Monday, July 21, 2014

Taking a Summer Break 

My personal designer and I are taking a petite summer respite.  We have been enjoying a little traveling, a little playing and lots of little walks.... in the sun.  Hope you all are 
having a pleasant summer!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day... 

with a Twist of Lime!

Whoever thought to put Father's Day in June was a very smart person!  It is a wonderful time for excursions and custard pies!  I have never known my canine father, but our little family has a very strong patriarch who has always been like my father.  So in our customary style, my personal designer and I baked him his absolute favorite pie: KEY LIME!  It is really a great little pie, easy to make and very delicious!  For my pie I use freshly-grated lime zest and Key West lime juice; it really makes all the difference.  I also prefer to use ginger snaps for the crust.  Those three things are the secret to my pie.....

For Father's Day, my personal designer took her father on an excursion to a beach on Lake Erie (who knew there are such authentic beaches in the pastoral midwest!?!).  It was a beautiful day and after their picnic they walked the mile-long beach (twice) at Headland State Park. There were many interesting things along the shore to discover and a wonderful breeze.  

They brought some beach finds home to share with us!

I love looking at the beach glass and shells; there is something a bit nostalgic and enthralling about them.  They remind me of the waves and beach no matter how long they've been sitting on a window ledge.  

Of course, I had to do something slightly absolutely radical for my new summer style!!  Thinking of Key Lime pie had me thinking tropical, and then I was just looking completely innocently at the food coloring, and slipped! 

No matter how many Key Lime pies we would bake, it could never express just how thankful we are for our father.  We couldn't ask for a better match; he's unique, kind, loving, funny and understanding...well, I'm running out of room for all the things we're thankful for; it would take volumes! 
Thanks Dad!

Happy Father's Day


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I'm a Morning Dog! 

 This week when I was looking for some poetry I came across the lovely poetry of Mary Oliver.  She is a wonderful poet and wrote a book of poetry called Dog Songs, as well as many other books.  I love the morning and watching the sun rise, so when I found her poem Why I Wake Early I decided to share it alongside some of my favorite morning views here on our farm!  I think that mornings and life in general are amazing in the month of May!  

Why I Wake Early

Hello, sun in my face.
Hello, you who made the morning
and spread it over the fields 
and into the faces of the tulips
and the nodding morning glories 
and into the windows of even, 
the miserable and the crotchety-
best preacher that ever was,
dear star, that just happens
to be where you are in the universe
to keep us from ever-darkness,
to ease us with warm touching,
to hold us in the great hands of light-
good morning, good morning, good morning.
watch, now, how I start the day
in happiness, in kindness. 
~~ Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver and Percy

Good Morning!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

TODAY, I am inviting my personal designer to blog 
about her mother:

I have been fortunate to grow up with a wonderful mother!  I don't know what to say...she is just so great and I love her so much!  I have spent hours in the garden with her, eating gluten-free muffin experiments, watching Pride and Prejudice (2005 version), singing and dancing, cuddling and learning about 
life--sometimes the hard way!    

She is Miss Katherine Delores' and my biggest fan.

Thanks Mommy!

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