It's hard to believe a whole year has gone by since our friends Randi and Mike welcomed their little girl Paige into this world. And when the birthday was coming up, Randi asked me to make Paige a Bunny Blanket. So, i got to work...
Paige's new bunny blanket is made with a soft washable, easy care acrylic yarn that gets softer and softer as you wash it. This pattern and yarn has been tested out by my own granddaughter Zoey, who sleeps with her bunny blanket every nap and every night. So i know these little blanket buddies are made to last! I also included a little toddler sized crocheted bunny named Tilly, and tucked them all into a fabric basket i made of old recycled cotton fabric. I thought Randi could use the basket for toys or storage on top of Paige's dresser.
Here's the bunny blanket all stretched out before i rolled it up and tucked it into the basket and brought it to the party.
And here is Paige opening her present (with a little help from her Mommy and friends) I hope she likes it as much as Zoey does. I started making another pink bunny blanket to put into my shop, but my daughter has requested a back up bunny blanket for when Zoey's bunny needs washing. She cries until the blanket is washed and dried and ready to go again! If i ever do get one or two of these in the shop, keep them in mind for a gift for a baby shower. Little ones really do love them and i charge them with Reiki and Love all while i am making them...Happy Birthday Little Paige! We Love You!!!
I am afraid to say this out loud for fear of jinxing myself
but this is the first time in a LONG time that i was able to have an amaryllis come to full bloom in the house. Last year the bulb threw greens but it never flowered, and the year before that the cats snapped the stalk/stem off just as the buds were starting to open....
You can see it is pretty tall, the bulb perched inside a glass with water.
Here is the amaryllis fully open
In this picture you can see there are four blooms on the stalk.
Fingers crossed it will stay standing for a little while!
My friend Kate and i stopped in at an art show this past Fall, and saw some lovely things for sale, offered by a wealth of local artists in the Sand Lake NY area. One of the offerings that i especially loved was this stained glass portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The artist who created this piece was a lovely woman and i am currently searching for her very modest business card. I hope to see her back at another art festival so i can purchase more of her lovely work.
The sunlight was glowing thru this piece when i woke on this freezing cold morning
Bill and i went to the Farmer's Market this weekend to buy some homemade Empanadas from the Peruvian vendors. But when we got there, the vendor was completely sold out. We were very sad....
This morning, i got this recipe in my inbox, and i decided to try my hand at making my own Empanadas, or Hand Pies. This is my very first attempt. I was a little clumsy with the dough, but they sure tasted good, and weren't all that hard to make!
The dough is a basic pie crust dough, and while most empanadas are fried, these were brushed with cream (i used half and half) and baked in the oven, so i am hoping they are also less fattening!
The filling was really easy to make. Kale, sweet sausage, apple, onion and golden raisins. De-Licious! For the recipe, click here.
It's January 15th...We are already half way thru January
(does anybody else out there feel like time is speeding up?)
Even so, we are still a LONG way from Spring.
But with the thaw and all the rain we have gotten here these last 3 or 4 days, my herbs have been tricked into thinking it is Spring and time to wake up. I noticed this yesterday but it was too dark to take pictures. Above you can see my fancy Thyme, with a thin coating of frost on it.
My strawberry plants are frozen solid under a thick glaze of clear ice.
Very pretty...I know they are protected under there...
And this is my cat mint or cat nip, pushing up thru the old wilted growth. .
My indoor houseplants are responding more to the light coming into the windows and they are starting to put out new growth too, tho a bit early. Some of my smaller indoor trees lost most or all of their leaves this Fall and it will be nice to have them green again. Maybe we will have an early Spring.
We have been in a deep freeze and surrounded by thick layers of ice and snow since the Holidays. So this weekend when the temperatures got up to 57 degrees and we had lots of rain instead of snow, i grabbed my point and shoot camera and my umbrella, and headed down to the Cohoes Falls.
The city closes the Falls Park for the Winter months but there is another overlook near the old mill houses near the power plant, so i took these pictures from that point.
At first there was so much fog and mist surrounding the falls it was hard to see the water flow, but i stood there for a while enjoying the energy there and eventually the fog and mist lifted a bit.
I included this little picture because i love that little lookout house on the edge of the wall there. Imagine what it would be like to be in there when the falls are like this!