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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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Thank you, Tonya. I thought you might like to see the natural dyes. We must talk more about this addictive hobby. xo Jules
Oh, thank you dear friend. xoxoxoxoxoox and more xoxoxoxo Jules
Thank you, Mrs. Mallard, I think so too. xo Jules
Oh wow!!!! Heather, that poncho is amazing!!!! I can't believe the colour intensity. I would love to know what you did to create each colour, especially the blue and green. Love it so much! xo Jules
Erin, that means so much coming from you. I have always loved all you spin and knit. xo Jules
Oh, thank you, Brienne. xo Jules
Thank you, Laura. xo Jules
Thank you, Miri. She truly is like a little fuzzy peach, right from the moment she took her first breath. Utter sweetness. xo Jules
Oh yes, one of many bonuses of hand-spin, including saved recipes to make more in a pinch! Thank you for your kind words, xo Jules
Thank you, Leanne...I will most definatly look up this book...we are always on the look-out for more! xo Jules
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When she was born, she looked like a soft, fuzzy peach...all golden yellow with the rosiest, pinkest complexion. When I saw a summer sunset one morning, while the world was still slumbering, her colours blended in the sky outside my window, painting a picture of innocence and sweetness. This was a big project for me, from a white fleece to spun wool to dyed fibre to knitted warmth. I enjoyed the whole process so thoroughly, all the while thinking of my little Sunshine who brightens up my day, from the moment she greets me with a smile to when she... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at a little crafty nest
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At four years old, Huckley was wanting his first haircut. Truth be told, he has been wanting his "big boy haircut" for months. However, I was reluctant, knowing all too well that this would be the last "first" haircut. Bittersweet this mama gig, I tell you. I had to save my favourite curl, stashed away in an envelope But look who turned out all grown up. Amazing that with a few snips of the scissors, a babe transforms into a boy. These two boys...one who shadows the other all day. The older one who is learning patience and grace and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at a little crafty nest
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While we are mere weeks from beginning grade three, I realized I hadn't shared what grade two with my oldest looked like. I find it helpful to write it all out for referencing with my next child, as well as a look back on the year for nostalgic reasons. And so... Forrest has been an easy learner...he continued to soak up information and work with little prodding from me. His eight year old self was still enchanted by fairy tales, but he was ready for the work of grade two. In Waldorf pedagogy, it is believed that the eight year... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at a little crafty nest
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While it was two years in the making, the wait was worth it. My boy knit his own "sky scarf" which he cast on when he was a mere six years old. This past spring, at the age of eight, he cast off. The sky scarf is a popular first knitting project for young children. With several colours of wool, they choose which yarn that best reflects the colour of the sky that day (light blue is clear skies, grey blue is cloudy, white is snowy, and dark blue is stormy). Forrest used ultra soft Andean wool, single ply, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at a little crafty nest
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We are in the midst of garden bounty, and all the hard work of earlier weeks is paying off. We have harvested all the potatoes, and this wheelbarrow was just our first of three loads. The kids loved "digging for gold" and it was amazing to see how the three different types yielded varying results. French fingerlings are the most abundant, Yukon Gold are the best keepers, and Purple Vikings may be novel, but probably we won't do them again. With the garlic and potatoes harvested, there were some empty beds begging for attention. I haven't done too much fall... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at a little crafty nest
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Around here, birthdays go on for days. My parents visited for a family celebration of three of their grandkids, our family had a special beach day on her birthday, and then she had a gaggle of girls over for silly, wet, waterpark adventures...homemade, that is. We set up a piece of last year's greenhouse plastic with the sprinkler on it for a waterslide, and then we visited our pond for raft rides towed by our neighbour. The whole party was outdoors ~ a rare treat because of usually horrendous skeeters. Fortunately, it is really an unimpressive bug year and we... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at a little crafty nest
Thanks, Mom. And yes, the gardens are edible and editable...I change them every so often! :) xo Jules P.S. On your next visit, it will be fun to see what else is ready!
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2014 on in the gardens ~ late July at a little crafty nest
Thanks, Tonya...while you have clay soil, we have rocky as we live on a creek bed. All the beds in the Big Garden have to be raised or I cannot grow anything. I envy those who can rototill and plant, but then, I do love my raised beds :) Wishing you a week of abundance out there! xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2014 on in the gardens ~ late July at a little crafty nest
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The Big Garden... potatoes are showing signs of being finished waiting for some rain to pass to harvest the last of the garlic volunteers in the garden are always a delight! more volunteers in the roots beds...lots and lots of surprise dill amongst the carrots and beets fending off the kids from eating up all the baby carrots paid off...our first "real" carrot harvest in years up by our house, I am collecting plants to create a screen to cover up the neighbour's fence that runs within feet of our house...and I squeezed in a very late squash bed with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at a little crafty nest
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This week, rather than my usual myriad of favourite moments that I was lucky enough to capture on film, I have just one that stands out. It reminds me of my girl at the same age, in the same pink goggles. Though she opted for the outfit without the pink earmuffs. I do think they rather accentuate the whole ensemble, however. Enjoy your weekend, friends! Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at a little crafty nest
The evolution of your gardens is remarkable, Amanda. And I am blown away by the sheer volume of bean tipis...whoah! That is a lot of work. And I must confess, my inner Virgo admires your organized tool area far too much...love it! xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2014 on in the garden :: July 10 at SouleMama
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The Big Garden... the potato plants are enormous, the garlic is nearly ready to be harvested, the black hollyhocks (for dyeing) and beginning to bloom, and the onions are scraggly Just yesterday as I prepared our dinner, I realized we have turned the tide in our gardens. Until then, it seemed I was harvesting variations of greens...lettuce, spinach, bok choy leaves, beet greens, parsley. But then last night ~ oh! what variety! In addition to our regular salads, we ate broccoli, peas, and the thinnings from carrots and beets...little baby ones steamed then tossed in olive oil and garlic with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at a little crafty nest
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My littlest fellow turned four this past weekend. Four whole years old! If asked his new age, he first spends a few concentrated moments organizing his fingers so he can hold them out to show you while declaring, "I am fo-wuh now!" Honestly, I have spent many long moments this weekend gazing at the longer-limbed, capable bodies of my three children, marveling at these beautiful creatures that I am lucky enough to walk beside. It was just mere moments ago that they were babes in arms, reliant on me for everything. Now, my little Huckley tries to show us all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at a little crafty nest
Dear Lori...Oh, hearing from you is like a great big hug for my heart! Hello!!!!! I was thinking of you just the other day and how you were probably on your own time now because it is summer guiding season. Imagine...there will be a day when I have no kids at home and I can visit you in between seasons! Wishing you such good and peaceful times right now...lots of love, xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2014 on moments from the week at a little crafty nest
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Hello! I am here. Honest, I am. Life is so very full and every night I hope to wake up from putting the children to bed, and then I close my eyes again and sink easily into sleep. I'm struggling to carve out a little "me" time right now, though I see that I have put it on the backburner of priorities. Afterall, our first new farm friends arrive in about a month's time and there is sooooo much to do. And that is honestly highly motivating to me to set aside the knitting or writing or crafting time, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at a little crafty nest