Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
(you can click this one and it will go larger!)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
We call this the "TREE HOUSE"... can you see why? :) ...
Here is a picture of our house last fall (before it was our house, our friends had built it!)...It has a porch which is just waiting for two wicker chairs! And our house sits on a wooded lot which used to be an old Christmas Tree farm (we like that a lot!)
If you come inside, you can see my mirror which was made by a local potter. It has leaf impressions... I bought it for my birthday a couple years ago! (you can click on the picture and it will enlarge, I hope!) Our family room has a beautiful view of the woods behind us and a cozy fireplace where we love to burn real wood! This room is waiting for a warm color and curtains!!
Our kitchen and dining area is the heart of our home... meals and homework happen here a lot! This is where we start from in the morning and congregate in the evenings!! And eat chocolate chip cookies occasionally!
I am lucky because I have a butler's pantry that connects the kitchen to the dining room. I have big plans for the dining room. sigh. I love the pantry because the shelves hold all my Wedgewood china from my wedding. I sewed the placemats (they are for spring, but now it's time for my fall tablecloth!)
The room we used even more this summer was our screened in porch off the back of the kitchen. It feels like you're in a vacation home off in the woods, separate from the cares of the world!
Upstairs in the bedrooms, I have my antique furniture that my grandparents had when they were first married! (Grandma is 93 now!). It is a golden oak and has a beautiful scroll design that I haven't seen anywhere else. The drawer pulls are sunflowers... it is so me!!! My daughter's room is the most decorated, as the painting was done prior to us moving in (though I helped with it!). She loves horses and it's such a girl's room...I love it! I also love my red quilt and yellow blanket... it will move to the guest bedroom when I finally sew our new quilt! Oh, don't look too closely at my bedside table... always full of books!!!
Speaking of books, I actually own a library! It is small and here is part of it. I am constantly reading and with all the teaching I do, I've collected many books on many topics. If you look closely, you can see a small painting I did...it's up in the left hand corner!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
My dog is sick. I think she ate some stuffing out of her puppy. She's had a stuffed animal dog since she came home here. It was the same size as her then. Now she's twice as big and so are her teeth!
My first Religious Ed class (ever) went not so well. I am reevaluating for next Sunday. Maybe a couple calls to parents are in order. I love kids... but I don't love mouthy kids!
Tomorrow begins the school year of our Blended Ages Program. I have been teaching for years and still every time we begin a new year, I get butterflies and feel like I'm sick to my stomach! Achhhh! I have a huge pile of copies to sort and check off my list of supplies. Meanwhile I'm cleaning up the house for Nathaniel's friend to come over. Cookies are on my "to do" list!
Nathaniel's antibiotic kicked in and he's breathing so much better now. I love doctors. Especially our pediatricians. They saved us again!
If I disappear a bit, don't worry... I'm just having a nervous breakdown... it will be better after Thursday morning.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Hope you're having a good weekend!
I also found a link to a free online magazine called small. They are in their third issue and you can subscribe here. Very cute kids clothing, handmades, art and furniture, etc.... it's definately worth a peek!
Friday, September 14, 2007
One favorite that I know my Caroline will like: on D.I.Y. Kids' blog they have "Donut Stuffies", which is a take-off (or copy!) of Heidi Kenney's plush toys on her website My Paper Crane. (She is located in Waynesboro, Pa... we used to live just down the road from her, and never knew it!)
My Caroline and Nathaniel have been keeping busy making things out of this newer book since last summer: the Cute Book by Aranzi Aronzo. I haven't taken photos yet, but just know that it inspired sewing beyond the patterns. They were making sleeping bags and pillows for their little characters!
I took Nathaniel to the doctor today for a cough he's had for almost two weeks. The doctor said it is walking pneumonia! So no soccer game tomorrow and antibiotics for five days. He's not contagious (at least no one else contracted it and that's the theory... you're contagious before you show the symptoms). So maybe there'll be more crafting done here by the kids tomorrow, while I clean and prepare for a very, very busy week of all my classes starting!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
At school Little bunny was learning her manners: her "hellos" and "I love you dearlys" and even "Don't cry, I'm here to wipe away your tears!"
She loved to ride horses and shared her horse tales during Show & Tell...
So long Little bunny! We will miss you but we know you will be loved and hugged and cuddled with! And you will get your own special name soon! Farewell!
This little bunny was sewn from Hilary Lang's "Big Footed Bunny" Pattern, which is sold on her wee wonderfuls website! The body is a soft flannel and the dress is quilter's cotton. (The reverse side is yellow!) I had a lot of fun making it! And the special little girl who will receive her this weekend is my niece Ava who is turning one year old!
Happy Birthday Ava!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
"for the inspiring Bethany:You awaken in the early dawn to the soft, breathy sound of fluted pipes. You turn to your bedside table to see a notebook filled with your handwriting - you must have written this in your sleep while you were dreaming! You see the pages are filled with detailed notes of your plans to bring art and creativity to others, and you realize that this is something that could really happen. As you turn the pages, you notice that you are getting fairy dust all over your bed. "
Thank you fairy!
*** If you want your wish granted too, you can find her in my "inspiring links" list...but she won't be there long!