Monday, November 08, 2010

Little Stitches and Little Surprises

Here is an updated progress on the little gift I am working on. Lot's of little stitches I have done. Lot's of little stitches to go. Along the way with this one I have another idea that should be in the works soon for another little one. So many little ones right now. I have more than one past due present that I haven't started yet!

A newish member to the tank. Actually there are two but this one is the feisty one. Two Gold Gouramis. They beg like dogs for food whenever you walk by. Kind of charming for a fish.

The last of the flowers are gone from the garden. Especially after the wild wind we had last night! I was so happy to see these blooming in our garden this fall. It was a nice little surprise, and they make such long lasting cut flowers! Having flowers in the house has been wonderful. I hadn't really thought about having a cut flower bed but I have been rehashing garden plans to include one.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Another Catch Up

It has been a while! We are still settling and enjoying our new space. I have been working on some projects again as I get my studio in order. I plan on taking a few snaps this weekend to show you what I have been up to. There are a lot of garden plans and chicken research that has been rattling around in my head for spring. For now a few catch up pictures:

Under the bridge at Cousins Island.
My Halloween lion and Kevin's fabulous pumpkin carving.

A little fall foraging. Eliot and I found some tea berry in the woods and made some tea. It doesn't taste like much, even after steeping for 10 minutes. It has a very mild minty flavor. I will try to find some this spring now that I know where to look to see if new shoots taste any better.

The birthday boy at 4 years old!
He was so excited about his balloons. He has a big fixation with them right now. He won't let me get rid of the deflated ones even after a month. This is a peek into his new room, too. I plan to take down the wall paper and spruce it up a bit at some point. He likes it right now so I figure it gives me time to plan.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

October Update

It has been one BUSY month around here. We are still settling in with lots of visitors and Eliot's 4th birthday done and mine coming up. My father was in town for two weeks so we did a lot of site seeing and enjoying the countryside.

We took a lovely drive through the White Mountains.

Saw the geese flying south for the winter.

And have been celebrating the fall by tossing leaves into the sky. I am not sure when I will be updating again but I hope to get Internet at home in the next few weeks. I am nearly done with the feather quilt

Monday, September 27, 2010

Take Two

Last weekend we took a trip up to Boothbay to visit the Maine State Aquarium for the 2nd time. We made sure it was actually open this time! Eliot loved it. He was enamored with the shark touch tank. There was a Cat Shark and Spiny Dogfish. He touched and pet the sharks then took a spin around, then came back on and off for 2 hours. He wanted to jump in and swim with the sharks. He was certainly more brave than most of the adults there.

They have a very active volunteer program that involves kids starting at about 5-6 along with a parent. If Eliot keeps interested in under sea creatures I think it would be a place to learn.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Getting Settled

We are slowly settling into the new house. Day by day we are unpacking more boxes and finding spots for all of our things. I am sure it will be rearranged 100 times but that is fine by me. We aren't going anywhere for a while!

I feel lucky we were able to find a balance between my need for outdoor space and Kevin's need to be on a bus line or bikable route (he doesn't drive). We have about a quarter of an acre of South facing yard with access to tons of trails and yet only a few miles from downtown Portland.

It is an old house that was clearly loved and taken care of. The former owner was a cabinet maker so it has lots of tasteful updates and creative uses of space. We are quickly filling it up. Thankfully, we don't have much work to do to it either. I am looking forward to turning the yard into a productive little urban homestead. I am sure this blog will end up being a diary of the transformation.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Here's to bread baking in the oven and fresh veggies in the belly. It has been a week of weeks around here. The weather has been amazing as the summer is winding down. Eliot and Kevin start back to school this week and we are closing on a new house on Tuesday if all goes as planned! I can't wait to share pictures and get settled.

In the mean time we are packing up and closing down shop here in our apartment. I suspect blogging will be slow over the next week and until we get Internet hooked up at our new residence. Wish us luck!

The quality of light is changing rapidly around here. The leaves have begun to change over, too.
We have had such perfect summer weather this year I can't feel too badly about fall approaching. Feels like our lives are changing along with the season.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Slow Cloth

I have been slowly working on the rock rug this week. It is coming together smoothly but slowly, piece by piece. I usually carry it around in a basket to bring here and there to work on it but it is finally outgrown it. I am happy with how the blanket has turned into 'sand' - there are some minor color variations that have given the white sections more depth. As we feel fall slowly approaching around here (some trees have already turned!) I will keep slowly working on this.

The feather project is coming along too - I worked on it a lot last weekend. I will take some pictures soon to share.

And of course - Happy Birthday to my crazy Husband.

Friday, August 13, 2010

A Brief Catch-Up

A quick catch up from our week. We visited Grey Animal Farm and were surprised to find that a Pow Wow was happening. There were lots of talented singers, drummers and dancers.

Eliot is a budding gardener. Or at least he doesn't mind getting dirty.

My niece's baptism was in a beautiful church in MA.

And turtles from the animal farm, all lined up on a log.

I am having some issues with my pictures uploading very grainy to blogger the past month or so. These pictures are really very crisp and nice - very annoying. I haven't figured out how to solve the problem yet but if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear it.
*ahh much have to tweak the html a bit to remove the resizing done by Picassa Web. If any wants more details or how to let me know.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Sumac Lemonade

Eliot and I collected a bunch of Sumac and made Sumac Lemonade out of it. It was really good!
It would make great Popsicles, too.

Basic recipe:

10-12 heads of Sumac berries, either Staghorn (we used) or Smooth variety with RED berries. The white are poisonous.
2-3 quarts of water.
Let soak for 20 minutes in cool water. Do not rinse first or you will loose all of the flavor. I had read somewhere of people soaking them for a lot longer, I might try that next time to taste the difference.
Strain through cheese cloth to remove any fibers or bugs.
Sweeten to taste.
Enjoy over ice.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Vacation II

More vacation pictures....

The sunsets were so beautiful they lit up even the simplest things and turned them into photographic subjects.

Crafting with the kids. It was so rewarding to pass on the rug making techniques I have been working on to an enthusiastic listener. I am putting together a little kit for her and her mom to work on.

Can't beat this location for making things.

The kids did so well over the week. This sums up the energy and excitement of it all.

Wrapping up the week with a fire on the beach and as many s'mores as you could eat.

Sunday, August 01, 2010


We are back from our vacation. It was a wonderful, relaxing electronic free week. I will be posting some pictures over the next few days.

We were in Harpswell, Maine on the tip of a point with a sandy beach on one side and working docks on the other. There were hermit crabs galore and it was dripping with sea glass.
We had a belated birthday celebration for my mother after our big lobster feast.

Everyone 'helping' the kids open (and eat) their lobsters.

Eliot has his first trip in a kayak. We had an old dog named Lacey who tagged along with us all week. She was very sweet and loved the kids. She ended up being a great babysitter.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


It sounds like everyone around the country is hot and we are no exception up here in the northern Atlantic. The heat doesn't bother Eliot one bit. He drinks water like a trooper and flies around on his bike. We were given the bike and found the training wheels and helmet for under 5$ together! Can't beat that.

My Mother's lily's are out and beautiful this year. I hope they last in the hot weather.

I am going on vacation next week up to a cottage on the ocean. I think I will take a computer/technology break that week. I am aiming to make some major headway on my feather quilt and the wool rug and lots of headway on doing nothing. Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


The only evidence we have of our trip to the beach last weekend. Another circle rock and a very sandy floor.

I have been putting the rocks for the rug out on the floor to try and find an arrangement I like. The wool blanket has been cut up and I am trying to decide how I want to piece the sand together. I certainly need a bigger craft table - I am aiming for the final size of about 4X5 feet.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...