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May 2009 - Shivaya Naturals

May 2009

A Nice Surprise

May 28, 2009

Last night I decided that I needed to jump back into my normal patterns of homeschooling and creating, something that I had gotten away from over the past week. As the kids were heading off to bed, I resumed my normal late night seat in the studio to chart projects for the coming weeks, articles to write, and all of the knitting and sewing that needs to be finished.

It is strange though that with just a few days out of the normal routine, I found myself needing to find my groove again. I felt a bit flat, and not sure what I wanted to start with, or even if I wanted to begin. So, I did what I always do when I get like this; I turned on Tori Amos, lit a lavender candle, and jumped in.

I decided that it was time to make the kids some new sketch books, and I had recently seen a wonderful pattern for a Quick and Easy Sketch book over on Susie Ghahremani’s Blog (make sure to check out her whole site, it is pretty amazing). I have a large book of scrapbook paper that has been calling out to me for some time, so this seemed like the perfect project to pull it out for. I chose 7 different cover pages, and then started cutting everything down. One thing that I did do differently was my paper size. I cut my paper down to 10×8.5 for a bit of a bigger book.

I am not sure if these could be any easier. each book took about a grand total of 10 minutes start to finish, and it is pretty neat to sew on paper. I also love having pockets in these small books, it makes a great place for the children to store their designs

There are now sketch books for everyone! We head to Sand Dunes National Park with some friends tomorrow, so I made their daughters a sketch book each, and my boys are now the proud owners of soccer covered sketch books.

I also finally got a chance to work on some hand embroidery, which is unfortunatly something that has taken a big back seat as of late. I have been dying to learn how to do a decent french knot (still not there yet, but I have faith), as well as practicing some free hand designs. I drew out the vine pattern and then decided to play with the knots any where I could fit them in. Embroidery is a challenge for me, but it is also such a beautiful art, and I am looking forward to progressing over time.

After all that work, I figured I had certainly earned a little indulgence. A few weeks back I had seen a recipe for a Sweet Basil Smoothie, and to say that I was intrigued was an understatement. Since I had all the ingredients in the fridge and the garden, I figured that today was the perfect day to give it a try. The recipe comes from Giada DeLaurentis, and it is beyond delicious. Light, refreshing and sweet enough to be desert. I could not have imagined the combination of basil, yogurt and lemon syrup going together, but just like all of Giada’s recipes, it is pure perfection.

I also have a great sale to tell you about. Suzy, from Hip Mountain Mama, is one of Namaste Bags largest retailers, and she is one of the last business’ to have Namaste’s Newport bags in stock. Suzy has been kind enough to offer Shivaya readers and customers an extra $10 off the SALE price of the Namaste Newports left in stock. This is a pretty special sale, and I am very grateful to Suzy for her generosity. To take advantage of the sale, simply enter the coupon code “shivaya” at checkout at Hip Mountain Mama.


The Reminder

May 27, 2009

Head on over to Sugar Mama’s Blog and leave her a comment for the Sew Mama Sew May Day Giveaway. She is featuring a gorgeous apron

Over the Memorial Day weekend the rain fell for 3 days straight, and to be honest, the feeling outside was pretty much what I seemed to be feeling on the inside. It had been a rough few days in our world, and I felt the weight beginning to creep back onto my shoulders. Then, yesterday, the sun came out and as I looked around I realized the lush and growth that was left in the rain’s wake. My garden had bloomed, the vegetables springing up seemingly overnight. As I walked around, full of wonder of what the grey and gloom had given us, my attitude began to shift as well.

Sometimes I really have to remind myself that the darker days seem to always produce the best growth (both inside as well as out).

On that note, let me introduce you to the newest member of our family, Jack. Jack is a 6 year old long-haired Daschund who we chose from the Humane Society. My kids have been through a lot lately, and my husband and I felt that they needed a companion all their own. I have to tell you that we are very blessed to have had this little guy enter our lives. Jack is perhaps the sweetest, most peaceful dog that I have ever been lucky enough to care for, and he follows us around simply looking for someone to love.

As I said, our garden popped over the past few days, and as I surveyed the beauty this afternoon, I found three perfect radishes ready to eat. Now, I know that a lot of people pass up radishes, and just think of them as salad decor, but I have to tell you that radishes rank really high on my favorites list. I love the combination of crunchy and spicy and they never last more then a day in my house.

My favorite way to enjoy radishes is raw and whole, with kosher salt and some pepper, and melted butter to dip them in. This is pure heaven to me, and a wonderful Spring treat.

Here is to rain, sunshine and the gifts they both bring