My very first attempt and success at felting soap...
Just some odds and ends ....
What a pretty table....
Bruce and I woke up at 3:00 this morning for the long drive to Boulder Junction where we did our 1st really big flea market. Over 10,000 people were supposed to be attending and we had to be there at 7:00 to claim our spot, a 12 X 12 foot area with an enormous pine tree smack in the middle . Coinciding with the flea market there happened to be aWalleye Tournament, going on, a juried craft fair (waiting list of 5-years!) and an antique car show. WHEW! The weather held and it didn't rain, but we expected a better turnaround than what we did get. Oh well....there will always be another craft or art fair to look forward to in just a couple of weeks.
We set up and had possibly one of the poorest showings of all of our shows. We exclusively do shows which are juried art fests, etc. So this was a real challenge. I did happen to find some adorable things like the little girl I have listed. Ain't she sweet?? The artists name is Kathryn Petersen from Rubicon Wisconsin. Such talent!! And her creations just make you want to laugh they are so dear!
I finally did it! My solid perfume is ready to go!
The scent is enchanting with notes of citrus, rose with just a smidge of sapmoss and other essential oils. My perfume expertly crafted with only natural vegetable oils; coconut oil, pure virgin olive oil and bees wax.
It glides gently on pulse points.... and can be kept in your purse or pocket without fear of breaking. How convenient is that??
Each perfume pill box is snuggled inside a plain muslin bag, placed in a handmade sea beach blue box and then beautifully labled.
There has not been for a long time a spring as beautiful as this one; the grass, just before mowing, is thick and wet with dew. At night bird cries come up from the edge of the marsh, a crimson shoal lies in the east till the morning hours. In such a season , every voice becomes for us a shout of triumph.
After visiting the botanical gardens in Green Bay a couple of years ago and after taking many pictures of the children's garden and Mr. McGregor's Shed...my husband and I built our own little garden shed with three raised beds where I grow herbs; chamomile, rosemary, woolly thyme, to name a few and wildflowers. I use many of the herbs in our handcrafted soap! We also have a Wisteria Arbor and after 3-years she is finally producing big purple flowers!
The west was getting out of gold, the breath of air had died of cold,when shoeing home across the white, I thought I saw a bird alight.In summer when I passed the place I had to stop and lift my face; a bird with an angelic gift was singing in it sweet and swift. No bird was singing in it now. A single leaf was on a bough, And that was all there was to see in going twice around the tree. From my advantage on a hill I judged that such a crystal chill was only adding frost to snow as gilt to gold that wouldn't show. A brush had left a crooked stroke of what was either cloud or smoke from north to south across the blue; a piercing little star was through.
Out of the bosom of the air, out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, over the woodlands brown and bare, over the harvest-fields forsaken, Silent and soft and slow descends the snow. Even as our cloudy fancies take suddenly shape in some divine expression, even as the troubled heart doth make in the white countenance confession, the troubled sky reveals the grief it feels. This is the poem of the air, slowly in silent syllables recorded; this is the secret of despair, long in its cloudy bosom hoarded, now whispered and revealed to wood and field.
Winter has settled in and so has the family. This old Victorian creaks and groans with each blast of arctic air. I dread the thought of going outside even for the most mundane of tasks as it takes me forever to get warm again. I keep the wood stove stoked while the kids are in school and it helps to keep the furnace from running, but the mess is incredible... blankets of dust envelope the entire house. A small price to pay to keep warm!