14 Weeks….

June 25, 2009

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I’m working away in my sewing room.  Can you guess what these things are?  I’ll do another post on that…but for now let me just say how much I am enjoying today.  Today I am almost 14 weeks pregnant.  It was a journey to get here, and I’m so thankful!  It’s a special time for me because I’m planning things and becoming so very excited about the future.  A few months ago I could not have said the same.

So here I am, sewing away, petting ultra-soft fabrics and planning what my little one is going to wear, be wrapped in and carried with.  Exciting!!  I just had to share.

Soundtrack to my life

March 15, 2009

I love how music can change the way you feel, and set the mood for various activities in the day.  I want to share a few of my favorite online sources for music.  Some of them are about finding new music, some are just about hearing what I want to hear, and others are kind of “radio replacements”.  All are free!   Here’s my list of top destinations when I want some music!

SomaFM is full of radio stations that I’d love to see on the terrestrial air, but alas, they are way too cool!  I get my fix with

Groove Salad

A nicely chilled plate of ambient beats and grooves.      and

Lush

Sensuous and mellow vocals, mostly female, with an electronic influence.

Accuradio calls itself The Next Generation of Radio….I just love the clear stations that only play what’s in their descriptions, as well as the many choices!  Accuradio also has an outstanding holiday radio!! (I love Christmas music)  Aside from Accu-holidays, my favorite stations are Modern Rock Classics, Classic Rocktopia, and Future Perfect (Indie Rock).

I love Last.FM because as I listen it builds a database of all my songs and artists.  It really shows me what I listen to over and over.  It also has some nifty music discovery features.  I can look at other people that listen to my favorite artists and see what else they listen to.  I can also check out Last.FM’s recommendations that are based on my listening habits!  I have discovered countless new artists that I adore here on Last.FM.  To name a few, Damien Rice, Andrew Bird, Inara George and Regina Spektor.

Pandora Radio is just that, a Pandora’s box of musical goodness.  They have a scientific way of building an entire radio station from your song/artist input.  What results is totally unscientific heaven!  I’ve also discovered lots of artists here.  The first step is inputting an artist you love, and from there you’ll be entranced.

Lastly is Playlist.com.  I enjoy this site because I can build my own wacky playlists of songs according to a theme like 80’s, or old school or anything!  They’ve got tons of songs available, and usually I’m only out of luck if a song is very new or very obscure.   I have a ton of different playlists going right now.

I have friends who “save” names for future children and refuse to divulge them for fear of getting them stolen!  I was tempted to do that, but I love so so many names that I could not possibly have enough children to use them all up.  So I’m sharing my secrets here in this post.  My favorite names list has been compiling in my head for a long time, but a few websites really streamlined it recently.  One of those sites is called Nymbler “Your personal baby name assistant”.  I love entering names and seeing what other names it comes up with.  Also the definition feature is very handy, simply click the name and it opens a small pop-up with origin and popularity information.

The Parents Connect baby name tool was actually really helpful too, even though it seems to lean toward popular rather than obscure names.

I could spend hours with the NameVoyager, ohhhh so many fun tools and statistics, and on top of it the founder has a great blog.  Anyone interested in origins of names, trends etc.  just has to check out her knowledge and friendly writing style.

So after all that….here is my current list of naming love:

Boys:  Nolan, Lachlan, Asher, Keane, Grady, Grant, Graeme (Graham), Reid, Kellan, Killian, Soren, Lorne, Cale, Galen….

Girls:  Samantha, Cassia, Noelle, Annalise, Calla, Linnea, Celene, Hannah, Kate, Dahlia, Lilah, Emmeline, Selina, Esme, Lucia..

What do you think of my names?  Have any of your own to add?  (I can keep a secret)

And they’re done!

April 3, 2008

I finished my bobbins today. Now to find a great project! I’ve been browsing this Flickr pool for inspiration.  I noticed a very pretty picture of lavendar by Elemental Stitches, and it has me very inspired!  I love the dark background.

Hello

December 11, 2007

Welcome to my blog. Here I hope to find a circle of inspiration.