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sadly i did not get any photos but i have a good reason for no photos. my hands where way to slippery and messy to hold a camera! i have been waiting for the sun to come out so that dmitri and i could go outside and play with shaving cream and we did and it was so fun. the only shaving cream at our tiny grocery store in town is not the foamy kind but if i put some of it in the blender with water it becomes foamy! i blended it with blue food coloring and we went outside with a giant bowl of it and some paper and a plastic tray. at first dmitri was very hesitant to even touch it. i had to get both my hands covered to show him it was ok but he was still hesitant so i playfully and gentlky got it all over his hands. he got sort of excited at that pint then he kept getting more into it and soon the paper was set aside and no longer of interest and we just had the shaving cream on the plastic tray and after a bit he was laying on the tray so his whole torso was in the shaving cream. i’m not sure that it was really an art thing it was more of  texture sensory thing but it was really really fun. i discovered that shaving cream makes everything really slippery and next time i do it i will have towels and things near by to dry my hands off quickly if i need to. rob was home today to help if dmitri went running off or if he had suddenly needed to be held. i really want to try the shaving cream mixed with finger paint!

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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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i made my first pillow today. it is filled with organic eco wool from sheep that live in my state who are treated very well and the fabric is a fantastic linen cotton blend i have had around for years. later today or tomorrow i plan to make a pillow case for it. tree loves the pillow he is carrying it around and rolling on it and having a blast. it is pretty neat how a child can find something like a pillow so very entertaining and how he can get so much joy out of a simple stuffed square! i will post some photos once i ake a pillow case.

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