birth story here) and she lights my path. She makes me happy and she makes me strive to be a better, simpler person. 

Let's be friends, shall we? <3

Maryland Day Two and Three: Bottles, Birds, and Buffalo

Josh's grandmother's house is like a treasure trove. Tchotchkes galore. The above is a small selection from her bottle collection, some of which antiques worth a sum and others which fit into the collection due to their rather catching aesthetics.

Grandaddy Jim was a collector, too. This is only a minute bit of his amazing room. But I thought I'd share this favorite bit of stuff. Apparently, he had a great accord for nature, especially birds and buffalo.

And a lovely gift found outside of Josh's uncle Luther's home...

Before we return to California, we still have plenty to do in that house so I hope to find some nifty things for Aviva and discover what else Ann had to share with her family.

03 October 2011

Maryland Day One: Exhaustion

Neglect! It's a terrible thing. And this blog reeks of it. ;) Our family has been preparing for the high holidays (Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year) and it was beautiful. But on the first Shabbat of the New Year shortly after beginning our meal, we received some dreadful news. Josh's grandmother (his mother's mother) passed away. This was the same great-grandmother Ann that made the dress in a previous Little Vintage Style post

It was a very tough time and gave way to an extremely exhausting weekend. Can you tell by our photos? :)We didn't sleep for over 36 hours, having prepared for leaving for Maryland at 4 AM on Sunday morning. This was Aviva's first trip and she was so well behaved on the plane, etc! Such a joy!

We spent a lot of time at Josh's uncle Luther's home. He's such an amazing man, a wondrous poet! They've been really strong despite losing their mother. Busy with plans, busy with the future. He selected a fund for people to donate to in her name instead of sending flowers. It's to enable underprivileged students go to college. She was an educator and school principal for 40 years. She requested her body be donated to medical science. That's the kind of selfless person she was.

The above is at Pita Hut in Gaithersburg, MD. Lol. What a name. Since I won't be able to craft, I figured I'd keep a travel log of sorts and catalogue interesting finds and family moments.