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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Texture Tuesdays...

Kim Klassen Texture: Simplicity
Joining in at The Cafe where this week's challenge is to use the texture Simplicity.
a lingering Season,
is a time to gather golden moments
embark upon a sentimental journey
and enjoy every idle hour
~John Boswell~

Monday, January 30, 2012

Oh! the snow ...

 Oh! the snow,
the beautiful snow,
 filling the sky and the earth below.
 Over the housetops, over the street,
over the head of people you meet.
 Dancing, flirting, skimming along.
~J.W. Watson~

When I took my camera outside to take some snowy garden photos, I noticed a few buds opened on the French Pussy Willow :-)  We had a nice snowfall yesterday, leaving the garden covered in a blanket of white.  Not sure how long it will last though as it is mild today and the sun is beaming!

Friday, January 27, 2012

52 Friday...

Let the beauty we love
be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways
to kneel
and kiss
the ground.
I've always felt that finding a feather upon your path is a sign & I always stop and say a prayer of gratitude when I come across one.
On this past weekend's walk, the camera was turned off,  lens was back on and we were on our way home when we came across this lovely lone white swan feather.
Instead of cropping the photo, I decided to leave it just as it had been taken, thinking  how beautiful it looked amongst leaves and twigs and dirt. 
 I remember reading that it is believed in many cultures that finding a feather upon your path was a sign of encouragement ~  Birds being creatures of the sky (Heavens).  The hollow shaft of the feather allowing for prayers said, to rise up through the shaft.
~May you find beauty all around you~

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Texture Tuesdays...

The prompt/theme this week for Texture Tuesday is Story.
 My Life...
Kim Klassen Texture: Grow
I created a fabric journal a few years ago using a cereal box as the base, covering it in bits and pieces of left over fabric  and embellished  the cover with vintage ribbons, lace and buttons.
Inside, I made pockets ~little spots to hold journal pages. sketches and quotes .
Save the Page...
Kim Klassen Texture: Chamomile
A little paper heart holds the page for me ♥

Linking with Texture Tuesdays.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Weekend Walk...

 We headed out for our walk yesterday with a small bag of seed & some peanuts in our pocket.
Camera in hand.
 Just as I mentioned to my hubs that we hadn't seen the chippers lately (chipmunks) :-)
this gorgeous (and large) rabbit hopped towards us.
We stood for a while just admiring him.
I've always loved bunnies and had one as a child named Cinders.  He was pure white with the slightest smudge of black on his nose ~ like Cinder dust ♥ hence his name.
 We could hear the black capped Chickadees long before we spotted them.
 Though it was cold, the sun was shining brightly & we really had to look to find them amongst the trees.
 This beautiful female Cardinal flew down followed shortly by her mate.
Ice sculptures at the lake :-)
 Can you spot both the chickadees ?  They were  really  well camouflaged.
 Squirrels were comical as  always ...
This was my favourite moment of our walk ... my husband only had to extend a hand to a welcoming Chickadee ♥  To be one with nature is true Bliss to us.
After a day's walk
has twice
its usual  value
~George Macauley Trevelyan~

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Leisurely Breakfast...

 The Sparrows were lining up this morning to get to the feeders ...
 which need to be refilled ...again!
 Woke up to a bit more snow ...
 Enjoying a leisurely breakfast, reading the Saturday paper, doing the crossword puzzle
and watching the birds and squirrels enjoying one too ♥
Have a wonderful weekend.
All happiness
on a
~John Gunther~

Friday, January 20, 2012

52 Friday...

We spend January 1st
walking through our lives,
room by room,
drawing up a list of work to be done,
cracks to be patched.
Maybe this  year,
to balance the list
we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives
not looking for flaws,
but for
~Ellen Goodman~

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Yarn Along...

 Reading "A perfectly kept house is the sign of a misspent life" by Mary Randolph Carter
Love this book filled with chapters about " lived in homes filled with collections, memories, children, pets, clutter, and lots of creativity"!  My favourite home/chapter in the book ...
"Living with dogs" ♥
My husband ADORES elephants, so when I found this pattern on Knitty I knew I had to make it for him.
I had a look in my knitting basket and had just enough gray wool.  I think the addition of  a nice red shawl with embroidered hearts for Valentine's Day will be nice ♥
I meant what I said
and said what I meant.
An Elephant's faithful
one hundred percent.
~Dr. Seuss~
Linking today with Yarn Along.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Texture Tuesdays...

Kim Klassen Texture: Word
 The word prompt this week at "the cafe" is OPEN.
I think roses look beautiful at every stage ~
A single rose can be my garden...
a single friend my world
~Leo Buscaglia~
Linking with Texture Tuesdays.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Home Comforts...

 Hope you had a lovely weekend,
Through the week, breakfast consists of shredded wheat, oatmeal, or granola, some fruit ~ banana, grapefruit, berries, and some rye toast.  But on the weekends, we usually do something a little different and yesterday it was pancakes!
Here's our family recipe...
Light & Fluffy Pancakes
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1 free range egg
A little butter for frying
~Combine ingredients and stir until moistened.  Melt a dab of butter in a skillet over medium heat. For each pancake, ladle 1/4 cup batter into skillet and cook a minute or two until bubbles break on top.  Turn and cook 1 min longer.
Enjoy with pure maple syrup ♥

 A beautiful bouquet of my favourite flowers were waiting on the table from my  hubby ♥
~Daisies in January~ ♥♥
Thanks to a suggestion from Carole I was able to change the commenting format and receive comments once again!  Today however, the posting format was all different and it has taken me 3 tries to get a post together.  The photo uploading is all different and the first two times the photos were all out of order.  This time, I have left out lots of pics in order to have one to post :-)
In keeping with my 2012 "word"  I am going to EMBRACE this ... at least until I can try and figure out how to get my old format back!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

52 Friday...




Be silly.

Be honest.

Be kind.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson~


Thank you for letting me know that you are unable to leave comments on my blog.

I'm not sure what has happened but noticed that all profile photos next to comments are gone too :-(

~Have a great weekend! It's snowing :-) ~


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Yarn Along...

What I'm Knitting & Reading ...

With Valentine's & Easter approaching, I've been thinking bunnies & hearts & lambs...

so when I spotted an adorable knitted lamb on my friend Q's blog, I knew I wanted to make one :-)

Q generously emailed me a pattern and I couldn't wait to begin.

Using Loops & Threads "Charisma" in Taupe and White, he knit up really quickly.

Reading this fabulous Vegan cookbook Veganomicon
and just finished "The Second Journey". Fantastic!
I'd read another book by Joan Anderson "A Year By The Sea" and I really like her writing style.

And because I thought he needed some accessories, Lamb got a mini quilt, heart shaped pillow and nightcap made too :-)

Linking with Yarn Along.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Texture Tuesdays...


Kim Klassen Texture: Embrace


The challenge this week at the cafe was to include the texture Embrace.

Ever since I chose Embrace as my "word" for 2012, I seem to find it everywhere!

So much so, that I've started a quote journal just for this word :-)

Our task must be to free ourselves...

by widening our circle of compassion

to embrace all living creatures

and the whole of nature

and it's beauty

~Albert Einstein~

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Year ~ New Projects...

This past Christmas it was all about toadstools, reindeer, owls, red & white.

I fell in love with & was inspired by Scandinavian style.

While out running errands this morning, I stopped by the fabric shop.

With Valentine's Day & Easter approaching, I'm thinking hearts & bunnies now :-)

After the fabric shop it was a quick look around Chapters :-) I wondered if they carried Mollie Makes & happily found they did! It's the Christmas issue, but that's ok as it came with a lovely free calendar and enough inspiration to keep me busy for the year! What an amazing and gorgeous magazine. I have admired Tone Finnanger's Tilda Pixie Dolls and there are patterns for those, a sweet little embroidered Toadstool House,reindeer ornaments from felt, how to's, fave bloggers, etc etc. I can't rave enough about it and looking forward to the next issue!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, January 6, 2012

52 Friday...


Life is now.

There was never a time

when your life

was not now,

nor will there ever be.

~Eckhart Tolle~


At the beginning of 2010, I wrote down 52 inspirational words on slips of paper, put them in a jar which sat on my desk, and once a week I'd randomly choose a slip of paper and use it as a prompt. I'd take a photo that represented that word, and often created a piece of artwork or journal.

This week I didn't do a Wednesday post, but wanting to do a 52 week theme, decided that I'd do it NOW. So this year I'll call it 52 Friday :-)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

Lately our garden has seen more squirrels than birds.

Each morning we have 6-8 squirrels scurrying around on the deck, pergola, fence, and of course, at the feeders.

It seems the garlands I made to decorate all the garden hooks have come in handy as little resting spots :-)

The sunflower seeds were intended for the red cardinals. We have a pair that stop by daily.
I left for a minute to make my tea, and when I sat back down at the kitchen table, noticed that the garland must have given way. That was on the ground, but someone didn't seem to be too bothered!

We sat amazed at this little guys acrobatic skills.
When you get into a tight place

and everything goes against you,

till it seems as though you could not hang on

a minute longer,

never give up then,

for it is just the place and time

that the tide will turn

~Harriet Beecher Stowe~
There ... isn't that easier!