movie monday: cow chicken 8

Cow Chicken meets Isadora from carissaabc on Vimeo.

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fashion chronicles: every once in awhile i get dressed

mostly these days i’m wearing pajamas and “stretchy pants” as i putter around the house and fend off spit-up from sweet happy baby, but every once in awhile i do actually get dressed.  this was what i wore to church last week.  the necklace was made for me by the happy little dude.  the scarf was another infinity bias-cut scarf that i made with fabric that i couldn’t decide whether it was hideous or gorgeous and i’ve definitely settled on the latter.  this dress is definitely more teal than royal blue in real life, but i can’t be bothered to fiddle with the color balance, so just use your imaginations.

IMGP7810 IMGP7815sneaky little ghost, photo-bombing my picture…

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it’s spring!

in the original spirit of my blog (posting little things that bring me joy throughout the day), here are two things i recently discovered in the hedges outside our bedroom windows (look closely!):


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movie monday: a day in the park

on our recent trip to texas, we were able to spend some time with gabriel’s birthfamily.  here’s a sneak peek:


Slides and Swings from carissaabc on Vimeo.

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big boy bed

the happy little dude has been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a very long time now (since he was little enough that i was worried he’d roll out of a taller bed and be hurt) and so when my parents visited last month, i asked my dad if he’d build a bed for my boy.  i poked around on pinterest and was inspired by this photo.  happy little dude always wants us to “make him a tent” when he goes to bed (he likes to hide under the covers with a flashlight), so i thought he might enjoy having a whole “house” over his head.IMGP7526i added stars–both painted and glow-in-the-dark stickers — and a night sky to the inside, along with an LED taplight.  i love that he now sleeps on a pillow made for him by one grandma, under a quilt made by another grandma, on top of a bed made by a grandpa!


and after this photo shoot, we added a little bookshelf beside the “window” that can hold all the bedtime necessities.  i have to admit that i’m a little jealous.  i’ve always wanted glow-in-the-dark stars above my bed.  i love reading stories here every night!IMGP7536

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meet isadora

IMGP7660this is isadora marie.

IMGP7644she and i share the same birthday. we’re all pretty much in love with her.

IMGP7665she loves her new blankie.  i started knitting it last thanksgiving and i finished it last week.  hooray!

IMGP7595does the pattern look familiar?  (i really love knitting this pattern…) can you spot the gray row that i knit (wrong) while i was in the delivery room enjoying chatting with her birthmother and not really paying attention to my knitting?  that’s a story in a blanket, friends.

IMGP7655welcome, sweet happy girl.  we are so glad you are here.IMGP7638


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movie monday: a special announcement

Four from carissaabc on Vimeo.

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getting ready….

the baby room is pretty much ready, so i thought i’d show off a few pictures.  we left the queen size bed in there in case we have an abundance of guests sometime and because i learned the first time that having a bed in the same room as the baby can sometimes come in… handy.

IMGP6805i’m especially fond of these “clouds” created after i 1) found a big batch of embroidery hoops at the dig-n-save, 2) was inspired by this beautiful nursery and 3) had a “ladies craft night” at my house where friends generously created these works of art for me to display. IMGP6807


there’s sort of a cloud “theme” going on in the room, so i also made this mobile:IMGP6812

the art on this wall is a combination of etsy artists and my own work (done in my ‘craft lab’ program at the library)IMGP6813 IMGP6817

i also screen printed the curtain for the closet at work.  we got a new screen printing kit and, of course, i needed to learn how to use it, so i sketched out this design, burned the screen and the printed it onto a grey bedsheet.  i really love how it turned out!


and here’s a cute pillow i made:

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of course, there’s still one or two things i’d like to add to the room eventually, but it’s feeling fairly finished at this point and i’m so pleased with how it’s turned out!  i hope new baby likes it too…

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app review: tiny bang story

i’ve been meaning to blog about the app tiny bang story for quite awhile, but i noticed today that it’s currently free and i don’t know how long that will last, so go start the download now and then come back to read this review!  (also on android here, not free)

was it still free?  if not, i still think it’s well worth the price, and let me tell you why.  i first read about this app on digital media diet’s blog. to tell you the truth, i was initially drawn in by the illustrations and i happen to know the author of digital media diet and can trust her judgment.  also, i was doing a storytime about tiny things and this looked like a good fit for an app to go with that theme, so i thought i’d give it a shot.

turns out… i loved it.  as in, as soon as we finished the game i was trying to google “games like tiny bang story” because i just wanted to play more.  it reminded me of a (not so eerie) version of myst.  you’re dumped into a beautifully rendered world with no real instructions, but you poke around and pretty soon figure out what you’re supposed to be doing to move the game forward.  there are puzzles along the way and you eventually unlock different areas of the world to explore.  some of the puzzles were pretty challenging.  a few could be completed by the happy little dude.  we worked side-by-side for most of the game.  i let him do as much of the action as he could and we were both equally engaged and fascinated by this little world.  i’d set the timer for 30 minutes so that we wouldn’t just play the whole thing in one marathon sitting, but we still often went past our 30 minute limit trying to get to the next level.  i’ve found a handful of other titles that claim to be similar, but i’m saving them up for some occasion where we need some serious interactive distraction.  i’ll let you know if i find anything else that measures up.  in the meantime, let me know if you love tiny bang as much as my happy little family does.

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movie monday: games with grandparents

mr. happy stuff’s family loves to play games, so when his mom came for a visit last month, she and the happy little dude played a number of games together.  i caught this game with both grandparents on video for you to enjoy:


Games with the Grandparents from carissaabc on Vimeo.

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