(glimpses) – quiet hours

we have felt a bit the like bears during these past short days of frigid hibernation, except for the addition of …

evergreen boughs that welcome us at our door ….

and toasty fires we sit nearby to talk and play games … resting and catching up with too many days of lost sleep…

settling in with unpacked fancy china found unwanted several summer ago…while tasting well-spiced cookies that only seem to exist for this short time…

and all the pretty little lights that have been brightening the long dark nights …

and slowly again back into a very cold but sunlit world of routines, work projects and school work….all the best wishes to you for the new year!!

(glimpses) – settling in

settling in (in a sort of, kind of way) between unpacking boxes and building warming fires in an old wood stove…

between long weekends away at holiday fairs and all the wooden horses, beeswax angels and gingerbread men, freezing rain and winter weather, early mornings and late dinners, dark and moonlight nights…

a child homebound and sick at time least expected more than ready to return to her pace,  between a busy workbench and shipping boxes eager to see their new homes,

 the new work projects that will sit speechless until time slows again, the tree yet to join us for christmas with their pretty little lights to have us sit still on a cold and quiet night by a comforting fire ….

we are settling in ….

in a kind of sort of way…

for now…

(glimpses) – warmest winter

How delicious it has been ….  to have some time out of time …

for the little things .. .

a sleepless Christmas eve (for a mama that is filled with excitement) …  for the simple joy a young girl feels  at early morning surprises of a Christmas morning

 …. and even a restless kitty has the the need to wake her sleeping family well before the first light  in anticipation of the deliciousness to come ….

winter stars ….  folded of paper colored bright and paper white…

and summer’s songs are warmed in a pot of hot tea …. smelling sweet of honey and golden beeswax all at once….

as we sip from tea cups full of tasty chai …

around the table with projects old and new ….

we send you the warmest wishes for the new year!

(at the workbench) – christmas eve pajamas

A snowy day and finally some quiet time to spend just with my girl and Christmas preparation. There is just time enough to start a new project.that has been dancing around me. Oh, I so love new projects! ….I have said it before, “I am not a sewer”.  But one day, I will not be able to make that claim anymore.  In the last couple of years,  I have been teaching myself to sew – mostly by need and by trial and error. Like many things, having an idea and desire are enough to make a leap into the unknown. Intuition has to stay near by to help me out most of the time.
So first came some curtains for dividers, small Waldorf-style dolls and felt animals, then gift bags for Prettydreamer , folk flowered pinwheels, crayon pouches for the third graders and now here I am now ready to make Christmas Eve pajamas!
* (by the way, the clamp in the picture was not used in this project)
I made up a pattern by tracing some pants that were on hand … guessing how much extra might be needed for the seams. After managing to sew one pant leg completely together, I decided that there was no reasonable way for  the pajamas to be put on that way and undid my work.  I then pinned and sewed back and front parts the way pants are supposed to be sewn together. I can not say how exciting it was that the pajamas worked! My girl (and one of her dolls) was able to actually put them on. She is so happy to wear them around – how wonderful! And just in the nick of time for Christmas eve.
The day after Christmas, I began the kimono tops  … I would have never have imagined how those pieces of fabric might need to be laid out  and sewn to actually make a top.  It has been a treat learning something new and making something useful for my daughter that she loves! Merry Christmas!!

(around the table) – marzipan pigs

I  know there must be a pretty long list of absolute likes and dislikes when it comes to food… the list might include mushrooms, olives, even cilantro, brussel sprouts and marzipan… (I happen to like all the above.)

Now when I think of marzipan, I am not thinking about those overly, sugary-sweet marzipan candies.. but lovely edibles handcrafted by Italian and German bakeries and confectioners made from a blend of ground almonds (and sugar!)

Marzipan is a tasty and wonderful modeling paste
used traditionally for special holiday treats at Christmas and Easter worldwide.
In the light of a happy tree with our little mascot looking on … we are at play and serious all at once. …Well not all pigs are like all other pigs .. but they are all fun and a yummy.