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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Texture Tuesdays ...

Your soul knows
Kim Klassen Texture: Embrace
This weeks theme @ Texture Tuesdays is Wise Words.
I love this John O'Donohue quote & sat this morning with my watercolours & glued, painted & wrote merrily.  A gorgeous, sunny day as we say goodbye to April.

Monday, April 29, 2013

April Journal ...

OUTSIDE MY WINDOW ~ It is raining.
I AM THINKING ~ How green everything is looking & how pretty the daffodils are in our garden.
I AM THANKFUL ~ To find the newest issue of the Stampers' Sampler in my mailbox today & find one of my stamped bird envelopes inside ♥
IN THE KITCHEN ~ Dishes are soaking after dinner.  Made vegetable stir fry tonight (will share the recipe later in the week). Easy & delicious!
I AM WEARING ~ Cream coloured cowl neck sweater &
 brown cords.
I AM CREATING ~ Some handstamped pieces of jewelry for gifts next month.
I AM GOING~ To carve some stamps later in the week. I've wanted to create a personalized stamp for a while, and thought up an idea that I hope turns out :-)
I AM READING~ Anam Cara by John O'Donohue
I AM LEARNING~ The art of stamp carving :-)
I AM PONDERING~ A window seat idea for the kitchen!
 I thought of your beauty,
 and this arrow
 made out of a wild thought,
 is in my marrow
'The Arrow'
{for my Archer}
One of my watercoloured bird envelopes is published in stampers' sampler presents 400 more ideas for handmade cards.
'A little Bird told me'

Joining in with The Simple Woman's Daybook here.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Sunbeams ...

Little patches of yellow in our garden
thanks to the Daffs ...
enough to snip a few and bring into the house
And our 1st bee ♥
He found a resting spot on one of the eggs left over from Easter.
So I now have one egg hanging from the tree :-)
The keeping of bees
is like the direction
of sunbeams
~Henry David Thoreau~
Have a wonderful weekend~
D ♥

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

52 Lists {week 15 & 16} ...

Week 15 of 52 Lists ...
List your favourite quotes :-)
I have quotes jotted down EVERYWHERE on everything imaginable - post it notes, top of newspapers, paper napkins, calendars, scraps of paper, envelopes etc etc ...
My all time "favourite" quote is by the amazing, inspirational Ralph Waldo Emerson ...
What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to what lies
within us
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
Week 16 of 52 Lists ...
List your favourite books
We seem to have created a reading nook in almost every room of our house.
Two bookcases frame our kitchen window and those are filled with favourite cookbooks
and bird watching books.
I ♥love♥ this little nook ...
a small basket filled with my grandson's favourite reads
always ready to sit in " our  chair"  and cuddle while reading xo
Home Comforts ...
Tell me what you read
and I'll tell you who you are
is true enough,
but I'd know you better
if you told me
what you
~Francois Mauriac~
You can never get
a cup of tea large enough
or a book
long enough
to suit me
~C.S. Lewis~
Rainy day today, just perfect, as C.S. Lewis' quote suggests, for a large cup of tea & good read ♥

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day xo ...

We must protect the forests
for our children,
and children yet to be born.
We must protect the forests
for those
who can't speak for themselves
such as
the birds
and trees.
A photo of the woods we walk with Archer superimposed with an older photo I'd taken of a gorgeous, majestic hawk . I thought the two photos belonged together for Earth Day.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

It began as rain...
then freezing rain...
then sleet...
One of those days when you are so happy to be back home
safe & sound, kettle on, sheltered.
The wind is whistling & rain pellets hit the window.
The birds are arriving, bit by bit.  I have missed seeing them.
The feeders are emptying quickly.
As usual, the squirrels arrive first, and manage to tip most of it out ...
last night we had 3 bunnies happily nibbling at the scattered corn :-)
In the morning I hear the soft coos of the doves.
They are so gentle & not skittish like most doves, allowing me to walk right up to them ♥
I wonder where they will choose to build their nest this year ?
And then there's the squirrels who keep us laughing with their looking in the window stares which always results in me spreading peanut butter on crackers or bread :-)
But the true lover of rain ...
 has a deep inner enjoyment of the rain,
 as rain, and his  sense of its beauty
drinks it in
as thirstily as does the drinking earth.
It refreshes and cools his heart and brain;
he longs to go forth into the fields,
to feel its steady stream,
to scent its fragrance;
to stand under some heavy-foliaged
chestnut-tree, and hear the rustling music
on the crowded leaves.
~John Richard Vernon
"The Beauty of Rain"

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Weekend Walk ...

Warm, windy, spring day ~ 17 degrees ...
perfect for our hike today
where the tiniest of patches of snow could still be spotted here & there ...
I dressed
and went for a walk -
determined not to return
until I took in
what Nature
had to offer
~Raymond Carver~


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

52 Lists {list 13} ...

I hadn't planned on showing any of my 52 List Project lists, however, List 12 & 13 have been "blog related" :-)
This week's list is: List the things you want to make ...
more art
handcarved stamps
painted stone paper weights
{these work wonderfully for holding down watercolour paper that tends to curl}
shadow box to display stone treasure gifts from my sweet grandson
who finds the best heart shaped stones!
squares from the baby quilt I am making for my newborn grandson
& a summertime quilt to take on picnics
a new bed cover for Archer for the corner of Sparrow Studio
{although he loves this sunny spot by the window}
Act as if
what you do
a difference.
It does.
~William James~

And today is very special ~ it's Doris Day's Birthday!
This is one of two photos my daughter won for me years ago through a silent auction our local Animal rescue group held so it was win-win.  A real treasure for this huge Doris Day fan.  Doris, while being an amazing singer and actress is one of the founders of Actors and Others for Animals and her own Doris Day Animal League.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Texture Tuesdays ...

Let go
Kim Klassen Texture: Let Go
Fun at the park with new pail & shovel.
Thanks to my Grandson, I now have a new stone collection ♥
 Will find a little shadow box to display them.
It is a happy talent
to know how to play
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~
Joining in with Texture Tuesday.

Monday, April 1, 2013

52 Lists ...

I love making lists ~ grocery lists, shopping lists, garden & home to-do lists, morning, afternoon & evening lists, Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall lists, bucket lists ...
so when I came across the 52 Lists Project  here, I loved the idea and thought it would be great to incorporate with Project Life.  Last weeks prompt (List 12) was List the things that feel like home ...  Sometimes the weeks prompts have me thinking (like List 8 : List your favourite albums), but anything to do with home and I could hardly write fast enough for my thoughts :-)

family - two & four legged, everyone home for dinner sitting around the kitchen table, music, my studio, grand babies toys, cottage garden, fresh flowers, orange le creuset cookware, knitting basket filled w/wool, family photo wall, bookshelves filled w/favourite reads, lavender sachets tucked in drawers, bed w/down filled duvet and feather pillows, candlelight, full coffee pot, bird feeders, antique treasures picked up along the years, photo albums, fresh baked bread, sparrows, doves nesting above the garden gate, handmade treasures ...
The very first page of my art journal is all about hOMe ...
This is how I feel :-)
Like I have my home & loved ones on my mind always & they are always with me ♥
Daily practice
Meditation is old and honorable
so why should I not sit
every morning of my life
on the hillside looking into the shining world?
~Mary Oliver~
Books ... gardening, cooking, home, crafts, yoga, fairy tales, birds, art, labs, quotes ...
When we are collecting books
we are collecting happiness
~Vincent Starrett~
This photo does not show it, but just above the envelope are the letters pfh
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Any four walls
enclosing the right person
hOMe to me ♥