Friday, January 29, 2010

a wee grocery list

I had asked Eoghan if he would write out a grocery list for me, and this is what I took with me to the shops:

...I wish all my lists looked like this one.

Monday, January 25, 2010

why not a craftalong?

We have had The Children's Year by Cooper, Fynes-Clinton, and Rowling in our home now for about four years. Even though I have read through it, and completed projects from it here and there (by myself, with Eoghan, and others); I have been wanting to do more. This is the year!

There are tons of knitalongs out there, so why not a craftalong? The book is divided into four sections, each pertaining to a season. Within each section there are many projects to choose from; however for this craftalong, choosing to complete one project per month will be the goal. More could be done, but with other commitments and projects swirling in my mind, one project seems to be attainable. One project a month would also enable the craftalong to continue for more than a year (leaving many projects to be anticipated for future years). Some of these projects can be completed in a day, while others take a bit longer. The goal is to have a picture up, along with the name of the project by the end of each month, here: The Children's Year Craftalong .

I was thinking of starting right along with the coming of the winter season, but starting with the new year won out. The craftalong...



(a new cycle and craftalong year begins...)

I am excited to be teaching knitting to some dear people who are happy to be joining me on the craftalong. The projects however are varied and include paper crafts, woodworking, sewing, knitting, and more. Want to craftalong? Please do. You may email me the pictures of your completed projects along with a description (you do not need a blog to join in). If you would like your blog name to appear on the sidebar as a link, just let me know. Peace and love. Anna

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

more sledding fun

We had a rare sunny day on Monday, and so we simply had to soak it up. Eoghan tried to get as close as possible to the sun (by way of sled jumping). It was great.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Craft Hope for Haiti

Craft Hope for Haiti Shop Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

Craft Hope has opened an Etsy shop (Craft Hope for Haiti) featuring wonderful handmade items. All items have been donated, and 100% of the proceeds will support Doctors Without Borders.

Anyone can help, by either donating a handmade item or shopping in their Etsy store. Below are two Rain Babies that are in Craft Hope's shop now.

Our prayers and thoughts are with them.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


A bit of embroidery...

This transfer pattern came from, " Pennsylvania Dutch Iron-On Transfer Patterns" by Ed Sibbett, Jr.

Monday, January 11, 2010


The warmth from his wee, yet radiating soul is enough to melt the frigid landscape.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Okay, so we have had more than an infatuation with Froggy Went-A-Courtin' at our house for a while now. We love to sing it and have heard many versions, but our top two favorites are the one heard in the puppet shadow theater below by Doc Watson from the album, "Songs for Little Pickers". The other is by Peter Yarrow and his daughter Bethany, which is on a CD that comes with the book, "Puff the Magic Dragon" illustrated by Eric Puybaret . The book itself is lovely, and Puff makes me just about cry every time I hear it. No joke.

Well we put together this lovely shadow puppet theater along with shadow puppets, and we all have been enjoying playing every night.

On the video you will have the privilege of frequently hearing and seeing Jonas in the foreground, as he could not possibly contain himself with the excitement of all that was going on around him. Eoghan had a good time putting this show on for us, as we did watching. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 2, 2010


feeling quiet, but...

at peace