fawnandforest fawnandforest

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fawn&forest โ€ข summer quin  a shop reflecting our love for living simply with children ๐ŸŒฟ shopkeeper, wife & mother of 4 ๐ŸŒฟ living countryside in a tiny house, yamhill oregon

http://www.fawnandforest.com/

i bought this doll cradle several years ago at a thrift shop in hopes of giving it to my some-day daughter. lucy's 2nd birthday is this week and at last! i pulled the cradle out of storage. it's needed some work โ€” a new bottom and of course a tufted mat made of ticking. a pillow and a blanket and some handmade doll clothes as well. my hands have been busy stitching. i can't wait to see that beautiful smile on her face, she will be so excited !

Children ... are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick and generally congenial readers on earth. โ€” EB White ๐ŸŒฟ I have so much to share and the days often escape me but I'm thankful that it's friday and that this past week was really quite wonderful. So for now I'll leave you with this cozy scene.. more chubby baby fingers and a little peak the most beautifully toned glockenspiel that I bought for the shop, online soon #fawnandforest ๐ŸŒฟ happy friday dear ones.

it was a fun weekend. sooooo much rain & mud & the only reasonable thing to do was play mud flag football at the top of our hill. country style. so fun, these boys are pretty amazing ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ˜‚ #letthekids #wildandfreechildren #lovelifeoutside #raisingragamuffins

lucy & i have been having the sweetest conversation lately .. "more baby" .. i'll ask if she wants to pee in the toilet and she'll reply thoughtfully "no, me more baby ..." ... do you still want to nurse? ... "ya, nur, me... more baby" as she nods yes (and is no where near quitting, thankfully) ... and she asks for a nap and sleeps for 3 hours, still. she'll be 2 in a couple weeks and is totally aware of still wanting to be a baby, satisfying my motherly desire for every last bit of babyness. #fawnandforest / union suite, swaddle & sheepskin in the shop, baby doll coming soon ๐Ÿท / amazing! giveaway 1 post back ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ

I'm thankful to be a part of this amazing GIVEAWAY โ€” a group of family owned businesses making things that matter. We've partnered with our friend & talented photographer @veronikagphotography to bring some comfort and coziness during these last few weeks of winter. One winner takes home:

@chasingwindmillskids - set of merino wool long johns
@lueeluett - cuddly teddy bear friend
@mioukids - $100 credit
@fawnandforest - $50 credit
@repose.ams - $50 credit
Just follow all 5 brands including @veronikagphotography and tag some friends in the comments (one per line). Ends Saturday 2/18 at 12 pm MST. Open worldwide!
GIVEAWAY CLOSED! congrats @megpieinthesky !

it's been so soggy & foggy in our part of the world. i'm dreaming of sunshine and daffodils but they of course love it & were off to check on their stream. during last week's rain storm they spent hours damming up areas, making mud ponds and waterways and waterfalls. the goat area was nearly flooded and lucy's boot filled with water but these ordinary days are the best ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒง๐ŸŒณ

shortly after we were first married my husband gave me a cast iron skillet for valentine's day. quite possibly the most amazing gift ever, it reminds me of our unity โ€” solid, enduring. seasoned. ๐ŸŒฟโค๏ธ it sure is fun to make valentine's day a sweet day for our children too ... the breakfast table had a little collection for each ... beeswax heart candles, wool hearts & a set of natural lip balms (both in the shop!) as well as a yummy homemade treat made of puffed millet, cacao, honey and coconut oil .. wrapped to look like a hershey's kiss, which is extra funny as they've never had H-kisses. โค๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ i hope your valentines was filled with lots of xoxo's ...

It is infinitely well worth of the mother's while to take some pains every day to secure, in the first place, that her children spend hours daily amongst rural and natural objects; and, in second place, to infuse into them, or rather to cherish in them, the love of investigation. โ€” Charlotte Mason ๐ŸŒฟ a peaceful & blessed Monday to you, friends!

years ago I made my children wool hearts for Valentine's Day, embroidering each with my their names. They ended up much loved by little hands, thoroughly played with but my handiwork did not have the longevity. โค๏ธ thinking about this year, one thing was on my list - hand knit wool hearts! For my children and for yours. I collaborated with a talented knitter in Canada and the wool hearts are just perfect in every way. โค๏ธ while we don't do candy in our family I always give each child yummy lip balm, a heart shaped beeswax candle and a little plant. because #zerowaste & #fewerbetterthings โค๏ธ WOOL HEARTS 14% off today with code XOXO ... all wool hearts will ship by tomorrow 2/8, which should leave Cupid plenty of time to deliver them .. ๐Ÿ’Œ / link in profile.

i've had quite a bit of curiosity about our #tinyhouse ๐Ÿก so I thought I'd share a a snippet ... coming in at 160 sq. feet our dining room here seats 6 and is about 1/2 of the space. to the left is a 8 foot galley kitchen. ahead to the left is the sleeping aclove and the door ahead leads to the bathroom. the ladder above goes to the sleeping loft where the boys sleep. ๐ŸŒฟ it's pretty cozy & I can honestly say it's my favorite house we've ever lived in, so bright & full of light. we have built a little tiny cottage on our property, essentially a living room, a place for the children to do school & supplement for the lack of space. and while the big house is plotted out and coming, i've learned a thing or 2 about living tiny. why do we spend the majority of our days locked away indoors? living on 20 acres has cured me. also, why do we have so much useless stuff, clothes, clutter etc? ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Whoever saw a child tired of seeing, of examining in his own way, unfamiliar things? This is the sort of mental nourishment for which he has an unbounded appetite, because it is that food of the mind on which, for the present, he is meant to grow โ€” Charlotte Mason ๐ŸŒฟ she's at this stage, the pull-everything-out-and-try-it-on stage. she can now put a pair of socks on in like 3 seconds and beams a great big smile of satisfaction โ€” ๐ŸŒฟplus, chubby baby knees in knee high socks, cutest evvvvvvvver. in the shop / link in profile (the collรฉgien socks, not the chubby baby knees..) #fawnandforest

it's at exactly this point of winter that I can't wait for the flowering daffodils and the blossoming trees and all those sweet spring chirping birds. you too?! ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’this is one #fromthecuttingroomfloor asked by my friend Katrien @growingwildthings ... from the snowstorm a few weeks ago. it was beautiful & lovely but bring on the spring greens! ๐ŸŒฟ thankful to have had a productive week, thankful it's friday & for the sunny weekend ahead. thankful! #lovelifeoutside