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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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Joining in for the Friday moment with Amanda. A moment from the week that I want to linger over and savour. Dreams of horses and riding lessons abound in my little girl's life right now. Oh, it is so fun to be six! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at a little crafty nest
Thank you, Stella! xo Jules
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on sentimental goodness at a little crafty nest
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Lately, it seems my three kids are leaning towards a different kind of play. Particularly if it is instigated by my 9 year old, I more often find these three sitting around our whittling spot (aka the woodpile) or tinkering with the box of mechanical "junk" I have saved for the last ten years...anticipating this stage we have firmly landed in. While most definately there is still lots of imaginary goodness involving knights and princesses and storm troopers...there is also a more focused (and quieter!) gathering where they chat about all kinds of important things to a 4, 6 and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at a little crafty nest
Hello Robin!!!! So nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for your kind words. xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2015 on once upon a quilt at a little crafty nest
Thank you, dear friend! Yes, we are all snuggled under it at night and I treasure these moments. :) xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 20, 2015 on once upon a quilt at a little crafty nest
Oh, thank you, Tonya. It was such a scary experience and I am so grateful all was well. xo Jules
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Yes, Carlin, they do acquire such beauty with age. Wishing you a wonderful week, too. xo Jules
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Thank you, Marie. I do love seeing my kids beneath the quilt, too. xo Jules
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Oh, yes, sentimentality is part of the fibre of every Mama, I'm sure. I heard there was difficulty with commenting on that post, but I think it is resolved now. xo Jules
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Thank you so much, Susan! Back in the day before little ones, I did indeed have far more time for projects. And yes, perhaps this is really the beginning of the quilt's life! :) xo Jules
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Sometimes, there are epic projects that seem to take forever to finish. And sometimes, those projects take on a life of their own and when the last stitch or final brushstroke is applied, there is a whole story that comes with the finished creation. My wedding quilt is one such epic project. Long before I met my husband, I began collecting fabric for a quilt. I leaned towards cooler hues of purples and greens and blues. When we met, I knew I wanted to make a snowflake quilt for my future husband who feels most at home atop a mountain... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at a little crafty nest
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After more than 2 years of beginning this project, then setting it aside, I finally finished my children's baby clothes pillows. Recently I saw Amanda's post about making quilts for each of her kids, and it was just the final push I needed to sew these pillows together. Originally, I intended to make myself a pillow of each of my kid's baby clothes...I'm rather sentimental like that. I imagined holding it when they are older and far from home...or when they are teens and out with friends and I'm waiting for them to return from an evening out. See?!! My... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at a little crafty nest
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Inside... So easily, we slip into our winter routine of cozy mornings, with homeschool activities like playdough and painting and reading. Many times, I'm not really sure where the line is drawn between homeschooling and playing, but it doesn't really matter, yes? There is always learning being done...whether it be facts and knowledge of the bookish sort, or sharing and listening and cultivating relationships with those around us. While the line may be murky where homeschool and life merge and overlap, for certain our winter mornings are a time of indoor activity. And soup. We eat a lot of soup... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at a little crafty nest
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Catching up on last autumn's homeschool activities and lessons... September I first posted about this year's homegrown schooling in September here, but I forgot to include the wonderful dyeing we did with food colouring. October After a unit on measurment, Forrest began a recipe book of meals he makes, from start to finish. This is his very first meal he's taken on...spaghetti. He declared it the best pasta night ever! Sunshine is waiting her turn for lessons. These pattern blocks, as well as a bean bucket for little cars, colouring and drawing, puzzles, playdough, and scissors and glue are amongst... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at a little crafty nest
Hi Melly, Ahhh, the colness surely keeps one from getting outdoors more, that's certain. Luckily, here, we tend to have milder winters, just with lots of snow. You know I'm still on that campaign to bring you west! xo Jules
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Oh, Laura, I like the idea of milk shakes! Great one! Enjoy these wintry days with your family! xo Jules
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Oh, thank you, Melly. Perhaps a keeper, yes? xo Jules
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Thank you, Laura. It was a lovely moment amidst the mayhem. xo Jules
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Yes, Tonya, and it certainly is never boring. Lots of warmth to you, as well. xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2015 on wizard blue at a little crafty nest
Thank you, Susan. It most often is :) xo Jules
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A snowstorm warning took us by surprise...it came in swiftly and after a day and a night, we had over 2 feet of snow. BBQ anyone? Or how about a ride in our car? This last photo is our puppy, Clover. It is a funny picture because she is supposed to be our intimidating guardian dog, relentlessly keeping our sheep protected from bobcats, cougars and bears...and yet, here she is, snoozing in our entryway. All that snow had her fairly walk over the fences out in the pasture today, and with my husband away, I had no way to fix... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at a little crafty nest
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With a good snowstorm beginning, we are cozied around the cookstove with books, yarn, games and puzzles. And waiting for yet another slice of toast. Oh my, these three love toast. For the past four years, we have opted to go gluten-free. But, wow! I can't believe how expensive bread can be when you add it all up!!!! For a long time I made my own bread but eventually the kids grew tired of it. So I was so grateful to see this recipe in the latest Taproot magazine...the Bread issue. Oh, it is good!!! We are back to rolling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at a little crafty nest
Thank you, Angela! xo Jules
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on mud princess at a little crafty nest
Thank you, dear friend! I'll pass on to Sunshine your compliments! xo Jules
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Yes, Carlin! Knitting is so therapeutic for me, and the bonus are finding treasures like this one to knit up! xo Jules
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