Saturday, March 20, 2010

i've moved!

i've moved to a new location on the web! come check it out at:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

thursday things

-the ideal crochet sphere!

-norman rockwell museum... i know it's cheese but i love it. my grandparents have a book of his work and i remember being a little kid and laying on the floor looking at the pictures and giggling my head off.

-wayne coyne on google street view. i have a terribly embarrassing wayne story: he lives not too far from our house, and we used to have a habit of driving by and checking on him. one day, it was the summer of '08, we were driving down 19th street, and he was out running. brady says "roll down your window!", knowing i'm about to do something outrageous. and when we drive by him, i say "hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" like a 13 year old, it was so bad, and so good. and really, i had met him and taken pictures with him several times before, so i still don't know why i was giddy!

-my favorite cookbook: the art of simple food.

-neat clocks.

-beginners guide to zen habits - really good stuff here!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

happy st. patrick's day!

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light,
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~Irish Blessing

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

in my skin.

feeling very here and now today... very present. it's delightful.

the girls are having an adventure: off to a pirate island to find "treadures". theodore is, as always, trailing behind, babbling and wanting so badly to be a part.

i've been journaling nearly incessantly in my big black journal. it always has to be the jumbo, black lined journal from borders, it has been since i was 14 years old. i have 3 pages left in my current, and a brand new, unwritten in, blank book waiting for me. i am so excited to fill it up, it's nearly tangible. i went through and read my past journals the other day. it was weird, cathartic and very revealing. there are constants: lovey, the kids, housekeeping... and then there are mind boggling questions and knots that have persisted through the years. and watching myself un-knot them, over a period of time... that is fascinating and hopeful. sometimes i feel narcissistic, writing the epic of effie's life, but then i don't. journaling has always been something i've done. my first taste of journaling was a little house on the prairie diary, a gift from my grandma for my 8th birthday. i wish i still had it, i wrote so many little details and feelings in it. i graduated to spiral bound notebooks, and then to composition notebooks. and then for christmas, when i was 14, my mom gave me one of the big black journals along with a collection of elizabeth barret browning's poetry. she has always been, and always will be, my favorite poet. (with the exception of my darling lovey!)

sadly, i threw out the journal that spanned the last half of 14-16. on my 17th birthday, i tossed it in the garbage bin and didn't feel the slightest bit of doubt. that is one of the few things i regret. that one journal covered my worst times and some of the happiest and most life changing moments i've experienced. so many teenage epiphanies and plans to change the world, and also my deepest sadness and pain.

i have promised myself to never get rid of my words, from here on out. no matter how tough it may be to re-read them, or even to know they exist, my journals are a very big part of my life.

i don't have lofty goals of my great-great-great grandchildren reading them, or other grand plans some folks seem to have for their journals. i simply do it for myself, and the satisfaction of going back to this day 4 years ago, 2 years ago, last year... and reading where i've been and how far i've come.

inspiration- blue.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

thursday things

-alice in wonderland colouring pages
-6 dishes everyone should know how to make
-just finished another biography on john lennon, i need to watch this again
-nostalgic... i always wanted one of his prints
-the kitchn - lots of inspiration here
-rue de vamp: a design blog some of my friends run. it's lovely!

we're all thrilled spring is around the corner, the girls have been nearly living outside in the backyard.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

inspiration- green & margot.

yesterday this photo of margot made it in the first group chosen for the pioneer woman's photography assignment: cats. you can see it here.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

thursday things

-fantastic celebrity photos. my favorite is of alfred hitchcock & his children.
-elizabeth gilbert's TED talk on nurturing creativity. 20 minutes of inspiration.
-one of my favorite photos
-summer 2010 will be the summer of dresses: this one is lovely! i need to hit the thrift store.
-hopefully getting the living room/dining room painted soon, i'm very excited about that.
-i want one of these, so very much!

yesterday was the first full day of "rhythm" and it went very well. the girls are really into doing what's next because they had so much input while creating it.

one of my top favorite songs of all time, ever. i'm still so glad i got to see them before they broke up!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

spring cleaning and balance.

i woke up this morning with a deep motivation for spring cleaning. i'm ready for open windows, the scent of freshly laundered cotton, & sunshine.

and instead of doing the normal effie routine of attacking cleaning head on: pulling out all of the contents in every cabinet in one day, getting frustrated & giving up by 4pm, i am going to try something different.

i'm going to pace myself and recognize that i am the mother of three small children! my default response of fierce determination and stubbornness to complete a task does not typically allow for making "snack plates", kissing boo-boos, cleaning up spills, refereeing fights or comforting after a tumble. being an extreme gal, i've tended to give up on big projects since theodore has been here, since i can't complete them in a way i want to.

and that's not right either! so, today i'm going to try this new thing, and find balance.

balance has been popping up all over my life lately, and it's crucial. there must be a middle path, & i'm going to find it. i'm determined to do so :)

Monday, March 1, 2010


for the first time since wednesday, i woke up feeling refreshed and well. this bout of sickness has taken it's toll: physically, mentally, and especially on the state of tidiness in my home :)

my lovey called soon after i woke up, in the morning tradition. i got a little thrill to see 3/1 on the caller id. february, without a doubt in my mind, is the worst month of the year to me. it's cold, and nearly every hurtful thing i've experienced has occurred during the month of february. it's only redeeming quality is that it's short. (not to say there haven't been fantastic february days, but in the overall sense, i just don't like the month!)

the babies are all three still sleeping, and i am relishing this alone time this a.m. it's so rare to not have a body on mine. and i do love being a mama, with my whole heart. yet there are times when it is nice to simply sit and not navigate the world one handed.

i flipped the calendar to march, and we already have lovely plans... cinnamon roll dinners and weddings and playdates, perhaps concerts. i love that my calendar is full of signs of life. every nite before bed, i write in what we've done that day and mark it off. my mom informed that the original effie did this as well, i had no idea. i can't wait until one day, i have amassed many calendars full of days we've had, and i can go back and read about my lovely life in an abbreviated, simple way.

speaking of documenting one's life, my big "analog" journal is nearly full. and i'm timid about purchasing a new one, so i've been cutting back on my journaling. i know that is such a silly thing, but i've grown very attached to this one. i started it in may 2008, and it's gotten me through so much. of course i started journaling at 14, and have made my way through many notebooks and journals. but this particular one has shown more growth than any of the older ones. i hope that can be said of the next one, also.

the children are all awake & need tending now. my intention for the day: easing back into normalcy, instead of making a mad dash for complete cleanliness & rhythm in one day. if i were to do that, as is my tendency, i surely will end up back on the couch, with bottles of garlic & vitamin C, begging the divine to heal me rapidly.

what is your intention for the day?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

thursday things

-it's a sick day over here, i even ordered pizza for lunch! i don't know that i've felt this feverish in years.
-beef potstickers!
-list of common misconceptions.
-beat discontentment!
-reference for herbs & spices.
-pretty birds
-brother & i made this pretty little fashion-y set:

Monday, February 22, 2010

inspiration- yellow&orange.

looking for sunshine on this cloudy, cold day.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

thursday things!

today i'm thankful for:
-empty notebooks
-chinese food
-theodore's reaction to me singing "you are my sunshine"... every time i sing it he stops and crawls to me and when i pick him up he rubs my cheeks and grins so big.
-my camera

some goodies:
-fantastic resource for desktop backgrounds and wallpapers
-list of cognitive biases (wikipedia is my best friend.)
-rainy mood: listen to a thunder storm!
-clue suspect cards through the years
-page o' palindromes

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


today is a jammies+pancakes+books+cuddling+nursing+napping kind of day. here are some things i'm finding inspiring this a.m.

1. Baby in Basket, near Tatopani, Kali Gandaki Valley, Nepal, 2. DSC_0619, 3. put your hope in God, 4. The Rockport Congregational Church on Sunday Morning 02/1973, 5. 2007-10 Kathmandu 014, 6. Untitled, 7. 24 hours, 8. "Still ", 9. my accordion

Sunday, February 14, 2010

happy valentines day!

(hoping everyone finds the perfect mate.)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

today: i will stop and look for beauty. even if i have to break out the binoculars.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

thursday things.

-perfect popcorn method
-glazed donuts recipe
-infinity dress pattern
-indie karaoke!
-i can't get over it. jimmy fallon as neil young singing the fresh prince theme song!
-this makes sense.
-declarations of principles.
-unconventional photography
-mysterious shadow people
-free printable home birth coloring book
-date nite tonite!

where are you going?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

beautiful people, volume 1.

i've wanted to start this project for a while now, and today i received the pictures i needed! i want to introduce the world to folks that i find beautiful and inspiring and i hope you all find them to be as wonderful as i do.

the first couple i've chosen are folks i've known for a long time, and they are the embodiment of hospitality and generosity. they also know how to have a very good time.

meet rex & sara:

rex is a postman and can keep one entertained for quite awhile with hilarious stories and his quick wit. sara is one of the most thoughtful and kind ladies i've ever met, and is always willing to help out where she sees help is needed.

they have 2 sons, travis and parker, and i hope to have the kind of relationship that they have with their boys when my kids are grown.

rex and sara lead quite a creative life, even if they might not claim it. their home is full of beauty and little treasures in every nook and cranny. (i think rex might be a hoarder, honestly...) sara is a musician and writes songs that will get stuck in your head for days on end. and you haven't experienced life to the fullest until you hear a phone message from sara. there really is no describing it, it's simply an experience.

they are the meaning of good people and the salt of the earth. and i hope to have many dinners and evenings spent in their back yard in the future.

Monday, February 8, 2010


i just finished uploading all of my project 365 pics for the last 2 months or so... it was nice. of course i have tons of other photos to work on, but i wanted to get the 365 out of the way. you'll notice a lack of violette in the pictures, mainly because she's decided she hates having her picture taken and she's incredibly fast.

over the weekend we got a new car, computer and camera. well, those were the big purchases, we've been on a bit of a spree!

it's raining here, they said it could be snow, but i'm so grateful it's rain. i don't want to spend another week husband-less!

well, this is quite random and perhaps nonsense, as i've not yet had my coffee...

more later, friends! hope your today is excellent.

Monday, January 25, 2010


the children are occupied for the moment, so i've stolen a bit to update the world on the goings on in the crandall clan.

emma asked last friday if we could do school, so i dug out the preschool and kindegarten books i've collected and started in. she loved every minute of it & begged me for homework, she is most definitely my child. violette, while not ready for school, wanted to be a part as well. she colored & drew a beautiful picture of me, which will be featured in a photo scavenger hunt i'm taking part of.

last nite at bedtime, i was coaxing emma to bed and she told me that she didn't want me to offer that to her again. sassafrass galore, nonetheless, very clever.

our sweet dog passed away, and it has opened up the backyard for all sorts of adventures. the girls have thoroughly enjoyed discovering the best hiding spots and having races.

theodore's top two teeth popped through, i fear i have a bunny rabbit for a baby. they are HUGE and adorable. he also says "dada" now. his crawling has reached new heights and you can bet that if he is on the floor, he is headed for either one of his sister's hair to tug on, that or the cat's food.

i am doing very well, the year of adventure has been paused for the moment as we currently don't have a working vehicle... w2s, where are you? i am very excited to get our taxes filed and hoping we get back what we plan on ;) we are hoping to get a new (to us) minivan, a computer and a camera for me. i cannot wait to get a new computer and post all of the pictures i've taken. flickr, i miss you! i've tried over and over to post them on this machine, but linux and flickr are mortal enemies, i fear. it freezes if i am on the site for more than 3 minutes, that could be said of most sites though.

it's now to make lunch and hopefully have a successful quiet time!

(i'm getting very, very excited about valentines day!!)

the song for today:

Thursday, January 21, 2010

thursday things.

-produce chart: what's in season.

Monday, January 18, 2010

change of plans.

dear effie,
you can not do it all.

sincerely, effie

my etsy won't be opening in february, after all. in the 17 days of january, i've completed crocheting 1/2 of an orange, 1/2 of a peach and a plum. and i'm okay with that, but when i say "i'm opening a shop in february" and i don't open a shop in february, does that make me a liar? or does it simply mean that i am not a super woman, nor capable of bending space and time to accommodate my whims?

and i'm not saying i won't be opening my shop, it's just on a different timeline than i'd like. it may open in june, or next february... i don't know. but i'm not going to beat myself up over it, that's for sure

Thursday, January 14, 2010


today is going to be a gorgeous day, i just know it.

we've just finished up mama/baby yoga and we're munching on breakfast. my coffee is the perfect temperature and fully delicious. i'm breathing in this lovely air, full of love and giggles and i'm ready for a day of adventure, laundry, crocheting and diapers.

i am thankful for my sweet boy's admiration and his acrobatics while nursing. for the girls and their respective hilarious (and particular!) mannerisms. for my lovey, and even when we're picking at each other and having a rough morning of communication, there is still an undercurrent of devotion & good intentions. i'm grateful for the promises of good things to come & the anticipation of new goodies for our little clan.

i am ready for this sickness to be gone from our household & the fresh air of sunshine to permeate our home with healing.

i am wishing peace, kindness & thoughtfulness to everyone i love & that today would be an grand adventure for all of us.

i am wondering
what good things are on your horizon?

thursday things.

-after the laundry, the laundry!
-beautiful entralac afghan pattern
-continuum concept.
-peanut butter cup brownie bites!
-fantastic photography.
-for the sixteen year old in me.
-one of my favorite blogs.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

on a far more serious note...

miep gies passed away yesterday. i've always found her to be incredibly inspiring, someone to be admired for bravery and kindness. i hope she rests in peace.

the quotable effie.

sickness starts in the kitchen...

...and ends in the bathroom.

Monday, January 4, 2010

stop! listen!

so, so good. this is now in my ever revolving top ten. please listen and enjoy!

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 - the year of adventure and saying yes.

adventure: participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.

yes: to give an affirmative reply to; give assent or approval to.

year in review.

at the beginning of 2009, i declared i would make 2009 the year of home. we moved back into our house in february and i wanted to make my home cozy and beautiful, i feel i've succeeded. my goals for 2010 include starting an etsy shop, carving out time for myself by spending time alone and with friends, i also want to cultivate friendships and become less reclusive and more adventurous. following is my year in review. i hope everyone has a beautiful new years, and that 2010 is full of love and adventure for all of us!

brady started working at the city january 2nd, and we were full of hope and anticipation. i don't have a picture from january, oddly enough. i remember making lists and preparing to move, and trying not hurt anyone's feelings by being too excited about moving home.

februarythe first nite back in our house was february 1st. we had sold most of our things in the garage sale we had before we moved, so we were nearly starting over. margot joined our family on february 7th, we saw her & i fell in love instantly. brady said no way, no day & i was pretty bummed. that is, until he "went shopping" & came home with my pretty kitty.

march was a fun time of waiting for the outside to warm up, taking walks, & becoming reacquainted with our home. there had been updates & little changes throughout, so i had fun making these discoveries. in march, brady got an email from a lawn company he'd sent a resume to several months prior, and they were wanting to schedule an interview. we spent the evening discussing this, and the very next day the city drastically reduced his working hours. he went to the interview and started working there several weeks later.


in april, brady's family came up for the weekend and redecorated the girls bedroom. it was fun and so kind of them to do. it turned out so darling and we still love it. the girls decided it would be a good idea to cut their hair, so i had to fix that just before easter. they had adorable little summer cuts, which they loved. emma turned 4, we had a little party. she was not a big fan of aging another year and we had a hard time for a few weeks after her birthday.

may. the longest month of this year, for me. all that matters is theodore is here, and he is perfect.

june was a time of acclimation and figuring out how on earth we were going to do this. brady turned 26 and i turned 23. we celebrated in the usual manner, with homemade pizza and funfetti cake... though i got reprimanded quite severely for kneading pizza dough 5 days postpartum! the picture i chose for june was our first walk as the completed crandall clan, the first of many escapades and days spent outside. we had lots of visitors and helpers during this time, which was nice. i started project 365 on my birthday, and that's still going strong!

july was a fairly quiet month, violette anne turned 3 and loved it. we had a dj lance rock cake and a fun party. we spent most of july outside, having picnics and taking pictures. i don't recall anything all too exciting in july, but i may have been preoccupied with my brand new baby!

august was a good time of finally feeling wholly settled from having the baby. we had lots of parties and fun events in august. this picture is from our niece's big birthday bash... brady's brother and his wife know how to throw a party! this was the third year brady's cousin has taken our family photo at this park, and i love having the tradition.

september was a long goodbye to summer, we transitioned to playing inside more and my crafting was highly active. we anticipated shorter and colder days ahead, and spent every chance outside and in the water that we could. i think september may have been the quietest month in 2009 for us.

octoberoctober! my favorite month of the year. we celebrated 7 years of lovies on 'tober 13th and the universe even recognized how vastly important it was that brady have the day off by sending rain so he wouldn't have to work. we had a wonderful halloween, with a bumblebee and butterfly and a baby bear.

november was a fun month of appreciating fall with baking and knitting and watching the leaves. we took a trip to amarillo and had a lovely early thanksgiving dinner with brady's family. our thanksgiving week was full of dinners with friends and family and quite nice.

decemberdecember has been a fun month of counting down the days til christmas with little activities each day. we had a party at our house with brady's family, which was definitely a highlight of our christmas season. i'm not sorry to see december go, since it brought this crazy blizzard and displaced our plans. in spite of it all, we had a beautiful christmas and the time spent together was lovely.