new batch of hats, new mosey kiddo!

i have just realized i have the perfect in house hat model & field tester- hooray! and as it turns out my friend kristina at stella photography is a wiz at capturing both!

we just came out with this new cozy hat design for winter 2009.
introducing: THE CHILDREN of the FOREST HAT! tah daaah!
it's fashioned after a vintage knit pattern i have been fawning over for years.
it employes 2 great cozy-ing strategies:
1. it falls down and around the ears for a wind free winter sans earaches and blustery colds.
2. it attaches securely to kindly children by tying like a scarf under their wee chins.

let me know what you think~!


it's always martha! martha! martha!

and thank goodness!
we here at mosey handmade are delighted, thrilled and even elated to have been picked (along with 19 others out of over 3,200!) as a finalist in the Martha Stewart Weddings & Etsy DIY contest.
we couldn't be more proud!
congrats go out to all the finalist and everyone who participated in entering their loveliest wedding goodies!


a return to the real

oh dearies. it has been too long.
but right now as the rain hums outside my window and the wee one sleeps deeply above me i am able to get a bit of the old me back. i am at my breakfast nook window with the laptop and a cup of french pressed coffee, a scone half eaten beside me.
i have already washed my face, scrubbed my teeth and put on the clothes of the day.
the dishes are done, a load of laundry is brewing and all the baby things are picked up and put away.
i have discovered that the saying:"a place for everything and everything in it's place"
is not a mere suggestion but a mantra.
it is the only sane way to get through the day around here between trying to sew, run a household and smile and laugh with baby em.
i miss my friends. online and offline. the offline friends are free to stop by now and again or drop a line...but dear inter-nest friends how i miss our comments, light emails, and blogswaps.
taggies and no tag backs.
i hope that this is the fall of getting back into the swing of it...cos my arm is out of practice
my mind is blooming with possibilities.
to alla my internest friends out there- a big "hello, how's it been"
"me- i'm doing fine."


the woods are lovely dark and deep

and i do have promises to keep, and miles to go before i sleep.
oh sleep.
who knew crafting with baby could be so wild. i guess i should have thought of it~!
getting the TWO of us ready to fly to the west coast on wednesday in preperation for the renegade craft fair...packing a suitcase for em and i and another full of mosey's wares. i feel like a traveling salesman...in a good way. i am so glad that my family will be there to recieve me on the other end of this flight!
this is a project i have been dreaming of all month. well since my wedding really (which was woodland themed, of course!)
the tiny moss terrariums have arrived!
made from rummaged vintage glass bottles and moss from the maine forest, a pinch of sea glass and a dash of vintage millinery.
i hope you like them as much as i do.
they look socute on my windowsill i almost hate to give them up!


acorn sweetlings

i love terrariums, don't we all../but i wanted to make something for those with a not so green thumb, something that could just sit on the windowsill and BE.
so here they are: the acorn sweetlings.
captured and contained in recycled glass jars and perfect for your shelf or desk or windowsill!
i'll be offering a whole lil' series of these guys at the renegade craft fair in san francisco next weekend, so stop by to bring home your very own specimen!


morning doves.

yes, doves that were made this morning that is!
getting ready for the renegade craft fair in san francisco this year. figured with baby em in tow i ought to be in my home town with helpers! em on my back and crafts on the tables! summer fun!!
i have been busy sculpting up a new batch of 'dear doves' nests!
since my old birds (feather and foam craft birds) are now officially extinct i have been making my own. these are a second version of the first built-by-me-doves. i feel like these have a daintier look and feel more like the original birds. what do you think?


my most ambitious handmade project.

this is our little em. seen here in all her finery (thanks to 4 grandmas and 2 grandpas she'll be a kept woman for like the next 10 yrs!)
she is the one keeping me from folding that last bit of laundry at the foot of the bed, who makes it that the weeds have taken over the garden plot already, who wills it that the tub goes unscrubbed for weeks, the dishes pile up effortlessly and the dog begs for walking.
but i don't mind. i really don't. it is hard to believe that the 'bump' formerly known as just bayba is now really here with us! eating and talking and cooing and laughing all the time.
i love her as the day is long.
and days around here- they tend to get pretty long now!


spring-lings: polka dots to peonies

more little clay birdies added to the shop today!
they are so cute all lined up and ready to fly away...
spring is finally creeping into summer as june is fast approaching in maine. i love the way the house feels all warmed by the sun in the mornings and cooled by the ocean breeze at night. summer has a smell. like grass and peony baked all day in the sun caught up on a light breeze. the house creakes more with the humidity. the back door sticks a bit in it's jam. all the floor boards that were 'plumb' are now lifting here and there at the corners.
alexander has mowed this lawn twice in two weeks and we are enjoying napping in the back room whilst he runs the mower steadily below. my new little one tucked under my wing.



hooray! this is my 100th post!
here we are at mosey : this last month has been a baby travel whirlwind. in mid april we packed (and repacked and repacked one last time) our bags for em and i to head west. that's right...i took my maiden voyage... just the bebe and i on a 6.5 hour plane across the states. i sweated a lot~ she did wonderful.
i was just her age when i traveled for the first time to sunny california.
it was so nice going from our cocoon in snow bound maine to the lush inroads of the bay area. and we got to introduce em to all her cousins, second cousins, aunts, an grandmas and even a great grandma. it was lovely.
note how i went with only 1 suitcase but had to return with 2! spolied already..check!


the new hatchlings...a.k.a. my spring ~ fling

the story goes a lil' something like this:
the birds i used to use in my beloved "dear doves" cake topper are fast becoming extinct. and what can i do, you say?
make 'em myself!
after a little bit if shaping and reshaping and a trip to the toaster oven here we have it - the newest mosey hatchlings! each named after a different flower from my garden and available in the shop.


winter recap: february

oh feb. baby em came home with us! my mom stayed on a few extra weeks (thanks mom!) and we celebrated a valentines with so many goodies sent to us in the mail! we looooove getting mail. it was so cute seeing things addressed to em. seeing her tiny name in print. in the handwriting of my grandmother, my little sister, my dear friends. i love the look of her name scrawled across a pink envelope in the flowy script of lucinda, the bold caps of karen, the organized bite sized lettering of iris, the dandy scroll of elizabeth and the shakey cursive and serifs of my grandmother.

oh how the world loves her.
p.s. hat by ms. shelley at waldorfmama
atc's by iris at craftymamalibrarian

winter recap:december & january

december was cold. and with so many snow days. and my little emelia was determined to be born before the new year. the midwives and my mister and i were determined to keep her safe and sound for as long as possible.  and in the belly. we went on bedrest the day after christmas and we waited patiently, so patiently. she was born after 3 days of hard work on jan 31. ah the sweet smell of new baby!