Thursday, April 17, 2014

Make & Listen Along: Sick Days Version

~ On Thursdays I will post what I have been making and listening to as creations grow. 
If so inclined post, on your blog or flickr, about what you have been making (on your own or with little hands by your side) and listening to while you create. It can be new music, flash backs, a song or a whole album... whatever you like. You can be stitching with needle & thread, yarn, paper crafting, painting, cooking... and beyond. Share what you are making and the tunes that are fueling your creativity. Then come back to my Thursday Make & Listen Along post and leave a link in the comments so we can be inspired right along with you! ~




On Monday the he kiddos came down with the sickies for the first time in over a year. Thankfully, they did not have all they could have and I was met with managing only a set of fevers, soar throats, head aches, and running noses - as if that is not enough. (But of course it could have been worse, much worse.) I relied on my regular remedies and, now with the apothecary of EO's at my disposal, I used all kinds of essential oils to help out too. They are both recovering nicely (the little man has the nose faucet still going) but they are doing pretty well. Now knocking wood, crossing fingers, all other such measures so I don't get sick!



The week is a bit of a blurr but we did manage to make some sunrise bread (we made it GF) from Heather's 30 Day Vegan class. It was really super yummy and is on our make again list for today to take down to Maine for the weekend. Her new spring class starts on May 12th if you are interetested. We are by no means vegan but I learned a lot because Heather is just so knowledgable about food and wellbeing in general. (And now I must admit that when I went over to grab the link above I got lost on Heather's blog again... just so much goodness over there.)



The listening was pretty quiet overall. The kids did watch/listen to a Woodsmaster DVD at some point (they check them out from the library here). Always lots to learn about survival from the Woodsmaster.
And they listened to my very best voices when reading aloud the Bone series... all nine books, plus Rose, and now we are on to the Bone Handbook. Whew!

And the above photos have nothing to do with anything in this post other than the fact that I helped my camera make them while getting some fresh air in the rain. (I just love pussy willows and I am beyond happy they are here in our new yard! Yay!)

Your turn.

Please share what you have been making and the tunes on your playlist. And don't forget to leave a link to your post if you played along so others can visit your Make and Listen posts. 

I have been trying to get around to visit your posts each week (sometimes it takes me a few days) and they are wonderful! Thanks, to all of you who are joining in and linking up!



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Make & Listen Along: Essential Oils Apothecary

~ On Thursdays I will post what I have been making and listening to as creations grow. 
If so inclined post, on your blog or flickr, about what you have been making (on your own or with little hands by your side) and listening to while you create. It can be new music, flash backs, a song or a whole album... whatever you like. You can be stitching with needle & thread, yarn, paper crafting, painting, cooking... and beyond. Share what you are making and the tunes that are fueling your creativity. Then come back to my Thursday Make & Listen Along post and leave a link in the comments so we can be inspired right along with you! ~

The sewing machine and knitting needles have still been sitting idle, but I have been making some new spaces. 


For my birthday, at the end of March, my in-laws got me an apothecary cabinet for my ever growing collection of essential oils. We have been using essential oils for some time now and I am officially sold on their value in promoting health in our home. 


With this in mind I was musing about a cabinet to hold all of my oils and other things I use with the oils. My in-laws are always antiquing down in Maine and began a search for a cabinet. Of course, I had no idea this search was going on and was greatly surprised, and thoroughly delighted, to see the wonderful little cabinet filled with the most awesome little drawers show up on my birthday. As it turns out, they came up empty in their hunt around Maine but found one in Wisconsin and had it shipped in time for my birthday. Such an awesome and most perfect gift!



I have been fiddling with the best way to use the drawers and have hit upon a happy medium of placing our most used oils on top for easy access and a system that organizes oils in the drawers according to those blends used most with certain family members (each member of the family with their very own drawer) and a general extra supply drawer. 




There are also drawers filled with my oil reference cards and recipes, bandaids, and terra cotta pendants for diffusing oils around our home or in the car. 




I am super excited to have this great little cabinet sitting in just the perfect spot (centrally located for all to access) and filled with all the things we need to use the essential oils as part of our daily routines. 

To finish it off I placed the wonderful collection of succulents brought over by my dear friend Tamara. They look so fresh and vibrant sitting there. 

A great little space made in this still very new-to-us home!

We have been doing more baking and the kids have been doing lots of their own brand of making, all the while listening to our usual music selections. The Hobbit is still making for a nice nightly listen. (But there is only about an hour left so we are going to need to find a new audiobook soon!)

Your turn.
Please share what you have been making and the tunes on your playlist. And don't forget to leave a link to your post if you played along so others can visit your Make and Listen posts. 

I have been trying to get around to visit your posts each week (sometimes it takes me a few days) and they are wonderful! Thanks, to all of you who are joining in and linking up!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Make & Listen

~ On Thursdays I will post what I have been making and listening to as creations grow. 
If so inclined post, on your blog or flickr, about what you have been making (on your own or with little hands by your side) and listening to while you create. It can be new music, flash backs, a song or a whole album... whatever you like. You can be stitching with needle & thread, yarn, paper crafting, painting, cooking... and beyond. Share what you are making and the tunes that are fueling your creativity. Then come back to my Thursday Make & Listen Along post and leave a link in the comments so we can be inspired right along with you! ~

This week the making in the kitchen started to take shape again, in earnest. After stocking the pantry with the needed flours and such, baked goods actually make it to the table after a long hiatus. 

The Allergen-Free Bakers Handbook came through again with the Morning Glory Muffins. They were yummy and packed full of good stuff like shredded carrots and apples. 


 The twigs on the table are doing what twigs to when they are brought into the heat of the home - they are bursting with leaves. The birch is the most beautiful and bright of them all, but we have been making sure to keep tabs on them all, even the very slow moving alder.


Wes has enjoyed having them on the kitchen table along with the rest of us.
Of the birch he said it is thinking, "Yay! It's spring! ... and now I'm dead!"
All in the name of science and a sneak peek at the spring to come.

I am still making lots of photos as well. Between ice storms, and the never-ending winter, there is much to see and photograph out there. With fresh snow falling almost daily we are certainly getting our bit of winter in this year, no matter what the calendar says.

We are still listening to The Hobit. It is long and takes even longer in short little doses, but is still being thoroughly enjoyed.


Your turn.
Please share what you have been making and the tunes on your playlist. And don't forget to leave a link to your post if you played along so others can visit your Make and Listen posts. 

I have been trying to get around to visit your posts each week (sometimes it takes me a few days) and they are wonderful! Thanks, to all of you who are joining in and linking up!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Weather & The Museum


Last weekend we had some really amazing freezing rain (which you can read a little about and see more photos of here). When the temps went up a little bit we went out to explore and see the results of the ice storm. It was mild around our house because we are pretty close to the coast but once we ventured out into the world the evidence of some pretty sever icing was seen. While the roads were okay the trees where covered in a very thick layer of ice and many were hanging low under the weight. 

In the afternoon we went to the Museum of Natural History. It would seem that my camera is showing signs of age because it does not like the cold much these days. It shut down and waited for a good long time to warm up and turn on again. So the trusty iPhone helped me out at the museum. 

Here is a little iPhone tour: 











The Museum of Natural History in Halifax is one of our favorite spots in the city. This time around they had an amazing bug exhibit. Those were some really big bugs!

The cool part about the exhibit was that it blended the natural history of the bugs themselves with the art of recording natural history though both artists sketches and 3D models. A small display of how the models were made was very interesting and brought the disciplines together in a fun way. It was very good for my little artist to see how art can be used in a fun and informative way.

We had snow all day yesterday and while the forecast calls for some sun, looking outside I don't believe it at the moment. Nova Scotia is sure doing a good job of making sure we did not miss out on winter!

I will be back tomorrow with another installment of the Make & Listen Along. Hope you will join in!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Just Because...


Just because... 




 



it is kinda sorta like falling in love all over again. 

Silly, I know, but true. 

Happy Sunday!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Make & Listen Along

~ On Thursdays I will post what I have been making and listening to as creations grow. 
If so inclined post, on your blog or flickr, about what you have been making (on your own or with little hands by your side) and listening to while you create. It can be new music, flash backs, a song or a whole album... whatever you like. You can be stitching with needle & thread, yarn, paper crafting, painting, cooking... and beyond. Share what you are making and the tunes that are fueling your creativity. Then come back to my Thursday Make & Listen Along post and leave a link in the comments so we can be inspired right along with you! ~


The sewing machine has been sitting idle on the desk, the embroidery floss still nestled in its sweet little box, and while the knitting needles have come out to play later at night, the rest sits waiting for the right time to put needle to fabric and make new things for this house... and a few other things dancing around in this brain of mine.

I had every intention of coming to this space to share a few things this week but alas, life!

This week I have been...

making lots of tracks in the snow, as I follow little people on their explorations...


making a whole lot of photos of things big and small, as we rediscover this place we have grown to love...



making progress on the book, as Annie and I are both finally getting settled in to new adventures...



making lots of time to visit with friends, that we have been away from for much too long...


And so much more...

That knitting I spoke of...
It has been coming out as I snuggle in bed next to the little man listening to The Hobbit. We are chipping away at it a little each night before bed and enjoying every bit of knitting and listening along.


Your turn.
Please share what you have been making and the tunes on your playlist. And don't forget to leave a link to your post if you played along so others can visit your Make and Listen posts. 

I have been trying to get around to visit your posts each week (sometimes it takes me a few days) and they are wonderful! Thanks, to all of you who are joining in and linking up!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Make & Listen Along

~ On Thursdays I will post what I have been making and listening to as creations grow. 
If so inclined post, on your blog or flickr, about what you have been making (on your own or with little hands by your side) and listening to while you create. It can be new music, flash backs, a song or a whole album... whatever you like. You can be stitching with needle & thread, yarn, paper crafting, painting, cooking... and beyond. Share what you are making and the tunes that are fueling your creativity. Then come back to my Thursday Make & Listen Along post and leave a link in the comments so we can be inspired right along with you! ~


While there have been lots of lists being made of things I want, and things I want to make, for this little house of ours, I have been mostly just making up house lately. Making it livable, practical, and well, ours.

There are a few spaces that are quickly becoming favorites in this home, and the kitchen is fast becoming one of them. It is amazing and really fun to cook in, eat in, and just generally live in.

The other morning, while waiting for breakfast to cook up on the stovetop, I took a few shots to give a little photo tour of the backdoor entry & kitchen:


We need some hooks in here for hanging up jackets and things but the little shelves have worked awesome for shoes. The washer and dryer are hiding in that cabinet on the left there... perfect for muddy things to head right into the wash!




I love the light that comes in from the big window and the view of the bay is wonderful (the same view we see from the big window in the living room).



The little planter is waiting for paper whites that never got planted (soon) and a twig study of trees in the yard has already begun.


Hello from my new kitchen! 

I have never had stainless steel appliances or a glass stovetop like this one. Any tips for cleaning are most welcome!

As for the listening...

The little man and I have been listening to The Hobbit before bed each night. He is loving it!

I downloaded it for the road trip but sister did not want to listen. After she heard us listening in his room each night she got hooked and pulled the book from the shelf to read ahead. She finished it in two days! (Yes, the girl who claimed she just could not read a chapter book that big!) Now she is ready for Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Finally!


Your turn.
Please share what you have been making and the tunes on your playlist. And don't forget to leave a link to your post if you played along so others can visit your Make and Listen posts. 

I have been trying to get around to visit your posts each week (sometimes it takes me a few days) and they are wonderful! Thanks, to all of you who are joining in and linking up!