Wednesday, January 25, 2012

a bit less

A teenage girl who campaigns for animal rights has decided to go vegan for her first month of her fifteenth year. She's been a vegetarian for two years without one look back. I'm proud of her commitment and conviction. I do cook many vegetarian meals each week but it's not like there isn't (organically raised) meat in our house. But seeing images of mass farms and a slaughterhouse in the news the other night made me think again about if I really want to eat meat, organic or not. Saying goodbye to dairy products though...I don't think that would work for me.
She made these vegan oatmeal cookies on Sunday and they are absolutely delicious. She found the recipe on the internet and added dried cranberries instead of raisins. I have to careful to not eat them away from her  - they are so good!
While she is iron-willed with her goals, I can only dream. But I will proudly say that I am trying! I have cut my coffee consumption by 2/3 since Sunday and now on Wednesday am still holding out! And feeling much better.
January is an excellent time of the year for a bit less, don't you think?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

beauty is where you find it

beauty is where you find it #02/12
challenge from nic 

(my first attempt at linking up to a challenge
hope it works!)

these pretty roses from my daughter's birthday
such a refreshing mix of colors in this gray January week

the very last bouquet of "fair trade" roses I spied at the market that day 
slightly fading - it didn't matter
she loved them 
i apologized that one poor rose was already drooping
but she smiled and had a kind of  -  let's say - sympathy, understanding, affinity even
and somehow that made it very real &  sweet & full of life
and also made me happy that my daughter at fifteen feels the same way that i do

that perfectly imperfect is beautiful
I love roses right now
 - and always - 
and am sewing new things with rosy fabrics
you will see more soon
(as soon as I find mailing boxes in which these lovelies fit into!!!)
happy sunday! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

simple little things

Simple little things make me happy

 The color aqua makes me happy
  Making an idea into something real makes me happy
Finding words of truth that speak to my heart makes me happy

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Mother Teresa
Catholic Nun, Missionary
Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

found here

Wishing you a simple, happy weekend!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy New Year!

Oh dear that alarm clock rang this morning
the children had to get up for school
which means I had to wake them
I think there were four zombies trying to eat their cereal this morning
I made bowls of hot chocolate for them as a small motivation
somehow, they made it out the door
and now here I am 
in this very quiet house
taking down the Christmas décor and so happy to finally be
stopping in to say hello again!
For some reason, despite the large selection of herbal teas in my cupboard, I have been addicted to this simple generic peppermint tea these past days. Maybe that is my word for the year? Simple. Like that.

January has blown in with very stormy weather over western Europe -still no sign of snow - but yesterday I spied some tulips poking their way up. 
By lucky chance, I also captured a fleeting moment of blue sky and moon between the rain and wind. Hard to believe that few minutes later this was covered again for the rest of the day.
There were mostly gray skies and rain during the holidays but the house was merry and bright with many visitors bringing so much cheer!

We attended two memorable Christmas Eve services and enjoyed lovely Christmas brunches and meals with extended family (Christmas is two and a half days long in Germany so that is a lot of eating!)

My boys were very happy it did not rain on New Year's Eve so they could launch their little firecrackers and rockets at midnight.

With no snow to sled on and dreary drizzle, we mostly stuck to the indoors and enjoyed fun movies, solved many cases of "Clue" and spent hours putting puzzles of tractors and trains together. Worth mentioning as well was a serious 2-day game of "Monopoly" with cousins that was peacefully conducted and concluded (more or less - ha ha! - what a crazy game!) 

I do love family time!
On the first day of this year I had a mini in-house craft show and was thrilled to sell a bunch of my tote bags and décor. This just reminds me that one of my goals this year is to shed some of my shyness (over 40 and still shy, will that never go away?) and be bold and attend a crafts show as a seller. It's actually quite amazing that so many artists on etsy do so well, because one of the biggest joys of many handmade goods is the sheer loveliness you can only experience in a tactile, sensual way. I am thrilled when I can capture a tiny bit of that in a photo.
Many of those sold items were scheduled to go up in my etsy shop soon so I am back to the sewing table, with pleasure, to make new and lovely things. (The mushroom girl's purse was sold but it's so cute I am going to sew another similar one!)
Here are some sneak peaks of what you will find in my shop very soon. 
I will be adding new things every week in January so do check often!  
Wishing you a healthy and lovely start to the new year!