It’s feast or famine

I am a touch obsessed with blue. But that's only because it's the best color ever.

I am a touch obsessed with blue. But that’s only because it’s the best color ever.

Why is it that inspiration comes all at once? Like when you’re already really busy? I’m not saying I dislike inspiration, I just sometimes wish it would cooperate more. But since that is generally not the case, I’m just gonna have to roll with it.

The last week I have been wrapping up work on a bake sale I am organizing for Montana No Kid Hungry (if you live in Billings, come check it out this Saturday). I figured since I am a stay at home mom now, I should use a bit more of my time and energy for community good. It’s going to be a really small sale, but it will be fun. It’s a chance for me to bake a lot without worrying where all the baked goods will go. Plus, I will get to hang out outside with no little kiddos. I have been emailing, making posters and road signs plus actually baking. It’s taking up a good chunk of my free time. Add to that all the yard and garden prep work we have been taking care of, and I have barely had any studio time. So naturally, I came up with some decent ideas for projects. Because I have so very few of those.

Wonderful, substantial granola. I adapted this double batch of delish from Sophie Dahl's Tawny Granola recipe.

Wonderful, substantial granola. I adapted this double batch of delish from Sophie Dahl’s Tawny Granola recipe.

When we gave my daughter her big girl bed, I topped it off with a bright purple comforter that was mine when I was a kid. My husband was a tiny bit repelled by the idea because it’s about 20 years old. But it looked cute and covered the bed, so I didn’t think anything of it. Flash forward about four months, and she really doesn’t care for the blanket. She has tons of little-girl sized blankets in colors and patterns she prefers. Plus, the corners of the comforter cover are ripping. So I am now facing up to the fact that my husband is right and that blanket is nearing the end of its life. But only as a blanket. I had a flash of inspiration as I was wandering around the internet looking at meditation pillows. When I see something I kind of want (like a meditation pillow), my general reaction is “They want WHAT?!?! I can make that”. In this case, my brain jumped immediately to my well-loved and still okay comforter. I can picture folding the comforter into a neat little stack the perfect loft for sitting on. And the purple cover can be cut, stamped and embellished to perfectly fit my style. I can have a perfectly custom pillow for free. Free. I love that word.

My kid and I baked crayons. Kudos to my mom for finding the perfect silicone molds for $1.

My kid and I baked crayons. Kudos to my mom for finding the perfect silicone molds for $1.

But until next week, that idea will just have to simmer. While I am in bake sale mode, most of my creative time is kitchen time. But that is a good place to be too. Catch you all tomorrow!

My little guy is on solids and loving them! And my husband worked a miracle...he made the first roast I have ever had that didn't make we want to throw up. It probably helped that no potato was involved. But it was so good I had seconds at dinner and also had it for lunch the next two days.

My little guy is on solids and loving them! And my husband worked a miracle…he made the first roast I have ever had that didn’t make we want to throw up. It probably helped that no potato was involved. But it was so good I had seconds at dinner and also had it for lunch the next two days.

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