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 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Simple Elegance

We had a lovely birthday lunch on Sunday.  The snowy landscape that morning was so beautiful!

  Our family loves celebrating birthdays!  The snow was falling heavily outside all day, so it was nice to be warm in our kitchen preparing a special meal for people we love.  

My personal designer helped me to design a menu and decor. We used our best china and fancy tablecloth. For a center piece, we had homemade acorn cap candles set afloat in a china bowl atop a lovely piece of wood.  

It was really quite delightful!

We started with an appetizer of cross-cut baguette topped with mozzarella cheese and sun dried tomatoes, which were lightly baked and garnished with a fresh basil leaf. 

Then, to start the meal we had a light salad.

For the main course, we had salmon with lemon butter and tarragon on a bed of savory rice pilaf.  For our vegetable, we had asparagus and zucchini prepared with lemon, garlic and basil.   

The cake was a gluten-free cherry Bakewell cake, an almond cake with cherry preserves between the layers and as decoration on top, and buttercream icing. 

It's all I have to bring today--
This, and my heart beside--
This, and my heart, and all the fields--
And all the meadows wide--
Be sure you count--should I forget
Some one the sum could tell--
This, and my heart, and all the Bees
Which in the Clover dwell.
             -Emily Dickinson 

Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day!!!!