Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring in Winter

The tea kettles on and the powdered sugar is still falling outside. There's pizza dough rising on the warm top of the pellet stove, and a pile of snowy clothes hanging nearby to dry. I haven't been watching the weather and was surprised to get the automated call from the school this morning announcing yet another snow day. I really do enjoy snow days, perhaps even a little more than my kids who are still at that age when school is mostly just fun and play, but I'm definitely yearning for my garden and being able to run outside without having to get the kids dressed in a million things. So as the snow piled up this morning, I brought a little Spring to our family store.  The store will be ten years old this March, and it certainly a little Spring awakening for it's birthday. I found a wonderful fallen branch while at the park with the girls that begged for something to be hung from it. Origami butterflies seemed to be just what it was calling out for. I've also been adding my latest felt creations. I do so love those sister bunnies above, that will surely help me hop a little more swiftly into Spring time.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday Favorites: Yoga, Cookies and Flowers


Friday Favorites: 

Easter Book: The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes This book was a childhood favorite.
Spring Crochet Block Pattern: Primavera Flowers Granny Square
Yoga Video: Yoga with Adrienne I've been doing yoga since my first pregnancy over seven years ago, but I didn't really start doing it regularly until about a year and a half ago when I discovered the Yoga with Adrienne videos on Youtube. She makes it fun and easy, and has many videos that are between 15-30 minutes. I started with the 30 day challenge linked to above, but she has many others, and just came out with a new one called "True". It's awesome, and it totally changes my day when I start out with "Yoga with Adrienne" in the morning. She also has a few short meditation videos that I do daily.
Podcast Episode: "Thread Cult" Episode 31 with Heather Ross
Thing to Do on a Snow Day: Make chocolate chip cookies! Oh, and playing in the snow can be fun too!

(Featuring five favorites every Friday. If you'd like to do the same, I'd love a shout out on your blog and feel free to leave a link in the comments! Enjoy your weekend!)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Friday Favorites (on Sunday)

My kids have been off from school and keeping me busy, so I apologize for my "Friday Favorites" on Sunday. I am shaking a scolding finger at myself right now.

Friday Favorites

Spring Kids Book: The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers
Gardening Tool: Stirrup Hoe... Amazing gardening tool for weeding standing up. It feels like you're vacuuming your garden.
Food/Travel Show: Kito Kato (available on Amazon Prime... Learn about popular flavors in Japan based on region and introduced through Kit Kat bars... The kit kat bars are really only a tiny part of each episode. It's really about the flavor and culture of each region.)
Stone: fluorite
Kid Quote: Mommy, can I have spinach on top of my birthday cake? (Mom win!)

(Featuring five favorites every Friday. If you'd like to do the same, I'd love a shout out on your blog and feel free to leave a link in the comments! Enjoy your weekend!)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

In the Garden: Is it too soon?

It's that in between time of year where some days we're huddled by the pellet stove, and others, like today, we're running around outside with our coats off (in t-shirts, for the bravest among us!). Seeing those bits of muddy grass gives me the motivation to dig out my seed box and take stock of what I have and what I will need. I haven't started any seedlings yet, but not to worry. We have a late growing season here (we're not frost free until the end of May!), so I'm not late at all. It's good to go through old seeds so I don't buy something that I already have in plentiful amounts. Yes, four packets of eggplant seeds will surely be more than enough for my growing space. It was nice to be reminded of some of the seeds I got last year, and didn't have time to plant. I'm talking to you Shiso and Lovage and Pineapple tomatillos. I've gone through all the veggies, and next I'll take a look at flowers and see if there are any berry bushes I have space for. While I was digging through I also organized seeds by where and when they need to be planted. Next I want to map everything out to make sure I have space and so I can plant good neighbor plants together.

I've also brought the garden to my sewing room. I made a few garden apron/ tool belts to sell at the Farmer's market this summer. They have pockets for seeds and lists and whatnot, and a belt to hold tools. I will probably make myself one, but I can't choose what fabric I want... oh, the difficulties of having too much beautiful fabric. 

At the same time, I've been making winter pixie hats for the girls. Yes, we definitely still have a firm foot in winter right now too. 

Anyone have any cool seed varieties they're trying this year? I'm excited to try Japanese Tatsoi (which I've been told is a bit like spinach, but easier to grow here) and Dragon Carrots (They are purple and are suppose to be spicy and sweet.). I'm looking for rose bush recommendations. I want a variety that makes rose hips and smells lovely.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday Favorites and Finished Projects

"Silver and Spice Hood"

 Friday Favorites:

Parenting Book: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids (I wish I had this book from the start... stay calm and connected to your kids... great techniques for a happier family. I am sure I will reread this book again and again. I'm human, and I don't always follow the advice, but when I do, it's like magic. Check out her website, too: Aha Parenting.)
Sewing Scissors: Kai (Super sharp and the handles are as soft as butter.)
Album: Souad Massi : Deb (availble on Amazon prime... great for a family dance party... African/Middle Eastern influences... sings in Arabic, French and English... so beautiful)
Recipe I Want to Try but Haven't Yet:(hehe) Thai Butternut Squash Red Curry
Kid Quote of the Week: Elsa: (while talking to her drawing) Let's make the world a better place. Let's make it windy!
(Featuring five favorites every Friday. If you'd like to do the same, I'd love a shout out on your blog and feel free to leave a link in the comments! Enjoy your weekend!)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Making and Growing

Like a squirrel with her nuts, I am stashing away projects for the farmer's market this summer. Just thinking about it makes me think of green grass and gardens growing. Speaking of which, it's time to get some plants started. What are you busy making or growing?

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Favorites: Happy Valentine's Day and Lunar New Year

Books: Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin and Love Is by Diane Adams and Illustrated by Claire Keane (Happy Valentine's Day and Chinese/Lunar New Year!)
Tutorial: Knit Tutorial with Rhyme
 Purl Tutorial with Rhyme
I've wanted to learn to knit for years. I've attempted a few times, but it didn't stick.  I have one set of wooden knitting needles sitting dusty in my craft room that always look at me with judging eyes. I just came across these videos with lovely kids rhymes and suddenly it all seems possible. So I guess I'll give it another go and maybe you will too!
Podcast Episode: Love to Sew: Episode 25 Sewing As Therapy
Watching: "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" (on Netflix)... pretty ridiculous, but it's a short thing to watch with your sweetheart when your tired and just need a laugh.
Kid Quote of the Week: "I want you to build me a balcony. When it's warm outside, I'll go out and say 'Ah, the fresh summer!'"
(Too bad that would be a real pain in the butt to shovel with all the snow we get in the north country.)

(Featuring five favorites every Friday. If you'd like to do the same, I'd love a shout out on your blog and feel free to leave a link in the comments!)