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The Possibility of a Blank Canvas (October Challenge Day 2)

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Sunday is supposed to be the day of rest. But somehow, it’s one of our busiest days of the week. It’s always full of grocery shopping, farmers markets, laundry and cooking for the week. Inevitably, we think we’ll still manage to squeeze in something social or shopping or whatever. Today was no different, and here we are at the end of the day with time waning and a busy work week looming before us. Of course, my to-do list still has items on it, and I have no idea when they’ll happen – next Sunday, I guess? So, rather than dwelling on all the mundane things I did today, and the rest that I didn’t, I thought I’d share a bit about a fun and more creative project we took on last weekend.

Recently , Ryan has taken an interest in colors and coloring. So, we painted two 2′ by 4′ plywood boards with chalkboard paint. Tough, eh? Probably the easiest kid-oriented home improvement project ever undertaken.

They might not look like much. But really, these are canvases for HOURS of entertainment to come. $20 INCREDIBLY well spent.

 

Artists at work.

Early typographic training is underway!

Erase and repeat.

The artist in her element.

Plywood, a can of spray paint and some chalk. BRILLIANT.

And so, as we start our week and get caught up in the day-to-day melodrama of life and work, here’s to keeping our perspective fresh, creative and new – with eyes open to the possibility of blank canvases…

~Susan

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Lambtown 2011 (aka October Challenge: Day 1)

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Confession: I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon lately. I’ve been taking photos and thinking of interesting post topics, but haven’t managed to actually compose anything at all. I’d like to blame technology and the fact that my computer was so freaking old that posting to THL seemed to take AGES and I spent hours uploading and posting photos. I’d also like to blame life for being far too hectic and my kid who never sits still long enough for me to take her photo these days.

However – all excuses aside – I mostly just need a kick in the pants to get the ball rolling again. So here goes… [commence self-kicking]

Tonight I am pleased to announce the This Hartmann Life OCTOBER CHALLENGE: I hereby challenge myself to post to the blog every day this month. (Dan may have to be badgered encouraged  to post too, although he is thoroughly ambivalent about this endeavor). The goal is to give myself the kick I need to get the blog rolling again and my blogging mojo flowing. Here goes!

Day 1: Lambtown 2011

Some of our more devoted readers may recall that this time last year we discovered Northern California’s best kept agricultural fair secret: Lambtown USA. It’s the California sheep and wool festival and also includes the state alpaca judging contests. It’s an hour’s drive from Oakland and a million miles away in attitude. It’s got a small town Americana vibe and lots of friendly people and animals. There’s also a fiber festival with spinners, knitters, dyers and weavers demonstrating their crafts and selling fabulous wares.

This year, our good friends Liz and Judith came along and brought a couple of teenagers with them. I wasn’t sure that the teenagers would be as enthralled with the fiber fair vibe as I am, but they seemed to enjoy themselves well enough. Neither had ever been to an event like this before, so at least it will go down in the books as a first! Not so sure they’ll be itching to go again next year… we’ll see.

We checked out the barns, watched some sheep judging and learned about alpacas from a friendly rancher and his kids who were showing their alpacas as part of a 4-H project. Pretty cool, and interesting to boot!

 

What do you think? Best in Show?

Last year Ryan was enthralled with the animals. This year she thought they were cool, but really just wanted to push the stroller around the barns… I guess after all those visits to the zoo, this city girl is a seasoned veteran at 21 months!

Hello Gorgeous! Seriously, is this not the cutest livestock you've ever seen??? I wonder if Oakland has any anti-alpaca codes. Think how cute he'd be in the backyard!

There was an incredibly well-stocked baby animal petting area – probably the best ever. And this caught all of our attention for a while before lunch. How can you not be drawn to a miss-mash of piglets, chickens, geese, baby ducks, a baby cow, baby goats, bunnies, baby alpacas, AND a baby donkey? All in one enclosure. It was crazy. But fun. Very high cute quotient.

Enjoying the baby animal farm menagerie. Some serious observation underway. Even Bunny got in on the action!

And so, a great day was had by all. I even managed to squeeze in some fiber shopping (11 oz. Cormo roving! Hello winter woolies…) and ran into some folks from AVFKW’s Commuknitty nights. Fun all around.

And so the CHALLENGE is off to a good start. We’ve got quite a month ahead of us here at THL… stay tuned!

~Susan

Three Months Old!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Hey Everybody! Ryan here. Just thought I’d check in to let you know some of the things I’ve been up to lately. You know, I am three months old now, and I think I am really starting to engage life and grow as an individual. Here’s a quick synopsis of what I’m into these days:

Daddy and I have been hanging out a lot. We have a lot of fun.

We have a ton of fun at bath time. Sometimes we pretend I'm a pirate.

We also like to dance and watch the disco screen saver.

As you can see, I am concentrating hard these days. Here I am trying to master the fine art of batting at dangling objects.

I am quite pleased with my progress. I am getting pretty good at it!

I have also been taking a lot of yoga classes. These are my fellow yogis! I'm at the top in the brown jacket with hearts. Clockwise are Evie, Marco, Soleil, Juliette, and Penelope. We are a very cool bunch of kids.

Mommy and I went to a knitting trade show down in San Jose. It was pretty fun, but it'll be a while before I work on any big projects. The skeins of yarn are bigger than me!

I'm wondering if I should take up modeling. Here I am sporting the fabulous knit dress that Mommy made for me. I think I look pretty good. Do you think it's too soon to contact Vogue?

Tummy time is really improving. Soon I'll be rolling over!

And finally, Mommy and I have been working on our singing. Here’s a little duet we recorded earlier today: Ryan twinkle twinkle (click on this link and then click AGAIN on the next page).

~Ryan