Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Adventures

Summer seems to pass in a heart beat, so we are taking it in as best we can. My littlest has graduated preschool and will be full time student this Fall when she enters kindergarten, so I want to make sure we make the most of these long days together. And we do seem to stretch them out as long as we can. When summer comes, I understand why we endure the long winters here. Everything around us is alive and singing and the mountains and the river call us to play. I hope you are playing and enjoying the fresh air where ever you are. Time to head back to the garden!

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


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.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday Favorites: Happy Spring

Friday Favorites
Something to Chill Your Kids Out:Breathing Exercises for Kids
Podcast Episode: Crafty Planner Podcast: Katrina Rodabaugh: Mending, natural dying and slow fashion
Kids Show (some action/ scary parts): The Magic Lamp and the Moving Islands (available on Amazon Prime): Sinbad adventure... this one is dubbed, but there is a subtitle version that goes before it... You can mostly make sense of the story without seeing the first one.
Easter Crochet Pattern: Crochet Eggs
Adorable Kids Book:  Chirri and Chirra

 (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!)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday Favorites A Day Late and A Dollar Short

 Friday Favorites

Spring Craft to Make with Kids: Origami Butterflies

Gardening Show: "Big Dreams, Small Spaces" on Netflix. This is the only kind of reality TV that I can get into. The guests design their garden dream in Britain with the help of expert gardener, Monty. I love that they do the work and spend the money themselves, making many of the projects obtainable.

Poem:  The Layers by Stanley Kunitz: A facebook friend shared this yesterday on their 50th wedding anniversary, and I thought it was too beautiful not to pass on to you.

Kid Quote: "Do you think the leprechauns steal the chocolate from the store?"

Cook Book with Something Green: The Art of Vegetarian Indian Cooking (There is a wonderful recipe for saag in this that I love. A friend gifted me this book a few years back, and it's definitely my go to Indian food cookbook. Pretty much everything I've made from this cookbook is great.)

 (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!)

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you find a pot of gold in the world today, or a colander of gold as the case may be!

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 .