Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!!! 

Finally--spring is truly here!  I had a lovely birthday on 
Monday--turning 14 on April 14th in 2014 was a very unique experience!  My personal designer gifted me this stunning little 1920s-inspired dress; it's one of my favorite colors too!  So of course, I will wear it for Easter! 

Here is a bird's eye view of my new dress!

For the past few years, my personal designer and I have been making Pysanky Easter eggs (sometimes called Ukrainian eggs).  It is a very old and long process of layering wax and dye on a hollowed egg to create a beautiful, often complicated design.  Above is a picture of some we made last year. 

For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.
~~Alice Freeman Palmer

Here are two Pysanky eggs we made this year.

Wishing you all a 
basketful of sweet sunshine!!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Lot of Livin'!

Oh my goodness! Has it already been one year!  I've thoroughly enjoyed my jaunt through the year with all of you!  Thank you for reading my blog!  I didn't realize how much we did in just one year!  I was astonished to discover what a 
"diverse little doggie" I am! 

"I have found that if you love life,
Life will love you back."
~~Arthur Rubenstein

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Feelin' Crafty

It is spring and there is a surging of creativity and renewed energy and dirt that has sat all winter waiting and...and...SO, it is only natural that I have been very busy harnessing all this creative energy to do a deep clean on my room, oh! and I made these endearing, little blue bird peg dolls!

I think peg dolls are a great little gift for kids, or even adults; one of these bluebirds is bound for a friend of mine's Waldorf Kindergarten classroom!  I hadn't really known about the boundless potential for peg dolls until a good friend of mine brought me back a book from a trip.  Here's the book.... 

Making Peg Dolls book

This book goes through the seasons with different peg dolls for each season.  It is nicely illustrated with patterns and easy to follow directions.  Peg dolls are a superlative gift for children; they are small and inexpensive to make, and it's always nice to give something you've made!  

I made this "little family" for my good friend's birthday. It is our family--I'm the one on the left!  (I must admit that the little white dog, that is so adorable, was made in Germany).

Every spring, I look for the Pussy-Willows to come out; it's a sure sign of spring!!!!!  Here are a couple of my favorite illustrations of Pussy-Willows! 

From The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady
by Edith Holden

"In the spring, at the end of the day,
 you should smell like dirt."
~~Margaret Atwood

Elsa Beskow

"You can't use up creativity.  
The more you use, the more you have."
~~Maya Angelou

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Fever!!!!

"It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!" 
~~Mark Twain 

We are finally having some nice weather!!  No words can tell you how absolutely elated I am!  The snow is slowly melting leaving lakes of mud, and the mud has never been such a wonderful sight!

  We have been cleaning some things up outside and even got out our bikes!  I have gone bike riding the last two days and its been so nice.  Here is some dog and bicycle art I found, nothing too deep, just some whimsical pieces....

To tell the truth I've been feeling a bit burnt out, just the end of winter blues, but this weather has started to make me feel doggish again!  And when my friend suggested a new, slightly different recipe experiment, I jumped at the chance!  Here is the proposed recipe: Paleo Saffron, Rosewater and Pistachio Ice Cream.
Here is the link to the RECIPE


My friend has been experimenting with eating a Paleo diet, which for those of you who don't know what that is, it means you eat like a dog (basically), meat, vegetables and a lot of coconut products (which I admit not many "bone-afide" dogs eat), and no sugar, dairy or grains.  This new Paleo recipe was absolutely delicious!  And the nice thing is you don't
need an ice-cream maker!

  "Under the giving snow blossoms a daring spring."
~~Terri Guillemets

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Peter Pan

"Second Star to the Right and Straight on Till Morning!"  And away we go, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of Peter Pan; my personal designer has been busy with rehearsals every day.  She is playing one of the main Lost Boys in the local production, and she has also enjoyed helping to make the set! 

So, all this Peter Pan inspired me to share some of my favorite Peter Pan artwork and quotes!  I think orchids must grow in Neverland, so I will intersperse some photos from the orchid show we saw at the New York Botanical Garden a few years ago.  

Arthur Rackham

Of course, I must share some of my favorite Arthur Rackham Peter Pan paintings!

His Fairies are so otherworldly and serene; they seem so full of movement, but not. 

"When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh burst into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies!"
- Peter Pan 

I found this lovely illustration, but I could not find out who painted it.

F.D. Bedford

Here are some of the original illustrations by F. D. Bedford.

"The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease 
for ever to be able to do it."

"All the world is made of faith and trust and pixie dust."
- Peter Pan