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