a-frame of mind

Wow.  Cheesy title.  A couple of weeks ago, I got a request for a gift certificate for my custom house portrait.  I don’t know why I hadn’t already thought of putting one of these in my shop.  Anyway, it was like this but with words and stuff.

I don’t think I’ve ever actually been in an A-frame house, but there’s something about them that appeals to me in a woodsy, chalety, way.  I guess it’s not really the house itself that I like as much as the potential of pleasant and owl-infused surroundings that I imagine must go with them.

counting down

advent blog

I’m going to go ahead and file this one under “I do it to myself.”  See, I got it into my head that we needed an advent calender, mostly because I was always jealous of the kids who got to eat chocolate every morning of December.  Then, I figured that I would just make one.  Then I had to go and make it all complicated.  So, here is my current design, patiently waiting to be realized in my holiday crafting material of choice: felted wool from old sweaters.  Each of the 25 thingies (everything other than the tree itself) will be a pocket for some kind of tiny treat.  Hmmm… I guess I’ll need to have room for two tiny treats in a year or two.  Oh!  That reminds me!  I also have to make a new stocking for baby, AND a birthday banner in time for her quickly approaching first birthday!  Good thing I have a lot of sweaters.

solstice celebration

hibernation-blog

Happy winter solstice!  I had nothing going on in the idea department this week, so here is a husband-suggested drawing.  We finally got a nice layer of snow to hibernate under here in New England – just in time!  

The other day I had 37 crows in my backyard at once!  The squirrels looked on from a distance.

how to recognise a gnome house, part 1

When I was little, I spent a lot of time in the woods (and still do, when I have the chance).  Much of that time was spent looking for little houses belonging to gnomes and other small woodland inhabitants.  I figure that I should really pass on what I have learned about identifying their natural habitats.  A D&H PSA, if you will.

Check on Wednesday for part 2: the legend.