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. 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Quiet Contemplation

 My heart hurts for all the victims of recent tragedies shaking my country and the world. Today is a necessary day of quiet contemplation for me. It is day to appreciate the beauty, mourn our losses, and dream about how things might change. It is a day to think about how I might change, how I might do better, how I might help more. And it is certainly a day to spend some time with my children, smell the flowers, and make something beautiful (but really, that's everyday).

These photos below are from the weekend. We played with paint brushes made from nature. It was fun, but most of them proved to just make a seedy mess on the paper. The girl's both discovered that they liked painting with a feather. Besides the almighty feather, hence forth, the rest of the brushes will be used as magic wands.

Hopefully this afternoon when they return home from school, we can spend some more time painting. What do you like to do to restore calm in times of distress?

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Around and Around We Go

I guess there's no shortage of fairs this time of year. After nearly nine year's of living in VT, we finally made it to the much talked about Tunbridge World's Fair. It was whirling, blistering hot fun to be sure. My favorite part of fair's is the crafts, of course. I didn't get a picture, but there was a fun lego competition for kids that my kids might have to join in next year. I also love seeing all the giant vegetables and sunflowers. One of these years, I will be successful at growing a giant pumpkin. I always seem to kill them before they bare fruit. I am hoping to get to go the sheep and wool festival coming up, but that might be a harder sell for the family. Why don't they love staring at rows and rows of yarn like I do?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Land of Milk and Catnip

Kitties keep appearing on my work table these days made of felt with embroidered faces and dressed  for market. Some are for snuggling, some are for hair clips, and I'm sure more will manifest themselves in other ways. I was raised in a "no cats allowed" family, but have slowly and methodically become a crazy cat lady over the years. Okay, I'm not super crazy... we only have two cats, after all, but we do have the cat mugs and kitty dolls to prove it.  Over the summer, a real fur kitty also appeared in our lives (kitty number two that I referenced.). He started out living in our shed. We heard him yowling on the Fourth of July, hungry and in need of some attention. We tried to find his home without success. We are trying to get him to move into the house, where life isn't quite as dangerous, but so far we have only been able to get him to move to the porch. I think winter will surely get him inside, at least for the nights. Luckily, we're enjoying (sweating through) a second summer here, so he is plenty warm out there. It's unusual for the north country, our garden hasn't been frosted yet, so I'll have to do a garden update soon (something that I've clearly neglected this year!).

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Harvest Fair

The mountains are putting on their Autumn dress, apple cider has magically appeared in the refrigerator, and a flannel feels oh so good in the chill of the morning. Fall is on her way. Every year, our tiny village welcomes the changing season with a bountiful Harvest Fair. Delicious food and home grown veggies, games and music, and crafts too, make this a day I look forward to all year. Unfortunately, I was set up, so didn't get a chance to move around and take pictures of all the fun, but I captured a few. I've had lots more making time now that the girl's are back in school, and will hopefully have some of these goods up online when our local farmer's market season is over. The house is quiet. Time to get sewing!