Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Crafting

Easter basket goodies for Reece
Easter basket goodies for the little one that joins us two days a week to homeschool
The two baskets wrapped and all ready to give
There has been a little bit of secret making around here in preparation for Easter this weekend. We are not big on the commercial side of holidays so we tend to keep things simple. This year we are going to send Reece on a little adventure to find his Easter basket. We will start with a clue under his plate at breakfast and then lead him around the yard for the next few clues, ending up at this Easter basket. Along the way there will be a few homemade chocolates and some small gifts...bubbles, sidewalk chalk and some walking blocks that Justin made.

I crafted a few things for his Easter basket...a needle felted bunny, some fabric flower magnets, and a little Easter gnome for the nature table. I also added some stickers and a few pencils. His little friend who joins us to homeschool two days a week was given a little basket when she left yesterday. In it a little bunting, an Easter gnome, a fabric flower magnet, some pencils and stickers. I sewed up the baskets using this wonderful tutorial.

I have to admit I had fun creating these little baskets, I sure hope they like them.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gratitude


 ~ for challenges which help be grow and become stronger

~ for choosing to live life slowly, and with intention


~ for the beauty of Mother Nature

~ for the promise this time of year holds


~ for the little things that make me smile

~ for the little bits of magic I choose to see every day


~ for being accepted for who I am

~ for friends, near and far, who are always there, ready to listen, offer advice and share this amazing journey with me

What are you grateful for today?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Around the Garden

Front raised beds, view from the fence

Front raised beds, view from the front porch

Back raised beds

Shhhh... the garlic is still sleeping

View of the back from the front porch

View of the front and back yard from the little cottage in the backyard

Garlic chives

Comfrey

Motherwort

Stinging nettles

Wild ramps

View of our home from the driveway

We were finally blessed with spring this past weekend, and we raced outside to the garden to start cleaning and preparing for the growing season ahead. We managed to get the whole front area raked and cleaned, we turned over the soil in the beds and peeked in to see how the strawberries were doing. I worked to contain the potato bed from last year, which will become another raised bed soon, but the chickens kept running over and making a mess. I finally gave up and let them at it.

Snow was actually still covering the back beds on Saturday, so Justin chipped away at it and finally uncovered them. By Monday afternoon when I took these photos all the snow had finally melted away, only to come again on Tuesday. I am not sharing photos of the snow from yesterday, I am pretending it didn't happen.

On Monday evening I took a little walk around the garden, did a little peeking under the leaves and found many lovely surprises. My herb garden is full of life and growing strong, there are little shoots popping up from the soil in the flower beds...soon to be daffodils, snowdrops, crocuses, and tulips, and out in the forested area of our property I found the wild ramps peeking up from the earth.

Things are happening around the garden, and finally being able to get out there and do a little work, get my hands dirty and breathe in the fresh spring air was wonderful. The next few weeks will be busy. We still have to rake and clean up the back raised beds and the flower beds, the new raised bed needs to be prepared, all the beds need some compost, seeds will be planted, and the new potato bed needs to be sorted out. Not to mention there are thoughts floating around about a new treehouse for a certain little man. Yes, lots of things happening around these parts, and I am looking forward to sharing all of it with you over the next few months.

How are things around your garden?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Morning, Noon and Night

Morning, noon and night...three little peeks into my day yesterday.

 Morning, 6:30am

Noon, 12:15pm

Night, 9:30pm

***If you would like to play along leave your link in the comments section so I can stop by and visit.***

Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Weekend


This weekend was time in the garden...raking, turning the soil over and getting my hands dirty, there was laundry hanging on the line and a carefree little man chasing chickens around the yard. The sun was shining and it actually felt like spring. By Saturday night my hands had blisters and my back was aching, but it was so worth it.

Sunday morning greeted us with a beautiful, unexpected sunrise, it was suppose to be raining. We enjoyed pancakes topped with our maple syrup and then, while my two men played, I headed out to meet some friends for a little mama time and a cup of tea. We finished off the weekend with a chickpea curry for dinner and then a quiet night, with an early bedtime.

How was your weekend?

Joining Amanda

Saturday, April 12, 2014

15/52

"A photo of my little man, once a week, every week, in 2014"

More time in the woods this week Reece, our favourite place to be. You had so much fun exploring this new to you trail and found the most pleasure playing among the cedar trees.

Joining Jodi for the 52 Project

Friday, April 11, 2014

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by Soulemama.