Beyond Deweyville

Breeding, feeding, writing, reading, crafting, and photographing in Orange County, CA Where it has become a novelty to raise your own kids and mow your own grass (if you can afford some).

Belly Bliss January 27, 2010

Filed under: Crafts, you can do it! — mothersandothers @ 8:39 pm
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It’s time to celebrate this belly, which I cheerfully say this time around, is not mine!

I choked on my mouthful of Trader Joe’s Oreos when she told me she hadn’t taken any belly shots yet. Then I shoved her cute pregnant self out into my backyard.

When I told her that she wasn’t allowed to visit the blog for a while because I would be sharing about her Blessingway she said, “What blog?”

Just kidding

Firstly, I promise everyone here and on Facebook that I will put this font to rest for a bit. Okay that’s a lie. I can’t. I just need to use it a few more times to get it out of my system.

So here’s the big mess I made working on the invites.

I have a lovely crafting area and an office, but somehow I always end up here at this coffee table, which by the way was a Craigslist steal that I will never part with my whole life.

Here’s how they turned out.

All the info is on the back circle layer

Perhaps most importantly, this is how I occupied my four year-old. I gave her a huge stack of paper and the circle cutter

She made about 5,000 circles

She sang the entire time

I can’t wait to show you the favors!


Who wants a stinkin’ present? January 25, 2010

Filed under: Crafts, you can do it!,General — mothersandothers @ 2:27 pm

The other day I was sitting, and knitting, when I heard really faint crying. I started to walk around to see where it was coming from and then I realized… it was my sewing machine.

He misses me

So I’ve been making a whole truck load full of these cute little square make-upy bags

My first time doing a zipper

I’m sending this one to Noelle


I’m also sending one to the first person who leaves a comment

Fun huh?

Oh yeah, you may get different fabric. Whatever suits my fancy when I start cuttin’.



The Ricardos January 19, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mothersandothers @ 10:33 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, meet my wonderful friends Lucy, Desi, and little Ricky.

We all used to work together, and I think the world of their beautiful little family.

They were so much fun to shoot; I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a while.

As I was loading these up for you to see I was thinking about the intimacy of this process. The shooting can all happen rather quickly. There’s usually lot’s of movement, lot’s of talking, lot’s of me trying to hide behind the camera.

The editing on the other hand, is quite still and slow.


I’ve developed some editing habits over the last few years.

As I stare back at frozen you for long periods of time I usually do one or all of the following

I can’t help but smile too

I pray for you

I reminisce about our history, if we have one

I have fake conversations with you

I feel grateful that you’ve let me capture you


Somebody is getting too big January 18, 2010

Filed under: General,Kids — mothersandothers @ 2:22 pm

Luckily it’s not me!

It’s time for big girl food

and big girl baths


One-upping my six year-old January 2, 2010

Filed under: Crafts, you can do it!,General — mothersandothers @ 10:04 pm
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Sometimes when I need to feel better about myself I’ll remind the kids that I can do much more than they can–things like read, and be able to tell someone what year I was born. And of course, I am the craft leader around here. So when Wyatt learned to knit I could not be left behind.

At his school the children are introduced to knitting starting in their first year of Kindy. Using just their fingers, they spend many hours making long chains of stitches. This is a wonderful exercise to improve fine motor skills and counting ability, not to mention it directs all that energy.  You will often see children quietly working on their finger knitting during an oral story time or even while walking around on the playground. Teachers will generally have large baskets of raw wool and several carders (picture a dog brush) available to the children in the classroom so they can comb the wool back and forth to smooth it out.

I love that they are handling and looking at something natural and beautiful

In First grade, that would be Wy Guy, they move on to using needles. First they must make their own, spending several hours sanding down the tips of two wood dowels before rubbing on some beeswax.

The first project this school year was a pair of horse reins

You have no idea how long two children (or one child and a dog) will play with reins!

Well…a couple of months ago some moms at school offered a morning class to teach those of us that were interested how to do it!

I went and mostly watched, chatted, and held Shivohn

Then Thanksgiving break came and I knew that I would be camping in the presence of a knitter, Elin, for almost a week. I bought some needles and yarn and packed them with my stuff.

When I saw Elin I told her that I was interested in getting some pointers during the week and she said, “Great! I’ll teach you to make a hat.”


And then I was sitting and knitting (with really bad posture) for about five days straight

Elin kept telling me to “loosen up.”

My grandma kept saying things like, “Do you want the light on? How can you see what you’re doing?”

And slowly I worked

Do you see it on my lap up there?

And here it is on Amaiah’s head. I should tell you that she has never worn it again.

And now I’m fully addicted, even knitting at red lights. It’s such a meditative, wonderful form of handwork.

Since Thanksgiving I’ve started and finished a hat for Shivs, all by myself, and have one started for Wyatt. As I type I’m also knitting Amaiah a pink sheep.

Take that Wyatt!


Knock, knock, anybody there? January 1, 2010

Filed under: General — mothersandothers @ 7:05 pm


I know

What the h e double toothpicks?

I became a blog slacker.

In my mind (and now in type) I just combined those two words and said I’ve become blacker. Aaaahaha! Get it, blog + slacker = blacker, and since I’m so white I’m technically translucent it’s hilarious.

Really, I haven’t been drinking the Mad Housewife.

And so begins a new commitment to this piece of my life.

I hope you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and Day

Can’t wait to share with you what’s been going on!