Sunday, May 24, 2009


Yesterday the whole family made the trip sown to Kingston to participate in the Mayfair at the Mulberry School. What a beautiful day. We were there from start to finish, as I was set up selling yarn and dolls.

The children made crafts, had their faces painted, made friends, enjoyed the lovely treed school yard and just generally made merry for the entire morning and into the afternoon.

After yesterday, we are feeling very secure in our decision to move to if we could only find a house!

Enjoy the rest of this lovely gift of a weekend....

Monday, May 18, 2009

holiday monday

Here I am at home on the Monday of the Victoria Day, or as it is so affectionately known, the 'May 2-4' weekend. Funny to think of what a big deal this first long weekend of the long party season was as a teenager...
Our family is spending it at home with some clean-up projects (the lawn finally gets mowed for the first time this spring) and soon we will be heading out to check out this chamber music concert in Brooke Valley.

I worked at the Farmers Market this weekend for the first time...other than the torrential downpour it went pretty well! The Material Girls Collective was well received indeed.
While at the market, I picked up the following very lovely local produce:

Gorgeous flowering chives and wild leeks courtesy of Coral, Queen Beet.

The wild leeks then became this very tasty pesto...just the leeks (greens and all), come olive oil, cashews and salt. is a slightly blurry (he moves so fast!) shot of little Baz after sneaking a fingerful of the pesto for himself...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

new yarns on etsy!

I posted some new yarns in my etsy shop just now....I will post later about the market today, but it did go well, despite the deluge of rain!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Fantastic Weekend!

To start the weekend off, the Ladyfest craftsale was really fun, and while not the huge financial success it was for me back in December, I made a couple of good connections and bought and/or traded for some amazing handmade stuff, including a great purse from lines by: davis, sweet printed t-shirt from pinpals, lovely printed shirt and leather earrings from loot by stina b. and a super-sweet necklace and tote from wine on sundays.
I also met Anita of The Warm Hands Network, and I am very excited to hopefully be working with them! What an amazing and worthwhile cause.

On Sunday, for Mother's Day, I was treated to a lovely breakfast in bed, handmade gifts from the kids and flowers they bought from the Farmer's Market. Then we packed into the car and headed into Ottawa to visit the International Pavilion of the Tulip Festival where we gorged ourselves on amazing foods from Turkey, Korea, Vietnam, Mexico and beyond. Much fun was had by all!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Apple Fritters

A free styled late afternoon snack that turned out fabulously!

Spelt flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, a bit of organic sugar, lots of chopped apples, cinnamon, nutmeg..fried up and sprinkled with just a touch of organic icing sugar to make it special...mmmmmm

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

wool, wool, wool!

Here are a few shots of today's dyeing and spinning. Here is a bit of a process..from the pile of hand-carded fluff, all of it ends from my hand-dyed rovings and the spinning in the finished product, alongside a similar skein in blues.

And the fruits of today's dyepot:

Take a close look in the last one for Mr. Foxglove, napping on the garden bench!

Monday, May 4, 2009


This is a quick post.. we are a bit sick around here..bad timing. I am trying my best to stock up on handspun yarns for this weekend's craftsale (see previous post), plus, the group I am working with for the Perth Farmer's Market, the 'material girls collective' is debuting this weekend as well, so I am also busy with toy making for that! Here is one toy concept I am excited about, with Azzurra modeling.