Monday, May 22, 2017

In the Garden: In the Swing of Things

The grass is green and the gardening season is well under way, but I haven't had time to pop over here and share the bounty. We are enjoying herbs and flowers and lettuce, and will hopefully be enjoying more soon. Ms. Tulip has reigned as the queen of Spring this year in our yard, decorating the children's garden, as well as the front of our house. I'm so happy for all the things planted in the Fall and perennials planted last year that have re-emerged to see another Spring. I'm sad that we already have some aphids and gypsy moth caterpillars terrorizing the land. As I've done for the last few years, I hope to be back with regular garden posts. I'd love to hear about your garden too, so please feel free to share a link in the comments.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Belated Mother's Day

Handmade cards, hugs and kisses, chocolate chip pancakes with strawberry sauce, a pretty pansy from school, wild flowers and fiddle heads, art class pottery of a little nest and egg, and two pennies from my youngest "to buy something"... yes, I would say I am one lucky Mama. Oh, I also got some pretty treasures for my ears, but I would have been happy with just the above list. I will take these days where my children are still young enough to adore me.  I'm a little late, but Happy Mother's Day to all the great mom's out there (including my mom, my mother-in-law, our grandmas, my sister and sister-in-law and friends and family who are rockn' it). This mother's day reminded me of how important my job is to model for my children the qualities that our most important to me... to be loving and kind, to care for and help others, to listen and be respectful... it's not always easy (especially when they're poking you while you try to sneak and do a blog post), but something I need to remind myself everyday.

If you're not a mom, are not a fan of Mother's Day, or just had a sucky one this year....please make yourself some of these coconut snowballs and dip them in melted chocolate. Or even if you had a nice Mother's Day, go ahead and make these anyways. If you're anyone at all who likes coconut and honey, make these! I started making these last year for family, and I couldn't help but make them again this year.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rain, Sun, Fresh Air

There's mist and rain today, but it finally feels like we are shedding our winter layers. The grass is turning green, little sunshine daffodils are starting to bloom and the crocus's are now past. Spring both comes and goes so quickly here. The forsythia we took back in a jar from CT are now ready for the compost and have been replaced with a couple miniature daffodils. Projects are also in bloom. Those dresses the girls are wearing are there Mommy made dresses for Easter. I nearly gave up on trying to make them something, but a couple days before, the chirpy little voice of an almost four year old (what? how?) asked if I had made them yet. Sigh... there is nothing I like more than making something for my littles, and I probably secretly like a tight deadline too. I had originally planned on making them pretty velvet dresses, but quickly discovered I was short on yardage. The floral pattern I used was something I thrifted long ago and there's even enough left to make something for myself. I was thinking of a smock for when I do farmer's markets. I wonder how much longer they'll request matching dresses.

Anyways, I need to go wait at the bus stop and enjoy a little misty rain because my kindergartener has decided she has to take the bus now.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring time in VT

Painting by Oona, age 6

Legos heads with flower hats by Oona too!

It's Springtime in VT and the woolly chickens are laying felted cookies, the mud is the stuff of legends, and the snow just doesn't know when to quit. We are in a for a week full of rain to melt it all away and then some more snow. I know I should just expect this by now, but I want to see tulips and daffodils sprouting up! I want to dig in the Earth. I want to put away the coats and snow pants and have a little more space in the front hallway! On the bright side... Is there one? It is pretty gloomy out. Um... right, on the bright side, time indoors means more time to craft. It also means going through the cupboards and closets and doing a bit of Spring cleaning. I tackled the lid/ food storage container cupboard the other day. There was a bit of an explosion in there, and we seemed to have somehow acquired far more lids than there were containers to go with them.  Sometimes I think we live by the philosophy, if you can get the door closed, close it and run... which is really never a good plan because what lies behind that door will still be waiting for you next time, but it's hard to find enough hours in the day to live any other way. As, fun as Spring cleaning in the rain can be, I think I need to get the kids out of the house this afternoon and hit the local library... maybe some real cookie baking too. 

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snowy Blanket

 Our world is being covered in a white woolly blanket of snow today. There's been playing and painting and reading from our favorite chapter book at the moment, "The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There"... long title, but great book. It's the second book in a series of fairyland books. It's definitely a unique look at fairyland and it's many layers with so many interesting inhabitants and a wyvern sidekick.  I have a feeling we will be reading all of the books in the series through out the year. 

This wintry weather has me thinking about crochet again. I kept waffling about what project I wanted to start and finally remembered the hole in a favorite knit blanket gifted to us for our wedding long ago. The girls had decided run around the house wearing it as a cloak  and managed to snag it on something. The little hole has slowly grown, and I was finally able to give it a little attention before the whole thing unraveled. As I don't yet knit or possess any of the original yarn, I decided to make a crochet patch. I made it from a pattern in "Mandalas to Crochet". It's not perfect as there was definitely some material lost that tugs at it, but much better than just some ugly stitches. 

 It looks like the snow will continue through tomorrow, so I think it's time to get some more yarn on the hook.  

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .