A new find for the shop...should be there sometime this week.
This teapot is in mint condition. There are no chips or cracks, the finish is beautiful and the bottom is stamped with Sandler as well as the number. Today is a perfect day for sitting indoors with a cup of tea and a good book...or your garden design on that rumpled piece of paper. What are you doing on this rainy Monday?
Long ago I read Home Comfort: Life on Total Loss Farm....it was the 70's. It was an important book to me at age 13. It was about a group that formed, to live together in a commune in Vermont...called Total Loss Farm. I loved the drawings, the stories and the ideas. I carried the book around in my backpack with me. On the cover of this book is a beautful old wood cookstove. To me it symbolized self-sufficient living, independence, radical ideas and a break with mainstream culture. That book along with many others...including Helen and Scott Nearing's Living the Good Life...were books I referred to often. It was the direction I was headed. My husband figured out a way to surprise me with this beautiful Glenwood stove for my birthday. This stove is a symbol to me of my youth, my dreams, my hopes...and now I have a wood cookstove sitting in my very own house. He couldn't have given me a greater gift...I love it!
Emma made this little blackboard for us to hang up and leave each other messages.
An upcycled treat stand that shall be filled with truffles and cupcakes...made by emma.
A cast iron tea pot...my favorite green...for tea, to sit by the cookstove one day.
For our garden to begin brewing more varieties of plants for our mead making. The book is already in the house apparently...we don't want to share it though.
Of course a romantic book about the beloved Beatrix Potter...so many tales have been read here over the years.
A box full of alphabet cards with artwork I love....
Some love from my husband...to put all those wildflowers he picks for me....
I think this Glenwood needs a cabin to live in....
More later today....
Teaguyspeaks is a good place to start for reading about teas and teablogs.
I am in love with ohdeedoh! Check out this amazing idea. Kitchens For A Cause was started by Jane. She takes old bureaus and creates play kitchens to sell. She then donates money to a program for the homeless lunch program. She also has a great tutorial on making your own play kitchen. This has got me thinking of starting something like this around these parts. This would be such a great addition to any play area for a child. When my daughter was young my husband built her a lovely little kitchen set out of wood...with a little blue enamel ware sink...faucet...it was well loved for many years!
How about this for a grownup kitchen? This is perfect...a tea kettle, a burner for simmering rice and another for a pot of beans...a wooden box to put teaboxes in by the stove.
Okay this is the coolest thing! I am going to give these as gifts, send messages, create journal pages, post notes...it is so much fun! Wordle...try it.
An open air workspace which acts to facilitate the creation of small-scale architectural structures to be implemented into the surrounding community and utilized by the public.
B-Home Studio is a fantastic blog about creative space. I love the organic structures. I'm thinking if we didn't have building codes then perhaps everyone could live in a small home that they could afford. And if these structures couldn't be homes...then, the creative thinking and designing that could happen in these open air spaces would revolutionize the idea of space and community.
Okay...so, now I want to design things! Design structures, talk about space, create a community project. There are an exciting bunch of folks living and creating space, home, community. I'd like a center where we could come together and manifest creations like these together. Sure, we can do it alone but, it's so much more fun and meaningful when done in a pod of people using Pattern Language.
Great form to help think about space you are creating.
This post shows you how my mind works. One idea becomes another. The idea gets bigger, encompasses more...morphs into rounder...moves out in including community somehow...creativity turns up around every bend whenever I'm thinking about a subject or project. I have to turn everything into a pod of people project in my thinking. I want the world to be a more creative place. I want people to work together. I want everyone to have a chance to be included....poverty be damned. This way of thinking can be frustrating as well as exciting. I see all the possibilities in a project...settling becomes an exercise in frustration. Communicating that feeling to others is nearly impossible. All I can do right now is try to "show" folks what I am trying to say. I hope for my community to continue to try to bring a beauty to whatever they are trying to create...it feeds our souls. Soul work takes time...where do we find more of that?
Day 6 in pocket of birthday garland....David Byrne.
February 1st! It's the beginning of my birthday month. I've decided to celebrate all month long leading up to February 25th. I want to spend this month finding inspiration, learning, creating and celebrating myself and the world around me. I need to refresh my gratitude level. I am a great resource finder and I have gotten away from doing that for myself in these past months. I have alot brewing right now in my life. Getting another year older and perhaps wiser makes each year seem like it's passing more quickly. The seasons show up in a blink of an eye. My daughter is a young adult now. The world is changing moment by moment. I need the world to slow down. I long for more time. So...I'm going to spend the month looking in corners for inspiration...it's everywhere when I have the right colored glasses on. It's funny how just a slight shift in focus makes all the difference in what's going on in my thinking...I always picture it to be like a camera lens that needs a slight tweek.
So...my first day of the month involved an exciting email from futuregirl! I am the winner of an embroidery kit from Leethal. I picked the craft tools kit. Giveaways are so much fun! So visit futuregirl craftblog to follow along with all of her projects. Thanks so much Alice!
I also stumbled upon chrisguillebeau's blog The Art of Nonconformity. He has a great manifesto called 279 Days to Overnight Success as well as A Brief Guide to World Domination. I read both of them this morning and I think he's got some great ideas...so, he's my inspiration for today! I think there will be more today as I'm going to meet a friend for tea at my sort of local cafe for some long overdue catching up.