Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sew a Softie - the Hanukkah edition

 

Did you hear 
the story of the menorah?
you can't even find it
in the Torah.

In ancient times of 
kings and knights
pure oil was needed
to light the lights.

The temple was dark,
as dark as the night
and there was enough oil
for one day of light.

And then the miracle
fueled the blaze
and the oil lasted
eight full days!


With my niece Dana, we are once again joining Trixie's Sew a Softie.
This time we wanted to show what could be done with leftover
bits and pieces from your felt projects, with a Hanukkah theme.

Dana combined small pieces of felt to create a menorah
and turned that into a softie pillow for her new room.
We also sewed small pieces of felt together 
to create a canvas and used embroidery 
to turn that into a softie dreidel.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Great Doll Bake-Off


When the dolls gathered to bake
they couldn't agree on what to make.
so each made a different cake.

They wanted to put them to the test
and invited an honored guest
to decide which cake was best.

The panicked bear almost cried -
please don't ask me to decide,
I couldn't possibly pick a side!

 He looked in such complete despair
the dolls agreed it wasn't fair
to put this burden on the bear.

From each cake they cut a slice,
some took a bite, some tried it twice.
Really, all the cakes were nice.

And being kindly dolls and wise
they gave all the cakes a prize
But who came first? That's a surprise.


Featured: I don't write much about paper crafts 
but I  recycle every pretty piece of paper 
that comes my way into boxes, bags, 
decorations or envelopes.

I picked up a brochure from
a biscuit company at the market.
I didn't fancy making any of the recipes
and made these paper envelopes instead.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Little Angels


Ten things I've learned from the company of children:

1. Many of life's problems can be sorted with something sweet and a cuddle.

2. Sharing may well be caring but it is best not to touch other people's toys.

3. The doctrine of The Other Cheek does not apply to the playground:
if they push you off the swing, you're gonna push them right back.

4. If you want to see kids disappear in a hurry - ask them to tidy up.

5. Words are more than their meanings.
Children still look at words with fresh eyes and discover amazing things.

6. A screen, any screen, will always be more interesting than anything else in the room.

7. No task is more difficult than washing your hands.

8. Affection should be earned, forgiveness should be given easily.

9. If you say it - mean it.

10. All stories should have happy endings, morals are optional



Featured: these little sock angels
were made with my niece Dana
from this tutorial by the my dear blogging friend
Kim of Exquisitely Unremarkable.
My nephew Ariel liked them very well.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Who Has Seen the Wind


The wind blew through the wood
enjoying the quiet and views,
and then it began whispering -
spreading the latest news:

That nice family of squirrls
got into an awful fight
with a terribly loud owl
who kept them up all night.

There was a big collision
and two birds got a fright,
so there's now a new rule -
no flying at night.

And that sweet brown bear?
he was eating so much honey
that the bees have decided
to start charging him money.

There were more daffodils
blooming every day,
and the wind was pleased to report
another sunny day.

The old Oak had enough
of the wind bending their ear -
"you have to quiet down,
you're the worst gossip here."



Featured: pinata dolls made of
recycled plastic bottles and silk paper.
They are, of course, full 
of candy and little treats.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Five Star Review


Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
The Jane Austen Project
by Kathleen A. Flynn

1. The plot - Rachel and a colleague are sent back
in time from an unspecified future to 1815 England
with a mission to track down Jane Austen.
Why? Of course I'm not telling.

2. The protagonist - Rachel is in her mid 30s,
a medical doctor with a passion for all things Jane.
She is equally tough and fragile, smart, capable,
and very endearing.

3. This is a light read but the book does make you think
about the long way women have come since
the regency. Personally, I've always been concerned 
with questions of hygiene when contemplating 
time travel and the book does touch on that as well,
indoor/outdoor plumbing included.

4. The book reminded me a little of another time travel
favorite - To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

5. If you've never dreamed of going back in time
to meet Jane Austen... really, why not?


Featured: a couple of lavender sachets.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mr. Green and the Magic Bean


Mr. Green
was very keen
to keep everything clean
by any mean.

He was summoned by the queen
who was a bit mean
and always has been
because of her spleen.

Mr. Green
restored the sheen
to the mirror of the queen
so she could preen.

The mean queen 
appreciated hygiene
and gave Mr. Green
a magic bean.

Mr. Green
stopped by the canteen
ate a sardine
and drank some caffeine.

He then left his machine
took the magic bean
and was last seen
leaving this crazy scene.


It is too early to use
this new lap blanket - 
but it is always a good time
for my little nephew Noam.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Let There Be Light


The many colors
of the rising sun,
the long bright day
when things are done,
the cooling breeze
that evening brings -
the world is quite full
of wonderful things.


Featured: little cups cozied
with embroidery become
candle-holders.