Cocoa With Friends

I  just wanted to share this photo of the wee one sharing cocoa with his furry feline friend. Oh how I adore his eyelashes. Yum! 
And our cat, Jasper, is quite possibly the nicest cat I know. 
Not many felines would put up the love dished out by a toddler, and 6 year old…… but this one just keeps coming back for more 🙂

Happy Wednesday :) 

Funky Quilt Creation

Well, the crafting moments here lately have been "knitting with sick child on lap" style. I was literally giddy last night when the two youngest kids were sound asleep… no coughing! And the oldest two were watching a movie on the laptop, a rare treat in this house. All this added up means "mama time". 

I finally got brave enough to cut into my Heather Ross Camper stash. (see here and here for my fetish) I recently got the coordinating polka dot print on ebay for a mere $3.99 a yard. How I do love a good bargain! 

So I made a little quilt, whole cloth style, and it turned out so nice. Cotton fabric front and back with a piece of flannel in the middle to add some weight. It made for some extra ironing, but the wavy looking border adds a lot of funk appeal to the quilt 🙂 I didn't prewash the fabric, I did this on purpose. If you make a blanket and wash it after you sew, you get this rumpled shaggy chic look that I absolutely adore! I had SO much fun using the BSR foot on my new Bernina to do the quilting. I'm still in awe of that machine. It makes sewing so much more fun :) 

Anyhow, on to the photos:




French Inspired Culture….

So we've started with the music, the amazing music of Louisiana. New Orleans Playground by Putumayo has been a big hit. We've been comparing French music to New Orleans style music. Many similar instruments. My hubby is loving the sound of the accordion. (and he is hoping to find one down there!) So far we've decided that if you were to mix blues, french and a splash of jazz music all together you would end up with the "New Orleans" sound. It's upbeat and fun to listen to. We're singing along in the car and dancing around the house. What fun!

We're all really excited about discovering the roots of the culture in the New Orleans area. The French inspired food, music, art and so much more. It's almost like moving to another country…. 

Speaking of Music & Art… 

…a fun find on Etsy ~ this lovely and affordable little piece of art:


created by artist Steve Haskamp

The colors are great, I love it! 

It makes me think of music being played to welcome the spring :) 

If you click on the picture above you'll be taken to Steve's etsy shop, Pictorial Bloom,  which has lots of other really wonderful art. I also bought "Live Carefree" to put in Miss 6's Easter Basket. Such Lovely Inspiration 🙂

Happy Monday!

PS ~ (If you want to try out some new music for free, check out the selection at your local library. We've had really good luck finding music at ours.)

This man makes me Laugh!

Laughter is the best medicine!

How many times have we all heard that little tidbit of advice? 

I am so fortunate that my sweet man & I are always making each other laugh. Today I watched him play his guitar with the wee one climbing on his back….. 

I found this particularly amusing and giggled and snapped this photo:


All the while thinking perhaps humans have not evolved as much as we think….. looks like a primate carrying his young if you ask me 🙂 Love you babe, thanks for all the smiles!

Another hat!

First, let us be completely honest with one another. I am bored with my scarf. Oh sure, I do a few rows here and there and it is coming along……. but then I see something shiny…. in this case it was looking at Soule Mama's favorite knitted hat (the pattern is offered on her site)…… and I finally understood the instructions! I am a new knitter remember? I just figured out the YO is not a cool way to say "hello". No, it in fact means yarn over. (Thanks Deb!)

And so in another 72 hour knitting frenzy this beauty was born. Knitting is a fabulous activity to do while sick kids sleep on your lap! The yarn came from my mama 🙂 It's a lovely deep olive green with pretty little flecks of other colors… DaleGarn Sisik yarn (color 160)


So here are some photos of the lovely little hat. And I thought you would all especially enjoy the one of Miss 10 & I being goofy in the car while waiting for the Daddo. Such a silly girl she is 🙂



With the whole crew feeling well again, we are heading to Minneapolis this weekend to spend the day at the Science Museum and then we'll head to a hotel with an indoor water park. Frightening in my opinion! (the water park part) But daddo & the big ones love a thrill. The wee one & I will be quite content splashing our toes and floating in the aptly named "lazy river", thank you very much! Our room is a family suite wich means there is a mama/daddo room and a kid room with bunk beds. What a luxurious treat! After the tired kiddies are asleep we will have some much needed grown up time, perhaps with some wine 🙂 A much needed mini vacation for us all!

Hope your weekend is lovely!

We are well!

Thank you so much for all the "get well" messages. Aside from a lingering cough all the gypsy forest kids are on the mend. Phew! The last couple of days have been spent reading stories and listening to some new music. We really had fun singing to the folk songs on Elizabeth Mitchell's album.


I got some knitting done too! I'll get pictures of that posted on here over the weekend so stop by again soon.

~The Gypsy Mama


I've got a house full of coughing feverish kids. Stuffy noses and tummy aches. So far, the adults have not succumb to the germs…. (knock on wood!) but there's not much time for blogging around here…..

A cute quote from the wee one "My pummy hurts". 
Only lots of stories and snuggling can cure this.
So I'll see you all in a few days when everyone is well again…….


Since we’re moving to the land of hurricanes…… I thought I should educate myself a bit…..

I found this on the internet while doing “research”…….

I nearly choked on my coffee from laughing so hard….
Unfortunately I was unable to find the original author of this, but whoever you are, thank you so very much for the laugh!

Now we’ll be prepared…. ha ha ha!

(note: hurricane season is June 1 through November 30)

Louisiana Hurricane Season Notes

We’re about to enter the peak of the hurricane season. Any day now, you’re going to turn on the TV and see a weather person pointing to some radar blob out in the Gulf of Mexico and making two basic meteorological points:

  1. There is no need to panic.
  2. We could all be killed.

Yes, hurricane season is an exciting time to be in Louisiana. If you’re new to the area, you’re probably wondering what you need to do to prepare for the possibility that we’ll get hit by “the big one.” 

Based on our experiences, we recommend that you follow this simple three-step hurricane preparedness plan:

STEP 1: Buy enough food and bottled water to last your family for at least three days. 
STEP 2: Put these supplies into your car. 
STEP 3. Drive to Nebraska and remain there until Halloween.

Unfortunately, statistics show that most people will not follow this sensible plan. Most people will foolishly stay here in Louisiana.


We’ll start with one of the most important hurricane preparedness items:

    If you own a home, you must have hurricane insurance. Fortunately, this insurance is cheap and easy to get, as long as your home meets two basic requirements:

    1. It is reasonably well-built, and
    2. It is located in Nebraska.

    Unfortunately, if your home is located in Louisiana, or any other area that might actually be hit by a hurricane, most insurance companies would prefer not to sell you hurricane insurance, because then they might be required to PAY you money, and that is certainly not why they got into the insurance business in the first place. So you’ll have to scrounge around for an insurance company, which will charge you an annual premium roughly equal to the replacement value of your house. At any moment, this company can drop you like used dental floss. Since Hurricane George, I have had an estimated 27 different home-insurance companies. This week, I’m covered by the Bob and Big Stan Insurance Company, under a policy which, states that, in addition to my premium, Bob and Big Stan are entitled, on demand, to my kidneys.

    Your house should have hurricane shutters on all the windows, all the doors, and — if it’s a major hurricane — all the toilets. There are several types of shutters, with advantages and disadvantages:

    • Plywood shutters:
      The advantage is that, because you make them yourself, they’re cheap. The disadvantage is that, because you make them yourself, they will fall off.
    • Sheet-metal shutters:
      The advantage is that these work well, once you get them all up. The disadvantage is that once you get them all up, your hands will be useless bleeding stumps, and it will be December.
    • Roll-down shutters:
      The advantages are that they’re very easy to use, and will definitely protect your house. The disadvantage is that you will have to sell your house to pay for them.
  • “Hurricane-proof” windows:
    These are the newest wrinkle in hurricane protection: They look like ordinary windows, but they can withstand hurricane winds! You can be sure of this, because the salesman says so. He lives in Nebraska.
  • “Hurricane Proofing Your Property:
    As the hurricane approaches, check your yard for movable objects like barbecue grills, planters, patio furniture, visiting relatives, etc. You should, as a precaution, throw these items into your swimming pool (if you don’t have a swimming pool, you should have one built immediately). Otherwise, the hurricane winds will turn these objects into deadly missiles.
    If you live in a low-lying area, you should have an evacuation route planned out. (To determine whether you live in a low-lying area, look at your driver’s license; if it says “Louisiana,” you live in a low-lying area.) The purpose of having an evacuation route is to avoid being trapped in your home when a major storm hits. Instead, you will be trapped in a gigantic traffic jam several miles from your home, along with two hundred thousand other evacuees. So, as a bonus, you will not be lonely.
    If you don’t evacuate, you will need a mess of supplies. Do not buy them now! Louisiana tradition requires that you wait until the last possible minute, then go to the supermarket and get into vicious fights with strangers over who gets the last can of SPAM. 
    In addition to food and water, you will need the following supplies:
  • 23 flashlights
    At least $167 worth of batteries that turn out, when the power goes off, to be the wrong size for the flashlights.
  • Bleach.
    (No, I don’t know what the bleach is for. NOBODY knows what the bleach is for, but it’s traditional, so GET some!)
  • A 55-gallon drum of underarm deodorant.
  • A big knife that you can strap to your leg.
    (This will be useless in a hurricane, but it looks cool.)
  • A large quantity of raw chicken, to placate the alligators.
    (Ask anybody who went through Camille; after the hurricane, there WILL be irate alligators.)
  • $35,000 in cash or diamonds
    so that, after the hurricane passes, you can buy a generator from a man with no discernible teeth.


Of course these are just basic precautions. As the hurricane draws near, it is vitally important that you keep abreast of the situation by turning on your television and watching TV reporters in rain slickers stand right next to the ocean and tell you over and over how vitally important it is for everybody to stay away from the ocean.

Good luck, and remember: It’s great living in Paradise!

my new favorite publication

Did any of you ever enjoyLife Learning

Well, by the time I found it, it was extinct…. meaning that it had merged with Natural Life….. 

I have been devouring back issues from our local library…. love, love, love it!

Anyhow, I can honestly say that my new favorite magazine is Natural Life.

I don't currently subscribe to any magazine….. I am a library girl! Frugal & Green hearted I tell you. But…. I may just bend my green frugal heart a bit and subscribe to this one. Natural Life is like Mother Earth News and Mothering magazine rolled into one. If you are a green minded unschooler, you should definitely find this at your library. It's a must read. 


Little Gnomie!

I was totally inspired by Soule Mama's post about the knitted gnome hats, I mean how cute are those babies?? Seriously!

And with my scarf nearly finished, it seemed like the perfect time to start another project!

So My friend Deb got me started and I knitted for two days. Non-stop. I think I was starting to get carpal tunnel. 

Knit through the pain…….

must finish hat……must!

"Are you ever going to stop knitting?" the kids asked.

"One more row?" I pleaded……

And then……. voila! The gnome hat. 






Knitted from Dale/Dare Ara yarn. It's sooooooooo soft. And funky. Perfect for little Miss 6. 

The free pattern is here. I cast on 70 for my hat and then I also made the point a bit longer by just adding some extra rows in there when making the point. I also picked up stiches on the inside for my earflaps since the thick & thick yarn made a bumpy edge. 

This is my first hat! I love it! Miss 6 likes it too. 

Thank you Soule Mama 🙂

Another cutie in a handknit……. what could be better then that??

Not much I tell you, not much.