Monthly Archives: April 2015

A Birthday Princess in the Forest

princess in the forest birthday party sybille von olfers

This weekend we celebrated Lucy’s upcoming fourth birthday in the woods with friends. With friends arriving dressed as gnomes, fairies, and princesses, it was nothing short of magical.

I kept it simple, because in all honesty, I just do not enjoy throwing parties like I used to. I scheduled the party from 10-12, and we provided snacks and cupcakes for the kids. The most I did was make some sandwiches. Easy peasy, and I don’t think anyone minded (though pre-children me would have been horrified at the lack of creativity with the food!).

For favors I made up a bunch of fairy wands–multi colored ribbons tied to sticks. It was such an easy an fun activity, that a dear friend gave me the idea for.

Lucy’s dress was of course the same as this one. It is one of the fastest and easiest patterns I have followed–I wish it came in adult sizes!

The day was a very rare damp one in these parts, but no one seemed to mind. Lucy wore her rain boots under her princess dress, and came home covered in mud and dirt, as any little forest princess should! It was a beautiful day.

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princess in the forest birthday party sybille von olfers

ribbon fairy wands

princess in the forest birthday party sybille von olfers

 

Mushroom Forest Coloring Page

free coloring page printout mushroom forest

Yesterday was a tough one. Possibly our toughest to date. June wasn’t napping and Lucy was in need of my attention more than ever. All I wanted to do was run away. Between bouts of insanity Lucy and I spent some time drawing together, and I whipped up this little coloring page, which I thought I would share here for you to download and print out if you wish.

If you do print it out to use, I would love to see it in action. Tag me @cedarmakesthings. Enjoy!

Mushroom Forest Coloring Page

free coloring page printout mushroom forest enchanted

free coloring page printout mushroom forest enchanted

free coloring page printout mushroom forest enchanted

Six Months of June

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Six months. How, when, where did that time go?

This little girl is the absolute dream baby. She is smiles from the moment she wakes up until the moment she falls asleep. She can crawl, but is mostly just content exploring the objects in her immediate surroundings. She pulls herself up and has coasted a little ways along the edge of our coffee table and couch. She has no teeth (I hope it stays this way for a little while longer!). She was fed cheese by her older sister and loves to eat grass, other than that she has not yet had food. She laughs hysterically with even just the lightest of tickles. She loves our cat Jasper and thinks it is hilarious when he rubs his chin on her. She smiles even into her dreams.

I am one lucky mama–I just hope the next six months don’t speed by so quickly.

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A Sun Dress for Baby

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I sewed up this little dress and bloomer set for June about two weeks ago. I made it in a size one, thinking it would be a little while before she fit it, but as you can see she is already fitting into it! I do wonder if there is much a point to sew for babies at the rate they grow, but, I love to see her in clothing I made, so I continue to do it.

The pattern is vintage, Butterick 4782. It is a very simple dress that ties over the shoulder, much like the unicorn Citronille dress I sewed up for Lucy recently.

sweet pea flowers

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A Princess in the Forest Dress

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

Lucy is really into princesses. The feminist in me wishes I had banned all princess related merchandise before she ever knew what a princess was, but as many other families with young girls know, it just seems to sneak into your home–and then multiply (why oh why Disney are you so hellbent on making sure every inch of a little girl’s life is covered in Cinderella, Ariel, or Belle?!).

Instead of fighting it too much (though we have started to request no character themed gifts), I have been trying to introduce her to and encourage more creative princess play as well as books that depict princess in a strong and vibrant light, and not just as the woe-as-me girl who needs a man’s affection to feel happy.

One of the books we bought for Lucy for Christmas is called The Princess in the Forest by Sybille von Olfers. It is a very simple story about the daily activities of this princess in the forest. Lucy took to it immediately.

A few months back I went on the hunt for a princess dress sewing pattern to make for Lucy. I only had two requirements, it could not be a Disney princess’ dress and it needed to be relatively easy. I looked through etsy for vintage patterns, I searched all the major pattern companies, and finally I stumbled onto this pattern on Burda Style, it was better than I could have hoped for, and it resembled the dress from The Princess in the Forest. It was also one of the fastest patterns I have followed in a long time, I sewed it up one morning during an extra long baby nap. Lucy has requested one in red to match the Princess in the Forest exactly, and I think I will oblige–with a little yellow crown to top it off.

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

princess in the forest dress sewing pattern

Easter

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As a non religious family holidays of religious significance have been something I have given a great deal of thought to. Should we celebrate? If so, how are we going to celebrate? How do we explain what we are celebrating? And so on.

I don’t know all the answers to these questions, and they will likely change over the years, but we are slowly paving our own little path. As the years have passed I have come to realize that the traditions of my childhood don’t necessarily fit in with our life now. This to me has been one of the most difficult things to get past, but so exciting to think about creating some entirely new and unique traditions.

We don’t eat a lot of sugar, so plastic eggs full of candy are not a part of our Easter. In the past we have used them filled with cereal when she was very young and small toys as she got older. This year plastic eggs just didn’t feel like a part of our holiday. Instead of the traditional egg hunt I drew up a series of clues that led Lucy to her and June’s hidden baskets (June slept in an extra two hours and missed the excitement, but she has many more Easters ahead of her!). This year we got Lucy a nice, organic chocolate bar and a family of Calico Critters in her basket. June got a sweet little bean bag type dolly. She was more interested in chewing on the basket.

If and however you celebrate, I hope you had a nice day, filled with love, family, and a little bit of sugar.

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My New Roots – A Cookbook Review

my new roots cookbook review

I haven’t been so excited about a cookbook in a long, long time. I am a huge fan of Sarah Britton’s blog, My New Roots. For those unfamiliar, she is a nutritionist who cooks up stunningly beautiful plant based meals, with charm, wit, and loads of information or nutrition, and her recipes are good to boot.

I waited anxiously for this book, with both excitement and the smallest bit of concern. Excitement because, I love Sarah’s blog and was excited to have her recipes on my counter, and concern because I was worried that like many other healthy plant based cookbooks I have been through, the recipes would be filled with hard to find ingredients or entirely too time consuming of processes for a mama of two small children.

When the book arrived I was happy to find that not only were the recipes incredible sounding and creative, but the majority of them are, dare I say, doable. I was so excited I made up two recipes the first day (the lentil salad and the blueberry coconut chia pudding). Today I made up the recipe featured on the cover of the cookbook, spicy cabbage wraps with  couscous, za’atar, and spicy tahini sauce. I had no pea shoots (I need to get back to my micro greens gardening!), so I left them out, but these were amazing. It came together quickly, the flavors where complex, yet it wasn’t in the least bit fussy. Fussy just doesn’t work for me these days.

This book, while it has only been in my possession for a few days is already a classic. I started bookmarking the recipes I wanted to try, but gave up because I realized there were more recipes marked than were left unmarked. If you are interested in incorporating more plant based meals into your life I highly recommend you pick up a copy.

 

my new roots cookbook review

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

A Morning Out

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Last weekend we went for an early morning picnic with some friends in one of our favorite spots. It was quiet and relaxing. The kids played for hours and us mamas got to wander around slowly behind and chat.

I have made it no secret that I don’t really love where I live. I grew up in a beautiful spot in the country surrounded by the crystal waters of the Puget Sound. Everywhere we looked, nature was there. State parks everywhere. Hikes. Boats. Swimming holes. Rope swings. Cabins. Old farmhouses. Beautiful, gorgeous, amazing pine trees. And oh, the smell!

While there are some spots here and there filled with the beauty and serenity I seek, I have always felt that for the most part, fun costs money here. I have been desperately itching to return to the area that I spent entirety of my childhood, to breath that fresh air and see those gorgeous green tree covered mountains. It has been 18 years since I left and 17 years since I visited–and this summer I am going back!
One day I hope to move back up there, but for now we are planning a week long vacation, right on the water, just a few lots down from a 100 acre state park. It sounds like pure heaven, and I will surely be daydreaming about it until the time arrives to hop the plane.

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Coloring Eggs for Easter

naturally dyed easter eggs

We spent the better part of our day getting eggs and dye baths ready to color and then peeking into the fridge every half hour or hour to see how the eggs were coming along. This is the second (or possibly third?) time I have done naturally dyed eggs, and while it a much more time consuming process than the quick tablets in vinegar that you get in packs at the store, I really think it is worth it–I love the organic looking hues of naturally dyed eggs.

This year we used turmeric, shredded beets, shredded red cabbage, and red onion skins on both white and brown eggs. If you are interested in making your own naturally dyed eggs, I recommend these instructions from The Kitchn.

After we dyed them and they had dried (drying without touching is the key, the dye rubs off to the touch while they are wet), Lucy claimed one of the pinkish eggs (from the beet dye) as her own and carried it around in a little basket for about an hour before she lost interest and I snuck it back into the fridge. She was in such awe of the beautiful colors of all the eggs.

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