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Last year I hosted a local kid's ornament swap. It was a great little swap and although it was born of my not having myself together to join an online swap, I really enjoyed keeping the kid's swap so local with the involvement of some folks we know and some we don't. We are at it again this year, with the number of families having doubled from a dozen last year to over 25 this year. All credit for the idea for our ornament this year goes to Hettie. Over breakfast one morning we were discussing possibilities. We'd settled on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at 54 stitches
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the shutter clicks at just the right moment. Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at 54 stitches
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I am, once again, excited and honored to have my work included alongside so many talented and creative people in the Rhythm of the Home Winter 2011 edition. I made my first paper advent calendar for my husband fifteen years ago, the first winter I knew him. Although, we both have a touch of the pack rat streak, especially about things we have made for each other, sadly I think that little black and white calendar disappeared many years ago. Putting this one together was great fun and a nice nostalgic trip down memory lane. Head over and check out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at 54 stitches
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with glitter for Astrid. Talk about some seasonal magic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at 54 stitches
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I know I have gushed about swapping on this blog before, but really? One part crafting, one part giving, one part secrets and one part mystery packages arriving in the mail? What is not to love? Ten of these are headed off to other homes near and far and, what's more? I managed to throw together a little tutorial on making these ornaments. You could, of course, create any little scene inside that you wanted, but I find the toadstool, even trendy as it has become, pretty hard to resist. I credit Nicholas for my early and steadfast devotion to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at 54 stitches
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"Conversations about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative." Well right now, unimaginative or not, it just can't be helped. This Fall we have had snow in October, still green leaves well into November, and temperatures roller coastering up and down. While somewhat unsettling on both the greater "Why is it like this?" and the more mundane "I expect my seasons to behave properly" levels, we have done our best to just embrace what is and enjoy it. This week, that meant glorious sunshine and warmth in which to finally collect a good cache of colored leaves, nut... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2011 at 54 stitches
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This was quite a trick! And a treat! (And thank you for not bringing the storm on Halloween proper.) Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2011 at 54 stitches
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My mother-in-law is nothing if not an enthusiastic person. (She'll laugh when she reads this as will other family members should they happen upon it.) New places to visit? New lands to explore? New sights to see? She's your woman. For, oh a year or so, she's been plotting and planning to get us up to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Now, I love me a botanical garden, so it was not a hard sell, but the timing just never seemed to work. We had lots going on... she had some new places to explore and some old places to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2011 at 54 stitches
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My fingers are crossed! Thanks for a great giveaway!
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I can't stop knitting this pattern. It all started back in April... then it happened again in May... then, yes, once more in August and September... and now, here it is October and I just cast off yet one more. I suppose it redeems me somewhat that two of them were/are gifts. And the pattern is just so simple, but lovely and very well written. And really, can you blame me? Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at 54 stitches
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Several years ago when Ada was just a babe, Hettie and I made a pumpkin head scarecrow mama and baby. It is one of those things that she doesn't actually remember, but she has seen pictures and written her own memory of us making it. She's been chomping at the bit to make a new one this year. So a couple of days ago we hit the local farm, spent a great deal of time choosing just the right pumpkins for each girl, and got to work. We tied off the legs at the ankles and stuffed them with dry... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2011 at 54 stitches
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Oh how we love thee. Most especially just before dinnertime, when Mama just needs a wee bit of peace in the house. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at 54 stitches
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we have dilly beans, salsa, peaches, ketchup, strawberry jam and applesauce! It seemed like every time we turned around this summer, we were off to a farm stand or an orchard for another load of fruit or veggies. I managed to bring in almost all of these vast quantities of food to be put up on the eve of some big event... 25 pounds of tomatoes two days before my sister's wedding, half a bushel of peaches two days before we left for a trip to Minnesota... you get the picture. But when I look at all the jars tucked... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2011 at 54 stitches
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We've had several strange streatches of summer like weather in the Northeast this Fall and while those hot days are not my cup 'o tea, being the autumnal devotee I am, we did take advantage of them and do some play silk and yarn dying. This is the second year I have dyed wool with the girls and their first time, although not mine, dying playsilks. We use a combination of easter egg dye bought last Spring after Easter, when it all went on sale for practically nothing and Wilton's gel food coloring which gave us a rainbow of colors.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2011 at 54 stitches
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is a pretty big birthday, in a pretty small package! It was nearly a month ago now that we celebrated this little girl's first birthday at the Common Ground Fair. Seems to me eating one's very first pie cone was a fantastic way to celebrate. So good, in fact, it might just make you zone out from watching every single moment of anything your older sisters might be up to. This baby of mine is a powerful little spirit. She is by far our most verbal kid and carries on hilarious other language "chats" about all manner of fascinating topics... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2011 at 54 stitches
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... and Fall is mine. Starting the day with an apple pie felt like as good a way as any to mark the Autumal Equinox today. I've been thinking the last few times I have made pie about the collision of past and present. Part of what I enjoy about baking is thinking about the women (and men, but mostly women) before me who made the same pies, breads, cakes I make in my kitchen today. I find this reflection on the past to be somewhat corny and yet it also creates a sense of the connection that comes through... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at 54 stitches
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After watching some art students painting in the Arboretum today my girls spent most of the afternoon outside on the deck with their watercolors. They began by painting things in the landscape, as the students were doing, but soon moved into an equally familiar imaginative world filled with... a colt with a princess dancing on its back and (one of my favorite images of late) a radish castle. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at 54 stitches
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Joining Ginny over at Small Things for her Yarn Along! It is sort of ironic that I would chronicle what I am reading and knitting right now as both are things I love to do, and both seem to suffer terribly when there is a young baby in the house. The trouble is, of course, that when I sit down to do either in the evening I start out fine but then eventually startle with a jolt to realize that I've fallen dead asleep and, more often than not, suspect I may have been drooling all over my page or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at 54 stitches
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be in our corner today. Off to the Apple Genius Bar hoping to find a genius who will convince our computer that the accurate count of photos in our iPhoto is roughly 25,000 as opposed to the ZERO it is currently claiming. Nothing quite like starting a Monday morning with a computer crisis and three small children. Hopefully we'll be back with a working computer and photos of a five and half year old half-birthday celebration. If I go dark though you'll know they've held the computer for further coaxing. Wish us luck! Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at 54 stitches
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This is my mom's recipe. I'm pretty sure these are what Little Red Riding Hood had in her basket to bring to Grandma. They have always just struck me as fairytale food. And fairytale treats? Seriously good. Blackberry Jam Squares 2 cups all purpose flour 1.25 cups sugar 1.5 tsp baking powder 12 Tbsp cold butter 1 jar of no sugar added seedless Blackberry Jam Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix the first three ingredients and then cut in butter either by hand or food processor until it looks like coarse meal. Spread half of the mixture in an 8... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at 54 stitches
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love notes. That's me and Hettie. She's rocking a pretty serious red bow (I just made it out of two triangles Mama!). We are thinking. Clearly, as there are thinking bubbles radiating from our heads and a thought cloud hovering above. Want to know what we are thinking about? Giving each other a kiss. Those red shapes in our thought cloud? Kisses. And love hearts. My heart? It just about exploded. Love that girl and love her love notes. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2011 at 54 stitches
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flew off yesterday, bound for a Waldorf Spring/Easter swap. I've been singing When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along ever since. We headed out for a walk to the post office to mail these yesterday and had our first official Signs of Spring walk. Oh how I love hunting for seasonal signs with little kids. Ada nearly exploded out of herself gasping, pointing and claiming every leaf of green she saw no matter how downtrodden and grey it was from being buried under snow for months was "A real real sign of Spring!" The snow piles this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2011 at 54 stitches
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in thumbing through the just published Spring edition of Rhythm of the Home! I have an article included on making and keeping a Family Garden Journal as well as a giveaway on their blog. As always, seeing the collection of talent, creativity and fodder for the imagination is inspiring. The perfect way to welcome March and scratch that is-Spring-almost-here itch! And I for one am mighty itchy this year! Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2011 at 54 stitches
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a ball. And the mercury above 50 degrees. Thank goodness for the sunshine that warmed our patch of the earth today. Amazing what it does for the spirit. Winter... darkness... little baby... little sleep... broken camera... the contributing factors to my less frequent blogging are many, but I do hope to regain some momentum over the next few weeks. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at 54 stitches