21 April 2011

five on friday. otherwise known as thursday.

1. so bee and i have been working through the fsi amharic course, and i am pleased to report that we are making great strides (by which i mean we can say 'hello' and 'thank you' and 'oxen,' the last of which is bound to come in handy, i just know it).


pasted


2. from september through april i pad around the house in terry slippers and jeans and a fleece zipped to my chin. it's been blustery dark with lightning and a side of cold, the wind slicking petals to our glass.

sometimes you just gotta cook up your own sunshine, all lemony cream:


cream of sun

turkish bath towel : posy pins : goatsmilk soap : vintage dress
rosette broach : surfer photograph : zesty marshmallows : embroidered wall flower
sunflower print : porcelain dishes : giclee print : rain&sunshine letterpress
buttercream cookie-wiches : yellow dog canvas art : vintage minolta camera : boards print


3. it has only taken me thirty-four years to admit that while i'm right fond of the idea of cadbury eggs, the reality of all that sugary muck makes me a bit queasy. sad story.


4. i did not keel over from the yellow fever vaccine this morning, which always makes for a fine day.


5. in a fit of celebration over my survival in number four, i came home and hammered up this enat necklace. i'm so fond of the thing, i thought it’d be fun to do a shiny little mother’s day giveaway to one happy commenter. (enat equals mama in amharic, but i’d be happy to customize yours with mother or nana or grandmum or aunt tilly, as applicable.)


enat


the sterling heart will be hammered and lightly blackened for a rustic feel, then curved into a slight cup. i'll top the heart with a baby pearl for each child, or else a fat cluster just for decoration—your choice. (i can fit probably nigh eight or so, but if you need more we’ll rig up something sweet.)

to drop your name in, just say hello in the comments below sometime before midnight on tuesday (april 26th); i'll draw out a name at random on wednesday. bonne chance!

67 comments:

Bethany said...

Nicki, I adore the necklace! 'enat' is a beautiful word. A new word that brings delight to a woman's ears in any language.

hannah singer said...

cheers on your language learning!
i am warmed by your sunny finds-especially the towels and marshmallows-bookmarked the treasury;) it really made this chilly spring north dakota day cozy!
i laughed out loud about the cadbury eggs- i still choose a tummy ache and eat a few during the season. when will i grow up?
this necklace is beautiful-wow! xo
happy "friday"!

Anonymous said...

I love to read your writing! So expressive. I always read it knowing that I don't know you at all! You are an amazing woman and Mom!
Mary G.

Dallimomma said...

I think I would like it to say enat...make people ask questions. I've got 6 grands right now with number 7 due in July. My heart will be full!

Heather said...

You and your artsy talents! From what I've seen on your blog, you are very gifted. The necklace is gorgeous AND I love your litle dolls--quite precious.

I'm so excited for you and your journey. I just babysat my friend's new little one from Ethiopia and it's always a delight to play with her, knowing the whole process of longsuffering they walked through in order to finally hold her. I click here regularly for updates on your progress. God bless you in your final waiting period.

love, heather

Hopper family said...

ok, seriously are you talented or what!? i had no idea you have an etsy store? love the necklace... love the fact you are preparing for a trip to ethiopia soon even more!

lulu and family said...

"oxen" will come in handy.=) etsy is so fun, and your necklace is so sweet.

Jen said...

That necklace is beautiful!

The Lantzes said...

I love that necklace, it is absolutely beautiful and especially for the meaning that it holds, blessings on your children.

Sarah said...

sweet! love the necklace! i have the same issue with the cadbury eggs...so. sugarie sweet.

and my hubs actually owned that camera in your search for happy yellow.

vintage are we. :)

p.s. congrats on your court date!! i just got caught up! may 16 = HAPPY DAY!

Joy: said...

I always enjoy stopping by your blog for a visit.

Abbie said...

Your necklace is so beautiful!

Laura said...

I love reading your blog. I was thinking about giving a stamped necklace like that to our baby's birth mother after she delivers, because it's more her style than a formal-looking locket or something, and still has meaning.

heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

"sometimes you just gotta cook up your own sunshine"

love that. SO true. loved the pretties you shared!

the necklace is just beautiful!

throw my name in the hat for sure - i'd love to give it to a sweet mama friend of mine whose 3rd babe was recently born sleeping. what a wonderful way it would be to honor his memory as a forever member of their family and that she'll always be known as his mama.

you do amazing work!

~h

christina said...

So beautiful!

I agree about the cadbury eggs. Blech.

heather said...

The necklace is incredibly beautiful! What talent to be able to come home and create that! So excited for you and your upcoming journey to Ethiopia!
Xoxo.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have been reading your blog for a little while now and finally decided to try to comment. Your family is so beautiful. I have three boys and a girl also. The necklace is lovely. Have a good day, I am praying for all of you and your new baby. beverleytressler@hotmail.com

Rebekah said...

ahha, #3 is the reason I prefer the Cadbury caramel eggs, for some reason they're not as overpoweringly sweet.

Glad you survived the vaccine... proof for children everywhere that it can be done :)

happygirl said...

LOVE Lemon ANYTHING. It's my favorite essential oil. LOVE lemon. You work is so pretty. You are a wonderful mama.

Kelly Bennett said...

Wow you are so very talented, and I love to read your blog... not sure how I stumbled upon it but I am happy I did.

Christa said...

You are so artistic. I love all the things you are always creating. But, I have to admit my favorite part of this post was your comment you could fit 8 or so, but would figure out something for more if needed. Love that there are people in the world who create these things for people whose live include more than 2 kids! :)

And enat...a beautiful new-to-me word.

Jenny said...

I love your version of lemony cream sunshine!

philip+anne said...

buena suerte to me!

Natalie at Our Old Southern House said...

sooooo beautiful! love it!!

ThisIsMyLife said...

I have loved reading your blog. You are amazingly talented. The necklace is beautiful...I'd love to have it hanging around my neck with three little pearls! ;)

Barbara said...

The enat necklace is beautiful and looks as if it were made to pass down from generation to generation as an old family tradition. I think its beautiful and whoever ends up with it will be blessed.

Kristin said...

Love your blog. Love the necklace. Fingers crossed.

Mel said...

Love the necklace!

The Fire Wife said...

So pretty! I like the cadbury candy coated eggs, great chocolate, not all that sugary sweetness. :) Have a happy easter!

The Fire Wife said...

So pretty! I like the cadbury candy coated eggs, great chocolate, not all that sugary sweetness. :) Have a happy easter!

Joybird said...

I love that you come home and celebrate with art, Nic. And that lemon meringue marshmallow looks good. Between that and Lemonade Makin' Mama's hamburger, I'm hungry tonight.

Jen Bontrager said...

1."oxen" will definitely come in handy. 2. Thanks for the cooked up sunshine. 3. I feel the same way about cadbury cream eggs. 4. Congrats on not keeling over!
5. That is a beautiful necklace!
Have a great weekend!

Lwhit said...

This is just gorgeous! I have been wanting a " mothers necklace" for a while now. This is perfect!

Kendal said...

i am always always in awe of your creativity....remembering a certain little doll for a certain special girl. (she is getting better and better, btw)

TheUnSoccerMom said...

Have you tried the caramel cadbury eggs??? it's a must. :o)

BEAUTIFUL necklace! :o)

Raechel said...

Oh, I'd love a chance to win a necklace a la nic!

A blessed Good Friday to you, friend!

Kit said...

this is my first time to visit. thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway. i love it. and I totally get what you mean about needing some yellow sunshine. around here, april really is the cruelest month. :)

Melissa said...

So beautiful. Pick me! ;)

Madelaine said...

So pretty! You make such lovely things...

Good luck with your language learning quest, it's always difficult but usually also fun and rewarding :)

And yes, I agree about the cream eggs :P

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh, the eggs. The EGGS. Yes, I attempt one every year, but can't actually finish them. So sad, so sad...

And the necklace is BEAUTIFUL. Really, truly. Thank you for the chance!

Hannah said...

so cute pick me!! my mom would love love love this

Dave said...

Hi Nicki,
Cadbury eggs are one of my favorites to eat at Easter.
Kay

Rob said...

So cool...and so excited for you two...praying already!

Terri said...

Would love the necklace for my Mother for Mothers Day. She would love it and be so surpised!

Anonymous said...

lovin it!
Deb in NE

alisa greig said...

i can't get enough of your creativity and talent! so inspirational!

selphishgirl said...

Your blog rocks...you are ultra cool...the necklace is lovely! Thank you for the chance to win. ~Jena selphishgirl@aol.com

eloranicole said...

ohmigoodness - this necklace is BEAUTIFUL. i planned on commenting anyway because the amharic language link is golden & i wanted to thank you for passing it along. but man. that necklace? beauty. and i would wear it with enat pride.

lisaplus5 said...

the necklace is beautiful and your post today, as always, was a joy to read....

paula said...

hello...love your blog. love the necklace. my fingers are crossed.

TinyStitches said...

Your 'enat' celebration necklace is beautiful in every way! And, I'm right there with you and sounds like everyone else over a certain age, on cadbury eggs.

fleetfeet said...

LOVE me some Cadbury Cream Eggs. And Cadbury Caramel Eggs. And Malted Robin Eggs. And Reese's Eggs. And Hollowed-Out Chocolate Bunnies. And Starburst Jellybeans...but I digress.

I also love your jewelry! :)

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Beautiful! Such a sweet giveaway! :)

Katarina said...

Gorgeous and treasured:)
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4da60e35b7e46d9169236faa/tealish?ref=pr_treasury
Boy, you were posting so much since the last time I stopped by, off to enjoy!!!!
xoxo

Katarina said...

Gorgeous and treasured:)
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4da60e35b7e46d9169236faa/tealish?ref=pr_treasury
Boy, you were posting so much since the last time I stopped by, off to enjoy!!!!
xoxo

TinyStitches said...

Your 'enat' celebration necklace is beautiful in every way! And, I'm right there with you and sounds like everyone else over a certain age, on cadbury eggs.

Madelaine said...

So pretty! You make such lovely things...

Good luck with your language learning quest, it's always difficult but usually also fun and rewarding :)

And yes, I agree about the cream eggs :P

lisaplus5 said...

the necklace is beautiful and your post today, as always, was a joy to read....

The Fire Wife said...

So pretty! I like the cadbury candy coated eggs, great chocolate, not all that sugary sweetness. :) Have a happy easter!

Barbara said...

The enat necklace is beautiful and looks as if it were made to pass down from generation to generation as an old family tradition. I think its beautiful and whoever ends up with it will be blessed.

philip+anne said...

buena suerte to me!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have been reading your blog for a little while now and finally decided to try to comment. Your family is so beautiful. I have three boys and a girl also. The necklace is lovely. Have a good day, I am praying for all of you and your new baby. beverleytressler@hotmail.com

heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

"sometimes you just gotta cook up your own sunshine"

love that. SO true. loved the pretties you shared!

the necklace is just beautiful!

throw my name in the hat for sure - i'd love to give it to a sweet mama friend of mine whose 3rd babe was recently born sleeping. what a wonderful way it would be to honor his memory as a forever member of their family and that she'll always be known as his mama.

you do amazing work!

~h

The Lantzes said...

I love that necklace, it is absolutely beautiful and especially for the meaning that it holds, blessings on your children.

lulu and family said...

"oxen" will come in handy.=) etsy is so fun, and your necklace is so sweet.

Dallimomma said...

I think I would like it to say enat...make people ask questions. I've got 6 grands right now with number 7 due in July. My heart will be full!

hannah singer said...

cheers on your language learning!
i am warmed by your sunny finds-especially the towels and marshmallows-bookmarked the treasury;) it really made this chilly spring north dakota day cozy!
i laughed out loud about the cadbury eggs- i still choose a tummy ache and eat a few during the season. when will i grow up?
this necklace is beautiful-wow! xo
happy "friday"!