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Today Little Owl and I celebrated by making an altar together. My Grandma and Pa’s favorite candies, sent to Little Owl as part of a Halloween care package by my mama, and photos of the two of them joined pumpkins, candles, and beflowered calaveras.

I wanted to make the altar without the need to purchase anything – I often find it frustrating how consumption-driven children’s crafts are, so this was all about upcycling. Dried flowers from Little Owl’s birthday party and a cut up Shiner Cheer six-pack carton made for some pretty great materials.

We had a wonderful time talking about days long past, remembering stories of family who left this life before Little Owl would remember them or before she was even born. What a beautiful day this is.

Apologizes for the quality of the pics – my current photo editing capabilities are nil, to which I say screw it, I’m posting anyway.

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Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.  I love the pumpkins, I love the warm spicy biting scent of marigolds.  I love setting out pieces of my Pa and Grandma’s favorite candies.  I love the bats, I love the owls, I love the spiders.  I love the ghosts, I love the witches, no surprises there.  Did I mention that I love it?

I love that I can feel winter in the night air, in the little shifts happening around me, but that the impossible colors of summer are still with us. This is my time of renewal, my setting out, my beginnings. With relief from the heat suddenly comes my new year. Happy Samhain!

May your day be full of the wonder of the new year.

Ye olde number generator has picked Melanie for the armwarmer giveaway.  The fact that I happen to think she’s awesome is irrelevant because I think everyone who commented is awesome.  Congrats, Melanie!  Shoot me an email and we’ll work out getting them to you.

 

I just happen to be taking commissions, so if you’re overcome with grief at not winning just let me know and we’ll see what we can do to assuage your pain.

Armwarmer Watch 2010

It is hard to get around to blogging when your computer is slower than molasses in February.

It is also hard to get around to blogging when your small child has very reasonable but also very time-consuming needs.

It is, in addition to the above, hard to get around to blogging when you have been seized by some kind of berzerker knitting frenzy and Can’t. Stop. Knitting.

It is just not possible to take cute pictures of your own hand doing cute things while wearing armwarmers, no matter how weirdly long said arms may be.

All that being said, I have made a crazy pile of armwarmers, among other things. 

And I think I’ll give a pair away.

 

These are 100% wool and will fit just about any adult.  Leave a comment – with a link to your blog if you have one! – and I will pick a winner using a random number generator.  Which may involve asking Little Owl for a number.  We’ll just have to see.  Let’s say I’ll pick a winner this Friday.

Lots of big changes have been going on around here, and one of the many balls I dropped was my poor innocent blog. But I’m back in the saddle again! Riding the range once more!

So one big change is that I’ve started a delightful job as a teaching guide at a Waldorf-inspired farm school. I have the toddler group every afternoon, and I am really enjoying it. Love the kids, love my coworkers. Little Owl is going to school there as well, and she really enjoys it.

Of course we’ve been having crafty fun the last few months, but honestly I just don’t have the will power to go back and do posts about everything. But here is one that is just too good to skip…

We made dreamcatchers! For this one we used wild grapevine from my mama’s farm, and some of the many dove feathers we find around our bird feeders. We made another using rattan, an owl feather, a cardinal feather, and a blue jay feather. It was such a fun, quick project. I can’t wait to go back up to the farm to get some more vine!

Chime

So, I’ve been wanting to try this for a while.

I made some wind chimes for Little Owl. We painted some tee-ninsy little terra cotta pots together, which by itself was good for about an hour of entertainment. For both of us. I let them dry and just knotted them onto some twine. It took about five minutes total to get them strung on, and it turned out just as I’d hoped. Of course, I didn’t seal the paint so it all washed off in our recent rains – but that just means we get to do it again. Little Owl loves ringing them – it’s just a pleasant little sounds, and she says the faeries really like it.

Hello blog, I missed you.  Lots is happening around here and posting just was not happening.  Then I started getting that weird craft blog guilt thing where you can’t post new stuff until you’ve posted old stuff, but you can’t find your camera cable to get photos from your grownup camera, and you feel stupid posting MORE pictures from your cell phone, because honestly, and you’re irritated about that dragonfly washcloth pattern you felt impelled to write even though you apparently can’t count to eight, and does anyone really care that I fried some okra? 

So here’s some fried okra.  I would have already had a harvest if the dratted squirrels hadn’t eaten the seedlings, thereby forcing me to actually purchase okra seedlings.  I’m ok with buying tomato seedlings.  But for some reason okra seedlings makes me feel kind of fraudulent.  Oh well, it’s not like I won’t eat the okra.  When I picked these, Little Owl was so excited that she spent 10 minutes running in circles screaming “Okra okra ba-bokra!”  It was eaten very very quickly.  Happy days.