maya mori

in the midst…

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the garden

autumn is in full swing and i haven’t posted a single thing since may!  one of my great joys these past months has been working in the garden.  back in the spring, i was lucky to enlist the help of my friend kyle (who is a great gardener and has a fearless approach) to get me motivated in the garden.  our yard is pretty large, but was completely overgrown, wild and overwhelming.  my friend sarah, her son and my eldest son helped all day to begin the transformation.  we cut down trees, dug up stumps, hacked off branches and cleared the way for a new space!garden 1

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kyle and ethan taking out branches left and right!

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here is the garden space after we finished that day.

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our driveway was overflowing with yard debris..

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the next weekend, micah pulled out the garden boxes and rototilled the entire area.  i worked on creating new garden beds and bordering them with old bricks we found in the yard.

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next, we built a third garden box, dug out holes and laid all of them down diagonally.

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we had dirt delivered and got 12 yards of wood chips for free!  it took forever to wheelbarrow it all!!

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finally, it was starting to take shape!

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i had such a wonderful time planting seeds with all the kids.  we planted a bean teepee, beets, mixed greens, snap peas, cucumbers, carrots, onions, tomatoes, shishito peppers, kabocha, swiss chard, bok choy, hot peppers (for ethan’s hot sauce), japanese eggplant, herbs and a ton of colorful annuals.  we bought some perennials too, but tried to get it as lush & colorful as possible without spending money.  we were lucky to have great neighbors & friends give us veggie starts and perennials throughout the summer.

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as the summer came to a close, the garden was truly magical.  we had wonderful dinners with friends, read for hours on the hammock and the girls loved to play amongst the towering sunflowers & exuberant zinnias.  can’t wait for next year!

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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



the flower fairy

participating in the kcwc a few weeks ago inspired me to keep sewing! my daughter really loves a book she received from her nana, flower fairies of the winter, and asked to be a flower fairy for halloween.

i used the emma modkid pattern and various fabrics & notions i had already. i used a bright green silk dupioni for the bodice and added vintage lace & buttons. the petals/leaves on the shirt are soft green voile and the petals for the skirt are alternating pink voile & a light white seersucker.




frankie loves her costume! now, i’m ready to tackle aidan’s red dr. horrible costume and ethan’s steampunk striped vest.