Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Wishing you and yours an ecstatic holiday season!

 



























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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lets!


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Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Solstice

You are the fearless guardian 
of Divine Light. 
So come, return to the root of the root 
of your own soul.  - Rumi

Friends & neighbors arrived in waves, filling the little home with their warmth.  To have so many treasured souls under one roof is a blessing beyond measure.  As Whitman wrote,“ to be with those I like is enough”.






I made this rack because our coat closet is so tiny.

favors: paperwhite bulbs & seed for the winged

Snowflake straw toppers for the solstice sippers

Friends old & new arrived in waves





Mini mingling on the swinging daybed

Keeping the solstice fire burning.


There was a paper flurry snipped in the studio.









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Friday, December 19, 2014

Riotous Makings & Doings


And don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter.
It’s quiet, but the roots are down there riotous. ~Rumi

Scenes from the makings and doings of winter holidays...


Family Calendars



Invites for our annual Solstice Party...


Teacher Gifts: Paperwhite bulbs for forcing


Class gifts: Wintry paint swatch bookmarks



























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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Come Dance!

Every child has known God,
Not the God of names,
Not the God of don'ts,
Not the God who ever does
Anything weird,
But the God who knows only 4 words
And keeps repeating them, saying:
"Come Dance with Me."
Come Dance.  - Hafiz

The little girl down the street is dancing in The Nutcracker Suite this weekend.  Last year I made her a giant paper flower nearly as tall as she.  This year I decided to make her something tiny.   

* Instructions at bottom of post






Materials:
  • Altoid Tin
  • Paint
  • Ballerina cake topper
  • Paperclip 
  • Fabric
  • Super Strong Magnet
  • Glue stick
  • Hot Glue

    1.  Paint the Altoid Tin.  I used gold spray paint, dusted it with white using old lace as a stencil, then distressed it using alcohol inks.

    2.  Create a backdrop and floor for your stage.  You can search google for images, then print them to size.

    3.  Using your tin as a template trace around the outside with pencil, then cut your images.  You may have to trim.

    4.  Use a glue stick to adhere images to the tin.

    5.  Cut a piece of fabric into a curtain shape and use glue stick to adhere. 

    6.  Coil paperclip then hot glue to bottom of dancer.

    *Use super strong magnet to maker her dance!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Need for Speed




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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PT Art: da Vinci























I taught da Vinci in his class.  We drew our own inventions with colored pencils and then I taught them how to make paper helicopters that really fly.  It was a hit.  And...after I left they got them taken away because they couldn't keep them in their desks. 

So it goes.  It was fun while it lasted.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Billy Goat Trail

 It was a beautiful day so we decided to try hiking Billy Goat Trail.  It's not really hiking...it's more like rock scrambling / climbing.    The views were breathtaking.  We can't wait to go back and do it all over again. 








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Friday, November 07, 2014

4th Grade Field Trip



Early in the morning I packed the yummy treats that I made and woke my excited boy.  We drove to the school while the moon was still in the sky.  We met his boisterous classmates in the school cafeteria to wait for the chartered bus to Jamestown and Williamsburg. 

After we boarded, a girl behind us shouted, "This bus is sooo cool...you can even poop on it!" 

It was a whirlwind trip!























These two pals resting their tired feet on a wooden bench in Williamsburg.  The light was spectacular.




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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Samhain 2014

May the nourishment of the earth be yours.
May the clarity of light be yours.
May the fluency of the ocean be yours.
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow wind work
These words around you
As an invisible cloak to guard your life. - John O'Donohue























This year our boy transformed into a Boxtroll

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tooth Fairy Fly By



He pulled it without any drama.  Like it was nothing
First time ever.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Apple Pickin' 2014: Harvesting


"Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard..." - Robert Frost

 


We awoke to the savory scent of Mushroom Barley Stew simmered slowly in the crock over night.  Carefully ladled into mason jars and placed into the picnic basket with a crusty baguette for our annual autumnal jaunt.  The air was cold but the stew was still hot after picking apples and savored on a quilt in the grassy sprawl between rows of trees in the orchard. 







I know what I bring to the table.
I bring moments to be remembered.
I bring delicious foods to be savored.
I bring warmth.

What do you bring?

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