Counting down the ponies


Oh my goodness, I just have so much on my mind to share with you this week.  But first, a heads up on the pony shirts.  If you’ve been thinking about getting one of these for any little girl in your circle, do it now.  When I last looked, there were only two left. Two. I don’t know when I will be hand printing more, and if I do, they will be different shirts because I have to find a new supplier stateside.  I think that there are only one or two more onesies as well.  (One of my FAVORITE lime green ones.  Don’t know how that one missed getting on the market for so long.)

Next, if you wish for anything handmade (think custom) with artwork on it and wish for it to arrive before Christmas or other end-of-the-year holiday etc., now is the time to contact me.  I don’t like to think about those things before Halloween is over, however, I do have to schedule handmade delights.

Speaking of custom, a beautiful package arrived at Deer Haven this week.  It is a glicee by Paola, from “over the pond”. I love her black and white photography, so charming, with an old-world feeling.

It was lovely and cheered me up after a long week with an overambitious munchkin.  Munchkin decided that repairs must be made on the roof of munchkin’s second story tree house.  (He’s not allowed that high) so, of course, he lost his footing. Thus, we spent time in the hospital with said munchkin.  Much to all of our relief, he’s simply sore. (Sore?!)  Yes, sore.

All further roof repairs are halted until rock pile etc. have been removed.

Naturally, I’ve since felt the extreme need for chocolate, prayers, and more chocolate, to cope.  From Moonstruck Chocolate, we had the pyramid, milk on the outside, truffle on the inside, very soothing.  From my kitchen, a chocolate cupcake with melted Guittard chocolate chips for the icing.  My dh almost lost it though when I threw a package of Hostess donuts in the grocery cart though.  (I’m the one who reads the labels, no corn syrup, MSG, hydrogenated oils.)  But hey, it’s been a long week, and chocolate is chocolate.




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Bedtime Stories

Can you recall bedtime stories?  The ones that always ended happily as your parents knew you’d be in their bed in an hour if they veered too far into the darkness of reality?  Once started, my munchkins drew stories from me night after

night.  Princes and princesses, gigantic castles, horses bearing knights, mysteries explored…  They questioned me the other day about the ending to a story of long ago which had never been resolved.  I replied that I’d have to illustrate it and write it up for them some day.  Well, the first drawing of “some day” is here, with the introduction to “Rose” of Rosemoor fame.  My oldest munchkin lit up when introduced, as if meeting her for the first time, the girl who played in the dark night of his childhood bedroom.

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Misty Morning

The fog came rolling over the hills this morning, clouds nearly close enough to touch.  The moon was huge and beautiful tonight too, but the haze was so bad that nothing I shot is good enough to post.  I’m wondering if haze in the morning means haze at night here…

I’m also in the mood for tea.  The Dutch (much like we think about the English) know how to do tea right.  And often.

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Pond Pocket

Do you walk in your kitchen and see a sight like this?  I think someone has decided that waiting for mom to fix lunch doesn’t always provide the quick sugar high you can get by doing it yourself.


This little duck had thoughts of her own as well. I started to work a pattern in, but she gave me a look.  Funny, sometimes I wonder if I’m the artist or if the animals direct what’s going on.

She’s now on the front of the little pocket below.  When I finished, I laughed because it looked like a little frog mouth to me and I hadn’t even planned it.  Others around here thought it looked a bit like a cat or cookie monster, but whichever it is, it certainly has a face!  The pocket is just the right size for gift cards, money, gift certificates for massages or doing the dishes, whatever you fancy.  It will also snuggly hold a travel sized tissue package.



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