Friday, 30 December 2011

this moment

Inspired by Soulemama, a moment to pause and remember ...

Jo x 

Thursday, 29 December 2011

winter solstice

For our winter solstice celebration we took part in the montol festival, a local tradition, which is a procession of lantern bearing people wearing cloaks and masks, (ours are conspicuously absent ...),  led by a band that culminates in a field with lots of music and a big fire. We had a brilliant time, the weather was mild and still and the atmosphere was all fun and community.

winter exchange

Recently took part in a winter solstice craft exchange.

These are the things I made:

Wool felt and glass bead embroidered brooches,

and crocheted wool baskets.

I received the most beautiful items in return, amazingly gorgeous needle felted toys and a playscape which were quickly smuggled away to be played with by faith, felt balls which roghan has been swiping at (yet to make contact but the thought is there!),  beautiful glass decorations, handmade salve and soap, a soft potholder, felt pouches with hand warmers inside, a needle felt decorated notepad and a piece of dyed silk (the pink and white that the other things are resting on in the pictures.

I feel so lucky to be swapping with these talented and creative people, thankyou so much to everyone who took part and to Jenna for organising it all x

Jo x 

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

winter table

Deep Mid-Winter drawing near,
 Darkness in our Garden here
  One small flame yet bravely burns
 To show a path which ever turns.
 Earth, please bear us as we go,
 Seeking Light to send a-glow:
 Branches green and moss and fern,
 Mark our path to trace each turn.
 Brother animals, teach us too
 To serve with patience as you do.
 We walk with candle toward the Light
 While Earth awaits with hope so bright:
 In the Light which finds new birth
  Love may spread o'er all the Earth.
 Deep Mid-Winter drawing near - -
 May Light arise in our Garden here.

- Nancy Foster

Jo x

yarn along

Joining in the yarn along for the very first time.

I have been knitting baby trousers for Roghan which are a very simple pattern adapted from this pattern, also continuing to knit a pair of mittens for chris which were supposed to be for christmas but I think I was being a bit optomistic with that one!
I am having a look through (rather than an actual read) the Waldorf Alphabet Book as I'm starting to think ahead to the start of grade 1 in the autumn.

Jo x 

at our place

Had a long blogging hiatus full of swinging, crafting, dying, quilting, learning, dance shows, meeting swans, and most excitingly - birthing!!

With the addition of Roghan Gil to our family in the early hours in late october it has been an exciting couple of months.

I wil be back soon with our handmade christmas post x