Birds and the Bees

One of my favorite springtime activities is watching all the little Chickadees 
that frequent our bird feeder.  
So inspired by all the little Chickadees here, I made this cute little 
felt version. 

I was as happy as the Chickadees when I discovered that the little Lilac 
tree I've had in a container on the deck for 4 years started blooming
this spring!  

Of course, they are too small to cut and I am sure the whole 
plant could use some TLC since it just wintered over as is, 

but this little Lilac tree has given me hope that wherever it 
might end up this summer will continue to thrive and bloom
in the future. 

For those of you that follow me on Instagram
you might have seen that I am working on a new pattern called 
The Hotel of Bees Shawl.

The pattern consists of sections that resemble honeycomb, and little 
bees like in the photo below.  
It's such a fun pattern to work.  If you'd like more information about the 
pattern, crochet along, or the pattern designer you can…

Inspired by the Rain

Spring has arrived despite the 
gray and gloomy skies. 

Just look for the sparkle on the budding tree limbs, 
and listen to the songs of the birds!  

For their song is not about gray nor gloom, it's about new life and abundance!

Green is everywhere! 
(Ok, even in places I'll be weeding later, but that can wait) 

An abundance of water is a gift.

Stillness in some places for now, but I don't see 
sadness here, I see hope. 

Rain creates a softness to everything and makes me feel at peace. 

So, if your Springtime is still rainy, I wish you peace and hope and remember 
this famous quote. 

"Some people feel the rain, 
others just get wet." 
~Roger Miller

Until next time, 

Hello March

The calendar says it's March, but the rain and the 
chill in the air reminds me it's not 
quite Spring which gives me some time to work on 
a few more wearables for those future warmer days!

Thoughts of spring have inspired me to work with yarns and 
threads of linen and cotton.
(Although, the cozy wools still feel more comfy to me right now. )

This shawl is the Queen Anne Shawl and was a lovely pattern 
to work up, especially with linen. 
You can find the pattern HERE
I enjoyed it so much I'm thinking of crocheting another one in a 
different color. 

...and just a sneak peek of another Springtime shawl I'm working on that's 
crocheted with cotton.  
I've really been enjoying making shawls for those beautiful spring like days with sun yet you still 
need a little "touch of Cozy" in the shade. :-) 

Speaking of cozy...
Lucy does it right! 


Winter's Palette

Seeing color in the dead of Winter. 

Soft, quiet and subtle



...cold, crisp gray days, 

long, dark evenings made cozy with coffee and wool. 

I love the look of Winter, when nature is at peace. 

Creating and crocheting all things cozy. 

Have you seen the popular "Messy Bun Beanie?" 
I've enjoyed wearing and making these this winter. 

Inspired by some of the colors in nature for my 
scarves and hats. 

 All you need is love, 
and a little cozy wool. :-) 

How are you spending those cold, crisp gray days of January? 


Making a Fresh Start

I've missed it here! 

my little relaxing place to share and be inspired by other makers, artists, 
and friends alike.

I've become a bit more obsessed with crochet over the past year and so I've decided to open 
an Etsy Shop

One of things I love best about having an online shop is photographing the items I make. 
My creative process continues to center around photography and finding
new and fun ways to showcase the items I make.

My shop is a little sparse right now after the holiday orders, but I hope you'll

stay tuned as I work on some additional items that I think you will enjoy! 

So,  today I am making a Fresh Start here on my blog and hope
you'll join me as I share my new creative endeavors! 


Around the House

Is anyone still there?  What happened to September? 
Ok, well if you are still here, reading, thank you!  
All is well here, I just haven't posted as much lately. 

I've been dying to get out with my camera!  You see,  I have these crutches 
for a couple of weeks that have been holding me back a bit, but I'm not here to talk
about that.  I'm fine really...just a minor setback. 

So, today I hobbled out with my camera and snapped some things 
around home I thought you'd enjoy. :-) 
I've taken photos of this schoolhouse on the corner before.  
I mean, isn't this just the kind of school you see in movies or 
read about in novels?  I'm from Las Vegas remember, and my school 
was a drab, no windows, concrete building with a playground on asphalt. 

Today, I heard the kids and looked out as they were running down the stairs, 
to meet their parents.  It's about 15 minutes of laughter, chatter, backpacks 
and papers flying and some scuffling th…