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!)




Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Favorites

Maybe the five million things I have to do already just isn't enough for me. I thought it would be fun to start something new on this dusty old blog, called "Friday Favorites".

Peace Lily showing off a beautiful bloom and giving me hope for Spring in the heart of Winter.

Book: Serephina (This was an X-mas present and we are currently reading it. It deals with prejudice and intolerance through interactions between human and dragon-kind. It's too wordy for my younger daughter, but my older daughter is enjoying it.)
Article: A Pain Relieving Response to Being Rejected or Excluded
Project I Want to Make: Crochet Pixie/ Gnome Hat ("Silver and Spice Hood")
Beverage: Coffee with foamed milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon (Okay, I do this everyday. It's just so good.
Fabric: Foxy Knit

I hope you find something of interest in this mix.  I will try to change up the categories each week.

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


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Snow and Felt


 

 

Fresh snow fell on the weekend, and I've been trying hard to get myself and the kids outdoors as much as possible before and after school. We are all in need of sunshine and exercise, and it's always nice when you can get these things and play at the same time. At my children's school there is a program called "Winter Wellness" which takes the kids skiing or snowing boarding once a week. The younger kids all do cross-country. I decided after a recent visit to the pediatrician that we really needed to be getting more physical exercise at home, too, and we'd start our own "Winter Wellness". Of course, the at home version is mostly throwing snowballs, sledding and running around the yard as it's already 4pm by the time we get out there.  I've also been taking solo walks when I can, and the bonus of working harder at healthy living is that it gives me more creative energy to poor into projects. January was really very slow and slothful (partially due to sickness), so I feel grateful to be getting motivated again.

In the craft room, I seem to be having too much fun with felt and hearts.... tis' the season. I have some new felt crowns in the works and just finished a pair of sly foxes. I've been spending a lot of time hand sewing this winter, which can be slow, but feels like a nice change of pace from the machine.


Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Carving the Moon




The veil of sickness is lifting on our little home. There's still a little bit of rattle in my throat, but I feel a billion times better than I did last week. It's amazing how the world stops when you're sick. Well, not really. Telephone repair guys still show up when your drowning in a sea of mess and the dishes and laundry still manage to pile up even though no one is eating much and jammies become cemented to your skin. I guess what I mean, is, that thinking stops when your sick. Yes, that's what happens. It's remarkable how good it feels to be able to do things again, even when there's still not much rhyme or reason to what you're doing. It feels good to be able to taste coffee and chocolate again. It feels good to have our afternoon tea and popcorn break again. It also feels good to drop my littlest off at preschool for the first time in a week and see the joy from her friends and teacher upon her return.

Today I sat in my work shop and carved a stamp. I filled it with all the flowers I could think of that heal you. It was probably not the top thing I needed to be doing, but I haven't done anything like that since I was in art school, which was over twelves years ago now! I forgot how long it takes! I need to test it soon and see if it actually works or if I need to do some more carving. I think this year will be an experiment year. I've been playing with watercolors too... just making tiny artwork that I can dispose of easily should I detest the results.

Before sickness hung over us, the girls and I made those sweet little clothes pin dolls you see above. We used scrap fabric and colored pencil faces and put a wish into each of them for the New Year. Mine is simply a wish to create. Now that I'm feeling more like myself again, I hope there will be a lot more of that.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hello 2018












I'm sipping the last of my coffee as I sneak back into this little space to say, "Hello 2018!" You started with a "Brrrrrrrr!" Plans to travel to Burlington for fireworks and a dragon parade were canceled when the forecast promised negative temperatures. It feels quite warm today at eighteen degrees, but we've started the year with some frozen pipes and extreme temperatures (negative 26 being the worst of it) that have me thinking of packing our bags for a tropical island (if only!). So on New Years we stayed in and painted with new Christmas paints, had a movie and read our fortunes. We did not make it until midnight. We've yet to do that since having children, and I really don't mind.

Jake's Dad headed out yesterday after a long visit for the holidays and the kids headed back to school. I am still operating at half speed from those very chill days. I actually had the house to myself for a few hours yesterday, which is very unusual, and squandered my time cleaning up. But it does feel nice to get back into the routine of things. Another winter storm is building outside and more freezing cold temperatures are on their way. It's winters like this that cause me to drift off into daydream land of fields of wild flowers.

The end of December marked ten years since we moved to "The Land of Winter"...yes, we were foolish enough to move here in winter (hehe). We had snow half way up our bottom floor windows that year. I still love it here, but I could do without the  negative temperatures so we can get outside and snow shoe or cross country ski or at least not see our breath in the house. Stay warm, where ever you are!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Making Holiday Magic




Our wooly potions.
 


We've been decking our halls this past weekend. At Girl Scouts, we made pine wreath. On Sunday we got our tree, dug out the decorations and have started a little holiday gift making. It's been a strange year for me because usually I have holiday gift ideas planned out well in advance and have already begun making them, but this year I've felt at a loss. After almost ten years of making oh so many holiday gifts, I've been a bit stumped as to what to gift people. Of course, I do buy some of our gifts. It's a tall order with a big family to make everything, but I still feel a bit lost this year. I have some small ideas that I've finally begun working on. I always have fun ideas for kids, but the adults are another story.

But, if you are looking for a gift for a little person, with a grand imagination, I would like to suggest this brilliant idea that is not my own, but a gift my daughter received from a friend. She put together  a beautiful potion box with dropper bottles and potions and a magic peacock feather, crystals, and a pretty spoon and an extra bottle for mixing her own potion. It was a huge hit. I had some smaller potion bottles kicking around that I had thought about turning into necklaces, but sacrificed them so the girls could make some potions for their friends too. Our potions were "soft" potions infused with the power of the super moon, Christmas tree lights and the warmth from our fire. They used scraps of wool roving to fill their bottles and gave them to their classmates. Voila and abracadabra!

So there's a fun idea for you... anyone got any inspired ideas for grown ups?

A magical gift from a friend complete with "Drops of sunshine", "Drops of Flowers" and "Drops of Stars" among other things.



Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Newer Every Day







Good bye October. Hello November! I'm running late, as usual.  After an unseasonably warm September and October, we are now getting the proper chill in the air and frosty mornings. I love it!  I celebrated another trip around the sun on Monday. I'm 35! Woohooo! I've lived a third of my life (if I am lucky enough to make it to 105, haha). I'm trying. I've been thinking about turning 35 all year... I don't usually get so focused on my age, but I think there's been something inside me screaming, "Oh no, 35!" as if I'm looking at my watch and saying "Oh, shit, I'm late!" So every time I feel a little panicked about the passing years, I remind myself of this quote:

“We turn not older with years but newer every day.” -Emily Dickinson

Yes, that feels about right. Breathe. Change. And just be.