(glimpses)- this story begins underfoot

How it’s rained! It has been all downpours and showers these past days in a grey world turning lush. Except for my impatience to start a garden (our planting zone must mostly wait until the Memorial Day weekend)  and feel warm sunshine, spending time inside nestling with a new project feels very good.


From inside  I  watch the rain turn the grass green again and branches buds begin to open.


I cannot help but think of all the enchanted fairy tales that sprout silently in the forest as once sleeping shoots and roots giving birth to a new story waiting to be written.


My daughter came home with this beautiful linoleum block she made. And while the print remains at school, I am very eager to print it myself  and see this lovely scene.


Impatient once again I think, but I can’t remember seeing a friendlier, happier little bat!

signs of spring

I  am gathering these small begins and drawing the landscape of the story that is soon to come. More soon!

early spring violets and wildflowers


(at the workbench) – i will follow

I love unexpected discovery (especially happy ones like this) and how old unwanted, forgotten thing can find a new home in a different time…

in a nondescript box, a collection of what must have been the much loved work of an avid naturalist, I came across the tracks of many a wild animal careful cast ….

perhaps on many a quiet, still morning, their hidden travels were in this way recorded to be saved for future times. What could have been an ephemeral moment has turned into a careful study of woodland creatures native to these parts.

I imagine now, that I am following in their tracks. They are more silent than i can ever be and this tiny muskrat’s paw nearly missed from my sight is no longer.

And in a rare moment, I can now see this badger’s menacing claws from a safe distance and find a place in our nature corner…

how strange to think the foot steps of a mountain lion can find its place among  all the things we find and gather on our very own walks through the years…

ps. I have made several sets available through my workshop here … among the tracks available (many of which are available as front hind print sets) are: antelope, elk, mountain lion, muskrat, spotted skunk, weasel, badger, cottontail and jack rabbit and of course mr badger!

(at the workbench) – the forest forager

i’ve been trying to think of a good way to say thank you for all the kind words and support i’ve received over the years and have decided to have my first giveaway! this time around i’ll be hosting it on my instagram account with this sweet little collection of forest-inspired goodies. you can find all the details on how to enter over there, but please just let me know if i can help with any questions! 🙂 happy spring!

(at the workbench) – he will return

in the back of my mind even as gorgeous autumn is still in full color, thoughts of him linger…with all his mightiness and reach… king winter like no other tells us we must prepare for his return… i share just this one quick picture for now as all things are swirling faster like the falling autumn leaves caught on the wind…sending you warming wished wherever you may be!

(at the workbench) – they grew like toadstools

who’s to say where the children will find themselves today?

a forest makes a most wonderful playground for tom, harriet, sam and daisy

as “Children of the Forest” everyday brings them to some unknown adventure, but today what will it be ?

ps…  should the north winds blow, they’re now ready for that too! … such resourceful children I’d say. 🙂 

Have a wonderful weekend!