We have been spending a lot of time indoors playing different variations of good guy, bad guy. Not usually my cup of tea. I'm not a big fan of labeling guys "good" or "bad," mostly for grown-up reasons: that is why countries go to war with one another, that is how we villainize individuals or groups, that is behind racism and hatred. But for my two little boys, they just want to mock battle. And I have decided that is okay by me.
A friend pointed out to me that boys used to be warriors, they used to be taught to defend their tribe, they were hunters. Now they don't have that outlet, but they still have the drive. Why shame them for it? Just because my girl brain doesn't understand it doesn't mean I should make them feel bad for wanting to pretend. And as long as they know the difference between pretend battling and real anger and hatred, I'm good. Here are my knights in shining...um, fur.
Here are some new images of the nightlights that my dear husband Andy makes and sells. We have not launched his Etsy account yet, but are working on it, and hope to have it up and posted in this blog in the next few days. Here is a little peek at some new images, though. It is hard to tell that they are framed in little wooden boxes (hand-made by my father), but imagine them in tidy little wooden frames about four inches tall. They are really sweet.
Aren't those great? I love the old-timey feel. I love them. And he has a few dozen others-- these are just the ones I wanted to post because they are new to me.
I made this hat for Andy. It's the Elf hat from Handknit Holidays, and it has a ton of mistakes. But I love it anyway. And despite the disgruntled look on his face, I think Andy likes it too.