Thursday, December 31, 2009
One Small Change
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Buy Milk Straight From the Farm
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Relaxing and Refreshing
I am ready to take down the tree today and clear away the few decorations and make ready for the new year. I was amazed out how clear my mind became with each passing hour on Christmas day. I had not realized that I was consumed with all the details building up to Christmas.
~ Abraham helping Poppa open his stocking
~Sarah with her new (second hand) cowgirl hat
~a snowperson inspired by the book Stranger in the Woods, complete with nuts scattered on his hat for the birds and a carrot nose for the "big buck" to come and eat
I am working on some new and exciting projects and ideas to share on my blog as our family continues on our journey of a simpler, less traveled path.
Warm wishes and blessings, Tonya
Thursday, December 24, 2009
with plenty left over.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
~ designing a gnome knitting kit for our shop, it includes a hand woven basket, wool for stuffing, enough Peace Fleece yarn for knitting the main body and the skin color, and the pattern ~
~ making three dimensional snowflakes that look lovely hanging from our beams ~
Saturday, December 19, 2009
How to Knit a Cork Gnome
Using size 2 needles and finger weight yarn –
For the hat, cast on 16 stitches and in the stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) for 6 rows.
Row 7: Knit first two stitches together, knit across, knit last two stitches together
Row 8: Purl
Repeat rows 7 and 8 until 2 stitches remain, bind off, leave a 12” length of yarn and sew up back of hat.
Cast on 16 stitches and in stockinette stitch knit for about 1 inch. Bind off. Leave a 12” length of yarn and stitch up back seam. (It may be easier to wrap body piece around cork and then stitch in place as it will fit snugly.)
Using hot glue, adhere hat in place.
You can add hair of wool and I am sure many of you will come up with other creative ideas. Please share if you make some.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Boxes and Books
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
One way that I respond to these queries is that our children can always choose the world's way, but by being raised in our simple, hands on learning/working environment they will have lived a different life and now have a choice on how to live their lives as they mature. Living deliberately won't be foreign to them. They may choice to opt out even more than we have or they may choose to be in the corporate world, live in the suburbs and go on extravagant shopping sprees. Whatever they choose we will love them with all our hearts.
It is possible to consider everything that we do and be deliberate - with or without children.
Read the article here - it is great food for thought.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Granola for Giving
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Interview and Giveaway
Friday, December 11, 2009
Re-Purposed Bird Ornament
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Warm wishes. Tonya
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Beautiful Online Seasonal Magazine
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
An Old Fashioned Day
The Old Stone House Museum is located in Brownington, Vermont, in a quiet and picturesque Northeast Kingdom village, the museum includes six buildings on fifty five acres. Seemingly untouched by time, this hillside town is centered around a monumental stone dormitory, called Athenian Hall, built in 1834-36 by the Rev. Alexander Twilight, the nation’s first African-American college graduate and state legislator.
"I like the way the Stone House still looms up on that hilltop, where the wind blows all the time. There it sits, unshaken and monolithic, as I write this sentence and as you read it, every bit as astonishing today as the day it was completed. What a tribute to the faith of its creator, the Reverend Alexander Twilight: scholar, husband, teacher, preacher, legislator, father-away-from-home to nearly 3,000 boys and girls, an African American and a Vermonter of great vision, whose remains today lie buried in the church-yard just up the maple-lined dirt road from his granite school, in what surely was, and still is, one of the last best places anywhere."
Howard Frank Mosher ~ Vermont Life Magazine ~ Autumn, 1996
At the Samuel Read House we had cider warmed over the open hearth fire ~
The children decorated cookies and made ornaments to hang on their tree ~