Thursday, May 24, 2018

In the Garden: Lilacs and Forget-me-nots














I love this time of year when the air is perfumed with cherry blossoms and lilacs. Change bursts from every corner of the Earth. I haven't been keeping up with gardening tasks as much as I'd like to, but still, a seed planted here or there and something comes forth.

After years of trying to get forget-me-nots to bloom, I was pleasantly surprised to find them scattered throughout the yard. Hurrah for planting packs of wildflowers seeds year after year. I had planted a big patch under one of our cherry trees last year that must have gone in to late, because it never bloomed. But I left them alone, and they came back in abundance this year, and found their way to other corners of the yard (probably from all those wildflower packs I've been sowing). I love all the colors right now. I wish I could drink flower colors.

Another happy surprise "in the garden"(I say this even though it refers to our whole yard), was the return of my bleeding hearts. They were accidently dug up when Jake and my dad were trying to find the septic tank in December.  Yes, it's truly not the best time to go looking for a septic tank. Anyways, they were slow to poke their head out of the ground, so I thought they'd been lost to the dig, but they made a come back. They are half the size that they were last year, but at least they're not gone for good. There was actually a small patch that ended up in our driveway so I transferred them to the children's flower garden. It seems the bleeding hearts are spreading throughout the yard now, too.

I'm hoping to get a lot in the ground this weekend. What are you growing, friends?

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Stopping to Smell the Mint










Hello all! Happy Belated Mother's Day to the hard-working, amazing Mama's out there. I'm so grateful for the powerful women role-models I've had in my life, including my mother, mother-in-law and grandmothers. Celebrate the nurturers in your life whenever you can! They deserve all the hugs and kisses and handfuls of dandelions you can give.

My family spoiled me with some beautiful handmade cards, paintings and pottery, earrings from my love and letting me go crazy buying beautiful new plant pots. I also got to spend the day with my own mom and dad on a beautiful hike by a waterfall. It was a very nice day, and I know I'm a lucky gal to have two beautiful children who are so good to me.

But beyond that nice little break, I feel like I have not been able to slow down for far too long. The end of the school year has been so busy with softball games, girl scouts (I'm a leader), organizing events for the PTO, as well as trying to work on my business and my garden. Today I am trying to soak in the sunshine, pick some flowers, and recharge. I am truly looking forward to the end of the school year when I can let go of some of the "have to" and do a little more on the "want to" list.  Right now I have a cup of mint and lemon balm tea ready to be sipped and some new fairy kitties waiting to be sewn. The farmer's market is just around the corner and so is summer swimming.


Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Friday, May 4, 2018

Weekly Favorites


First tulips in the garden

Dishing Up the Dirt 
Yoga for Anxiety 
Quilt Barn Trail
Butterfly Feeder/ Water Basin
Lemongrass and Ginger Sugar Scrub

Wow, life has been hectic, rainy, and just when it is all just a little bit too much, another beautiful flower pops up outside. I hope you have a little sunshine in your weekend to stop and smell the flowers. We will be celebrating a little girl turning five, so I know there will be sunshine everywhere!
My May flower

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Weekend Favorites: Simplifying



Hello! A little change on my "Friday Favorites". I can't seem to meet deadlines these days, so I'm changing it to "Weekend Favorites". I 'll still shoot  for Friday, but "weekend" gives me a little bit more give. 

Five Favorites this Weekend:
Insect Hotels h(Who knew this was a thing? It is! It helps out the beneficial insects and is a fun project to do with kids.)
Intentional Making (Great podcast on "Love to Sew". Have a listen!)
Propagating Succulents
Moda Free Quilt Pattern (This looks like a simple and beautiful pattern.)
Kimono Top  Tutorial (This is at the "top", haha, of my make list. I'll let you know how it goes.)

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Mending Magic


I must admit when I look at my mending basket I get a bit discouraged. Some of those items, whether large or small, seem to live in that basket.  I spied my purple down coat with feathers bursting staring at me one day in that way that unfinished business stares. It seemed to be saying, "Hey, you've gone a whole season without wearing me because you can't seem to stitch up a silly hole the size of a ping pong ball. You're disgraceful!"

I probably push these items to the back of my "to do" list because they are not urgent, though sometimes it means someone will grow out of them before they get fixed. But I think it is also because the work of repairing can seem so mundane. But honestly, it doesn't have to be.

 I've been inspired to mend again by a resent trends in mindful mending, Japanese Boro Sashiko stitching, and my own need to not be wasteful and keep items both beautiful and functional. And since taking out this one coat, I've felt motivated to slowly but surely tackle that basket. Who knows, if I get through it this month, I might be able to use that basket for other things that will inspire me in different directions.

It feels a bit like Spring cleaning to tackle these mending projects. I am also peeping into my unfinished project basket, which can have a similar oppressive quality when I'm not in the right mind set. It is helping to clear space in my little work room and giving me that sense of accomplishment that only a finally finished long lingering project can do. When I've made my way through these baskets as best I can, I'd like to make some patches to have on hand for when one of my two wild children rips another hole in a favorite pair of pants or dress or sock or stuffed animal. I'd love to have some needle felted little animal patches on hand and perhaps some crocheted pieces or embroidered pieces of scrap. Oh, the possibilities!





Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Favorites




Chapter Book for Kids: "Orphan Island" (we are half way through this one right now, but it's great so far)
Show: "Escape to the Country" on Netflix (real estate hunting in the UK... love the historical bits of the show as well as getting to have a peek inside country cottages)
Cake Recipe: Scandinavian Almond Cake
Project I Need to Try: Creative Mending Patches
Gardening Book: "Great Garden Companions" by Sally Jean Cunningham. I took this out of the library recently and am enjoying all the tips.  

 (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!)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Rebirth



crochet egg chandelier

It's time for rebirth. I am feeling it in so many ways. The first crocus has bloomed and I am so ready to get my hands dirty in the soil again. Seedlings are sprouting in the window.  I'm also trying to get things that have sat stagnant in my life flowing again.

While I've never stopped working on my crafts for selling at our local farmer's market over the summer and random craft fairs, I've let my online shop sit empty too long. So, slowly but surely I am adding items.

My family is also planning and saving for bigger changes. We don't know exactly what they will look like yet. But it feels like it's important now to re-imagine. I think Spring is definitely the time to do this... to plant seeds and figure out what will grow.