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a little crafty nest
My name is Jules and I am a mama to three sweet little beauties, I am a wife to a wonderful fella, and I am a few other things too. I love to garden, craft, knit, quilt, and do just about anything creative. It feeds my soul!
I'm happy you stopped by to visit!
Interests: knitting, gardening, crafting, canoeing and other outdoor adventures
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When you live in the mountains, you get used to unexpected weather coming up over the ridge and settling in the valley bottom. Then you turn your back for a moment, and look out again, and there are clear patches up above which grow into a great blue sky...showing just how fickle the weather can be around here. Our little local airport is known as Cancelgar for you never know til your plane has come or gone if you are getting out that day at all. Chances are, you won't be. Things change rapidly and where we are in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at a little crafty nest
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In our house right now, this is most often how you'll see Sunshine. All 5 of my sheep in one frame...success! Our mid-winter days consist of a fairly predictable routine. The phrase "plodding along" comes to mind, but it isn't at all mundane or uneventful. As the days are just beginning to noticeably lengthen, we may appear more home-based and quieter. Breakfast, farm chores, and homeschool work take us to late morning, at which point I'm often in the kitchen, making up lunch. After we eat, we read a bit or do some handwork, then head outdoors for a walk... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at a little crafty nest
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Another journey round the sun brings us back to the beginning of the calendar year. And yes, it is the middle of a snowy winter and our gardens are under a heavy, wintry blanket...but that doesn't mean I'm taking a break from gardening. While all around outside seems dormant, my mind is awakening to the possibilities that the growing season ahead may bring. Seed catalogues are arriving, our seed stash is pulled out, and all of us are thinking of the good food and flowers we will grow. I have yet to finish planning the rotation of crops in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at a little crafty nest
I agree, Caroline, every month goes by that much faster. Too fast! It can certainly take my breath away! xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2016 on woolly goodness at a little crafty nest
Yes, thank you for your wise words. I try, I really try, to remember how fleeting this whole journey is. xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2016 on woolly goodness at a little crafty nest
Yes, Evelyn...one of my littles asking me to knit something for them is almost as good as sitting with them all, knitting together. xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2016 on woolly goodness at a little crafty nest
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Inside it's little protective casing, a baby pussy willow was asleep...they're coming soon... When cabin fever sets in and it seems like my children have turned into monkeys climbing the walls, we layer ourselves up and head on out. Often, we just go a-wandering about the property as there is much to see here...the pond, the upper morel patch, the sheep, the woods, the creek. But some wintry days require a little longer of a walk. A walk that results in tuckered people settling back into a quieter rhythm upon returning. A walk that allows mama to find a little... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at a little crafty nest
Thanks, Jill! That vest is a milo with a little heart cable on it in georgia rose Peace Fleece, if I remember correctly. I wonder what kind of sheep your parents have...it is so easy to connect with them. They are lovely creatures. xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2016 on woolly goodness at a little crafty nest
Thank you, Jeanette! My daughter certainly has nimble fingers! I just love sharing my favourite crafts with my kids. xo Jules
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Hi Susan, It is such fun in the snow. We also have fairly mild temperatures here which makes outdoor play easier. And yes to the community feeling...so essential when you live so rural. xo Jules
Hi Melly, Yes, we do have a large, thriving homeschool community, but it may come across that we do a lot with all the other families. The truth be told, that lack of cohesion is here too! It is very challenging to coincide play dates as we all do our own activities at different times. However, I am grateful that there are so many of us to bounce ideas off of! I have an idea ~ move this way and we can start our own! hehehe. xo Jules
Thank you so much, Tonya. That means a lot to me. And if you ever do a road trip, you have a place to stay! xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2016 on holiday knits at a little crafty nest
Hi Robin!!!! Thanks so much for your kind words...they made my day! Wishing you a wonderful 2016! Stay in touch! xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2016 on holiday knits at a little crafty nest
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Winter is a wonderful time for wool! I might add that, in my humble opinion, any time of year is a wonderful time for wool! But when the cookstove is chugging away, trying to warm all the corners of our home, we are nestled within arm's reach of each other, with wool in our hands. Sunshine, at age 7, has picked up her doll she began two years ago. She has completed three of the seven squares and is getting more excited with her progress. On my wheel right now is wool from one of my very first sheep, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at a little crafty nest
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they don't realize they have an audience ...and a flock of snow sheep with a little lambie ~ she loves this so much! So much snow that the house wears a snow skirt! Once in a while, we hear a crunching slide, startling all of us, and then a huge "whuuummmmmmp!" as it falls to the ground below. All the fenceposts wear hats of sorts and we are walking around so high above the garden beds. Nyla likes to keep dry in the soft bedding she made in the hay. We keep the hay in our greenhouse for now, close... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at a little crafty nest
Thanks, Jeannette. I think I'm finished knitting hats for a good long while. Oh wait, there is one more to cast off today! xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2016 on holiday knits at a little crafty nest
Hi Kelli...The butterfly is a great pattern, and quite easy. I've knit a handful of these and they go swiftly, on account of passing the stitches over so many times. Once you get the rhythm, it flies! xo Jules
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Thanks, Becki! I will pass it on to Forrest...he is a wonderful artist by his own right and he indeed has amazing colour appreciation. xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2016 on holiday knits at a little crafty nest
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This post ought to really be called Holiday Hats, because that is what I knit and knit and knit for 6 weeks straight leading up to the gift-giving days. And knitting 6 hats in 6 weeks is a little, um, tedious...at least for me. But the end result was worth it for everyone likes their hats, arriving just in time for the cold, snowy winter we are having here. Warm noggins makes for happy loved ones! And without further ado...the holiday hats... Frannie's Butterfly Hat another Butterfly Hat for my sister-in-law my old stand-by Ribby Hat by Soulemama...I've made at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at a little crafty nest
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Hi Melly...guess who also loves the dress up dolls...I've made so many extra little boy pictures and he has dressed them all in different pirate outfits! I'd love to see that pillowcase...why have I never made these before ~ genius! xo Jules
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Hello Tonya! So clever to get started now. I seem to always plan that way, and it never happens, but I'm going to put more effort into it this year...it ought to take some of the last minute panic away. And the gift you gave to your family of moving to a lovely new homestead is far beyond pjs or pillowcases! xoxo Lots of love to you, Jules
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Happy New Year, Susan! Sunshine likes the doll kit, too...I keep having to copy off more bodies for her to dress up! Thanks so much for all your kind comments ~ they always bring a smile to my face! Hugs back to you, xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2016 on handmades from the holidays at a little crafty nest
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Every year, we try and make as many of our gifts with our own hands. It goes beyond economical for us, though truth be told, that is great incentive..Also, in my opinion, making our own gifts imbues them with so much more meaning and love than anything storebought might provide. I admit that we do purchase some of our presents, but the majority are handcrafted. As long as I've been a mama, I've made Christmas Eve jammies. Such a fun tradition, and I notice this year, there was so much excitement, that our staircase photo is blurry...but no redos were... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at a little crafty nest
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Wouldn't it be clever to be able to bottle up your favourite memories to uncork at another time, somewhere in the distant, unimaginable future? This holiday season found many good times to squirrel away and I have imprinted them deep within, and hopefully in the hearts of my children as well. dinner prep and Boggle games If I could capture these last few weeks and bottle them up for another time, I'm certain I will one day eagerly uncork the vessel and deeply inhale the joy and family and memories that we've made over the holidays. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at a little crafty nest
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All the usual December things have been happening around here...chores, baking, and hand-making... I have finished 5 of the 6 hats I began in the middle of November for gift-giving. I didn't give myself very much time, but I'm working through them all. The last one is for my husband who is up in the mountains right now, doing guide's training for the season ahead. This makes it much easier to pull out my knitting at any time of day without needing to hide it from inquiring eyes. This was hat number four that I sent off to my sister-in-law... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2015 at a little crafty nest