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some thoughts on art, writing, and motherhood

The stories of our own lives require active searching—learning to look through our memories in a new way. To find story in your life, you must engage imagination with memory; you must invent a line of continuity—not from nothing, but from the raw materials of your life. It’s like reading a pattern in DNA or figuring out the possible anagrams in a word. To find story in your life, you have to know what you’re looking for. Tristine Rainer, Your Life as Story

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The Nursing Mama’s Best Friend

There are a lot of things to love about breastfeeding, but one thing I didn't particularly care for was just how much time I spent doing it at the beginning. A fellow Stroller Strides mama is expecting her second baby any day. I wanted to give her something I knew she would use. I remembered how much I loved having some essentials close at hand, like a glass of water and lip balm,  when I was in the middle of a marathon nursing session with my own newborn, so I whipped up this little...

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A Birthday Crown

I whipped up this DIY felt birthday crown last week. It's for a little boy, G, who's turning one soon and celebrating with a Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday party. The pattern is from Amanda Soule's The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections and it's a very quick project. Wool felt is always so much fun to work with, and I love the way this turned out. There's a bit of elastic in the back, so the crown should fit for many more birthdays. Next up: a...

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