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Erin Kleider
Artist, carver, sewer, wooden doll extraordinaire
Interests: literature, art, my family, jewelry making, carving, music. doll-making, collage/altered art
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I have been absent from this blog now for more than a year. A lot has happened in the last year. When blogs I've read go missing for such a long period, I drop them and move on to another... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2016 at FairieMoon
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This weekend Judy went to her senior prom. She was beautiful and dignified and, yes, a bit silly. Just as we were about to start taking pictures, the dog got out and the girls became distracted. In the confusion, we... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at FairieMoon
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These tulips were from a few weeks ago, but we can enjoy them all the same. I loved the way the light was traveling through the petals. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at FairieMoon
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It has been awhile since I last wrote. In that time, I've attended many basketball games, including the last of Judy's high school career, Mr. MacGyver had neck/spine surgery to remove disks and fuse vertebrae in his neck, which led... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at FairieMoon
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Here is a picture of me in one of my bridesmaid dresses and my bridal hat... It was taken circa 2001-2002 outside of our house in Pacifica. Not the most flattering but the shadows are nice. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at FairieMoon
It is a beautiful quilt! I love all the white. You are channeling your inner Scandinavian! :)
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on a new quilt for the new year at SouleMama
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For one reason or another, I have not had many gifts from my children that they picked out. I think because I don't want them to spend their money on me. They just don't have that much of it. But... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at FairieMoon
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I took others, but this was the best. It was bitterly cold but the sun just sparkled on the snow. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at FairieMoon
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My baby has turned 18! I knew this day would come eventually, but it came all too quickly for my taste. I have enjoyed each and every moment of being your mother Judy! Best eighteen years of my life! Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at FairieMoon
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at FairieMoon
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Our little lavender has produced a second round of flowers and is working on a third, as well as producing a baby plant (which you see in the background here...freshly potted). Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at FairieMoon
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A glance at December... I have been pondering for days what I wanted to say in this first post of 2015, knowing that it had to come sooner than later and that I needed to address my virtual absence in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at FairieMoon
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Here in Upstate New York, we lost a dear, sweet little friend, Kenneth White. I had the priveledge to watch over him at recess and I will miss him greatly. Many people will be lighting candles and turning on their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at FairieMoon
Oh yes! I love that alcove as well. Wouldn't you just love to sit there and read a book?
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2014 on four faves at elephantine
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(Okay, so this is from yesterday...we were having problems with power and internet connectivity). We are in the middle of a three day winter event, which, in the Helderbergs, equates to lots of snow. The funny thing is that only... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at FairieMoon
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If you look carefully, you can see the reflection of upside down trees in the droplets. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at FairieMoon
Well, we are West Coasters ourselves and would love to live the dream of returning to Stanford or Berkeley, but since that dream is reserved for only the very top of the line, smartest and richest kids, it will probably not be realized anytime soon...still we are giving it the old college try. The East Coast knows how to do college right though. Each and every one has its own beauty and tradition, and its own exciting advantages to offer. I don't think we will suffer too much, except, perhaps, with the cold.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2014 on megan g photography at tollipop
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It's the day before Thanksgiving and we are receiving the first snowstorm of the season... ...too bad we were all already home from school for the Thanksgiving holidays. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at FairieMoon
We are anticipating a similar separation in our home as well. With the exception that I feel a tad bit reassured that my daughter will not be leaving home until next August. However, I know this time with her will go by all too quickly. Yesterday, I was on the playground at our local school, where I work as a recess aide. The sun was shining, it was warm and there was a light breeze upon which was carried the spicy scent of mouldering leaves and the sound of happy children. At first, the sensation filled me with deep satisfaction and joy for what might possibly be the last nice day of the season; and then, for some reason, it struck me that next year at this time, my daughter will be long gone. And THIS thought filled me with such sadness not only for the impending loss but for all of those sweet sentimental moments I remember from the past that I thought would never end. For the most part, little separations are happening all the time. She is beginning to not tell me things and I grow tired of all the running I do to keep up with her schedule and grumpy at her irritation over her work load and the stress of college applications. And in THOSE moments, I anticipate what it will be like to have her gone and be alone with just my son and husband and how peaceful that will feel (granted, I may be lying to myself in this regard, but my son is a much less involved and far more contented person). And of course, despite the separation, I look forward to the day when my daughter and I can be mainly friends and I won't have to be so much the mother, when she will want to tell me things and we can laugh and tell secrets and go shopping. It is such a bittersweet time that is filled with both joy and sadness, and being one who, by default, feels the range of these emotions both for me and everyone else in my home, it is hard. But I wouldn't miss any of it for the world. It feels too important and I want to remember each and every little bit.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on megan g photography at tollipop
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Just giving you a glimpse of my latest teacup... ...although I keep wondering when I am going to stop adding to my collection as I am running out of places to put them. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at FairieMoon
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Our Lavender plant from Mount Holyoke continues to grow. ...with buds (frankly, we could not believe our eyes. How could a plant so small produce flowers?)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at FairieMoon
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Quinnipiac University is located in Hamden, Connecticut. The school was founded in 1929 under the name Connecticut College of Commerce, but it changed its name in 1951 and moved to its current location in 1966. Judy's interviewer told us that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at FairieMoon
Love the video! So informative and helpful! Just what I needed to know about sharpening my carving knives! Thanks so much!
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2014 on SoulePapa Blogs :: A Line of Work at SouleMama
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