An Adorable Arm Knitting Project

May 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

Aaaaaah!

Anne Flax Twine Arm Knit Bunnies

Anne at Flax & Twine.

Such a pair of cute (and huge!) arm knit bunnies. This fun project is by Anne at Flax & Twine; go visit her blog for more pictures!

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Small Sewing Project: Bunny Banner

November 4, 2015 § 2 Comments

I tried my hand at banner making. This is a small proof-of-concept model:

Bunny Banner

Unbleached flannel and blue faux linen lined with unbleached muslin.

Bunny Tiles!

June 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

Ooh, look what I found:

Otomi tiles from Grow House Grow.

Otomi tiles from Grow House Grow.

Otomi tiles from Grow House Grow. So cute!

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Animal Friends Return

June 17, 2014 § 2 Comments

Phew – some work busyness and more than a week’s just gone! Ohwell. 🙂

Both Mr. E and I are delighted that our animal friends have returned for another summer!

For the longest time we didn’t see hide or hair of the gas tank chipmunk, even though we heard some cheeping in the woods. It seems to be a bust year for chipmunks, too, so we were afraid that it didn’t make it through the winter. But no, it’s back!

Gas Tank Chipmunk

We’ve had rabbits before, but this year they really seem to have adopted our back yard as a regular hangout. At best, we’ve seen three rabbits at one time. We try to give them their space, because we like them around. Mr. E’s garden (just peas and cukes this year) is well protected, and most of the rest of our “plantings” are natives of the area – them the bunnies are welcome to as far as we are concerned. Some of the rabbits seem comfortable enough to have a bit of a grooming time by our foundation:

Brown Bunny

Mostly we see brown rabbits. This fella seems to have a butterscotch orange patch on his neck, though:

Butterscotch Bunny

I’m calling him a male, because he’s more daring and active than the brown bunnies. Just this week, we saw two bunnies apparently playing on our back yard: one rabbit ran towards the other, who jumped in place just in time to avoid a collision. It surely looked intentional, for they did it at least ten times. We lost count, we were laughing so hard. It was hilarious! I’ve never seen a wild rabbit do it; only something on YouTube.

Sometimes we’re lucky to witness wild turkeys and rabbits moseying around at the same time. We’ve seen one lonely hen, and one lonely tom, but the best of it is a mama with chicks!

Turkey Mama and Chicks

She started coming in late May with eleven(!) chicks. Unfortunately, two have since disappeared. Still, I’d think that nine chicks is plenty. We can already tell that they’ve grown

In other sightings: The female turtle we saw last summer seems to have been testing our front yard as potential egg site again. There are three shallow depressions on the dry patch of the lawn, but we haven’t seen the turtle itself. One sleepless night we even heard a fox, and I caught a glimpse of it under the street light.

I’m amazed at how much you can learn just by watching the animals go about their business, and I feel very lucky to be able to do so. I just love living in the woods!

Information Vegetable, Animal and Mineral

May 7, 2014 § 1 Comment

Yay, spring is finally here!

Flowering Pear

Not all our flowering pears blossom fully yet, but we definitely have flowers! They have felt very late coming, and no wonder: Four years ago, we had flowers on the blossoming pears in mid-April, and compared to three years ago, we’re about a week late. Wild flowers are out, too. Ahh! Even with the pollen, spring is my favorite time of the year. 🙂

During late March and early April, the huge wild turkey flock that has been visiting on and off finally split into smaller groups. For a while, we saw two toms with ten hens hanging out regularly. The last we saw them, only one of the toms was displaying. (The other one was all fluffed up, but he’s not spreading his tail out like the first one.) It’s incredible how iridescent their plumage is:

Turkey Displaying

The last we saw them, the ladies didn’t seem to be very interested:

Turkey Displaying to Hens

We know it’s the same birds, because a big chunk is missing from one of the tom’s tails. This two-tom flock was also very stable, which I thought surprising. At least I’ve never before seen turkey groups with more than one grown-up male. Because they were so accommodating of each other, we started calling the two toms brothers. (“The turkey brothers came by today with their hens.”)

Turkey Brothers

Now they seem to have gone elsewhere again. For a time we also saw three hens together, then two hens together and one alone, coming and going at different times.

Just recently, for two days in a row, we’ve seen a rabbit out in full daylight. This fella let me get pretty close before bolting:

Bunny in Grass

It’s been such a pleasure to watch the wildlife from our windows. This year will be different, though: two houses are going to be built along our road, so there will be a fair bit of noise. We’ll see who actually stays.

(I don’t really have anything to comment on minerals. I just couldn’t pass the opportunity to refer to Gilbert & Sullivan’s Modern Major-General’s song.)

Office Wishlist Cleanup

May 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

To while away some in-between-stuff time, I checked whether I might be able to find this adorable tape dispenser I wishlisted a year ago (or so) and then forgot:

Tape Dispenser

ModCloth.

It’s even called Hops and Dreams! The seller, ModCloth, is out of stock, which led to some browsing. Which led to a few desirable finds.

This jar is very cute:

Bunny jar

ModCloth.

ModCloth. In addition to it being cute, stores that bother with word games get a huge plus in my book!

You always need sticky notes!

Sticky Notes

ModCloth.

Again, ModCloth. And maybe coasters:

Coasters

ThinkGeek.

ThinkGeek.

I wasn’t able to find another source for the Hops and Dreams dispenser. But(t) I did find something else… erm, interesting…

Desk accessory

Kito Design.

Kito Design. Now, this one just hurts my head!

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Inspiration: Colors in Accents

June 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

It’s very grey and wet here today (after a gorgeous juhannus), with more of the same forecast for most of the week. Here are some photos to brighten the day.

Lamp, shoes, books

Celina Fällbom.

Photo by Celina Fällbom. Found via Desire to Inspire.

Candleholders

Randi at Fargefest.

Randi at Fargefest.

Library in entryway

Andrew & Tiffany at Five Hundred Miles.

Andrew & Tiffany at Five Hundred Miles. Found via Bloesem blog.

Bedroom office nook

Sarah Richardson & Tommy Smythe, photo by Stacey Brandford.

Sarah Richardson & Tommy Smythe at Sarah’s House. Found via Effortless Style.

Living room

Maurizio Giovannoni, photo by Mikko Ala-Peijari.

Maurizio Giovannoni. Found via Desire to Inspire.

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