Mountain Weaving

You may have seen a small mountain inspired weaving in my roundup of my baby weavings.  I didn't love the small one, but decided to forge ahead and try to make a larger version with a couple changes. Shortly after I made the small one, Willow Brook Design shared a mountain weaving on IG.
I love the added stripes in the piece, so I decided I needed to add some texture (something I hadn't practiced before making the baby mountain weaving).
I started with long fringe then alternated between a plain over under weave and loops to add lots of texture.  At this point, I took a 2-4 week break because I hadn't picked out yarn for the rest of the piece.  Once I got some motivation, I picked out the below grayscale and jumped right back into it.
I used the soumak weaving technique for the darker textured gray.  This was my first time trying out this technique, and I love the resulting texture.  It kind of reminds me a lot of the same motions as sewing, so it felt really comfortable right away.
I did a regular over under weave for the top range and alternated between that and soumak for the 'sky'.
I finished it off with a stick I found while on one of my #walkswithcora.  It's hard to convey it's size in photos, but the final piece is about 8"x26" and is our favorite one so far.


Happy 2nd Birthday Cora!

Dear Cora,
These last two years with you have been amazing!  Some days I can't believe you're already two and other days I can't believe that you've only been in my life for two years.  You have such a big personality, that I often forget that you are only a little toddler.  You've brought so much laughter and happiness to our lives and I look forward to the many many adventures that we will share in the years to come.  I love you baby girl!

Happy birthday Cora!
xxoo - Mommy

We're hoping to spend the day at the zoo and get some last minute birthday party things taken care of.  I'll be back next week (hopefully) with some pictures of our weekend adventures.
For more Cora related posts, check out her birth story, first birthday party, or Life with Cora posts.



Life has been 'busy' for us in the most unbusy way.  We always try to be intentional in slowing down and enjoying life with each other, but in doing so I kind of feel like I'm forgetting to document things (not just on this blog, but in journals, photos, etc)... so long story short, it's better late than never.  I know I've shared these on IG and/or Facebook, but I always love to remember the stories and day behind the photos.

Easter is such a great holiday because we're celebrating something huge, but there isn't tons of fuss around the holiday.  Our Easters always look similar schedule-wise (same church, often the same house, and usually the same people), but are so relaxed and enjoyable.
We headed to church early to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt.  Cora is always shy, but warmed up a little when she saw her cousins.  Cora mostly just walked around the graveyard looking at flowers and occasionally would stumble upon an Easter Egg.  She eventually got some help from her older cousins and friend that would drop their eggs and help Cora 'find' them.
 Once Cora found out the eggs were holding candy, she was a little more excited about her finds.
After church, we had a potluck at my parents house... So much delicious food!  My cousins decided to put a hard-boiled egg yolk on a stick and pass it off as a sucker. Predictably, my dad fell for the trick and the egg yolk exploded all over the room when he went eat the 'candy'.  I'm guessing that this is going to be a regular prank at all our future Easter gatherings.
The weather was perfect and we spent the rest of the day hanging out outside chatting, laughing, getting sunburned, and watching the kids run around.
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