Sunday, November 30, 2008

First Snow

Today we had snow...We've had flurries before but today a bit of it coated the ground...And for Pollyanna, it was all new!

She got all the way across the yard before she noticed there was something different about the ground under her feet.
She spent a few minutes trying to lift all four feet off the ground...

Then she tried to shake the snowflakes off....
And then she decided to taste it....

and REALLY liked it!

She was so excited!

Let's see how she does in DEEP snow!

The Autumn Test

If you are just sitting there without any real energy to come up with a good blog post (like me) then you can just click on this link and take The Autumn Test . It is short and sweet and doesn't take too much thinking and practically no typing! Here are my results from taking the test...

Your Autumn Test Results

You are a playful, spirited person.
You have a limitless imagination and amazing creative talents.
When you are happiest, you are calm.
You appreciate tradition and family.
You enjoy feeling cozy.
You prefer change to come slowly.
You need a long transition period when your life changes.
You find solitude to be the most comforting thing in the world.
Being alone with your thoughts feels very peaceful.
Your ideal day is active and full.
You like to keep busy with your favorite things, and you appreciate a routine.
You tend to live in the moment.
You enjoy whatever is going on, and you don't obsess over the past or future.

Hmmm...sounds pretty good, except i'm not too sure about my ideal day being active and full...I could use a few slow, quiet days lately! ;)

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Woman I admire

Another one of my life long favorites...Her voice is so much like an instrument to and then. This is one of my favorite songs from her album "Blue" And the paintings in the slide show are hers too... If you have never listened to the words to her song "A Case of You" check it out. Pure Poetry and Very Beautiful...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday Big Box Items!

I don't need to brave the crowds at the shopping malls in Upstate New York today, shopping for the big sales on the big box items... I already have what i want!

And i don't even need batteries or a cable hookup to enjoy it!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Favorite Lullabye

I first heard this beautiful voice when i was just a girl. I used to listen to him constantly. I would play this album softly at night and fall asleep to it... Happy Thanksgiving everybody...

Autumn Observations #9

"Full Moon Outside my Bedroom Window"

watercolor (branches done with straw technique) on watercolor paper
This is the last of my Autumn paintings! This was fun! Let's see what inspiration Winter in Upstate New York brings!

At the Back Door....

my best friends wait for me...

Pollyanna, Zinnia, Gipetto

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Toys

And they are all MINE!
Pug dolls and finger puppet by Melissa at

and wool felted miniature pups by Stacey at

Three Red Trees

I love these little dolls, and the women who make them are really special too!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

First dog sweater....

Well i finished my first knitted dog sweater last night
It's a little big on Pollyanna, but i am sure she will grow into it

(IF she grows that much...Time will tell)

This is the first dog sweater i have ever made, so now that it is finished, i can see how i would make a few changes to make it work better for me and for the dogs. Polly seems to like it tho and was in no rush to take it off. It is SO cold out there today i am sure she welcomes the extra layer!

Even with the sweater on tho, as soon as the dogs come in from the yard, they make a bee line for the stove

snug as a bug in a sweater....

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Keeping Busy!

I have been away from my blog and email lately, and it feels good to get back to it and to all my good blogging friends...I've been so busy getting ready for the Christmas shopping season. My daughter Kate at The Paper Sparrow has asked for more dolls, more jewelry, more prints, more...everything! And i am very happy to be asked! So here is what has been going on around here...

From this tangled mess, comes.....

some new jewelry, with more on the way. Here we have a blue lace agate necklace, some chunky garnet pieces, and as always the popular pearl pieces, some bracelets and gobs of earrings....

...more teddy bears knitted up, and waiting to be stuffed and sewn together. Some will be for small children, embellished with embroidered features and a few will be thread and button jointed with safety and button eyes....

And in this pile you can see a little baby sweater almost finished in a soft blue and pearly white yarn, a new patterned hat for Lola, a super small dog sweater in the works(my first one) and a loomed snowman doll almost ready to be stuffed and shaped.

And as if that wasn't enough, my new knitting class started at The Paper Sparrow. This time we are learning to knit mittens....

My teacher Linda is starting me out with two different methods of making mittens to see which one i like best...The traditional double pointed needle way, and the "Magic Loop" way on circular needles. I like both methods but i think so far the Magic Loop is my favorite. I know that with more practice, both methods will get easier, but right now knitting with four needles feels like i am wrestling with a porcupine in my hands! (Keep your fingers crossed for me that i can get this lesson right)

So as i type this, this is what my kitchen table looks like at this very moment. What a mess! But with time and a little bit more focus, i should be able to wrap a few of these projects up and get them to the shop before Troy Night Out and the Victorian Stroll. What have you been up to?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Autumn Observations #7

"Out West"
watercolor and salt on watercolor paper

Tagged by The Mouse

City Mouse that is, from the popular blog City Mouse,Country House Not only does my friend write about his adventures in the Adirondacks, but he is also a very talented knitter and offers his creations for sale in his Etsy shop, called ADKknits Check it out...His knits are beautiful and there is always something going on at his blog... Anyway, here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Ok, here goes...

1. I LOVE Holidays, but most of all Christmas, and Christmas Eve is for me the most magical part of the holiday.

2. I love to cook and bake, especially when the temps drop.

3. I don't think i ever really grew up and still cannot resist dolls and toys, like this, and this, and this...

4. I love to knit (a new skill for me) and am planning to make some dog sweaters next...

5. When buying beads and putting jewelry together, i don't go by color or design, but how the components "feel" together energetically.

6. Whenever i make anything, whether it is a knitted doll or garment, or jewelry or a painting, i always send Reiki(healing energy) into the object to be sent to whoever receives the gift.

Ok! I now tag:

Kate from The Peony and the Bee
Melissa and Emmitt from Life is Art~Art is Life
Stacey from Three Red Trees
Paula from The Fraker Farm
Peng Peng from Peng Peng's Place

Thanks CM!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Special Order~ Aunt Peggy's Bears

When Aunt Peg saw my first bear, Cornelius, she asked me to make two bears for her grandsons for Christmas. Because the boys are very young, these teddies have no joints or buttons, or small parts that can be pulled off and swallowed...

The pod like shapes they are laying on are more bear parts knitted up and waiting to be stuffed and sewn together. And when they are ready they will sit on the shelves of The Paper Sparrow, waiting for children to take them home!
(or just some big kid like me! ;)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Knitting like Crazy!

Well, i finished my second doll, using the Mother Bear pattern, but made a few changes on my own. This little critter knit up much faster, now that i know what i am doing, and i did my own thing with the face pattern too.

Meet Miss Kitty
She is shorter and more plump than Teddy
and she even has a tail!

And here is a hat and scarf seti just finished. The hat was knit on the loom, and the scarf was crocheted. I'm tagging every thing up, and bringing them down to the Paper Sparrow for the Holiday shopping season! I just can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving and before you know it, Christmas will be here. I'd better get going!

I hope some little boy or girl will like my dolls enough to take one home...
(proceeds from the sale of these dolls goes to the Mother Bear Knitting Project)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Favorite Movie

I was surfing the net this morning and found one of my favorite movies available for free! It is the 1982 biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, simply titled "Gandhi" What a wonderful movie! If you have never seen it, it is worth pulling up to the computer for the next 3 hours or so. Or if you prefer, it is a great movie to rent or own. For me, Gandhi is an example of how to live on this earth in peace.... Check it out here or in your local rental store. Netflix has copies too! Enjoy!

Gandhi spinning cotton

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

I looked up....

Last week....

This morning...and it is still beautiful...

I looked down.....

And there was beauty to be found there too....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

New Sock Dolls and More Knitting...

I've been busy, trying to get some things made up for the Christmas season
I call these little guys "Buns". They are made much like my other sock dolls, but using only one sock per doll. Their faces are painted on and the paint is non toxic and permanent, so it is washable and safe for children of all ages....

Buns have cottontails too! And here is my first knitted teddy bear, using the pattern i bought from the Mother Bear Knitting Project. I just finished him last night. I am hoping that the more i make, the faster they will make up. My intention is to send them to the main office for shipment to an African country, to children in orphanages who are suffering from HIV/Aids... For more info, click here But for now, i might just see if i can sell a few, with the profits going to the project for shipping and operational costs.maybe i'll make him a matching hat too!
This little sweetie is one of the recipients of the Mother Bear project... Any knitters out there want to help? They have a pattern for crochet too! Their motto is: "Make a Bear-Make a Difference"

Friday, November 7, 2008

Autumn Observations #4

" River of Gold"
watercolor on watercolor paper

Let's Rock!

Lola is learning how to rock in the very same rocking chair i had as a baby. It was used by my sisters and brother, then i used it for my two girls, and now Lola has it here. I rock her to sleep in the big rocker when she is ready for her nap, but now she wants to learn how to rock all by herself....

Ok, that's one leg in the seat....

Let's pull the other leg up....

Ok, do i get my buns in the seat?

ok...let's try to spin around...

now i need to scoot back in the seat.... (Pollyanna is trying to help)

Ahhh! Just right!

I think i will sit back and listen to a few nice toons on my toy radio...