|HOW happy is the little stone|
|That rambles in the road alone,|
|And does n’t care about careers,|
|And exigencies never fears;|
|Whose coat of elemental brown||5|
|A passing universe put on;|
|And independent as the sun,|
|Associates or glows alone,|
|Fulfilling absolute decree|
|In casual simplicity.|
Today I wanted to share my favorite poem with you. It’s a poem that my dad learned in school, taught us, and it’s one that he can still recite today.
It’s about a boy who’s sick in bed but lets his imagination and toys take him away to the land of counterpane.
The photo below is of my son, Zack, going up and away..I hope for my sons that their land of counterpane never dies!
The Land of Counterpane
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.
A few weeks ago my son Zack came home VERY excited about a project he had to do for class. His grade was having a bartering fair and each kid had to bring handmade items, create an advertising poster and barter!!! We made crayons. I got all types of molds (a set of 12 for only $5.00 on sale at the craft store) we recycled the crayons we had at home and purchased a few new boxes of new crayons to use. It was easy and so much fun! He designed his “Crayons of the Future” poster(see first photo) and his crayons were a hit! I was inspired to hear about the items other kids made which included hand folded paper airplanes and spin art. What a great way to teach kids the value of items and how things were done in the past and even today..many shop owners on etsy, including myself ,see the value and benefits of a good trade..my skill for your skill!
HAPPY TUESDAY ALL!!
SIDE NOTE: KIDS SHOULD NEVER HANDLE MELTED CRAYONS
Need a clever Valentine’s Day present that’s super cute and inexpensive? Why not take a look at our faux candy heart rings in our newest etsy shop, Sideshows:
They cost $5.99 (adult rings)
and only $3.50 (for the child size version)
This is a perfect favor idea and perhaps a cute romantic gift as well!
Just listed in our etsy shop, butterfly cake toppers that coordinate perfectly with our pinwheels (40 colors to choose from)
I knew these would be a hit with my kids. After taking these photos I decided to leave a few of the cupcakes out without saying a thing.
After eying them, smelling them, touching the butterfly, my youngest declared that he had his eye on the green one, the light green one!
My older son chose the blue butterfly cupcake and ate it with the topper still on despite protests from his younger brother…
“Um Zack, you can get hurt like that..I think you should take the butterfly out!”….
“Nope, I’ll be fine Ben!”
Life with boys….I love it!!
I love collaborating with photographers, they know exactly what they need and have an eye for seeing the beauty in truly anything!
I asked Nicole, the photographer of this session, to give me an idea of a Save the Date sign that she would like to use and this was the sign I designed for her, you can purchase the sign here:
This stunning engagement session was photographed in Colorado by a warm, kind photographer with a sharp eye for capturing beautiful moments, Nicole McDaniel, find her here:
I live with boys and I love everything about the fact that I am the only girl in the house…. BUT sometimes it just feels so good to make an all pink cake topper for a baby girl. My customers let me in on their lives in such a personal way. I feel so privileged and fortunate to make these items that celebrate life. Here’s to the baby girl that will be one on Sunday and to Jenna, a beautiful mom that loves her baby girl so very much!
Happy Thursday everybody..told you I’d be on the blog scene more this year! :O)