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An Entire Hand

That is how old my niece is going to be tomorrow!  Seriously, where have the past 5 years gone?  Cecelia is such an amazing little person… and I’m not just saying that because I am her aunt!  By the age of 3, she was using the word nocturnal in a sentence and correctly identifying over 50 different species of birds.  Yeah, she’s wicked smart.  She’s also very sensitive and incredibly loving.  Watching her grow and evolve over the past 5 years has been truly amazing!

Last Saturday was Cecelia’s birthday party, it was held at a gymnastics facility near her parents’ home.  For about an hour Cece and friends ran around an obstacle course, jumped into foam pits, and bounced on various trampolines.  The adults, myself included, were really jealous of all the fun the kids were having!

After everyone was finished tumbling it was time for cake and presents.  This is where aunt DD shines.  With the exception of books, I’ve never purchased anything for her.  Everything has been made by hand, with love, from me.  So when Cece stopped opening her gifts and announced “Aunt DD, I want to open your present” I melted!

Several months ago Cece decided she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up.  Coming from a large family of animal lovers this was not much of a surprise.  She frequently tends to her sick kitties and puppies administering medications and placing them on a strict regimen of bed rest.  Clearly I had to create something to assist her health-promoting care.

I whipped up a few felt band-aids for her “recovery room”.  As you can see in the picture some are for injured animals others are for healed animals.  They have elastic on the back so they can fit a wide array of stuffed animals.  When my mother saw these she shook her head and placed her hand on her face.  I don’t think my brother was too excited about them either.  Cece thought they were cool and frankly, that is all that matters.

Any one who knows me, Cecelia, or follows this blog is aware of her OBSESSIVE LOVE for deer.  Last year I made her this dress, which is one of her favorite garments.  Keeping with tradition, I wanted to make her something deer-themed again.  She loves playing dress-up but making a deer costume was a challenge I did not want to take on, so I settled for a “Fluffy” mask instead!

Fluffy is the yearling that regularly visits my parents’ home.  Cece LOVES him and is always asking Grammy if she has seen him when she calls.  My mom framed a photo of Fluffy and his family for Cece’s room.

Some of my stitcher friends have mad skills when it comes to making felt masks, me, not so much.  And, in true professional procrastinator style, I waited ’til the morning of her party to make her presents.  What can I say, I’m a busy girl!  It kind of looks like a cross between an owl and a cat.  I probably should have made the ears longer and thinner, but whatever.  The birthday girl didn’t care, she loved it and immediately put it on!

photo credit Allen Tischer

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This Moment

{this moment} – A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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For a “Deer” Little Girl

Two weekends ago I ventured to the ‘burg to a land full of blow-up slides and screaming children for my niece’s 4th birthday party. Clearly, I’d do anything for that little girl, and I now have a wicked chest cold to prove it!

For the past two+ years Cecelia has been OBSESSED with deers. Every time my mom calls my brother’s house to talk to CeCe you hear her in the background (nowhere near the phone) “Grammy, did you see any deers?”. This first thing she said when she came to stay overnight at my house “Aunt DD, maybe we will see some deers” My reply “No. Cece, most likely we will see cows.” She replied “But MAYBE we will see some deers.” Gotta love her persistent nature!

So, in honor of her special day I could make her nothing less than…a deer dress!

To her, everything is a family (of 3). So I have a Dada Deer, a Mama Deer and a Baby Deer.

Even though she was a bit over whelmed with the going-ons of her party, I could see she loved her dress. Her eyes got real big and she looked at the family of deers…then moved onto the next toy. haha Gotta love 4 year olds! I was delighted to hear that later on that evening she was chattering on about her deer dress. I can’t wait to see her in it! She is going through a dress phase, so of course I had to compete and create the dress she would want to wear everyday! hehe I think I won that challenge! AND I hand dyed the hemp to boot!

I was also delighted to see some other handmade gifts. Her Grandma (Krystal’s mom) made some super cute strawberries and a box to keep them in, and her Mamaw made a matching nightgown for her and baby! Yay for handmades!!!

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Our "Home Away from Home"

I spent last weekend at our “cabin” in western Pa. Over the years it’s evolved into more of a weekend house than a cabin, which is what it initially started out as. Mom and Jack purchased the humble hunting cabin and surrounding land in 2002. Since then they’ve added outbuildings, such as a garden shed, garage and a barn. They even built onto the house adding an additional room. Our extended family looks forward to the annual fall family reunion escape just as much as we do!

 Last weekend fell during turkey season. I don’t know how many days or weeks it lasts, but one rule I do know is you can only hunt till noon, then you have to stop for the day. That is also when you get serious about drinking. Hunting is kind of big in Pennsylvania. Like where schools close the first day of deer season, big.
I missed the close up “good turkey shot” because my memory card was locked and by the time I figured out what was going on, the hen & two gobblers were already well into the field. Sunday I managed to get an OK gobbler distance shot…
If you click on the picture you get a larger view of, well, a fuzzy turkey. I SO can’t wait till I get my telephoto lens!! I told mom to harass Jack and Jay for me since I had left before they arrived to partake of “hunting turkey part deux”. She made sure to tell them “Dani shot a turkey, (with her Nikon) how many did you guys bag?”
We also watched the deers leisurely stroll through Saturday morning. I think we counted 8. Cecelia would have loved it! She is always talking about seeing “the deers” at the cabin. 
These three hung out at the salt-lick while the other five meandered up the tree line.
I was happy to see a Baltimore Oriole had taken up residence on the property. It’s been a while since I’ve seen one of these guys!
Here are a few photos I took while putzin’ around the house.
One of the perks about this mountainous gem is that, for the most part, it is located in the middle of nowhere. And when I say nowhere I mean NOWHERE! In Everette there is a Walmart (of course), Foodliner, Tractor Supply, ice cream place, a garden center and a Sheets. Other than that you have to drive quite a bit of distance (to Altoona, about an hour away) to go to a mall or shopping center, and that is A-OK with me! 
Our cabin is located in Clearville, which is ten minutes outside the “one horse town” of Everett, located  in Bedford County. At one point in history Everett’s name was Bloody Run.
If you venture into historic Bedford, (about 15 minutes away) and we often do, there are some artsy shops that cater to the Bedford Springs tourists, offering overpriced boutique clothing, gourmet food shops and several galleries. My mom and I often visit Deep Woods Gallery where we have purchased quite a bit of hand thrown pottery created by local artists. They even have a quilt shop! I will have more to share on that adventure once I get some sewing time!!!
Here are some local Bedford highlights as seen through my lens.
My mother adores this colonial brick and is trying to convince Jack to buy it. My mother is obsessed with early American history, so much so that she should have majored in it.
I am looking forward to my next visit, which is scheduled at the end of the month. This time Cece and Krystal will join mom and I. We are going to visit a buffalo farm and check out several covered bridges! It should be a great adventure!!

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