With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, and poppies blooming in the garden... ...it definately feels like summer. As much as I love these blooms, I almost can't wait until I get to harvest the seed pods. Here are last years. Oh...the crafting possibilities...
During my Lifeways training, we began each morning by lighting a candle and reading this one special verse. I've recently come back to this verse and have realized that since I first learned it, the words have become much more meaningful to me. As a mother, and a teacher of young children, this meditative prayer carries me in my work. I thought I'd share it with you today.
I've been completely spoiled rotten lately. So much love and generosity has come my way and boy do I feel like one lucky woman. I celebrated my birthday last week and although I was quiet about it here, I received many email wishes thanks to my dear friend Jen who sent so many friends my way when she wrote such a sweet message to me in this post. And to accompany such a lovely wish on that day, this sweet gift arrived in my mailbox from her.
"Spend some time with me." I love that. And boy Jen, I sure wish I could right now.
My sister is really good at spoiling me. She's been doing it my whole life. I'll never forget my eighth birthday when she took me out for dinner at a Japanese restaurant called Fuji-ya. It was such a huge day for me. She must have had her driver's license already, but for some reason we took the bus to the restaurant downtown. I felt so special. And so grown up. And I will never forget such a unique treat. (Don't worry Sistah, I'll leave out the part about how it was snowing buckets out when we left the restaurant and I was completely unaware you hitched us a ride home from strangers. Don't worry, you said, they're just some nice people from church...get in the car. I felt like a princess not having to go home in the bus.) This year was no exception. She showered me with gifts.
Another gift I just have to show off since Shari doesn't have a blog is this beautiful purse.
Silk and wool. Lined with cashmere and velvet. I don't know whether to put my phone and keys in the bag or just use it to keep my hands warm.
And speaking of silk and velvet, I treated myself to one of Jackie's beautiful embroidered cuffs.
It actually arrived ON my birthday...I love, love, love her work. Check out her shop here.
And yesterday when I saw Jen, I could hardly believe my eyes when I unwrapped this beautiful gem from her.
Jen does such incredible work and this is a piece I will treasure forever. And how appropriate given I am a pisces. (Her photo is so much better.)
Finally...lucky, lucky me. I got to have a "bring-a-blogger-friend-to-work-day" on Tuesday. Dear, sweet Sarah was in town again. She willingly wanted to join me at my school. Actually, it was perfect. We had plently of time to catch up while the children played and I enjoyed a little break as she did (what she does so well) story hour.
What an energy boost she is. She lifted my spirits and brought smiles for all the children. Her humor and laughter is completely infectious. I loved sharing this part of my life with her and now my school holds the memory of her visit. What a special day for us all. Check out the beautiful photos she took of my boys. She also came bearing gifts. Some delicious smelling candles came inside one gorgeous bag that she made.
I almost cried. All the pretty fabrics, most of them vintage. And her sewing is quite enviable. One day I keep telling myself. One day I will learn how to run that sewing machine of mine.
Work is always good for an otherwise SAH mom, but nothing is sweeter than coming home to my darling Peanut. I arrived from Mexico early yesterday and we three biked to the annual May Day festival. It was a perfect day for the parade, the puppets, and for just hanging out. Today was not so nice so we escaped to our local conservatory so we could enjoy the flowers.
And when the rain stopped, we headed outside where Peanut discovered puddles for the first time. Watching him just makes my heart sing!!
I was fortunate to have my own PC to use while away, so I was able to keep up with most of my favorite blogs. I'm grateful because I may have missed out on reading about Amy's latest ATC's swap. The spring swap was so much fun!! And if you are just hearing about it for the first time here, there is still time to sign up, so head on over.
I also learned of Moki's hand carved stamp recipe card swap, which I haven't signed up for yet only because it's something I've never done before, but then she posted this tutorial and now I'm just so excited to give it a try.
I had one of the moments while in Mexico, where I was walking along, talking with a friend and when I looked up, I saw six or seven phone lines over-head with two birds sitting on them. Just the night before I happened to see Mav's posting on her new cards and so I wrote her immediately to order some. I can't say enough how much I love how this community makes me feel so connected to others, even when they are so far away. Well, the cards arrived today. I love this simple image.
I also couldn't resist the cards she made in collaboration with nebo peklo.
These are so lovely! The color combinations are stunning, and I just love the gold she used (my picture certainly doesn't do it justice).
I also received the most beautiful swap in the mail today from Julie... tomorrow should be a better day for photos.
Where did the past week go? I feel like I was in some kind of time warp. I went to Southern Florida for work and had very little access to a computer. So much to catch up on!! Today I finally got to peek briefly at some of my favorite blogs-only to discover I had missed out on color week. Well, I'm always ready to join in on the fun, but am doing mine all today...
yellow...little hand carved wood chicks I found on a past trip to Italy.
blue...thrifted thread in a hand made bowl.
green...a quilt on my wall from a friend from Sevilla.
brown...a wood carving I purchased for less than a dollar on a trip to Bangkok.
orange...the dried remains of flowers from my girlfriends.