Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Tide Pools of Summer

One of my biggest laments of moving from a city to a small town is the lack of child/family friendly activities. They just do not seem to exist here and what they do have is sparse. In fact, sidewalks just spontaneously end and not in a Shel Silverstein sort of way, they just stop.

However, for what this small town lacks in organized family activities, it makes up for in nature exploration opportunities. Our Saturdays usually consist of a walk all around town and out to the beach to watch the waves. In fact, yesterday we were gifted with viewing two grey whales playing at the mouth of the jetty. We never saw that in Fort Collins.

This week we also discovered an amazing tide pool spot just south of Port Orford. We have previously found this activity a bit difficult to do with P & J because the tide pools we found were down steep cliffs or very close to the ocean waves.

The Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve is an incredible spot! After deciding we would just head south to find something new instead of just going to our usual go-to beach, we found this. A place where the tide pools seem endless and each isolated pool holds a variety of ocean flora and fauna.

There is no signage from the road. It is 2.5 miles south of Port Orford on highway 101. Turn right after mile marker 304. There is a short enchanted woodland hike down to the beach and then wide open exploration.

While we explored the tide pools we saw five different types of starfish, at least three types of crabs, sea cucumbers, chitons, snails, limpets, and brightly colored anemones. That was just a sample! The seagulls also like to come and take advantage of the all-you-can-eat low tide buffet.

The Redrock Fish Marine Reserve is a very kid friendly place to explore. It is flat and right on the beach. At low tide, the ocean waves are a significant distance from the tide pools and there are plenty of sandy areas to walk between the tide pools so, you do not have to traverse the rocks and squash the tiny barnacles and snails that might be residing on them.

This is a wonderful happy memory maker for your family! If you visit be aware of tide changes and remember tide pools are delicate ecosystems. Bring along a camera and a tide pool identification book too.

If you want to now more about the Redfish Rock Marine Reserve here are links:

If you want to see more photos of our tide pool adventure then go to Nick's webpage:

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sweet Little Embroidery Swap

Lisa at Sweet Little Pretties organized another swap. Naturally, I couldn't pass it up but it definitely was taking me out of my comfort zone! This time the swap was to make something that is embroidered.

I am not totally sure if it had to be "hand" embroidered or if machine embroidered was ok. I didn't check this detail out as I do not own an embroidery machine which meant I had to come up with something to do by hand.

I have never done embroidery.

However, I was very excited for the challenge! Naturally, I created a Pinterest board for some inspiration and hopefully, a bit of instruction.

My partner was Kim from Babes & Brides. She already follows me on the various social media outlets so, it was difficult to not reveal too much!

My info sheet on Kim said she likes pinks and aquas as well as angels and fairies. She also mentioned that anything handmade and from the heart was a treasure. So, the pressure was off. A bit.

Honestly, I was fairly intimidated to make something for Kim. She does incredible sewing and embroidery.

I started practicing some free form flowers just to get the feel of it and planning on a more specific pattern/design for the actual swap item.

Well, it turns out I liked my freeform stitches so well, that I made a new swatch on a piece of aqua linen and stitched up some flowers in several shades of pink.

I then turned this into a medium wide-mouth zippy pouch, using my "go-to" tutorial from noodlehead.

I enclosed a note, a delicious chocolate bar, and a fat quarter of some fairy fabric then sent it along to Kim.  Turns out she loved it! Check out what she had to say:

I love embroidery! It is very meditative and a great way to embellish something. I am waiting for my embroidery surprise to show up at my door and like Kim, I believe that handmade from the heart gifts are treasures!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Roly-Poly Pinafore Review + Giveaway!

Way long ago when I was in my early 20s and visiting my grandmother she decided we needed to sew something for the daughter I may have one day. She had been sewing some dresses for one of my cousin's sweet girls and with me being the youngest girl of 21 grandchildren with no prospect of a husband in sight I guess she assumed she would not be around when I became a mom.

We settled on this pattern:

It was a darling sweet pinafore in a lavender print with a pink reverse and an eyelet ruffle. Bloomers and cutesy Peter Rabbit buttons completed the outfit. We made a size 6-9 months.

I packed it away in my baby hope chest of sorts and many years passed before motherhood arrived. P was born in May which meant her, 6-9 months fell in wintertime and the pinafore stayed tucked away and still remains unworn.

I was pretty giddy when Imagine Gnats offered me a chance to be part of the blog tour and review the Roly-Poly Pinafore pattern! Yay! I can make one for P to wear now and maybe make one for later too!

We ventured up to Salem over Memorial Day weekend and I discovered Greenbaum's Quilted Forest. It is loaded with a super fantastic fabric assortment and they give you 10% off your entire purchase during the entire month of your birthday! Lucky me!

P chose Michael Miller Fabrics in Fantasy Forest and Ta Dot.

The pattern printed and fit together easy. It has a pocket option which I did not do because P could care less about pockets. If you would like the entire side to be one fabric it is easy enough to tape the pattern pieces together and cut the fabric that way.

Either I was distracted enough by J playing around me or I was just absent minded when I cut out my fabric but I ended up cutting one of the back sides out upside down in the Forest Fantasy print and living 3 hours away from the fabric store where I purchased it I was feeling pretty lousy. I dug through my fabric stash and found a fat quarter of a turquoise print that would blend in just fine. I re-cut my upside down piece and blocked out the top in the turquoise.  All was not lost. Just buy a bit of extra fabric if you are working with a directional print.

This sewed up very easy and quickly. It is a great pattern for a beginner sewer or a good one to fine tune your garment sewing. The sizes for this pattern are 6 months to 10 years. It is a good rule of thumb to go by your child's measurements rather than age. I made P a size 7 but could have sewn a size 6 with the length of the size 7. It has a darling little pleat on the front too. It is a versatile garment that could be sewn in a variety of fabrics for all seasons.

This is the final stop for the Roly-Poly Pinafore review blog tour. Please visit the other participating blogs for more inspiration and a whole lot of "WOW!!!":

5.13 Jill Made with Moxie / Stephanie The Crafty Kitty
5.14 Stephanie NeurosesGalore / Cherie you & mie
5.15 Ari Max California / Caila Caila Made
5.16 Veronica SewVery / Tara Girl like the sea
5.17 Nancy owen's olivia / Adrianna Crafterhours

5.20 Ajaire Call ajaire / Sarah EmmylouBeeDoo
5.21 Laura Craftstorming / Jessica a little gray
5.22 Frances Miss Matatabi / Nicke kiss kiss quilt
5.23 Amy formwork design / Kat Sew Chibi
5.24 Joanne Rose & Dahlia / Amanda Kitschy Coo

5.27 Celina Petit a Petit and family / Delia Delia Creates
5.28 Christy a.Amelia handmade / Carolyn Fake It While You Make It
5.29 Bonnie Fishsticks Designs / Maria La Inglesita
5.30 Jane Buzzmills / Kate Things for Charlie
5.31 Polly Jack & GeeGee / Molly Rose & Odin

If you would like to purchase the pattern you may do so here: Imagine Gnats Etsy store

*****This Giveaway has ended******

GIVEAWAY INFO: You can also try to win a pattern for yourself all you have to do is leave a comment telling me a fond memory of your grandmother or another person who inspired you when you were younger.

You can earn an extra entry by liking my Facebook page: Rose & Odin Facebook
Please come back here and comment that you "liked" it.

I will choose a winner on Wednesday June 5th at 5pm Pacific time. Good Luck!