Do you know how much I love my blogging friends? I can't begin to tell you! I don't know if you've ever read the book "The Five Love Languages" by Dr. Gary Chapman, but my love language is Words of Affirmation and I realized I get a lot of that here on my blog! (You can click on the link to find out what yours is too!)
Di at Woolie Wanderings is the first person I want to thank because she is always so supportive and writes me little emails all the time! I hope someday we can meet in person!! She made the most adorable Kokeshi for my show and was asked by friends to make more. The first one she made was Umeko (Child of the Plum Blossom). I said my daughter Caroline would love her! (Caroline writes a blog called Plum Pudding). Well, look who showed up in the mail yesterday for Caroline!!!!:
I know it's a blurry photo, but the stitching is lovely and the colors are gorgeous! (We're searching for a new camera!). Thank you sooo much Diane! Caroline is just thrilled!!!
When I went to her bedroom to photograph Umeko, I saw Caroline's elephant from Kathy at LizzieJane, who keeps her company. Caroline's favorite color is purple if you hadn't noticed!
Kathy just gave me a blog award (I'll post about that later). Yesterday she posted on her blog for her 100th post, the pattern for her knitted cupcakes!! You may remember my photos of the ones I have. That will be my next knitting project. She is an expert sewer and I asked her to make me a "BethanyJane" elephant and she did!... she's PERFECT! Next to her are two adorable Matryoshkas by Ravenhill. (I actually own three now!) If you look closely, you can see the Liberty Fabric she used on them! She's been into Japanese fabrics and books lately, and has more matryoshkas with some beautiful Amy Butler and Moda Shabby Chic fabrics! Here's her shop. I've been getting some new inspiration... stay tuned on that front!
I also ordered some little gifts for some special little girls from Ruby at cakies... I can't get enough of these little cakies hair clips!!!
About a month ago also, I found some beautiful letterpress stationary on etsy from Lucky Bee Press. They are gorgeously done! One of my dreams is to find an old letterpress and do this type of printing. I grew up in awe of Gwen Frostic in Benzonia, Michigan where we would vacation in the summers, so letterpress stationary is something I treasure!
Speaking of printing, Mandy at Belle and Boo has been printing more wonderful things and I got some Gocco tags a couple weeks ago from her, with a couple other goodies! She is a sweetheart!
And my last little goody I want to show you is my Keepsie from Laura Fairbrother at Cupcakes for Clara! It's just perfect for my little ipod!!
Wow! That was a lot, wasn't it? I do support handcrafting ... now I need to start doing some myself! What I have been doing a lot of lately is baking and cooking! Here's a little of that...
My famous chocolate chip cookies! I use the Nestle Tollhouse recipe but add 1 teaspoon of baking powder too. And Ghiradelli semisweet chocolate chips are fabulous in them!
This is actually a very sad day... my friend Scott moved this morning to Virginia. He is going to teach elementary art down there so they are a very lucky school! We had him over for a last dinner (since his kitchen was all packed up!) and I made homemade pasta noodles with the kids in the afternoon. I made Sarah Foster's recipe for "Summer Spaghetti with Heirloom Tomatoes, Crumbled Feta Cheese, and Fresh Basil" out of her "Casual Cooking" cookbook. I also wrapped melon balls with proscuitto, made fresh baked bread, watermelon, turkey meatballs, endive and arrugula salad with a vinaigrette dressing and parmesan shavings, and this wonderful blueberry pie (which I forgot to take a photo of yesterday!) with vanilla ice cream!:
Kari posted the recipe here at Spring Chick Designs! It was really yummy!!!
So you can cheer me up if you want to... it's never fun to lose a friend.