treasured

Each Wednesday I post about some sort of treasure I found during the past week. It might be thrifted or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that makes me feel lucky and thankful. It doesn't necessarily have to make its way home with me - it just has to be noticed. The idea is for it to cost very little and feel very big. After all, this isn't about acquiring new things; it is about paying better attention to the world around me.

If you discovered a treasure this week (a new friend, a snow fairy, a fancy dish at the thrift store, a bird's nest) please do share it, as well as any links, in the comments section below.

*****

photograph by Ariana Inglese


Yesterday morning, Mouse and I visited our friends Ariana and James at Good Egg Farm.  We brought a brioche to share, and they set the table with sweetest strawberries and glasses of cold spiced iced tea.  After snack, we visited with their new lambs, which may be the most adorable creatures in the entire universe.  Truly.  Look at that wooly face!  Mouse and James fed them grain, stroked their wooly bodies, and had a nice hearty conversation about their digestive systems.  

After a short woodsy walk, some sand play, and coloring, it was time to go home.  And, as we drove down the hill back to town, we chatted about how nice it is to spend slow, warm, summer mornings with dear friends (and lambs). 

xo e



an evening on the porch




 
White Sangria  (adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe)

1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup Cointreau (I used Triple Sec because that is what we had)
1/4 cup super fine sugar
2 firm white peaches thinly sliced
1 green apple thinly sliced
1 bottle of well chilled Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc (I used Pinot)
12 oz (or more) seltzer
ice cubes for serving

Pour brandy and 1/4 C sugar at the bottom of pitcher.  Stir, and let stand for 5 minutes; stir again to dissolve sugar.  Pour in cointreau, the bottle of wine, and stir.  Mix in the fruit and stir some more.  When you are ready to serve, mix the seltzer in, and pour each cup over ice.  Be sure to keep a spoon in the pitcher, for easy fruit transfer.



a slew of new


The daisies popped up over the weekend.   Just above our daisy patch is a bird house with a nest of baby sparrows.  This weekend, the mama bird was teaching her babes to fly by nudging them out of the house.  We watched some of them on their first flight.  I couldn't get over the tiny, baby bird feathers that were scattered about underneath the house.  They were shedding their fluff as they took to the air. 

This is the new and preferred method of swinging these days.  You know I love this.
And, here is our new raspberry and blackberry patch (all 15 plants!).  We can't wait to start picking!  It was a joy to put our compost to good use by mixing it into this bed.  I love thinking that a year's worth of vegetables and fruit leftovers and scraps from our kitchen will nourish these plants.

What new things are popping up around your home?

Art Camp!


I am so, so happy and honored to be leading a summer art workshop for parents and preschoolers at Spring Street Preschool in downtown Amherst, MA. The school is offering a month of Wednesday summer workshops where parents and children will have the chance to explore, create, and learn together. 

As described by Sam Wilde, the workshop coordinator: "Each morning includes an hour devoted to parent and child playing and learning together, either dancing, making art, singing or learning new yoga poses under the skilled instruction of our teachers. After the joint play/learning time, the preschoolers will move across the hall with Spring Street teacher Sue Burkey for preschool camp. The children’s camp includes a snack time, theme-related books and games, outside time, free play and learning on the day’s topic.  During this time the parents will stay with our teacher/artists and enjoy a sustained period of personal, meditative, playful exploration " 

I love how the program balances togetherness and creative unity with independent exploration. 


The workshop I will be teaching is Art Camp for Parents and Children

Art Camp, July 13, with Emily Neuburger (there is a $5 materials charge for this class)

This creative crafting workshop is perfect for those who wish to explore color, shape, and easy-to-learn techniques in a relaxing, encouraging setting.

In the first portion of the workshop, adults will learn how to use freezer paper and ink to make simple, bold, bright prints on fabric. Using everyday items or nature as our muse, each person will choose one thing to stencil and print onto a 12 inch square of muslin fabric. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own light colored fabric and fabric blanks from home (t-shirts, smooth tea towels, napkins, or bags) for more printing if time allows. This is a simple way to design your own home textiles. No prior printing or drawing experience needed!

In the second portion of the class, adults and children will make color collage garlands.  This engaging project will have children sorting by color, collaging by whim, and learning to trim to preserve shape forms.  It is a lovely way for parents and children to enjoy color and creativity together.  Parents and children should bring a few magazines, old books, or catalogs in to use as collage material. 


Camp runs every Wednesday in July from 9 a.m.-noon, and it is for children 2.9- 5 and their parent or caregiver.

July 6  Yoga Camp with Corrine Andrews 
July 13  Art Camp with Emily Neuburger  (that's me!)
July 20 Music and Movement Camp with Heleen Cardinaux
July 27 Dance Camp with Iris Berkman.

$45/camp for parent and child with registration by July 1. Space is limited to 10, so register early as classes are expected to fill quickly. Enrollment after July 1 is $52 for parent and child.
An additional child is $20. Enroll for 3 or 4 camp days, and tuition is $38 a day or $114 or $152 respectively! 

If interested, please email me directly (my address is in the side bar) or leave a comment on this post with a way to contact you.  


Or, go to Spring Street Preschool for registration information.

Happy Friday

teacher gifties

 Chick's Kindergarten year in a nutshell:

:: dandelion chains
:: after school playground romping
:: secret meetings under the slide
:: snowy tromps to school
:: shirts snipped by a flurry of scissor cutting
:: quiet book reading all by herself on the couch
:: our last kisses goodbye
:: a big backpack on a little body
:: playing the telephone game
:: cylinder, cones, cubes, and spheres
:: her sign "Der turtl.  Pls do not mke yor tnk ovr flo agan" taped to Turtle's tank
:: chocolate milk on Wednesdays
:: pig tails
:: climbing high
:: book making
:: "you're on fire!" (when things are going well)
:: knock knock jokes and riddles
:: pure joy when I visited the classroom (will this always be?)
:: the art closet (her favorite)
:: her favorite number - "whatever age I am, so it is 5 right now" (in October)
:: bug  bites and band aids
:: bike rides

and my sweet wide eyed child
one school year older

I made special, personalized appliqued bags for each of the teachers in Chick's classroom.

 An apple for her teacher.  It is made with one of Chick's shirts that was snipped while she was busily cutting.  Chick likes to cut paper.  A lot.

 A magic wand for Ms. Fox who cut school one day to see a Harry Potter movie in the theater, and was totally busted.  Ha! She'll like this.
 For Mrs. Fay who loves shoes.  Chick tells me that she calls herself the "shoe shoe lady."  


Off I go, in the pouring rain, to pick-up my girls, and to welcome the long, promising, stretch of summer that lies ahead.

I like how endings are oftentimes also beginnings.

xo e

treasured

Each Wednesday I post about some sort of treasure I found during the past week. It might be thrifted or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that makes me feel lucky and thankful. It doesn't necessarily have to make its way home with me - it just has to be noticed. The idea is for it to cost very little and feel very big. After all, this isn't about acquiring new things; it is about paying better attention to the world around me.

If you discovered a treasure this week (a new friend, a snow fairy, a fancy dish at the thrift store, a bird's nest) please do share it, as well as any links, in the comments section below.

*****
This was one of my Nanny's necklaces.
My wise Aunt recently said that it just dawned on her that Nanny is somewhere in love with how close she is holding me.  I have so many confusing, conflicting thoughts and ideas about death, but thinking about her in this way brings me comfort.

xo e


the town square

Last night, we visited The Taste of Amherst where there was local ice cream, lots of restaurants selling tasty bites, live music, and hula hoops.

The air was thick with the smells of all different foods blending together into a cloud of vague deliciousness.  I could tease out gyoza, pad thai, and barbeque from the food cloud. We ate dinner before going because, historically, eating there with the kids doesn't work out very well.   It was so relaxing this way.  We just needed to worry about water, ice cream, and dancing.

  The hula hoop lady was there. 
 
 Striped tents


 Tom read that the David Wax Museum would be playing, and after listening to some songs and reading about them, he felt like I would love them.  And, I did! (and, I loved Tom for knowing that I would love them). Their music is a blend of traditional Mexican music and Americana folk music with a little bit of pop in there too.  It was lively and moody and soulful and lilting - like a well balanced meal.  

 Mouse dancing to one of our favorite songs: "Yes, Maria, Yes"
 Happy almost weekend to you all.




hankies

 vintage crocheted linen hankies in the shop

treasured

Each Wednesday I post about some sort of treasure I found during the past week. It might be thrifted or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that makes me feel lucky and thankful. It doesn't necessarily have to make its way home with me - it just has to be noticed. The idea is for it to cost very little and feel very big. After all, this isn't about acquiring new things; it is about paying better attention to the world around me.

If you discovered a treasure this week (a new friend, a snow fairy, a fancy dish at the thrift store, a bird's nest) please do share it, as well as any links, in the comments section below.

*****
 I found half of a robin's egg!  And let me just tell you - it is the most beautiful, deep shade of blue.
 
  I tried my best to capture the color with different lighting and backgrounds.  It is such a complex and moody shade of blue, though. I did my best.
Oh, the luck!  Mouse keeps telling people about "our robin's egg" when they come to visit.  It's like we won a contest and she wants to show off our fancy new thing - as if people are coming to the house just to see our half of a robin's egg.  Maybe they are?

Fly on by baby robin (when you're good and strong, of course)

xo e

stripey candle jar



This yarn wrapped candle jar was inspired by my friend Katie.  I wish she had a blog or flickr account that I could point you towards because her design sense is just so lovely and charming.  She is one of those people who is gifted with an eye for color, shape, and balance.  She is a talented weaver, and a few years ago she experimented with decoupaging weft threads around a ball jar.  Such a clever idea.

Now that it is screened porch season again, I was inspired to use this candle holder for our table.    I made it with regular wool yarn and Mod Podge, and there is a candle nestled in the bottom of the jar. 

The yarn creates twinkling shadows when the candle is lit. 

xo e

treasured

Each Wednesday I post about some sort of treasure I found during the past week. It might be thrifted or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that makes me feel lucky and thankful. It doesn't necessarily have to make its way home with me - it just has to be noticed. The idea is for it to cost very little and feel very big. After all, this isn't about acquiring new things; it is about paying better attention to the world around me.
 
If you discovered a treasure this week (a new friend, a snow fairy, a fancy dish at the thrift store, a bird's nest) please do share it, as well as any links, in the comments section below.

*****
 
 
Yup.  It was definitely time to make a big jar of lemonade syrup.  I added just a few spoonfuls to a big glass of ice water, and it instantly felt like summer.  The girls downed theirs in like four gulps. 
 
Today has been one of those days that has felt long in a good way.  The hours have stretched on, making me feel like I still have time to get things done. 

Here is to a productive, lemony, hot and humid Wednesday.

xo e

b i t s

We began the heart aching process of sorting through and cleaning out my Nanny's house this past weekend.

There were many meatballs made on this stove.



This is the slate my Papa laid.  I always loved the tiny red piece of slate nestled among the other larger gray toned ones.   I used to play a game where I was only allowed to walk on the red stones, and this little one forced me to balance on the toes of one foot.


Some of my Nanny's beautiful purses.

 Then the winds shifted and we returned home for Chick's ballet performance.  She was a graceful baby bird in a little segment of Peter and The Wolf (appropriately re-titled Penelope in The Meadow due to the lack of Peter and a wolf).
 


We are expecting hot and steamy days tomorrow and the next.  I think it is time for a batch of my favorite lemonade and the backyard sprinkler. 

xo e

s t o r m






As my friend Naomi's husband so brilliantly said: the weather is downright Hipstamatic.  And, it was.  I didn't alter or filter any of these photographs.  After the tornadoes and thunderstorms passed, the sky became an eerie shade of sepia, and orange light flooded our house. 

My heartfelt thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday's storm.  How horribly tragic and sad.  And, so very close to home.

xox e

treasured

Each Wednesday I post about some sort of treasure I found during the past week. It might be thrifted or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that makes me feel lucky and thankful. It doesn't necessarily have to make its way home with me - it just has to be noticed. The idea is for it to cost very little and feel very big. After all, this isn't about acquiring new things; it is about paying better attention to the world around me.
If you discovered a treasure this week (a new friend, a snow fairy, a fancy dish at the thrift store, a bird's nest) please do share it, as well as any links, in the comments section below.

*****
  I found these pillow covers at a tag sale recently.  I love the old timey floral pattern with the washed out aqua and punchy lime green. 
 
 The fact that they zip shut is satisfying.  And, maybe the pillows will be less dusty?
 
Less dust and more flowers.  I'll take that.

xo e