I finally, finally finally finished this gift that had been on my mind since Raya was born (only a year plus ago). My mom made my son a set of bean bags (rice filled) when he was a year old and 4 years later they are still played with daily. They have been fish, weights to hold down blankets for forts, food, jack be nimble candle sticks, bombs (not as proud of this one) and many many other things. My mom put shapes and numbers on ours, but I thought maybe name arranging might be a hit when Raya is around 4 and I really want her to keep her English skills fresh so I can talk to her. They have been shipped off to Sweden (empty for cost reasons and with a bit of guilt at sending an unfinished gift to a mom of the newly walking) and for being so so late she got the bonus set pictured below.
I had a bunch of sweaters that I liked, but didn't like to wear for various reasons and instead of sending them off to Goodwill I decided to reincarnate them. This red sweater that I happened to buy when I was with Raya's mom (way back in our early 20s when we didn't have a clue what was in store for us) has morphed into a hat and matching pants set, because don't we all have matching hats for our pants? The pants pattern AND hat pattern were found on pinterest but here they are to cut out the middle man. HAT is here and PANTS are here. Or you can find them on my pinterest board. They were super easy, well easy enough that I only had to pull out a few stitches here and there. My seamstessmanship leaves much to be desired, but I often had a kid on my lap running the presser foot or was furiously sewing in my two precious hours a week when one is at school and one is napping.
Couscous bird was inspired by a little glom of mixed couscous that my, at the time three year old, exclaimed "hey that looks like a bird." Why yes indeed it does, a couscous bird. The name stuck with me and when I decided to start a blog I couldn't shake the catchiness of the name. It also seemed to describe the focus of the blog or lack of: something out of some random other something. I'll just blog about what interests me, what we're up to and where we're going which seems to loosely shape into a blog about cooking, gardening, raising kids, raising chickens and traveling as much as we can with two little ones.