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I often watch TED talks while Dmitri naps. I found this one especially inspiring.

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rainbows. i have a prism i got for 5 dollars that hangs in a south facing window in our living room and every afternoon (that it is not overcast)  the sun hits it just right to fill the space with rainbows!

little hands and feet covered with marker after a drawing session!

our flowering plum tree

the amazing scenery that surrounds me.

and my friend Sasha, i think chatting with Sasha about our creative endevours might be one of the most inspiring things in my life right now. it might sound sort of silly but Sasha got me back into knitting after years of  having a knitting block and i find when i talk with her i get really excited about creating stuff. she also has an awesome blog The Self Sufficient Apartment

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Overwhelmed–IMG_1342

Originally uploaded by tsgentuso

Watching a toddler has a cycle. it goes from surprisingly easy to being almost overwhelmingly hard then back again. today is a hard day. dmitri knows how to push chairs around now to reach surfaces previously beyond his reach. right now he is playing with our answering machine earlier he tried to “help” me cook lunch and before that he “helped” wash the dishes. i want him to help wash dishes and when he is a little older and has a little bit better understanding of english i want him to help me cook but right now cooking is hard because he just doesn’t get that the stove is hot and dangerous and as far as doing the dishes goes that is actually sort of fun and would be fine it just takes a lot of energy on my part and combined with his other adventures it sort of wore me out. we end up with a lot of water on the floor and often when we finish he finds all the clean dishes within his reach and puts them back int he sink.
on days like this where i feel a bit overwhelmed i tend to do a lot of day dreaming about things i want to make. today it has been an embroidery project i would like to do. i can’t actually work on it except in my head so that’s what i am doing. i am also day dreaming about block printing. yesterday i managed to make a few prints of some new blocks to see how they look. i need to do a bit more carving on them. i also want to make some new blocks. i would really like to try letterboxing and it would be cool to have my own personal stamp for it. i could just do my signature ladybug maybe i will do a robin and a ladybug. when i do a drawing for a signature for myself it is always a ladybug and for dmitri i always do a robin.
do you have a little drawing you sometime use as a signature? your own personal hieroglyphic? if so what is it? i would love to include an image of my personal signature but dmitri has me to busy to get to the scanner at the moment and so i will share an image i found on flicker doing a search for “overwhelmed”

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number 5

Originally uploaded by moonfroggy

i think this might be dmitri’s 5th drawing but i’m not certain. maybe it is his 7th? i wish i had gotten a photo of him in action for this one because he was so into it. first he stood at the table drawing and i looked down at the book i was reading and when i glanced back up he was sitting on the table in that classic squat that toddlers like to sit in and was still drawing. i think he may have spent a whole 10 minutes way longer than ever before.

one of the things i have learned is i can’t let him see the cap of the markers if he knows there is a cap he just wants to try and take it on and off the marker but he doesn’t have the motor skills to do it and gets frustrated and very little if any drawing happens. for this drawing i made sure to hide the cap ahead of time and i think that’s why he was so into drawing. what is also funny is he tries to draw with other things like knitting needles! that’s actually what prompted me to give him a marker and paper for this one he had found one of my chunky knitting needles and was trying to draw with it. things need to leave very visible marks or he looses interest and as a result crayons aren’t very popular with him right now. the markers we have been using are washable markers from stuby pencil and i like them a lot except that they all look the same except for the lid so it would be really easy for a child to mix up the caps and then not know what color was what. they are very washable though!

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