Wednesday, March 22, 2017

more paper cranes . . . .

So I fold them . . . then fold more of them. . . and then I have to do something with them. 
So I give them to kids and use them for my 1000 paper crane project . . . and for right now I seem to be obsessed with making these ornaments.  
I am really going to like my Christmas tree this year!

Monday, March 20, 2017

It all starts with one little bead . . .

 Jake and Kasey wanted a dream catcher to hang in Avery's nursery.  (No Avery yet, but very soon.)
I don't  think I would have ever made a dream catcher otherwise . . . and I'm not sure if I will ever make another one . . . although I do have some ideas.  
 All the beads on the table inspired Lily to make a necklace.  She spent the night this weekend . . . so we painted . . . and beaded . . . and read . . . and stayed up late eating popcorn and drinking root beer.
Fun Night!

I've been folding these cranes from old book pages . . . hoping to get enough to fill up a tree this coming Christmas.  I have over 200 so far . . . I think I will have enough by December.  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

origami obsessed . . .

I just keep folding . . . when maybe I should be doing other things, but sometimes this is exactly what I need to do.  I have probably made about 400 paper cranes the last couple of weeks - most of them for the kids at the school where I work.  I am not sure how they caught on . . . but for right now these kids like paper cranes and I enjoy all the kids . . . so I will keep folding.  I also have plans to make some ornaments and have enough cranes made out of old book pages to decorate a Christmas tree this coming year.  I seem to be a little origami obsessed. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

origami . . . charlotte . . . and ramen

 Charlotte saw me folding paper cranes and wanted to make some herself.  She told the that she liked origami and she wanted to do it all by herself.  
She asked for a little help at first . . . then decided that she was able to do it . . . 
. . . so well in fact, that she folded this "origami bubble gum."

I love ramen . . . I have a weakness for ramen.  I think I could eat it nearly everyday.
So finally decided to find a recipe and make some.  It turned out pretty good . . . and I can't wait to make it again and try something a little different. 
. . . .and - if you haven't seen the movie - Ramen Girl - find it and watch it! 

A bowl of ramen is a self-contained universe with life from the sea, the mountains, and the earth. All existing in perfect harmony. Harmony is essential. What holds it all together is the broth. The broth gives life to the ramen.
~ Maezumi, Ramen Girl

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy Spring!

do re mi . . .

After her recital I had told her what a good job she had done . . . 
she then proceeded to sing the song that she had played.
do re mi
do re mi
do re mi re do do do

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

National Pig Day . . . .

I received this fun little package in the mail just in time for National Pig Day.
Thank you to Lorraine (Paper Vernissage) for the wonderful surprise . . . this little beaded pig is adorable.  I was completely unaware of National Pig day until 5 years ago when I happened upon Lorraine's  Pigs on Parade challenge.  This package also arrived on a day when I needed a smile!
Thank you Lorraine for the happy mail, the smile, and how you always inspire me. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

origami therapy . . . .

The past few weeks have really put to test my word for the year . . . FAITH.
. . . and we are not through it by no means, but we will get through it.  

 One of the reasons I enjoy folding paper cranes . . . is that it is very calming for me.  I have folded so many that I can do it with little thought to what I am doing. (I am pretty sure I have folded well over 2000 paper cranes)
 . . . I call it my origami therapy - just what I need sometimes.
This weekend I started folding paper cranes out of paper from an old book.  I hope to fold enough to cover a Christmas tree this year.  I have to get started now if I am going to have enough folded by December.  

Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always
1 Chronicles 16:11

I'm still here . . .

 It has been a crazy couple of weeks . . . and I just haven't made time to post and be online much at all.  I also haven't taken many pictures.  I hope to change that.  
So much going on . . . much that I won't touch on here, except for a few pictures I did take.
We had Kasey's baby shower.  It was one of those occasions that I chose to enjoy rather than take pictures.  Only a few more weeks til we get to see our new granddaughter in person.  
 This little guy turned 5!  He is such a sweet little guy!
This was taken on his actual birthday.  He had a wonderful party with a lot of kids and chaos!
Just what you would expect at a 5 year old birthday party!
This was my great find at a thrift store this afternoon.  Thirty-three stamps . . . for $12.
I don't do a lot of stamping, but I could not walk past these for that price.  There are a few Halloween stamps and somewhere in there is a peace sign stamp.  I figure the ones I don't really like I can let the kids mess with.  

Friday, February 3, 2017

dolls for sale . . .

I finally listed a few dolls this week in my ETSY shop.
I am hoping to get a few more listed this weekend.  It has been awhile since I sold any dolls and I am feeling the urge to get back to them.  
So take a look at Ivey, Seraphina, Noella, and Olive.
Happy Weekend!

faith . . .

 Faith isn't a feeling.  It's a choice to 
trust GOD even when the road ahead seems uncertain.
When I chose FAITH as my word for the year . . . 
I didn't realize how important it was going to be.  

Monday, January 30, 2017

simply wonderful weekend . . . .

What a wonderful weekend . . . of doing not really anything.  Well, I guess I did something . . . 
I painted, I read, I fold paper cranes . . . I took a nap that felt simply wonderful
Richard and I played cards, took Charlotte to lunch . . . and did few things around the house.
I didn't anticipate enjoying a do nothing weekend as much as I did.  I feel rested and relaxed!
Finding joy in the little things!

Friday, January 27, 2017

charlotte . . .

Children are one of the greatest lessons in happiness, 
constantly challenging us to enjoy the moment, 
as the next one will not be the same.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

more paper cranes . . . .

 Charlotte wanted to color with me  - so we worked on coloring some origami paper. 
 She had to leave before her sheet was finished . . . so that paper crane is yet to come.
  I can't wait to see what her crane looks like once she is done and I get it folded.

 I used some watercolor pencils on my sheet .  I colored it rather quickly and 
dabbed it here and there with a wet paint brush . . . then had to wait
for it to dry before folding a crane.  I like how it turned out . . . but then,
I always like how paper cranes turn out.  
I have been a little obsessed with paper cranes this week!

Monday, January 23, 2017

paper cranes . . .

It was a cold and rainy weekend . . . perfect for being inside and getting online to list my Shabby Charlotte dolls.  Instead . . . I folded paper cranes.  I will get the dolls listed soon.
 I seemed to have had origami paper all over the place . . . so decided to get it all back in order.
After looking at all the beautiful paper I just felt the need to make some cranes.
Happy Monday!