Friday, August 30, 2013

birthday bunting necklace

What I've learned in thirty-one years is that no one voluntarily celebrates the end of August. It's not a magical time: summer weather meets back-to-school rush, and everyone's hot, sticky, and stressed, including the birthday girl. But somehow my lovely people always conspire, between school, work, and catching the bus, to fill my day with sweet things. Love them.

I've had this project pinned for a while, just waiting for the right occasion. As it happens, I had an hour free after teaching today, so I gathered some scraps of lace and leather and made this little bunting. It puts me in mind of picnics and carnivals—all the best of late summer. Happy August. Happy school year. Happy birthday to me. :)

Friday, June 21, 2013


My garden is waving goodbye.

I'm leaving my little farm to spend the summer reading poetry in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I think it's going to miss me. Likewise, little farm.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

back to the lake

Credit: Aubrey Renee Photography

Last weekend, M and I spent a lovely couple of days on Nolin Lake in central Kentucky. We shared a cabin with several friends, including my sweet and talented neighbor Aubrey, who did some photographing on our last rainy morning there. 

All week, in quiet moments, I've been going back.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

calvino + coffee

Well, I'm about two weeks away from my first summer session at Bread Loaf and SO EXCITED. And even though my preparatory reading (above) isn't leaving a lot of time for, well, anything (but in this case making crafties, remodeling my house, and blogging about it), I thought I'd still try and share a bit of what's been filling my days.

Right now, that's the incomparable Italo Calvino... and caffeinated drinks. Cheers.

Monday, June 3, 2013

tea for two

Oops—Mother's Day is way over, but I still want to share these little gifties I sent to the mamas in my life.

I'm afraid I always spend at least as much time on gift packaging as I do on what's inside. That's why I love these tea pods so much: the package is part of the gift! Each geometric paper pod unfolds into a flower to rest on your teacup as you brew your tea. Lovely.

Monday, May 27, 2013

may garden

So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow...
May has been an out-of-doors kind of month. I've spent the better part of every day working in the garden on one project or another. It's been amazing, and I feel like there's SO MUCH to share: our new herb garden, our four new Betties, our bees (who put on an awesome show last week with their en masse orientation flight)... 

Like yard work, this post could go on forever. So instead, here's the highest of the highlights for the month of May:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Wow, y'all. I feel like I've REALLY been working the girly angle in my last few posts, which is fine and all, but it's just not the whole story of my spring. Actually most of those sweet little crafties came about because I was covered in sawdust / topsoil / spackling / paint and was desperate to feel like a girl again. 

So, now it's time (à la Paul Harvey)...for the rest of the story. Please join me in a little retrospective: my recent side-by-side projects, in all their hilarious incongruity. (Long post—many photos.)

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