Recently, one of my long-time Instagram friends sent my little girl a beautiful bird stuffie as a gift. I've been following Amanda (@ofallthewildthings) and her heart-melting photographs of her baby girl as she moves from state to state with her military husband. She's in the midst of opening an etsy shop and a cross-country move. I can't wait to see what pops up in Of All the Wild Things once she's settled into her new home. If you have a chance you should check out her photos on her blog. They really are lovely.
My girl absolutely loves her new pet bird and has named her Olive. She has shown anyone and everyone who has set foot in our house for the last week "her favorite stuffed animal". She's told me that Olive is so special because she's handmade. We spent some time hand-sewing a small felt egg for Olive. And now the little miss is requesting a baby bird. Oh my.
Thank you, dear Amanda for your thoughtful and sweet gift. Little Olive is snuggling happily into her new home.
I finally found a chance to put together a calendar using some of my favorite family photos from the last year. I swear the title of my calendar is purely coincidental... great minds, right? I'm really pleased with how it turned out and Lulu did a great job with the printing.
While we were visiting my in-laws in Florida, we went for an air boat ride in the Everglades. It was so much fun. Despite having to use earplugs, the ride really was relaxing and beautiful. I like boat rides. The air boat captain found a rather large alligator for us to watch. And the gator seemed very interested in watching us in return. It circled our boat and swam up so close... too close. The alligator seemed to be really looking us over, and I was a bit worried that it was going to leap into the boat with us. Does that happen? I backed as far away from the edge as possible, all of my escape routes were blocked by other people pressing in from behind to get a closer look... I felt just a little bit claustrophobic.
The kids loved seeing all the animals in the little zoo and visiting the gift shop. Forrest got along well with the peacock. And Sylvia even got to hold a baby alligator!
I've been listing my photos with Getty Images for over eight months now and I've had quite a few sales. November and December of 2013 were especially good. Such a nice surprise. Each month, I receive a statement listing what photos have sold and to who, but I never know how they'll be used. I was pleased to finally find a match when trying the Google Images search the other night. My photo is on the cover of a book! The German version of The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson.
"To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the Northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known. But when Joe drowns off the coast, his ex-wife shows up at his funeral, intent on reclaiming the children."
I found the cover art on the designer's website. And also found Die andere Seite des Glucks for sale in several online shops. So cool. Yay!
The kids finally returned to school today, after staying home for two snow days this week. And then on Monday, everyone was home for Martin Luther King's birthday. And then there were sick children the week before. My son hasn't been to school since last Wednesday morning, more than a week ago.
I've been making lots of food, sometimes with success: tomato soup, cheesy eggs, roast with carrots, potatoes and onions in the crock pot, chili, Scandinavian salmon stew... so good.
The cats have enjoyed the excitement and adventures with arctic snow and warm fires in the fireplace each day.
This photo of Klaus and his fluffy legs cracks me up. Poor baby. He did not like the snow.
I've been adding beautiful (in my humble opinion) new prints to my shop each day. I hope you'll stop by Mermaids and Moss to have a look around.
I celebrated my birthday (a very big one) over the weekend. My husband surprised me with dinner at my favorite seafood restaurant Thames Street Oyster House. Actually, he was going to take me away for a night on the Eastern Shore, but had to cancel our plans at the last minute because of our sad and sick children who miraculously were perfectly fine the very next day. Oh, winter germs, go away and stay away. I was also treated to a lovely night out with some of my most favorite friends. Thank you, dear friends. And, not only did my sweet sister-in-law watch the sad and sick children so that I could go out to dinner with my husband, but she also made me this wonderful cat cake. She remembered that my mother used to make me cat cakes each year for my birthday. So sweet. Thank you.