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{this moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual a la soulemama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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Local Interest only

This weekend seems like THE weekend for pre-holiday craft fairs. Though we the Smartypants collective planned on taking the season to re-group we decided to add this little sweet spot to vend our wares this holiday season. So do come see us.

We’ll be at the Curtis House (home of Gloriosa and Co.) on South Street with several other vendors! Great space. They’ll be new lots of new pants, and holiday garlands! (wait until you see them) and the ususal birthday crowns, skirt and T-Shirts.

During the rest of this winter we’ll be hard at work on new designs, expanding our size range, creating new t-shirts, doing photo shoots and gearing up for next year.


Dr Jekyl and Dr Hyde Parenting!

So last week on facebook I was noting how sweet and innocent my 7 year old was. I shared about how her face light up when she found fairy dust sprinked on her pillow after the tooth fairy had visited. Oh the magic!  Pure innocence sweetness, a moment.  As all you parents out there know it is those moments, those rare moments that keep us going.  I wondering about how to preserve that innocence!
And then today on Thanksgiving a major parenting Faux Pas. As we left home on our way to friends, on a whim I grabbed my old copy of Alices Restaurant CD, the classic Thanksgiving ramble by Arlo Guthrie. Now in my earlier days I was quite the Arlo fan! In fact I discovered my all time favorite singer songwriter opening for Arlo Guthrie on a memorable december evening at the Iron Horse surrounded by good friends who I had had to bribe to join me at an Arlo concert! That night led to many a fun night over over 17 years year at the Iron Horse, Godfrey Daniels, Tin Angel, Falcon Ridge, many a college and even some place in Madison Wisconsin (another memorable night with dear friend from New Zealand and Pat)
Anyway back to my parenting Faux Pas! As we get into the truck I tell Zoe that I had a classic thankgiving story/song for her to hear. As I have said so many times Zoe LOVES books on tape…the OZ series, The Box Car Children. Immediately she lights up at the opporunity of a good story. She grabs her knitting as those opening bars begin….”you can get anything you want at Alices Restaurant’ So far so good. On the ramble goes…soon it dawns ib me she is lost…”the 20 8 by 10 color photos, just another case of american blind jusitice” OK its over her head. Then suddenly it hits me  “i want to kill, blood gore and guts veins in my teeth, eat dead bodies,  KILL KILL KILL”
“mama he’s not nice, why is he saying that” I pause and explain as best as one does to a 7 year old….. I turn it back on trying to think ahead, quietly debating whether we should continue….”i was sitting there on the group w bench surrounded by mother rapers, father killers, FATHER RAPERS!” Mama can you pause it………oh no…then it dawned on me! what did I do….how far this is from the innocence of fairy dust image. I could see her brain working overtime to understand “mama i do not understand the story of Alices Restaurant! Why is it a thanksgiving story? Well Zoe it all happened on Thankgiving Day over 40 years ago.  I was never so happy to hear the Motorcycle song!

What parenting faux pas have other parents made? I’d love to hear all your stories

A week of Gnomes….

Zoe has become strangely fascinated by Gmones. She has again and again flipped through  “Gnomeland: An introduction to LIttle People” She is fascinated it seems by the culture of gnomes and the naughty gnomes! It was her idea to feature a week of gnomes here

I would love to read her some of the great gnome books by Jakob Streit  that I have read book reviews of here but our local library great as it is doesn’t carry them. Of course the apple did not fall far from the tree….gnomes and mushroom are some of my favorite images……especially on fabric…..The new Michael Miller Gnomeville series or the Alexander Henry Willow Shrooms ADORABLE!! Who can resist those?!

so looks for our week of gnomes!