Saturday, 20 December 2008
I thought I'd share this Post Office advert circa 1951 by Lotte Reiniger, to celebrate that this year all my presents should reach their destination in time for Christmas.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
The film is so beautifully shot with amazing scenery and exquisite costumes. The story has only slight deviations from the traditional story of Cinderella but enough to add a little more magic.
This Cinderella is independent and in control of her own destiny, even if she relies on a bit of good fortune in the form of 3 magic walnuts which contain 3 wishes and some cool outfits.
The fact that Cinders rides horses and shots like a sharpshooter made it more appealing and enjoyable for the boys in our house.
I found the following trailer on Youtube.
Isn't the music great too ?
The DVD can be found here.
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
When I think about how much I love Fairy Tales and creating things from fabric, I immediately think of this episode of Bagpuss.
I really do think that this Rag Doll house episode sparked inspiration and an interest that would last throughout my life and for that Mr. Postgate I will always be Thankful.
I've included the link below to a short documentary about this amazing Animator and his work.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Where we live in Ireland children aged between 10 and 11 sit two important exams which determine the school they will move to the following September.
M sat her second exam on Friday.
After months of hard work and concentration the pressure is now off. I'm looking forward to more time spent walking, talking and making and baking together.
It's a huge relief as fractions, times tables and long division aren't really my thing.
We just have to wait until February now for the results before we can choose her new school.
Sunday, 16 November 2008
For the red toadstool caps I managed to find some 20g skeins of Red Anchor Tapisserie wool that had been reduced.
Due to the impulsive "have to make it Now!" aspect of my personality I bought it and hoped for the best.
The Tapisserie wool felted really quickly. I made a mental note to scoop up any reduced skeins on my next visit for felting.
Thought I'd post this pic of me tinkering with the mushrooms in the forest.
I'm still knitting and felting so there may be more mushrooms to follow.....
Seth sings songs with a story, which we love.
Following the folk tradition of recounting the past and using his own unique style.
Described as folk music for people who aren't ready to wear an aran jumper or stick their finger in their ear just yet.
Our video clip of the night didn't turn out so well so I've added the clip below to give you a little taste of the magic.
You can find our version here. Not so good due to the fact we were behind the sound desk and D's arm started to hurt. Anyway enjoy this clip, much better I think.
Monday, 10 November 2008
A few Sunday's ago we met in a nearby wood to search for mushrooms. The walk was led by some members of The Northern Ireland Fungus Group.
The weather stayed dry and the scenery was beautiful.
We were amazed at how many species and types of fungi we found.
Needless to say that the children made the best foragers.
They have such good eyesight and can spot even the smallest mushroom hidden amongst the leaves and moss.
The experts helped us to identify our finds.
Our favourite native mushroom was the Earth Star.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Friday, 7 November 2008
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
I'm so lucky to have been sent this beautiful hand stencilled linen tea towel by Maya of maya*made blog.
The first batch ?
Well to be honest they didn't last long.
They are too delicious when eaten warm with butter.
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
I'm enjoying taking the photos for "Kitchen Poetry" so much. It is allowing me to see my kitchen in new ways. When I stopped to take this picture this morning I was taken by the colours. I probably wouldn't have noticed this corner much.
You can probably guess we are eating lots of plums at the moment. Don't you just love the rich colours of their skin?
I don't often buy golden delicious apples as I prefer a crisper, more tart apple but the colour of these against the purple plums is amazing. I can see those bananas may be destined for a smoothie this afternoon.
Homemade Chili Bean soup. Mum came for lunch. Just perfect for a frosty day.
Monday, 3 November 2008
Well really at the moment its the only bit tidy enough to photograph. This week I'm following Toni from Simplesparrow.
She is encouraging everyone to show some "Kitchen poetry". The real life everyday stuff that happens in our kitchens. Everyone is invited to join.
Friday, 31 October 2008
A parcel arrived from across the Atlantic ocean. The contents were so delightful that I have decided to dedicate a post to each of them.
A few weeks ago I responded to a post by the wonderfully talented Maya of Maya*made.
How lucky was I to find that I was one of the winners in her giveaway.
Whats more that I could choose to have a custom made gift !
I just loved the beautiful stone dolls that Maya had painted. You can find them here and here.
This little doll made it's way to live in Ireland.
I am so grateful for this gift for so many reasons.
I love the fact that this stone is part of another continent.
I enjoy thinking of the history that surrounds stone dolls and like to think about the children who might have played with them in the past and the mothers who made them for their children.
I delight in the fact that someone so gifted took time to find, select, design and paint her for me !
I think the pattern on her dress is beautiful and I have just the place to keep her so that I can catch a glimpse of her everyday.
To me this doll is a symbol of kindness and generosity and the goodness that exists with in the blogging community.
Thank you Maya she will be loved.
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Scary and very slippery!
O has been collecting his walking equipment for some time. His compass, walking pole, rucksack together with First Aid kit and emergency chocolate!
His lately acquired Buff is definitely his favourite piece of kit.
The "Buff" was kindly given to him by a work college of mine who had heard that O enjoyed hiking.
It has been worn everyday in every combination that is shown in this clip!
Thanks Claire he really loves it.
Now I just need to workout how to get it off him for washing !
Friday, 24 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
My to do list is growing by the hour and my enthusiasm for completing stuff is dwindling. I've been finding too many excuses to tackle the mountain of ironing which has grown in my kitchen . So that now the pile has reached such a dangerous level I'm worried that if it topples over it may injure a child.
So in true fashion, a few Sunday's ago when I really should have been sorting my house to make it pass Health and Safety standards, I was easily convinced by the girls to go see Mary Coughlan.
By coincidence her opening song was "The laziest girl in town" !
I've been trying to find Mary's version on line to share, but it's not there, I've looked. So I've linked is to Nina Simone's great version.
Mary Coughlan has been described in the Guardian as
"a red-haired warrior Queen with a voice like bleeding cherries".
It would be difficult to find a more accurate or fitting description. Mary sings it how it is, with no affectation or frills. Her new album "The House of Ill Repute" has just been released and is available here.
Monday, 20 October 2008
The needle book is made from a scrap of Cath Kidston fabric and lined with red polka dots.
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Is that a stray marble and a dirty floor !
It's amazing the grime that shows up in a photo. Perhaps I should adopt photography as way to highlight the areas of my home that need some attention, I wonder if it would make me tidy?
Back to the blossoms. I had the idea of making a throw that would look like a carpet of flowers.
Here's a close up of the some of the squares,
The pattern is from this book -
Its by Jean Lienhausen and available here.If you have a few minutes check out the funky crochet sweaters designed by Jean Lienhausen featured in this interview with her.
You can see the flower pattern I'm using on the bottom right corner of the book cover. I'm really pleased with this aspect of the throw. However after searching I am finding it difficult to turn up a suitable pattern for the "in between" squares. I have something in mind but can't find a pattern that is along the same lines. Unfortunately my crochet skills aren't developed enough to be able to make my own pattern just yet.
I suppose I'm searching for a granny square with leaves or a leaf on it. Any of the squares I have looked at so far have been to lacy and as the blossom squares are heavy it doesn't make a good match.
I would love to hear any suggestions, or of any books that might be of help.
Although I like the effect of the colour around the edge of the square. For example :-
I decided against edging every square with colour. Deciding instead to go with green "leaf"squares in between the flowers. Hopefully making it look less blocky when put together.
I've also been playing around with ideas for the edging, more on that later.........
Saturday, 11 October 2008
The trees and plants a lit with beautiful colours and the fairies play music in the Palm houses .....
and dance for our entertainment.
This year the children dressed up and we took some friends to talk to the smoke breathing Dragon, the Wish Fairy and an enormous and very cheeky Troll.
Our Enchanted evening walk through the trees was lit in spectacular colours.
We brought candle lanterns to light the way and ate warm honeyed cashews.
You had to be quick and alert to catch a glimpse of some of the Fairie Folk.
The tree pixies were our favourites.
Such amazing puppets which were so expressive and beautifully made.
The tree lady towered over us at nearly ten foot tall but was so elegant and graceful.
We definately plan be visiting the Fairies again next year to celebrate Autumn.