maya mori

in the midst…

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the glass is half full?

it can be a struggle to focus on the positive, especially with a busy life & four children. at the end of the day, i am often overwhelmed by the plethora of dirty dishes, piles of laundry (clean & dirty both), the remnants of food that coco tossed on the floor, the clods of dirt trailed in by baseball cleats and the various complaints & tantrums.  yet, there were many lovely moments today too..

clementines, lemons & daffodils

first spring bike ride with the girls.

first spring eggs (after a long break)

working on my t-shirt rug project

sweet afternoon slumber

ethan’s kanji practice

a few moments to sew

reading wildwood with aidan



Creative Therapy…Day 1

For some reason KCWC (Kids Clothes Week Challenge) always arrives at the worst time for me. Instead of letting it pass me by, I decided to embrace the chaos and utilize the challenge as creative therapy. Life has been trying at best lately, but I love to sew…and I really love to sew for my kids. For information on KCWC, click here.

On Sunday night, I traced some Modkid patterns. They come printed on thick paper, so I trace the size I need and then I can reuse it in a different size.

So, with my Sunday evening jump start, I spent my hour on Day One cutting out. Two Modkid Frida dresses, one in warm tones & one in cool tones.




Two cute ruffled tops by Lisette (0410) One in a cute owl print and the other in a mod bird print.

I also cut out another Lisette pattern (0409) in a kitschy print with red polka dot piping.

I actually had a few more things I wanted to cut out, but I think I need to start sewing. If I have time later, I want to cut out the Modkid Kyoko pattern.

A big thank you to my friend Jennifer, who inspired me to do this. Check out her KCWC progress at Creating Bits of Envy!

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rainy day inspiration

yesterday morning we ran in the oregon rain.  my friend sarah came by after the older kids went to school and we ran through irvington with the little girls.  i love running in irvington…the houses are beautiful, the gardens lush & interesting & many of the streets have huge, wonderful trees.  it’s always a challenge to get motivated when it is cold & wet, but the run itself was cool, easy & rejuvenating!

rainy day running inspired some rainy day baking.  we saw some gorgeous strawberries at the store and i decided on the spot that it was time for some strawberry & white chocolate chunk muffins.  i couldn’t find a complete recipe that i liked, so i tweaked mark bittman’s sweet & rich muffin recipe from how to cook everything.  luckily i had two small helpers and with the input of aidan & frankie, churned out some rather tasty treats.  i’m really enjoying this new theme of running & eating.

fresh strawberriesfrankie helpsstrawberry & white chocolate chunk muffins

if you are feeling hungry now, here’s the pieced together recipe (tweaked mark bittman’s sweet & rich muffin recipe):

3/4 stick of room temperature unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups flour

2 fresh eggs (thanks ginger!)

1/2 – 3/4 cup whole milk

2 cups fresh chopped strawberries

1 1/2 cups white chocolate chunks

preheat oven to 400˚F.  grease your muffin tins.  i used paper muffin liners.  cream butter & sugar. (i used my mixer) mix together dry ingredients.  beat eggs with milk.  alternate dry & wet ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture until combined, but not smooth.  add starwberries & white chocolate chunks gently by hand.  scoop into muffin tins…fill almost to the top.  bake for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned.  yum.

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kitchen window

the new year is inspiring.  i am truly excited to create new goals, start new projects and have new experiences.  i keep thinking of the changes i want to implement, the pieces i want to sew & the techniques i have yet to try.

i am so motivated, yet my big commitment to 2012 is to slow down, be more focused and to appreciate the wonderful people & things that already surround me.

in honor of this intention, here is something simple in my life that has no need for change…my kitchen window.  i love this growing collection of vintage bottles…the colors are fantastic and always make me smile when i’m cooking or just passing through.  yes.

kitchen window

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fall is here

i’ve been a bit down lately and it was wonderful to see a post by my dear friend jen (check out her amazing & effortless creativity at bits of envy) that completely inspired me to stop being sad & embrace fall!  first, i made leaves out of brown paper bags & different lace.  i glued the lace to the bags and then used a template to cut them out.

i used three different styles & colors of lace.  i really like the combinations of textures.

next, i made flowers out of burlap, fabric scraps, vintage buttons & broken vintage earrings…and glued it all together.

here it is, hanging on the front door.

then i decided to make a table runner out of the remaining burlap.  i used the rest of the lace leaves and vintage mason jars.  the lids made perfect candle holders.  now i am off to help a friend paint & hopefully find the perfect branches to put in the jars!  thank you jen!