Best Mother’s Day Gift – Sleep!

I am mother to two rowdy, enthusiastic, vibrant, and  loving four-year old twin boys. They never cease to amaze, overjoy and exacerbate me with their love and childish lunacy.

Each and every day they approach the little things in their world as BOYS, something far more identifying than I would have ever imagined.  I have learned to expect the unexpected, respect their need for physical fatigue, understand that more than 10 minutes of quiet means they are making a giant mess and accept as fact that nothing they desire can be placed high enough to thwart their ambitions to get at it.  (Did I really leave that purple nail polish on the mantel??)

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined  the bumps and curves on this wild ride, this life with boys.

It is a special job – mothering twins, most days I feel lucky, most days I also feel tired!

To mothers  everywhere,  I hope you had a grand Mother’s Day – I hope you got plenty of  sleep!

Any flower that dares to bloom in our yard WILL soon become a bouquet for Mama – tiny vases are kept in the window just for holding  all those sweet sweet gifts of violets, dandelions,  and daffodils!

May 10th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

parachute toy

We had a blast yesterday!  I thought it would be fun to design a better version of those cheap parachute toys out of recycled tyvek fed-ex mailers.  It sewed up in minutes and an older child could probably make this project all by themselves.

The boys and I tried every stuffed animal and toy to see who flew best off the back deck and the top of the tree house.  In the end with the help of a plastic cup it became a hot air balloon and a little doll house girl got the very best rides of the day.  See which of your favorite toys parachutes best!


Click pattern, save to a file, and print directions to make your own parachute toy!



May 8th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

unlikely friends

This week a fox stopped by the house for a mid morning snack. We had 10 chickens… and then there were 7.  For us it is a fact of life, out in the woods there are real wild animals who think our plump chickens are a perfect snack.

Still, I wish it was more like this!Here is a sweet little fox with his feathered friends  to color, just click the photo and print.



May 7th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Robots and toast

As kids, my sister and I would come home from school ready for a snack. We would undoubtably whine at my mother – “MOM, what can I have as a SNNNaaaackkkk!”, and she would always sweetly reply, “Well, there’s toast”. Now that I am a mother I can look back at her response and be thankful that she was always calm and helpful. We were so lucky in that way, our Mom was always nice to us.  The part that we kids found endlessly frustrating was that the answer was always the same, TOAST!  But the hilarious part is that we kids would STILL ask the question, as if we were forever holding on to the idea our mom might suddenly have a cupboard filled with crazy junk food snacks waiting for us. Not!

My sister was always so much smarter than I, by the time she was 7 she was an excellent chef, I on the other hand just continued to eat toast.  Yum, toast!Robot Paper Dolls to color and make you toast!  Click photo and print.

May 6th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Farm views & baby goats

Adventuring around town this week.

Baby goats kissing little fingers.

Finding water to splash in, everywhere.

Forever farm views.

Planting carrots, swiss chard and radishes in freshly turned soil.

Happy hands painting funky summer shirts.

Photographing, stitching and getting the shop ready for a new batch of cozy elf dolls.




May 5th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

A Good Romp in the Woods

Things are slowly starting to green and unfurl. Bits of color are sparking here and there but overall we have yet to reach the full flush of spring up here in the mountains. In these parts skunk cabbage and fiddle heads are the first to announces themselves, signaling the warmer weather ahead.  But looking out over the garden gate it’s still hard to believe, come July, the hillside will be covered in tasty wild blueberries.  Out beyond that blue fence past our blueberry hill lies the big woods.  Those woods are our summer playground.  Where we walk, muck about in the stream, bike, and  – make fairy houses.

I think these little elves are on their way to our wee woodland house right now. I hope they enjoy the fiddle heads we left for them.

May 4th, 2011 by zoe No Comments