We have had a few surprises since moving in to our new house. Some good (like the laundry shoot), and some bad (the roof started to leak the day we moved in), but none quite as interesting as the discovery we made this past week. We were having some issues with the electrical in the kitchen/dining room, and in order to fix the problem we had to remove the electric fireplace the previous owners had (mis)installed.
Once we had the fireplace out, we had an open view into the wall. And guess what we found in there?
Can’t you just imagine some small child sitting there the last time the wall was open, watching their toys fall into the abyss? I wonder if there is a parent somewhere who could never figure out what became of this lot…
As the fireplace will not be returning to this spot, Hubby and I have been throwing around a few ideas of what to use the space for. We have a few good ideas, but I’m curious, if this was your home, what would you do with this opening in the stone wall?Read More
I know things have been very quiet around this blog lately, but there has certainly been a lot going on. The biggest news is – we’re moving! And although we aren’t going too far, just up the river to another small town, it will mean a new house, a new community, and new jobs for both hubby and myself.
And since I would much rather pack up the items in my shop and send them to you, rather than store them until we move into our new home, I am celebrating our move with a moving sale! Use the coupon code “MovingSale” and receive 20% off everything in the shop! (except for custom orders, of course.)
And although Create-a-Creatures are not on sale, I will only be accepting summer orders until June 30, and will drastically be reducing the number of orders I take on in the Fall. So if you have been thinking of having a creature made, or know there is a birthday coming up, or are even thinking ahead to Christmas, now is the time to get your project on my list!
And now the packing begins! Does anyone have any great packing/moving advice?Read More
I’m back! We had a wonderful time away on what was, in all respects, a magical vacation. There is lots to tell, but I haven’t even had a moment to look at the photos we took yet.
In the meantime, I had the delight of coming home and bringing this lovely lady to life. Seriously, is there anything as sweet as these drawings created by the littlest of hands?
Although the crown wasn’t necessarily part of the drawing, we decided that this pink friend deserved to be a princess. The crown certainly looks like it belongs on her head, doesn’t it? I personally find her smile and shape irresistible and am pretty sure that she must give wonderful hugs! She is anxious to be on her way to meet her very best friend, the one who drew her pretty picture. Bon voyage, sweet princess!Read More
There are days when my thoughts come tumbling out in a torrent of words, sentences and paragraphs. And days, like today, when they appear in the snippets and imagery of a poem. I talk a lot about joy on this blog – and oh there is so much joy in this world. But on the other side there is grief, sorrow, loss. I think we feel joy more keenly when we have known what it is to grieve, though it makes the road no easier to travel. And so I share this with you, not to wallow in the losses that this world brings, but as a way to ride together the waves which no one who has loved will escape.
Grief comes in waves.
Days where the sun shines
grass is green
the water as calm as glass.
And then a little thing
And the tsunami breaks over
and we are once again swimming
forever can not come soon enough.
How does one keep going without the ones we have loved?
The waves pass
we know that years will pass
and by a strength larger than ourselves
we put one foot in front of the other
And the days when the waters reach over our heads
and sorrow threatens to drown us
and longing for what we have lost grips our heart
a Strong Hand reaches out and whispers
and though we may never learn to ride the waves
we know the one who stills them.
Grief comes in waves
joy the outbreaks between them
and our love for those we have lost
never wavers.Read More
I know I have been absent from the blog a lot lately. It has been a busy start to the new year! I am still working my way through the custom creature order for the children’s camp. I find that the more I do, the more I learn, and the more I am able to add to each creature. This lot includes quite a bit of hand-sewing as well as embroidery and special fabrics.
I truly do have a wonderfully fun job!Read More
A while ago, when I was thinking about presents for a friend, I found a new use for Pinterest – gift snooping! A quick peak at her boards gave me a number of ideas to choose from (and confirmed an idea I had already had.) Just another reason to love Pinterest!
So, for her birthday, I made her this:
This is Hobbes, from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by Bill Watterson. I found an amazing tutorial on Instructables and then got set for hours of hand-sewing. Yes, hours. This is not a toy you make for just anybody as every single stripe is hand-sewed. But everyone has those friends they would do anything for, right? And all of it was worth it when I saw how much he was appreciated in his new home!
I also learned some interesting Calvin and Hobbes trivia as I searched out different ways to make a Hobbes toy. It seems that Bill Watterson is adamantly against the merchandising of his cartoon. So much so, that when a toy company sent him a bunch of stuffed Hobbes toys for his approval, he burned them all in a bonfire. The only one left was the one that the manufacturer had kept, and that sold for hundreds of dollars on eBay. (or so the story goes….) You have to respect a man with convictions, though. I can guarantee that there will be no more Hobbes making in this house. This was definitely a one-time endeavour.
Do you have a favourite comic strip character? I’d love to hear about it! Although I do enjoy Calvin and Hobbes, we are Garfield fans through and through in this house.