Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ducks on ice

right now, it's a balmy 31°.
last week, however,
it was near zero at night
{with afternoon highs around 20°}
i worried about pip & patito
& the rest of their duck mob.
but, it seems that these are superducks.
you can see that the pond is mostly frozen.
after keeping our ducklings toasty warm {95°}
it amazes me that they can stay warm
out there on the ice.

{watch them drop out of the sky}

{can you see the snow?}

Monday, November 29, 2010

book review :: 1000 ideas for creative reuse

the librarian at our local library
is our dear friend.

this book literally fell into my hands
because she is a sweetheart
and she knew i would love it.

there are so many amazing ideas
{well, 1000 of them}
that the photos almost make me dizzy.

you can find it here
or at YOUR local library.

{thank you, miss ruby!}

Sunday, November 28, 2010

☼ winter wonderland ☼

sn☼w is my favorite kind of weather.
lately, we've had lots.

{below is a big frozen pond}

Saturday, November 27, 2010

handmade holiday :: week one

this was our first day of
making special holiday presents.

we have 9 kids total, including my 3.

it was so much fun,
and it even snowed to make everything
feel very holiday-ish.

we made collages
that we will turn into cards next week.

we made beautiful beaded necklaces for moms,
but i can't show you because they are a secret.

we made
pinecone / peanut butter / birdseed
ornaments for the wild birds.

next week we'll do some sewing!

Friday, November 26, 2010

handmade holiday :: craft workshop for kids

for then next 3 saturdays,
i'm hosting art classes at my house
for kids to make special gifts
to give for christmas.

here's a list of what we'll be making:

come see what we make tomorrow!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

it's not just thanksgiving, it's ned's birthday!!!

happy birthday, neddy!

  ::: ::: ::: ::: ::: :::

six years ago...

::: ::: ::: ::: :::

happy thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

oh, lordy...

i'm forty.

: : : : : : : : : :

today, i celebrated with...
a raspberry brioche & a pumpkin spice latte,

a trip to the thrift store,

a chilly visit to feed the ducks,
{it barely reached 20° today & will get down near 0° tonight}
{please think warm thoughts for my sweet duckas}
{patito : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : pippa}
and my sweet darlings.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

mr. cute

Monday, November 22, 2010


ned & rudy in front of the fire.
we are in for a big snowstorm tonight.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

blog wonders

we have had such a great weekend.
it even snowed for us.

can you believe that we met
in the blog-o-sphere
almost 2 years ago?

Saturday, November 20, 2010


dawn & i hit my favorite thrift store today!

Friday, November 19, 2010

♥good company♥

my friend dawn is here!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

paper crown

oh, the excitement...
his actual birthday is still a week away,
but today was his at-school birthday celebration.

never before has a paper crown or a goodie bag
been so eagerly anticipated.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

the best nest

i love nests.
i am so amazed
at the industriousness of birds
who custom build them with no hands.

late last night,
i opened a little package from jan
{of jan's mac&cheese fame}.
she reads my blog, daily.
{love you, jan!}
she sent me the sweetest of nests
found along her beautiful driveway.
mossy, grassy,
lots of redwood needles...
it is an organized bit of the forest floor.

unlike any nests in my neck of the woods,
it is a little snippet of humboldt county.
i can't get over that moss edging.
maybe fairies helped to decorate it.
it is a treasure.

~ thank you, jan. ~

Monday, November 15, 2010


do you have one of these in your wallet?
{or billfold if you are my dad}

i regularly lock my keys inside my car.
but because of this little card-key,
it is no big deal.

this little thingy is the most useful
thing about my AAA membership.

perhaps you will find it funny that today i
1. decided not to renew my AAA membership
2. locked my keys in my car at the grocery store.

thank goodness for this little thingy.
please go get one to keep in your billfold.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

circus duck

patito has begun some
new and astonishing duck behavior.
she flies right at me.
at first, i just thought she was
just impatiently trying to get my attention.
but she now actually eats from my hand MID-AIR.
you've got to see it to believe it:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

some really nice mentions of my etsy book stacks

i just opened a little note
letting me know that this
was included in the etsy storque article,
the article is about a very cool blog project
{and you will see my book stack there at the bottom}.

and i got another note
letting me know that this
was included in the treasury

and i got another note
letting me know that this
was included in a collection
of 9 snazzy favorites at johnny&stacie

{and thank you so much!}

Friday, November 12, 2010

show & tell {& rosemary cashews}

it's friday!
ned brought his yoyo ball
for show & tell.
{this was one of his first-day-of-school presents from grandma.}
{he LOVES this thing.}

and tonight,
i made some rosemary cashews.
you will want to try these.
{last year, i gave them as christmas gifts.}

rosemary cashews
1 lb. salted cashews
heat in oven at 350° for 8 - 10 minutes.
watch them closely so they do not burn.

pour hot cashews in a bowl, and add:
a little melted butter,
1 Tablespoon finely minced fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
a little cayenne pepper {up to 1 teaspoon}

i always add more rosemary
and very little cayenne otherwise they are too spicy for my kids.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

kindergarten art :: m.c. escher

art mom : : take three
: : escher-inspired tessellations : :

we learned about this

then we made these

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