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Friday, April 29, 2016 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

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It was our first walk this year in one of our favorite wooded hideaways.  I wished to become a foot tall all of a sudden. Fairy-sized, I think, I could better appreciate the tiny flowers and green stems poking from beneath their blanket of fall leaves. The word rejuvenating does not suffice in describing the feeling of warm sun on my face and the complete realization that the world has begun anew, that it is… that we are…. all awake.

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Back. Just In Time for Spring.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

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Sometime last fall, as the first whispers of winter began, I knew I needed a big, long in-breath. A break from this space and from some other things too. It just happened so that’s what it became. A break. I’ve received some really sweet notes asking how things are, and I’m happy to say things are just fine. Sometimes parenting needs every square ounce of time and energy, and sometimes it’s healing to put down the camera and the keyboard and be as present as possible right then and there. And now it feels great to share this space a little bit again, probably less often than before. When I took a break from blogging, I took a break from much of the online world too. Balance is such a beautiful thing and though impossible to achieve, it’s refreshing to try to share ideas and musings and feel part of a bigger, broader community of friendly folks.

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So here we are, with our very first almost-spring tulips blooming inside on our dining room table. With our amaryllis telling us the promise of spring will come true.

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These days are filled with enjoying these very early days where winter and spring overlap, watching the first signs of new growth, a very busy schedule of classes and friends and other 9-year-old-related things…. and the fast-moving, often choppy waters of being nearly five. How have you been?

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The shop keeps us busy too, with our ever-expanding line of picnic blankets and throw blankets. In between I still love felting giant rainbow mobiles (like the one in in the photo below) and dyeing playsilks and teaching handwork to my own 2 little ones so they too can make beautiful things for others.

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Spring Smells of Lilacs

Friday, May 15, 2015 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

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The world around us smells sweetly of lilacs right now. To bloom, they depend on a heavy, deep frost. So today we can thank what seemed like a neverending winter for the heart shaped green leaves and blossoms.

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I love how they are ombre (nevermind current trendy attempts to recreate it :) And they are a feast to our sense of smell, our olfactory sense being so important and often overlooked.  This year it’s particularly convenient that the lilacs are blooming just as the amazing crabapple tree blossoms scatter softly the ground into light pink carpets.

Reflecting Light

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

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With winter moving pretty much straight into summer over the past week or so, there has been a real shift in how we spend our time, our senses, what we eat… everything. It’s exhilarating and busy and… sometimes really challenging too. The other morning – one of the first truly summery mornings we have had since below zero temperatures – my daughter came running out of her room saying there were rainbows everywhere.

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Indeed there were. A friend gave her a crystal ball for her window for her January birthday on one of the coldest, darkest days of the year.

Sometimes we just need a little patience. We need to just hold on and brace ourselves and remember to try to breathe and drink tea and put one foot in front of the other. And then, before we know it, we’re surrounded by rainbows. For real.

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It’s On

Friday, May 1, 2015 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

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Spring is catching up for lost time around here. And so are we.

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Here’s wishing you and yours a splendid May Day and lots of getting-to-know-Spring time in the weeks ahead.

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Whispered Wishes

Sunday, April 19, 2015 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

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If you’re adn adult in our family, right now apparently seems like the perfect time for a fresh coat of paint, a fresh dress, a fresh haircut, and fresh food (homemade kefir, cheese and chocolate mousse from cows we are getting to know so well!) The little ones seem full of hopes and whispered wishes for months of sun-filled adventures, lemonade stands, cut flower gardens, worm play, ice cream of every type, trips and camping and everything. As nature wakes up from its winter rest (finally!) what are you wishing for?

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Pastels of April

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

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Within just a few days, the snow has melted into the warming earth and everything is waking up. All of a sudden the smell of spring is here – that mix of moldy leaves and wet ground and fresh growth. There’s been a real shift in our moods, our routines, our consciousness and our energy.  Now at the very start of our spring the catkins remind us of all of the beautiful blossoms that will soon come out. We’ve been waiting a good long while for this spring, and it’s just plain wonderful to be here for its arrival.

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