Archive for the ‘House and Farm’ Category

I heart DEMO

May 25th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

We live in a giant project, respectively called a “fixer upper”.

It’s been years of labor – starting first with installing hardwood flooring, renovating two bathrooms and a kitchen, rebuilding a deck and front porch and painting the entire exterior and interior. All this we did in the first 2 years. Are you tired yet, I am!

Next came building a barn. Giant project – still working on that one!

Here and there came a few new doors, windows, oh and all the siding.

Luckily I/we kinda love big projects but navigating them with two small children has been at times – um… sucky.

But it gets easier every year, this year they can help paint a little or play happily in the yard and watch us work. Or even better provide me an excuse to avoid working on extension ladders.

Some day it sure would be lovely to hire someone to fix our house but until then I won’t lie – I actually love demo.

This very morning as I was dangling off the side of the house prying off a big rotted board I was singing a little “I love construction” song when a giant shower of mouse shit came down on my head. Oh joy!

I wont lie I still love demo, I just hate mouse poop.

 

Woods Stories

May 16th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

We went for a walk in the woods – most days from here to October could be defined by this sentence!

We brought along with us little notebooks.

Oliver decided to write stories about the things he saw.

This was story about a little tree who wanted to have more than 4 leaves!

Emmett decided to record numbers in his book. He counted 29 newts and 26 lady slippers!

We all jumped up and down to see so many Spring friends in the woods, and yes we said hello to each and every one of those 29 newts. Taking in as much as we can of that early Spring green. Simply marvelous!

Spring Woods

April 15th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

We are out in the woods a lot these days. We have a new trail out back that passes by a porcupine villiage. Tiny caves on the hillside where porcupines are living happily. Did you know porcupines poop (a lot!) right outside their homes and that’s where you can find lots of quills. They are also great climbers and spend lots of time up high in trees!

Sometimes at night we hear the screams of a fisher cat echo through the ravine and wonder if all the cute little fellas made it home safely.

Spring signs are everywhere with green moss, peeper frog eggs, and caddisfly larva in the streams. If you aren’t familiar with the caddisfly it’s a pretty fantastic bug to hunt for with kids in streams and rivers — they make a pretty impressive home from twigs and sticks. Or even gold, pearls and gem stones!

We happened on a baby vole nested under Dahlia Doodles grain bowl. It’s Spring and baby animals are everywhere!

On the way home from a woods walk we always have to teeter across the tippy stonewall rocks especially close to barbed wire – it wouldn’t be a good hike without it!

Open

March 30th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Did I mention that I have been taking ballet? Yes, twice a week I have dance class, and I love it.

But I miss being in my studio.

I spend an hour trying to figure out WHAT THE HELL to wear to dance class, an hour in transit to dance class and an hour and a half in dance class. You wouldn’t think it ads up to much but I am pretty certain that the 7 hours I am devoting to getting, going, driving, to ballet is about how much time I have to be creative each week in total.

—- My studio has been gathering dust and my project list has gotten so long I am utterly overwhelmed.

So, today I am setting the boys up with a painting project and …. the studio is OPEN.

I am still – overwhelmed. Trying to feel a bit of quiet and think positive thoughts about getting a calm focus. Trying to feel the slow and steady progress, trying to feel all zen about the way a big old life endlessly steams onward.

On the list this Spring – a Natalie Chanin Camisole Dress. I am pretty sure this will take a million hours to stitch but in my zen peaceful watch the grass grow state of mind I will conquer! I couldn’t afford to buy the kit – I bought fabric from here and the pattern from here.

Next up…

perhaps this,

or the 300 other little projects that are frittering on the edge of my far too small brain.

Hope your projects are fulfilling and your coffee is strong!

 

 

March Snow

March 2nd, 2012 by zoe No Comments

We got a big white blast of winter. White flakes fell from the sky throughout Leap Day and straight into March. Snow day! Many folks had eased into Spring already and found the storm to be an aggravation. I couldn’t help but rejoice in the foot of fluffy powder that insulated the woods, hung from the branches of every tree, piled high, and camouflaged the signs of man. Whole cars disappeared under drifts of snow and all that was left in the landscape was the beauty of nature. There is a calm and quiet excitement that comes with a big storm – a feeling of wonder.

That and pile’s of wet mittens, boots and snowpants!

Before….

After!

Up here in these here hills March IS Winter and you know what – we kinda like it that way!

Make a Tiny Valentine Banner

February 5th, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

I have been rather uninspired as of late — winter, cabin fever,flu, cranky New England stuff. Valentine making always cheers me up and makes me smile, plus it brings me back to the basics. I love the simplicity of paper and glue. Nothing fancy — just paper and glue!

I made these tiny little envelopes and stuffed them with little love notes for my boys.They easily hang on a bit of yarn tucked under the envelope flap. I had a lot of fun hanging the sweet little garland here and there in the house. In the end I liked it best hanging from the pantry hutch. There’s just something about tiny tiny envelopes, or maybe it’s the simple winter contrast of red and white. It’s February in New England and warm hearts are what it’s all about.