Sunday, April 26, 2015

the perfect fairy garden

This is what a fairy garden looks like at the Jordan house.
Like most things here, it's barely-controlled chaos. 

The builders told me that the more stuff they had the more "attractive" it would be to the fairies. Makes sense. We should have fairies flocking to this joint.

E made mushrooms out of shells and sticks for the fairies to perch on.

And of course our fairies needed chickens.

If you look closely you'll also find a tiny pond, a shell cave, a mountain sheep, and some creeping charlie too.

A friend said it looks like a fairy amusement park, and I think that's about right.
Certainly it isn't picture-perfect like some I've seen on Pinterest but you know what? They all had a blast making it and they played for hours. Now *that* is perfect.

Thursday, April 23, 2015


The kids accidentally watered a rabbit hole tonight and out scampered a couple of handfuls of baby bunnies. They were quickly scooped up and redeposited by their home, but not before us giving them some serious awwww'ing and them giving us some serious attitude.

He's judging you.
I wonder if he's related to my snow bunny.

The end.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

landscapes with sheeps

Oof. It's been a very busy week. Weeks. It's been a very busy couple of weeks. My day job has been full, full, full, and my work time has been very slim.
Very slim.

I haven't scheduled any new classes or worked on my many in-progress pieces but I did take a little bit of time to make up these brooches. A while back I had scheduled a class for a spinner's retreat in the area and that is coming up this Friday. They wanted to make a sheep brooch of some kind and after much mulling, I decided to go with a landscape (which is well-known and comfortable for me) with wee sheeps in it. Because the class will be done in 2 hours I kept the design very simple and doable for beginners. 

I hope they enjoy making them. I did.

How about you? Are you making time for creativity? What are you working on? I'd love to hear.

Monday, April 06, 2015

a felted needle book

I made myself a little somethin' this weekend that I have wanted to make for years and years. A needle book. My needles tend to end up stuck in odd bits of fabric or shoved in the side of a felting mat and I often lose them which makes for dicey barefoot travels in the Jordan home.

I wet-felted a cover and stitched in some wool pages. In between each page is a used dryer sheet that in my theory, will help keep my needles conditioned. Or at least keep them smelling spring fresh.

I added some knots to the cover and a felted cord for a closure.

The whole thing bundles up nice and neat. Long overdue.
Now maybe I'll find time to work on that vest I've been wanting...

Happy Monday, all.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

a buddy

As luck would have it, I had a little time yesterday after chores and taxes to do a little needling. Before long there was a wee little bunny buddy to befriend that grumpy snow bunny of mine.

A finger puppet buddy, in fact.

The snow is gone and the two of them seem to be sniffing the air for Spring.
Life is so much better with friends.

Monday, March 30, 2015

a quiet morning

Monday morning, my day off. The kids are off to school and the house is quiet and still. Projects hang near the woodstove, drying. Cats and dogs are cuddling. I am click-clacking on the computer, my belly warmed by poached egg, salmon, and asparagus.

It has all the portents of a very fine day.
I'd better get through these taxes and to-do list so I can embrace it.

Happy Monday, all.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

checking in on the mushrooms in the tree

I took a few minutes to walk in the woods yesterday and check on the mushrooms I had planted in the tree. I hadn't checked on them since November so I expected a change but you know...not much has happened.

We've had so little snow this winter that it still looks like fall in the woods. Bitter cold we had plenty of, but very little snow. 

The only major difference I saw in the mushrooms was that they were leaning more, and the color had drained from the caps, a fact I find interesting since the caps were undyed wool to begin with. The green is still quite vibrant but the undyed grey has faded to almost nothing.

The little rock is still in there too. No one has been digging into this mushroom like they had with the first.

The transition, with yesterday's view at the top, November in the middle, and the October beginning at the bottom.

We'll see what spring brings.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

hopping off

A wee bunny hopped off in the mail today, a surprise for a friend.
Made in stolen moments in a very full week.

What are you making time for?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

eggs of shimmer and earth

I've been channeling my inner magpie. Building nests and filling them with shiny things. (I know they don't really collect shiny things, but I love the imagery anyway) My wandery mind grew interested in the idea of giving birth to the things one has experienced and I daydreamed about birds who saw glittering snowflakes, the smallest of ferns; who then laid fantastical eggs full of shimmer and earth. 

Imagine what our own eggs would look like, imprinted with our memories.

These special nests and stone eggs, my offering to Spring, will be in my shop today along with some new nest brooches and a couple of stone necklaces. I'll be working on putting them in this morning so you'll likely see them pop in there, one by one.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

a snow bunny

Why am I sitting in a snowdrift? Don't you know it's cold out here?

Seriously. You bring me out here with that giant basket and I'm going to do what? Fill it with cold?

Come here. Let me explain something to you.

I am not amused. Unless you want a special kind of easter egg this year I suggest you get my tail inside.

That's better. (the end)

The cold is getting to me too, bunny.
This was my first bunny, a practice for a class I hope to teach. There are some things I'll change about him in my next attempt (not the least of which is his attitude, sheesh) but for now he's amusing me.

Have a glorious Wednesday, all. Stay warm. And upbeat. (talkin' to you, bunny)


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