Just One

Seriously, just one brown m&m in the bag.


Published in: on October 21, 2010 at 5:34 am  Leave a Comment  
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Felted Fall Decorations

A couple weeks ago, after a visit to a friends home (Hi Karen), and seeing her darling felted pumpkins and witch, I was inspired to get out my felting supplies and make  some myself.

In the end, I made five pumpkins and 20 little acorns with real acorn hats.  This is what I kept.  The rest have been given to family and friends.  This is seriously fun and easy, though I would not  let our seven year old try it.   Little fingers and sharp felting needles, not so good.   So I gave her complete artistic direction and ended up with some very colorful acorns, magenta, chartreuse, turquoise, gold, which were gifted to very specific family members.

Perhaps there is something you’d like to give a try.  Go ahead.  You may discover a new hobby.  And we all know what is just around the corner. . . .

Have a crafty weekend!

Published in: on September 17, 2010 at 6:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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I Had to Ask

Apparently, the baby animals were presenting a choral performance for the big animals,

conducted by the llama,

when a gate crasher joined the crowd.

Oh dear.  Concert over.

Published in: on July 29, 2010 at 9:08 am  Comments (3)  

Friday’s Dinner

Pork chops, Jicama Slaw (from Everyday Food),  Armenian rice pilaf, bread, sun tea and fresh flowers.

Published in: on July 24, 2010 at 9:42 am  Leave a Comment  
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Now Everything is Unpacked

Though we’ve been home a couple weeks,  these mouse ear confetti just fell out of the purse I carried everyday at Disney.

This trip was for the littlest girls of the family, hosted by their grandparents.

We stayed at the Bay Lake Tower, the newest Disney resort, right next to Magic Kingdom.

Could almost touch the castle from our balcony, though this was taken the night we went to the park late to watch fireworks and find out just exactly where Tinkerbell flies each evening.  She flew right over our head, waving her wand, and then blink, she was gone.

We found her later, discussing a recipe for pumpkin muffins with Silvermist.

I think the cousins had fun. . .

Someone has already planned her next trip.

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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Spring into Summer

Long gone are the blues and chartreuse of our springtime garden, given way to the yellows and oranges of summer flowers.  But  I thought I’d share some photos of the lovely little recycled window greenhouse my husband made.  This one is made of six very old windows we saved when we had new windows installed in our home.

Hello little butterfly.  Please, make yourself at home.

I love blue in the garden.   I used to write regularly in a garden journal to track what I planted and when it bloomed.  Each spring I’d make a list of all the blues in bloom at the same time.  On the right day, that list grew pretty long.

Summer garden pics soon.

Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 5:44 am  Leave a Comment  
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Our Summer So Far. . .

Oh Hi!  Yes, I have a little blog called PK Handmade filled with bits of the life I live with my lovely daughter, husband and two year old dachshund, in a tiny little house full of  happy memories, stuff I’ve made and collected treasures.  And though I didn’t plan on this blog break, know that a lot of summer living has been happening.

There is a new reader in the house,

who loves popsicles,

and catching tadpoles,

and blowing bubbles that float with the clouds.

She had a birthday,

and ate breakfast with some princesses.

After ballet lessons, and art camp and UNO marathons, she swims.

Ahhhh, summertime when you’re seven!

Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 5:27 am  Comments (1)  
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Last Sunday Morning’s Flowers

Rock climbing was such fun.  Injury free.  Photos soon.

I just have to mention that the flower photos posted a couple days ago by my husband are just so beautiful, some of the prettiest he’s ever taken.  Of course I like the close up detail of dew drops and the subtle feathering of color on a tulip petal.  The first photo is a  bluey-green hand blown glass ball hanging amongst the daylilies. Go see for yourself though.  Double click on each image to see the detail.  I think these are breathtaking.

Have a lovely weekend.

Published in: on May 15, 2010 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  
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Today’s Workout

Since my broken elbow, which happened in an unfortunate New Year’s Eve twirling incident (iceskating,remember?), I have shoveled more snow than I can recall, gone roller skating with 300 of my favorite elementary students and their parents (wiped out there too) and begun training for a triathalon.

Just kidding.  But I had you, didn’t I?

Today there is no school(:o),  so we are going rock climbing.  I’ll check in tomorrow, injury free.

Published in: on May 14, 2010 at 8:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Happy May Day

Remember the days of making and delivering  May baskets?  Mine were most often made out of a (clean) plastic butter dish with ribbon handles tied to the sides and filled with whatever wild flowers were blooming in our yard, usually violets and dandelions.  Yes, weeds, but to a six year old they were/are beautiful and no one would get angry if you picked those.  Sometimes you were lucky enough to have lilacs blooming like this year.  And though the next-door-neighbors on either side knew who they were from, it still held a bit of magic when you’d hang it on their door, ring the bell and run home to peek out the window to see their face when they saw it.  Do you still do this, perhaps with your children?  I am thinking we will make and deliver a couple today.

I cannot even believe it is May and that Mother’s Day and graduations are just around the corner.  If you are in need of a gift, visit my shop (click on the link on my sidebar) and choose a handmade journal perfect for Mom, graduate, bride, or for recording your summer adventures.  There are also some lovely bracelets and hair clips, the perfect summer accessory.  And if I know you from the FES playground, I will hand deliver your purchase with a smile.  Thus, no shipping.

Have a lovely weekend!

Published in: on May 1, 2010 at 9:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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