Saturday, January 27, 2007

my spinning wheel!

the foot pedal is a bit chewed..the story is that small playful puppy got his teeth into it. it doesn't look great, but it works just fine. i think im going to make a felted pad for it just for fun..
sadly ive only spun 3 times on it..nothing worthy of showing since it wasn't very clean roving but i should be getting some nicer stuff soon..

Friday, January 26, 2007

banjo baby

wool felt & little folk...

little felt babies!

ngaio in the garden..

elwynn and i have been having a lot of fun making simple little felt folk.. i havn't had the time to sit down and really play with making them as i would like to, but all in good time! for now these are perfect..

card of the day..

Osho Zen Tarot
18. Past Lives

The child can become conscious only if in his past life he has meditated enough, has created enough meditative energy to fight with the darkness that death brings. One simply is lost in an oblivion and then suddenly finds a new womb and forgets completely about the old body. There is a discontinuity. This darkness, this unconsciousness creates the discontinuity.

The East has been working hard to penetrate these barriers. And ten thousand years' work has not been in vain. Everybody can penetrate to the past life, or many past lives. But for that you have to go deeper into your meditation, for two reasons: unless you go deeper, you cannot find the door to another life; secondly, you have to be deeper in meditation because if you find the door of another life, a flood of events will come into the mind. It is hard enough even to carry one life....

Osho Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen Chapter 7


The hands of existence form the shape of the female genitals, the opening of the cosmic mother. Revealed within are many images, faces from other times.

While it might be entertaining to fantasize about famous past lives, it is just a distraction. The real point is to see and understand the karmic patterns of our lives, and their roots in an endless repetitive cycle that traps us in unconscious behavior.

The two rainbow lizards on either side represent knowing and not-knowing. They are the guardians of the unconscious, making sure that we are prepared for a vision that might otherwise be shattering.

A glimpse into the eternity of our existence is a gift, and understanding the function of karma in our lives is not something that can be grasped at will. This is a wake-up call; the events in your life are trying to show you a pattern as ancient as the journey of your own soul.

"Take the hand of your child and invite her to go out and sit with you on the grass. The two of you may want to contemplate the green grass, the little flowers that grow among the grasses, and the sky. Breathing and smiling together-that is peace education. If we know how to appreciate these beautiful things, we will not have to search for anything else. Peace is available in every moment, in every breath, in every step." Thich Nhat Hanh\

Sunday, January 21, 2007

powerful images...

in a search for meaning on the interweb i found these images that really spoke to me and thought i would not sure of the artists, but thank you, whoever you are..

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


im making this cardigan for a little grrl in trade for some shoes, boots and a shirt for ngaio.. its working out really well! it is knit with hand painted yarn from uruguay in the miranda colourway.. it will be a full length sweater eventually!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

bean sprout thoughts..

everything is frozen...

on days like today it seems like it will never be warm again.
it makes me wish i could see just one wee sprout popping up through the crusty soil, pushing its little self up towards the sunshine with thoughtless abandon..

we take so much for granted. the weeds that grow through the cracks in the sidewalk and flowers that bloom on side streets have no hesitation and give everything just to be, only to be stepped on and poisoned but still they grow waiting patiently for the day when humans tread lightly..

if only everything in life were so simple and primal.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

at last! our new van...

new to us anyways..
its a 91' mitsubishi delica super exceed. 4x4 diesel and soon to be veggie oil powered.
it has the crystal light roof and icebox/warming box..
it is totally over the top cool..
mexico here we come!

a big thank you to oma & opa who helped fund this and to dominik who said
"money isn't everything" and accepted our much lowered offer..

Sunday, January 07, 2007

organic cotton..

im going to start summer knitting early with an apron top for ngaio with this beautiful lusciously soft organic cotton..

more silk..

these are dyed with an array of different things. kool-aid, liquid food colouring and solid food colouring...

a pirates life

my aunt annie made these little pirates for elwynn's christmas and birthday gift. they are fabulous!

a loss for the activist community and Food Not Bombs..

Filmmaker's slaying shocks Halifax community

Last Updated: Friday, January 5, 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

Members of the filmmaking community in Halifax are mourning Helen Hill, an animator and social activist who was shot to death in New Orleans on Thursday.

Hill, 36, was killed and her husband, Dr. Paul Gailiunas, was injured in the attack in their Louisiana home early Thursday morning. It was the city's sixth fatal shooting in 24 hours.

Police said officers found Gailiunas, 35, kneeling at the front door clutching the couple's two-year-old son in his arms. The boy wasn't hurt.

Walter Forsyth, executive director of the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-operative, said his friend Hill will be remembered for much more than the work she produced.

"She's really giving," he said. "She came here to make films and ended up starting Food Not Bombs and just helping people out on the street."

Halifax Food Not Bombs is a non-profit, volunteer run organization dedicated to providing free vegetarian meals to the local community.

Hill, from South Carolina, moved to Halifax in 1995 and made a name for herself through her animation work, as well as for her social activism.

Gailiunas won a humanitarian award from Dalhousie University when he graduated from medical school and helped set up the first charity foot clinic in Halifax.

Hill and Gailiunas left Halifax five years ago to live in New Orleans, the city where they first met.

New Orleans police don't have any suspects, nor any possible motives for the shootings.

But one neighbour said it was just like Hill and Gailiunas to open their door to someone in the wee hours thinking the person on the other side needed help.

Friday, January 05, 2007

moments in time...

elwynn at the last submissionhold show

at the sunhaven waldorf school summer fair..

ngaio's first cookie

just a few weeks old

i havn't been doing much knitting these days.. i have been organising and tidying and remembering what my kids were like a week ago..a month ago.. a year ago..
so here are some photos from those moments in time.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

dancing alone to songs from the past..

most days i love being a momma.
today has been a struggle.

maybe it is just the final exhaustion of the winter holidays coming to a close..the house guests that just went home and sickness that we have all been fighting for weeks.. but whatever the reason i feel like just being alone.

i dont feel like having a teething baby attached to my breast.i dont feel like changing up puddles on the floor or washing sticky hands.. i don't feel like listening to whining about which jammies to wear to bed.

my patience is thin and my body is tired. i know that somewhere inisde of me i have a reserve of energy but i need a quiet place to find it.

tonight i'll have to make do with the grey's anatomy sound track that timothy made me (and which i absolutely love) and my blog. a hot shower and clean sheets would be nice..maybe tomorow.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

soup and the herbs that make it souper..




my sister kyla's black bean soup recipe is my new favorite.. i love everything about it.
it is simple to make, delicious and hearty.

i made it a few weeks ago and timothy and i ate the whole pot of it in a day or two..
usually if i make a lot of something we eat it grudgingly after the first day and sometimes a bit ends up in the compost but it didn't seem like there was enough of this soup and we ate it to the very last drop.

i made it again last night adding zuchini and broccoli and carrots as well as the usual potato, onion, garlic (sauteed together) a can or two ofdiced tomatoes, 2 cans of black beans, a green bell pepper, fresh squeezed lemon juice, oregano, dry mustard powder, cumin and veggie bullion to taste. it takes very little time to thicken up into a wonderful aromatic dish.

timothy said he could smell it all the way up the street!

served with a spoonful of organic sour cream and a dash of hot sauce and a sprinkling of fresh coriander on the top for green and it is the perfect soup.

we have house guests with us for a few days and so we had it for the evening meal yesterday then today we had friends in and out all day visiting so the pot was on the table with corn chips and everyone enjoyed it.

i love cooking! especially when it is so well recieved.
if only i had thought of taking a photo.. it looks lovely as well.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


elwynn and i made these little folk using cotton chinelles, wool felt and wooden beads ( i didnt have small enough ones, so they look sort of funny)
they are very easy and lovely to make.
i created a simple pattern using a similar one that i bought a few years ago from the waldorf fair. elwynn practiced sewing by adding the stars to the blue one, which was a christmas gift for his great aunt annie!

Monday, January 01, 2007

the choice has been made..

we decided that for all practical purposes the mitsubishi is best.
if we buy land, which is next on our list of things to save up for, we will probably need a 4X4 and something that we can haul and work with.. we will likely buy land with very little but trees and nature on it, so having a working vehicle will be key.

we want to build an earth shelter home and maybe a tree house for elwynn... or maybe we will all have our own little home somewhere scattered in the forest and connected with paths of wild flowers and kale.

this house is our dream..

it the most stunning home that i have ever seen..
it is from here..