Mission Complete!

I always wanted to/planned to make Zoe a baby quilt, a twin sized one. I started it when she was around 2 1/2 thinking it would be ready for her first bed! At the time she was all about Pink and Brown! Her favorite color was brown with pink accents! All about pillowcase dresses!

I started buying fabric and cutting squares and laying out but sadly time got away…..and the quilt got moved to the bottom of the WIP basket and eventually into the UFO basket. Project after project took priority… Last May when we moved I found it and decided that as soon as we were settled I was going to begin work again and complete it, and put it on Zoe’s bed in her new room. True to my word a pulled it out and started laying it out but it now longer spoke to me, it was no longer the essence of Zoe. A decision had to be made. I had recently found an embroidery pattern “The Rainbow Warrior” here in the Little dear etsy store

It reminded me of Zoe in so many ways! That piece was the inspiration that got me going. . . The warrior girl that is Zoe and her love of color! A lot of the fabric used was remnants of items I have made for her over the years, plus some new fabrics purchased just because they symbolize something I love about Zoe or something she loves. Inspired by the rainbow warrior it is all about strength, determination and color!

And finally 8 1/2 years later Zoe has a mama-made quilt resting on her bed! Mission Complete!

Adventures in Backyard Sugaring…Every drop counts!

We have been wanting to do some backyard sugaring for a few years now,  finally…….. here is a low cost simple start. In these parts maple syrup is the promise of Spring! And a commodity we enjoy year around regardless of its cost!

The following key was really helpful when figuring out which trees to tap and how many taps per tree, we went for the conservative thinking key

  • one tap in trees 10-18 inches in diameter
  • two taps in trees 19-25 inches in diameter
  • three taps in trees larger than 25 inches

Ten now eleven! maples tapped. Understanding why maple syrup is so pricey is easy when you think of the equation somewhere between 30 to 40 gallons of sap to 1 gallon of syrup is about average for a yield: did you hear 30 to 40 gallons of sap to 1 gallon of syrup! It is the rose essential oil of syrups!

Zoe is super excited to finally be doing this as we have been talking about it and reading about it for years….Here are some of our past reads! I think our interest peaked with this early storybook from the My First Little House series “Sugar Snow ” and then of course more details when we finally read the series. Then there was “Sugar on Snow”by Nancy Parson Rossiter and finally the classic Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky.

This week I hope to tap a few black birch, Betula lenta (must get neighbors permission first!)

{this moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual a la soulemama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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* Incase you are wondering Star Girl Pants designed and made by myself and Smarty Pants made out of red and silver pleather and lined with a cozy red flannel.