Thursday, July 30, 2009

sweetness giveaway

We were back from our adventure on Sunday evening, and it was good (it went fast, but good). It took us (more me) a couple of days however to really be back. I am sure this happens to no one else, say...a dirty house, piles of laundry everywhere, dishes in the sink, kitchen counter tops heaping, floors that look like they have not been swept in at least a year, a bathroom that is probably best to just dynamite, and I can't even speak about the bedrooms, aside from all the groceries, etc. that need to be put away. On top of all the unsightliness, two boys who are not feeling well. Okay, enough. I am so grateful for our overall well being and our love.

And now, to finally spread that love around, the two recipients of the sweet babes are...

Email me your name & address, and the babe of your favorite color (let me know if you prefer a different color after all) will be on its way to you.

Love and peace to all of you! Anna

Monday, July 20, 2009

1 year, 100 posts: sweetness giveaway

I first started this blog so that it would seem to our family, who is spread EVERYWHERE, as if they were here with us, sharing the small joys in our everyday life. I found in the past that I got very behind in sending out pictures to everyone, besides the fact that it took a good deal of money to do so. But through this blog there are none of those worries, I know that everyone can "be with us", in a small way.

It has turned out however, that this blog has meant much more to me than that. I have a "journal" to look back on (and hopefully my boys will as well). I have rediscovered the joy that I once took in art and in writing. I joined a great group (Craft Hope) for the best cause out there: our children on this earth. And, I have met very sweet people along the way. I was worried at first to put us "out there", for fear of negativity, but the exact opposite happened, although I often do still feel I am on guard (maybe that is just how mamas are, and always will be).

So, to spread some more love and to celebrate my 100th post (yesterday) and my first blog-iversary (tomorrow)...I would like to give away some very special babies. Just leave a comment (along with your favorite color) on this post by the end of Sunday the 26th (we will be off adventuring until then). I will draw two names to be the recipients of some sweetness. Love and peace to all of you! Anna

Sunday, July 19, 2009

a week to make a peculiar rainbow: blue

forget-me-nots, outside our home

blueberries from last year, to be used for a dyebath

Jonas, a year ago

Jonas' blurry baby (taken by him)


Seven colors in a rainbow,
seven days in a week,
RAINBOW has seven letters,
seven's magic, don't you think?


Saturday, July 18, 2009

a week to make a peculiar rainbow: orange

A beautifully embroidered bag my tia Guille sent me,
in my favorite colors!

My husband and his tomfoolery. We see the hydrant Malvin!

sweet fabric by Heather Ross

Meet Uta. She never wears pants, even in the snow! She loves stripes especially on tights, although she is not wearing any today, as it is quite warm outside. I told her she could use contacts, but she likes her glasses. They don't even bother her in the rain, or when she comes in after being outdoors, and they get all foggy. She's obsessed about brushing her teeth, but does not mind that her hair is always disheveled. She likes to hear her shiny buckle shoes clicking as she walks, and when she runs the sound of them makes her laugh until her stomach hurts. Speaking of laughing, when she feels down she forces herself to laugh, until she is laughing for real. Uta is such a fun person to be around, and she has a great time when she gets together with other people. The sad thing is, she is so painfully shy that this does not happen often, even though many would consider her their friend. If you see her, please invite her out. I am sure you will both have a lovely time.

Friday, July 17, 2009

a week to make a peculiar rainbow: purple

purple dragon love by Eoghan
a wool embroidered needle case
my handspun and naturally dyed wool
bluebells knitted dolls I made for an auction (two years ago)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

a week to make a peculiar rainbow: pink

Hazel Knits
Little Wool Co.
Jonas, weeks old in my very pink rebozo.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

a week to make a peculiar rainbow: yellow

Craft Hope

These well loved blankies and booties were sent out today to join all the other love, soon to be enroute to orphanages in India.

This is Craft Hope's Project #3, everyone participating may send blankies, beanies, booties, handkerchiefs, and pillowcases (all handmade if possible), so as to spread as much love as can be to the children living in these orphanages. I am hoping that the booties (which I had knitted for Jonas) and blankies (not made by myself, but oh so loved by both of my boys) that I sent out will keep that love in them, so that as the babes are wrapped up they will feel our embraces and our prayers from very far away.The deadline for receiving Project #3 is July 25th. So depending on where you live, you may still be able to send some love their way. Craft Hope's button is on my sidebar, please take a peek.

Monday, July 13, 2009

a week to make a peculiar rainbow: red

Red and yellow and pink and green,
purple and orange and blue.
I can sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow too.

Listen with your eyes,
listen with your eyes,
and sing everything you see.

I can sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow,
sing along with me.

Red and yellow and pink and green,
purple and orange and blue.
I can sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow,
sing a rainbow too.

I love this song. I have been singing it ever since I was in kindergarten. Eoghan likes to sing it now, and Jonas just tries to sing whenever we do. I realize that the song substitutes pink for indigo and purple for violet, but I like that it is peculiar in that way. We have been missing, seeing rainbows around here lately. It is surprising, as we usually have quite a bit more rain, with the sun peeking out every now and again. So I think a week in peculiar rainbows is in order, starting today!

strawberry child by

sweet tomato face (by my momma, who was once crafty)

Sunday, July 12, 2009


I am dedicating this week to all things small, if you feel inspired to join in, please do.

a Lilliputian sized tea party

These dishes are not actually from Lilliput, but from a city in central Mexico named, Tonalá. These were just given to me by my mom, given to her by my dad, from his visits with family. When we lived in Mexico, I remember visits to this city well. My mom and I each, always picked out some sweet miniture dishes to take home.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


I am dedicating this week to all things small, if you feel inspired to join in, please do.


Under a toadstool crept a wee elf,
Out of the rain, to shelter himself.

Under the toadstool, sound asleep,
Sat a big dormouse all in a heap.

Trembled the wee elf, frightened, and yet
Fearing to fly away lest he get wet.

To the next shelter – maybe a mile!
Sudden the wee elf smiled a wee smile,

Tugged till the toadstool toppled in two,
Holding it over him, gaily he flew.

Soon he was safe at home, dry as could be,
Soon woke the dormouse – “Good gracious me!

Where is my toadstool?” loud he lamented.
And that’s how umbrellas first were invented.

Oliver Herford

first trout

His first trout, all on his own. He was so excited, especially since no one else could catch one that was larger. Fried trout for breakfast tomorrow!

Friday, July 10, 2009

doll sized

I am dedicating this week to all things small, if you feel inspired to join in, please do.

a doll sized chair, for a doll
This is one of the chairs we have for the dolls in our house. When Jonas was first walking last year, he spotted it, and must have thought it was for him. He has used it since then. I love the creeeeeeking sound the chair makes when he sits in it ever so gently, and as he does I like to imagine him as an old man.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


I am dedicating this week to all things small, if you feel inspired to join in, please do.

tiny Alaskan carrots growing in the sun

E. made the marker

Jonas "petting" the worms

I'm sure they love that

The Little Elfman

I met a little elfman once,
Down where the lilies blow.
I asked him why he was so small,
And why he didn’t grow.

He slightly frowned, and with his eye
He looked me through and through –
“I’m just as big for me,” said he,
“As you are big for you!”

John Kendrick Bangs

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


I am dedicating this week to all things small, if you feel inspired to join in, please do.

3 Great books we have been loving this summer season, about pocketable beings. We hope you love them too.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

a wee garden

I am dedicating this week to all things small, if you feel inspired to join in, please do.

We subscribe to the magazine, "Living Crafts". You can find the magazine here: My first issue (also the magazine's premier issue) was given to me by my good friend Dotty in the winter of 2007/2008. She said she thought I would like it. Did I ever. It was right where I was, at that moment in my life, and still is.
It is by far my favorite magazine aside from "Mothering". There are four issues a year and they are ever so mindful of the rhythms of self, family, home, seasons, and our world. Within its beautiful pages are projects and inspiration for every person in the family. A great resource for my family, of Waldorf-inspired homeschoolers. I love it!

The latest issue contained an article titled, "Fairy Garden Party", with inspiration for making your own fairy garden (including furniture). Even though my boys are pretty certain that we have fairies that stop in for visits, our resident gnomes are the wee folk we cater to. Even though it was only myself who created our own small magical garden space, I find small treasures have been left in the wee garden from the boys. Hoping I am sure, that the gnomes will appreciate their small acts of kindness. I know I certainly do.

Please come in...

and take a seat.