Friday, September 26, 2014

(this moment) - autumn stillness

{this moment - Inspired by SoulemamaA Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.} 

(at the workbench) - they grew like toadstools

who's to say where the children will find themselves today?

a forest makes a most wonderful playground for tom, harriet, sam and daisy

as "Children of the Forest" everyday brings them to some unknown adventure, but today what will it be ?

ps...  should the north winds blow, they're now ready for that too! ... such resourceful children I'd say. :) 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

(this moment) - jewel tones

{this moment - Inspired by SoulemamaA Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.} 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

(at the workbench) - amulet

something new/new i've been working on alongside my rock collection: amulets....

made from some beautiful off-cuts from other projects on my workbench... in native cherry, walnut and maple

wooden crystals and minerals, hand-sawn, faceted, sanded and polished smooth like any gemstone ...  (a few other pretty piece that will be coming along soon as well!)

Friday, August 8, 2014

(at the workbench) - rock collection

this is what's new this week:

lots and lots of new wooden crystals, minerals and rocks for your rock collections... they're all handmade from native cherry, walnut, maple, butternut and basswood, as well as, reclaimed mahogany (and a few other beautiful wood species I've been fortunate enough to come across!) ... they're individually hand-sawn, facetted, fine sanded and finally finished and protected with my shop blend of pure beeswax wood polish

i've put together several different sets in my shop today can find the newest rock collections here ... happy weekend!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

(glimpses) - fly away

head in the clouds, feet in the sand, moving along the shore in the motions of a ....

sandpiper at the edge of water and racing away from the incoming wave

 she watches as the sun moves below the horizon with one last look into the wide ocean and an even wider sky

thoughts of other days, years as a child of many ages who had been here before playing at the edge of the vast atlantic...

and to think this good kid has reach yet another milestone of 14!

Friday, July 11, 2014

(glimpses) - one more year

the school year always ends with many happy surprises from my daughter 

 a family made of clay circles round

a pair of elfish stripped and felted slippers  

and the happy pages of history in her main lesson book ...

these school years go by quickly..... and the little girl who played under the table now waits to finish one last middle school year, before the next adventures begin!

Friday, June 27, 2014

(this moment) - watchtower

{this moment - Inspired by SoulemamaA Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment.} 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

(at the workbench) - hardworking forest men

our family is so very tiny (my daughter and myself), but the forest families are not so much so ... let me introduce you to forest papa who has just arrived to join forest mama and  elsa beskow's "children of the forest"

 and a resourceful forest gnome and jack frost ... who have just appeared from deep in the woods to make their way to wintry places in the southern hemisphere....

 and mr acorn who also joins he's family after his long day at work ....

there may just be a few more additions before the week is through! And very happy summer or winter as the case may be!:)

Friday, June 13, 2014

(in the kitchen) - jalepenos hot and not so hot

somewhere little jalepeno plants must be flourishing...I was so inspired this week that I pick-up about a dozen or so of these hot little peppers to make into a jar of homemade pickled jalepanos for the coming weeks of quick taco salad bowls, taquitos, burritos and who knows what else ...

they were very simple pickle to make: hot mixture of boiling water, vinegar and sea salt brininess, garlic and bit of sugar to balance it out .... 

with the couple of spare peppers left over I made a very easy cucumber and cilantro salad for a last-minute local artist's potluck.

but this time the jalepenos were seeded (so not hot at all!) and mixed with lots of finely minced fresh cilantro, garlic, sea salt, olive oil and lime to make a very tasty, light summer salad.

ps. the cucumbers should be sliced as thin as possible so they marinate well in the dressing...

I have a few other of my own projects in the works like this hand-thrown bowl that I made for (of course) salad-filled summer days that are nearing ...

In the workshop, I have other new projects all in the kind middle state of completion mixing with these last days of school for my daughter who will unbelievably be an eighth grade this coming year ... it's been said before... "but how did this happen so fast"?

I've added a new sample size of the beeswax polish I make for wooden toys and housewares. The other sizes can be found here

Well that's all the time I have today to post...have a wonderful weekend!

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