Friday, February 19, 2010

Cottage Industry

The girls have been into finding things to make and then having a shop stand in our front yard. Not a lot of shoppers to lure in the mid afternoon of a week day, but they still have fun. Here are the fun finger knitted yarn belts that are the lastest trend in the house. They also work great for all sorts of imaginative play.

I love the color combinations.

Vivienne working on her head warmer/scarves for the next sale

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sweet Day!

I love Valentines day for the pure sweetness of expressing love. Luscious desserts and frou frou handmade cards show the goodness of the heart's gratitude. It was a sweet day, indeed. First, I made yummy cranberry heart shaped scones for breakfast. Later in the day, I got to share a meal with my book club, and the desserts were incredible! I made a beautiful Italian fresh fruit tart from the joyof It was really fun to try a new recipe.
the family breakfast table

fresh fruit tart- the last piece!

In celebration of love~

Saturday, February 13, 2010

In Harmony

As most parents know, it can be a rare and beautiful treat to observe joyful harmony and cooperation between siblings. Certainly, this is not always the case! Today, they have been greatly inspired to share cooperative games and songs. My girls have absolutely loved their Friday program, which is currently being taught by a Waldorf trained teacher, Mr. Crowe.

Give and Take,
Take and Give.
Each to the Other,
as Long as We Live.

The beanbags that we adore are made my Sonya at A Toy Garden, and are filled with beans and wonderful, aromatic herbs.

Here is the wonderful product of Mia's woodworking class, also taught by Mr. Crowe. Mia is so proud of her beautiful black walnut ladle  that she painstakingly made over many weeks. I am so grateful for the influence of Waldorf education that inspires creativity, joy and harmony in our home schooling life.

~with special gratitude to Mr. Crowe~

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Waltzing With Fairies

Every so often, there is an event of great splendor that happens right here, in our home. The children gather in their finery, and we have a Grande Ball. It is delightful to witness. I sit in the living room and watch the parade of costume,  bows and curtsies, twirls and graceful steps to classical music. Oh, to be a child and live in the imagination!

And here you will find a fairy waltz(also known a Weber's Last Waltz)!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Birthday Boy!

Oh, my sweet little guy. How I love thee! What a joy and a blessing it is to celebrate my boy's fourth birthday. Still generous with hugs and snuggles, loves silly jokes (What is a hat? A HAT!....), and reading books, telling tales, inventing, creating, sewing, building, running, playing and singing songs...Full of wonder, light, and LOVE! Hurray for my little pirate boy!

the cutest invitations made by Bella and Boo

Jasper's party was so much fun because the girls helped create the activities. Mia and Vivienne created a puppet show, based on a cute book called "The Dog Who Cried Wolf" by Keiko Kasza. David even helped to narrate, and friends from the party joined in. We set up the playstand in the living room to make a stage.

Pappa Pirate introducing the Puppet Show

Vivienne made a treasure hunt, with her own written clues leading to the pirate treasure.I prepared several chocolate coins wrapped in a bandana for each child. The girls also helped to create a pirate cove, with a basin of water, decorated and filled with seashells, coins and little walnut boats floating about.

The kids sneaked upstairs to eat their chocolate coins

Jasper was very fortunate to get many special handmade gifts for his birthday. I will share more etsy artists in future posts! It was so lovely to celebrate his birthday with friends.

Mia got inspired by a cute puppy pattern from Sewing Green.

Vivienne's felt owl

A beautiful lavender pillow made by Ines

My sweet boy ~ I am one grateful mama. xoxo


Wednesday, February 3, 2010


This year, we got together with friends to enjoy celebrating Candlemas. This is the midway point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. We made crepes for lunch, and then dipped beeswax candles. It was a  lovely way to spend a chilly winter's day. Our Little Nature Nest blog has some nice suggestions for the holiday.The Parenting Passageway also has wonderful information. I enjoy celebrating the progression through the darkness of winter, onward toward the longer days of spring and summer!

If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,
Winter will have another flight;
But if it be dark with clouds and rain,
    Winter is gone, and will not come again.