3/29/15

Sunday Reading :: Ten Little Caterpillars

by Bill Martin Jr. and Lois Elhert

We absolutely adore this book. Lois Elhert has illustrated so many nature-themed children’s books in brightly coloured collages. Her style is abstract yet visually accurate; all of the caterpillars and butterflies (and plants) are based on actual species. The rhyming text is very simple; caterpillars adventuring all over, and of course, turning into a butterfly at the end. At the back of the book all of the different caterpillars 1-10 are pictured, along with the butterfly or moth they become. If you loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you’ll love this one too!

TEN LITTLE CATERPILLARS COVER

TEN LITTLE CATERPILLARS OPEN

3/27/15

Finished Projects

Still waiting for spring, but that’s okay because I’ve been keeping myself busy. In the evenings I’ve been knitting, and I’m about halfway into my third toddler sweater! The green one in the photo below is  the second one I finished, Little Buds. I decided to make the sleeves shorter, as little hands are too busy to roll up sleeves. My daughter is petite and this sweater is roomy, so these sleeves are actually pretty long on her.

little buds sweater

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I’ve also been taking pottery classes. It has been such a great experience, not only to get out of the house and do something for myself, but also such an enriching and therapeutic creative outlet. It’s something I always knew I would love and I am definitely going to continue. I have so many ideas in my mind, things I want to try and skills I will apply the next time around to make things better. This is one of the first pieces I finished, using some linocut pieces I carved a few years ago. There are a lot of imperfections in this plate but I still love it.

luna moth pottery

I haven’t been blogging as much these days, I am trying to get back into posting regularly. But I do post progress photos quite a bit on Instagram if you are interested. I love to see what other people are working on!

3/8/15

Sunday Reading :: Mossy

by Jan Brett
 
Something I’ve been meaning to share here are some of our favourite children’s books. When you’re the one reading the same books aloud over and over, you’ve got to choose ones that are well-written and beautifully illustrated.
 
I gave this book to my 18 month old daughter for Christmas. One of her first words was “turtle” so I knew she would love it. Mossy is a turtle who ends up in a museum because of the garden growing on her shell. It ends with a great message about respecting Nature, which I feel is important for all of us to learn. Each page is decorated with drawings of realistic specimen collections, like mushrooms, wildflowers, gemstones, and of course, BUTTERFLIES! Jan Brett also wrote The Mitten, and I appreciate her attention to detail. There is something new to discover every time we read it.

MOSSY COVER

MOSSY  OPEN

I don’t have an age suggestion for this book, as it depends on the child. We offer all kinds of books so she can decide what interests her. This one is a longer read, which she will now happily sit through, but sometimes we just sit together and admire each beautiful page.

3/6/15

Soon

Thankfully winter is coming to a close, very soon.

FROST

teacup sweater jan 2015

window

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xmas house lights

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