Friday, March 13, 2015

planning


Planning. That's what we've been doing a lot of here so far this month.

Planning the gardens. Planning my yarn projects. Planning some shop updates. Planning Vacation Bible School. Planning meals. Planning school.

Lots of planning.

There's something quite wonderful and dreamy about the whole planning process. It holds so much hope and such high expectations, some of which do eventually fizzle. But it's still nice to add a little dreaming to the practical.

This year, I've decided that we're going to just stick with the veggies that I know work in our soil conditions. Last year, I tried to grow okra. Not because I have any particular affinity for okra. I've only had it one time in my life (a true northern girl I am.) But I often find excitement in growing new and different things, things we haven't grown before. This year, however, I decided that I need every single square inch of my gardens to grow that which I know our family will eat. This comes from us running out of all of our preserved and frozen veggies well before the new planting season. Save some potatoes (which are looking rather sorry at this point), our freezer and cellar has been emptied of all the broccoli, green beans, carrots, squash, and corn that I had put away. Bah humbug. I don't like having to buy my veggies at the grocery store. And that is why I'm planning more wisely this year.

I'm also planning some new shop updates. Items that are more suitable to warmer weather. I've been sketching some ideas, working on some prototypes, doing a little research. Oh, if only I had more hours in my day!

The sun is out today. My raised beds are actually visible after months of being buried beneath the snow. The smell of spring is in the air. The birds are chirping. My alpacas are actually venturing out into the pasture. And I'm just soaking in all of this renewal. I do love spring. The time of birth. The time of new things. The time of life.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

fresh air




After morning chores today, I took a little walk with my camera in hand. It was a foggy, snowy, gray morning and it was a bit sloppy out there, having gotten some rain all evening yesterday. Even my poor alpacas were a bit soggy. But it had snowed more this morning, laying down a clean white layer of snow.

We're in sore need of groceries, so hopefully it clears up a bit so we can venture out to the store. But for now, we're tucked in warm at home, the kids doing their independent school work and me getting ready to get the laundry rolling. There's plenty to be done, that's for sure! And we won't even talk about the sorry state of our entryway and kitchen floors, those being the floors that get the most traffic as people come into the house. Oh, the mud and straw and dirt. And there are boots and mittens everywhere. I try not to get too stressed out about it although it does get under my skin a bit. But until winter is over, there's nothing else to do but accept it the way it is.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Creative Days



What does one do when it's just a bit too cold to spend any extended period of time outside? When the snow blows and stings the face?

Naturally, the paints and markers and watercolor pencils are pulled out of the cupboard and find a permanent resting spot on the dining table. The wooly projects fly off the needles at a much faster speed than usual. Kitchen science experiments are conducted over and over again. Soft wool is pulled out to be played with and made into pretty felted creations.

These have been our days. Filled to the brim with much creativity, much creating. Yes, this winter of ours might be long and hard, but we're going to take full advantage of the extra time indoors and the abundance of art supplies in our cupboard. And this is, admittedly, one of my favorite ways to pass time. Well, I shouldn't say to pass time, but rather to live in the moment. Color. Wool. Paints. Canvas. I really do feel most alive, most energized, when I'm creating and when I see my children doing the same.

And I wanted to send a special thank you to Staci from Life at Cobblestone Hill Farm. She recently had a giveaway, and, good gracious, I was one of the winners! My box of her handmade soaps arrived over the weekend, and they are so beautiful and so yummy-smelling. Thank you so much, Staci!


Looking for a quick and easy hat to knit? I whipped up a Lima hat with Rowan Lima over the weekend and even got started on a second.

Although we have lots of wool batting laying around, Lily made the little felted flower picture using the Artterro Needle Felting Kit. (affiliate link)

If you haven't signed up for my giveaway yet, be sure to go here and do so!