It's been too long

Well, my daughter Fern had her kidney surgery yesterday. It went splendid, and she's already home and recovering with lots of vegging in front of the computer with movies.
I was sick all last weekend, and going a bit crazy in my head because I wasn't able to get anything accomplished. Once I was feeling better, I set to work on a couple of projects that had been brewing in my head.
We ran out of toothpaste the other day, and since I watched 'No Impact Man', I have really been going crazy with the eco-movement. I also watched 'Food, Inc.' while I was sick, so that also spurred me on. I recommend both films, and if you have Netflix, they are both on instant watch. I don't know if it was the pregnancy hormones or what, but I cried a LOT watching Food, Inc. Especially the parts about Polyface Farms.
So to some pictures:
first, toothpaste, made with my friend Lois' recipe:
Homemade toothpaste
and the progress on the bike:
Big Dummy in progress
and lastly, the rain barrel I made at a demo put on by Sustainable 19125 the other night:
Rain barrel up close


Completed Knitting Project

I finished this vest the other day, pattern here. It was fun to knit, even considering I don't really like to follow patterns. There weren't any steps that were too difficult, and it was done quickly!
Cutest baby vest ever
I also made some more recycled bike tube pouches: New Bike Tube Pouches
Customers from the bike shop that Tray works at have been giving me a consistent flow of orders. At this point in time, consistent is like 2 hours a week, as I am either exhausted or doing school or housework. But I love the time spent in my studio!
I am also working on some Very Baby One Size Diapers, pictures to follow as I start to stitch them up. It seems like cutting took ages.


Friends to Play in the Sunshine

Sunshine, bikes, and sidewalk chalk!!
Madeline came over yesterday for some fun riding bikes and doing sidewalk chalk in the sunshine. What a glorious day.