Friday, September 25, 2015

Color Play Friday: Metropolitan Market Seattle

Good Morning!

It is time for Color Play Friday!! However, first I have something I have to tell you!!!!!!!!

Periscope! Its a new social networking app. You can sign-in via Twitter or your phone number and then you live broadcast to the world (or just your friends if you change the settings). I’ve had it on my phone for three days now, and I love it!

So far I’ve seen clips of a Foo Fighter concert, watched an Italian guy make coffee, talked to Finnish kids about their school system, talked to a Norwegian couple about their life in the Arctic Circle, and so many other random little things. The important part of the app though is that it lets me connect with other creative people!

Lorinda at Laurel Poppy and Pine started me with the app, and then the first day I had it she let me know that Bari J was broadcasting a painting class.

What to the what?!

I found it as quickly as possible, then the Little One and I sat back and watched for a bit before bedtime.

The person broadcasting is the only person that can be seen or heard. Viewers communicate with the “Scoper” and other people by text chat within the app. Its a good thing too because the Little One said “I can make a flower better than that.” While we were watching Bari J! Its a little embarrassing to admit that now, but could you just imagine if Bari J. had heard that during her class broadcast!!!!

(I did talk to the Little One about learning from other people, and how it is always possible to learn new techniques, practice to be better, and add to our existing skills. I don’t think she meant the comment to be rude, I just don’t think she realized that Bari J. wasn’t finished!!! That and she just turned seven, which means she hasn’t fully developed her filter yet, and I don’t particularly want to rush that.)

Anyway, the point is Periscope is awesome so download it, sign-up, and follow me @anotterlife…by the way, my name is the same on Instagram so you should follow me there too. *winky face*

Okay, that turned out longer than I thought it would, like usual, so without further ado….

Metropolitan Market in Seattle
I took this photo while visiting Seattle in November(ish) of 2013, before I moved here. This particular even was cold and rainy so I decided to go to the Metropolitan Market around the corner from where I was staying in Queen Anne. I picked out 3 different soups, grabbed some crackers, Theo Chocolates, and something to drink, and went back to my hotel room for a soup picnic! It was such a great experience and a great way to use an ironing board in a hotel room! (Seriously who packs, or even wears clothes that can wrinkle!)

These flowers, were outside the Market’s entryway. It was dark, rainy, and the flowers felt like they were bright and shiny for me at the time. They were telling me to “Do your thing, you free-spirited, crazy lady!” So I took a picture, and then totally did my free-spirited crazy lady thing about 5 months later when I moved to Seattle on a plane by myself! Good times! (Thanks flowers for the pep-talk!)

color play friday metropolitan market

So apparently I’m in a talkative mood tonight because this blog post is turning into a novel! I’m going to try to hurry it along!

Here are my fabrics for the week:
The selection started with the sloth fabric which is so cute because the little sloth is so ugly. Its the weirdest contradiction, but I totally love it. From there, I decided I wanted all the fabrics to have animals because I do love them so so much…all of them. …I want to eat them!

This week all my fabric choices came from @stashfabrics because I noticed they posted on Instagram saying they were having a 20% off clearance sale this weekend!!! (use coupon code “CLEAR20” at checkout). The fabrics I picked aren’t clearance, but they are so adorable. Either way check out them out, and even more important check out what Lorinda came up for her Color Play Friday!

(Check out hashtag #colorplayfriday instagram and see what happens! I’m curious about it too. *smiles*)

I’ll check in later this week I hope. I’m really dying to get some actual sewing done, not just piddly stuff. Hopefully I’ll have something to report soon!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Seven-Year-Old Responsibility

The Little One is Seven now! With age comes more responsibility which is a hard reality sometimes, but we are finding methods that work for us so I thought I’d share.

I tried to start a chore chart with her last winter, but she wasn’t ready for it then and neither was I. However, over the last week we have managed to make, and maintain a responsibility chart that she is excited about.

It has become part of our nightly routine. She crawls into bed, waiting for me to read to her, and before we start reading we mark the smiley or sad faces on the chart.

She gets a smiley face if the responsibility was completed in a timely manner, when she is asked the first time, and with a good attitude. If she doesn’t do it in a timely manner, whines about doing it, or throws a fit she gets a sad face. There have been a couple days where she has gotten half smiley faces because maybe the responsibility was completed and it wasn’t to par, or some other random reason I thought it was okay -not good or bad.

So what are her responsibilities?
  • Feed Sky (our dog) Breakfast 
  • Feed Sky Dinner 
  • Clearing Dirty Dishes (includes dishes in her lunchbox after school) 
  • Putting Dirty Clothes in the Hamper 
  • Putting Clean Clothes Away 
  • Clean Room (before bedtime) 
  • Homework and Reading (Homework sent from school -if applicable, and practice spelling words during the school week and 20 minutes of reading every day.) 
  • Get Ready for School In a Timely Manner 
  • Get Ready for Bed in a Timely Manner

Each smiley face equals 10 cents, each half-smiley face is 5 cents, and a sad face is nothing. If she gets all nine possible smiley face for a day then she gets a bonus dime to make it an even $1. Her chore week starts on Friday and ends on Thursday so that her payday falls with Daddy’s payday.

Since she doesn’t watch television or have screen-time during the school week except for rare occasions she asked if she could earn bonus screen-time instead of money, so Nathan and I worked out a system for that as well. In exchange for 15 smiley faces she can have 30-minutes of screen-time during the school week!! (She was so excited to hear this!)

There are still rules with the screen-time though. She can only trade in for up to 1.5 hours -because there are some days where having screen time would take away from family time before or after extracurricular activities and obviously people are more important than screens. Also, her screen-time can only be used in 30-minute increments per day, it can’t happen before her responsibilities like feeding sky or finishing homework are complete, she gets one screen at a time whether its the handheld video game or the television is her choice, and all screens still get turned off by 8:30pm so we can do our nightly reading.

This week she earned 48.5 smiley faces. We did the break down tonight and she has three options for her payday.

1 hour screen-time + $1.85
1.5 hours screen-time + $0.35

She was excited she had earned so much. (I know it doesn’t seem like a lot to an adult, but she is still learning the concept of money so for now we can get away with working with dimes!) She is also motivated to do better next week because she knows she only earned 48.5 smileys out of a possible 63 smileys.

Who knows how long this method will work. This is definitely the type of skill that takes flexibility to teach and learn. I would be interested to hear what other parents do with their 6-8 year-olds. If you have any ideas please feel free to leave a comment.

P.S. I’ve been busy with back-to-school things and work so I haven’t had much time to blog. Since I’m behind I figured it would be easier to sneak a few photos in at the end of my post to show how Little One’s Surprise Birthday party went!

At the last minute we had to move the party to a Burger King because the weather made an outdoor party impossible.  I feel like I was putting lipstick on a pig!

The girls didn't mind that it was in a fast food place though.  We still did our horse painting project, played bingo for fun prizes, and ate way to much sugar!

The mission was accomplished because she was surprised, so happy to see your friends after being gone a month, and she thought the cake and cookies were perfect!

Color Play Friday: Jetty Island Drift Wood

Week Two of our Color Play!

This week our inspiration photo was one Lorinda took while visiting Jetty Island.

I haven’t been to Jetty Island yet, but it is on the list for a family outing.

Again, finding it easier to pick out fabrics based on a hypothetical project I decided I would work on a picnic quilt palette. Yes we already have a picnic quilt made out of lovely Tula Pink fabric, but who couldn’t use another?!

color play friday jetty island drift wood

The fabrics come from the same shop on Etsy, HandmadeIsHeartmade. The palette is rather monochromatic again, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it eventually.

(Why is it so hard for me to work with browns and greens!!!! **Facepalm**)

I picked out the 5 main fabrics:

I figured if I was really making this quilt the Orange would be in every square, as the focal print, and the browns would be background fabrics, except for the darkest which I would use to frame the quilt.

Then I accidentally found, Persimmon Sweet Potato Marionberry Pie, a small floral print that works, but didn’t have room in my palette so I decided it could be the binding or backing.

I’m curious to see how Lorinda’s turns out. Remember to visit Laurel Poppy and Pine to see her Color Play Palette.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Color Play Friday: Stillaguamish River at the Big Four Mountain

My friend Lorinda at Laurel and Pine and I have decided to challenge each other with some color play based on pictures we have taken. Each week, she and I will take turns picking a photo the other person has taken. We will both take the photo, make a color palette from it, and then pick random fabrics for that palette.

You can see our pool of photos on Pinterest. Feel free to vote on photos you’d liked to see worked up!

Okay, so now you know what is going on here is our first challenge!

You can see Lorinda’s results on her blog. (We don’t see each other’s results until they are posted publicly!)

This week it was Lorinda’s turn to pick the photo. She chose a photo I had taken while we were hiking to the Ice Caves last summer. This is the Stillaguamish River under one of the coolest walking bridges I’ve been on. (I have a small thing for cool bridges.)

color play friday stillaguamish river at the Big Four Mountain

This challenge turned out to be harder than I imagined! Going into it I figured it would be so easy. I mean every photo has a million colors, and there are so many fabrics -really, how hard could it be? Oh boy!

First of all, I don’t normally work with greens (or browns), and obviously this photo is predominately green!! EEEK EEEEK EEEK (Horror movie sounds!)

I kind of feel like I cheated a little bit because my palette turned out rather monotone. It was still a challenge to find the correct blues and grays, but I didn’t really push myself to work with colors outside of my range. I figured this may be something I have to work up to.

Second, the fabric sucks you in!!! I decided to start browsing Etsy for my fabric. It was kind of hard to get started because I normally shop for fabric with at least one piece already in hand to build from, but this was a completely blank slate. Where to start? Where to go? What to create?

I calmed myself after finding some of the cutest, totally unrelated fabrics, and focused on the matter at hand. I decided it would be easier to decide on fabric if I decided on a project.

If I were buying these fabrics at this time, what would I do with them? Since the palette is very subdued I decided, hypothetically, this would be a great palette to use for Nathan’s quilt. The only challenge with picking out fabrics for Nathan is that they need to be plain. No big prints, not crazy colors, just calm and solid-like.

So here we go…

Okay maybe the floral wouldn’t be perfect for a quilt for Nathan, but it was the last fabric I found, and I felt like it tied all of them in nicely so it had to be added.

Consequently, I was able to find all these fabrics from one shop! I doubt this will workout every week, but it was a nice challenge, because if I were to order the fabrics I would only pay one shipping price -which is always nice.

I contacted ChitterScraps on Etsy to let them know of our challenge and found out some awesome news. If you like them on Facebook you get 10% off your first order, and also (domestic) orders over $50 always ship free!

So there you go. My first week of our Color Play Friday challenge. I would love to hear what you think, and if you have any suggestions.