Age 11 and Horse Crazy - A photo essay

It struck me as I was putting the folded pile of clothes in her room that it won't be like this forever.

A cheerful bedroom full of bright colors, sparkles, rainbows, hearts - and horses EVERYWHERE.  There's no doubt what she's passionate about!  Every day she surprises me with her sweetness, intelligence and growing maturity.  She's on the brink of growing up, walking the line between little girl and young woman, but for now still mostly innocent, full of imagination and whimsy.  When I'm in this room, I get a small peek inside her heart and mind.  What a wonderful place to be!

I'm sure there's some order to the chaos... somewhere. 

I love these little snippets of her life and personality. I definitely know what her spirit animal is.  :)


Summer crafts turned into a jewelry making obsession!

Arizona summers are HOT.  Being from the Pacific Northwest, we are used to milking every bit of a sunny day, from sun up to sun down.  But here in the desert, every day is sunny and when the temperatures reach the triple digits, we avoid the hot sun at all costs.  That means lots of time indoors.

We were looking for a fun craft to keep busy on hot summer days during summer vacation.  I have two girls who absolutely love dress up and go all out with makeup, costumes and accessories (I go a little bonkers with the costumery as well).  

My eldest daughter, now 11, is into anything steampunk (especially dress up), so she decided to try her hand at making steampunk-inspired charm necklaces after a visit to the craft store.  I put the word out on Facebook and her first seven pieces were sold within a few hours.  She was very excited and proud of herself and couldn't wait to make and sell some more.

In the past I'd made a few jewelry pieces for Deeds & Petunia, but never delved that deeply into jewelry making.  But in watching her work and helping her along, I discovered I too LOVED the creative process of jewelry designing.  Pretty soon my 9 year old was hooked as well, and before we knew it we had amassed a collection of jewelry that's designed around our love for imaginative play and favorite dress up - woodland/faerie, steampunk, or fable worthy.

We decided to try starting an Etsy shop called Odd Hazel.  The girls would keep making designs as it suited them and I would design alongside, run the shop and sell whatever we dreamed up.

I get to create alongside my daughters which never feels like work.  :)  Looking forward to see how Odd Hazel grows.