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Remembering the Magic

My sister Mary and I recently found
a book of poems our mother used to read to us at bedtime. We discovered that this image from the Children's Book of Poetry still stirs  memories of a time when fantasy was real, and being tucked into bed held its own kind of magic. If we're lucky, we have and hold memories of soft summer nights, tucked safe and sound into cool cotton sheets, with a mother who read to us while fireflies blinked, crickets sang, and mermaids surfaced in the moonlit bay.

Welcome, Winter!

New Englanders are hardy stock, and Cape Codders are hardier.  We know the wind can sound like a freight train when it howls through the bare trees at 4 am, like it did last night. We pull the hand made quilt higher, and dream of crocuses beneath the flannel sheets.
 
We love the comforts of a warm cap, a soft scarf, hot cocoa, and the delight of seeing little ones bundled up for a day of winter play. Red cheeks, red noses, and laughter that makes us remember the exuberant joy of new snow and a Flexible Flyer at our command. Remember those little balls of snow that would stick to your mittens?  Did you eat them, too?

Hand Made for the Holidays

Hand Made Caps 
by Cape Seamstress
Carol Robinson
 
I love Carol's meticulous attention to detail on these sweet caps. Even babies that don't care for hats will wear these...that's how soft they are. I also love how they roll to expand as baby grows, so you get more wear. At only $28 this is my vote for the best priced handmade item on Cape Cod this season. 
 
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones from all of us at CapeKids,
 
Diane, Marjie, Judy
& Lorri

Tending the Magic

My husband's inner child is delighted with the pumpkins he carved.  So are the neighborhood kids who are admiring the funny faces glowing on our lawn. Tonight the path to our door was filled with happy families, laughing, smiling, and enjoying the wonder of a magical evening.  In the back yard, a bright moon is cascading her light across the bay.  I am standing between the front door and the moon, marveling at the magic of the human spirit that glows bright enough to let us laugh at fear, and embrace the edge of winter with fairies, ninjas and ghosts by our side.

The Dancing Lobster

Inspiration comes at unexpected times.  This summer, I discovered a tiny baby lobster at the water's edge. In all my Cape Cod years, I've never seen one. It was the size of my little finger; delicate and translucent. A gentle lapping wave was enough to send it swaying. I marveled at the odds against its survival.  I thought about the many waves that wash over us as we navigate from helpless babies to mature adults. The Dancing Lobster is a symbol of the powerful life spirit that propels us forward, urging us into the waves, creating a tough shell for when we need protection, and the ability to feel joy at the wonder of our existence. 

Tradition

Each  Fourth of July, Cape Cod rolls out its finest  for the celebration of our nation's independence. This float encourages us to remember summertime traditions we hold dear-music, hotdogs, Mom, and apple pie. 
I founded CapeKids to help us all remember happy Cape Cod childhood memories as we bring the joy of simple summer living to a new generation.
Wishing you a happy, tradition-filled Fourth!  
Lorri

Classic Favorites at CapeKids

Some things never change. 
Those are my favorite things.  Like the way kids enjoy the wrapping paper and box more than the present inside, or how a kitchen pot can be a boat, a drum, or a fun place to wear your lobster pjs!
 
This season, CapeKids brings your classics back in fresh new styles.
Seersucker, madras, and cottons so soft they feel like part of you.
 
Cape Cod and lobsters.  Now there's two of my favorite things.  And yours too, judging from the phenomenal popularity of our Lobster Print pjs.  We've just brought a whole new catch into the store.  Come visit soon, and make CapeKids one of your favorite things.

Song for a Fifth Child, by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

 
Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, get rid of the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
...She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo

The Seamstress Sirens of Cape Cod

I am so excited about our newest arrival at CapeKids- the most darling, exquisite hand-made dresses I have ever found... and they're made by a magical seamstress right here on Cape Cod.  Tired of looking for something truly unique, and made "like they used to be"?
 
These delightful little masterpiece dresses feature intricate smocking, matching bloomers, and artful, sophisticated patterns that are reminiscent of another era.
 
I wore dresses like this to Sunday School, with little white gloves, a matching hat, lace anklet socks and buckle shoes.

For Grown up CapeKids~Diane Hanna Story Pictures

Before you visit Diane Hanna'swebsite, do two things:
 
          1. Make a nice cup of tea.
2. Prepare to be moved. 
 
The first time I saw the delightfully
unique Diane Hanna, she was striding
along a windswept strip of coastal road, deep in conversation with a gentleman wearing a beret.  Diane herself was wrapped in a dark wool coat with swirls of skirt billowing around striped stockings that disappeared into funky clunky sensible black shoes.