I spoke too soon when I said there wasn't any more time for bunnies. That first one was so fun to make and play with after. (Seems there's always time for bunnies!) When it sold out, I reworked the design to make room for two bunnies, Peach and Ginger, and their two spring baskets. Finishing up, I had the idea to add a basketful of words that could just be snipped and stitched onto the plaques. Cute, no?
Over the weekend I'll get to work on stitching up the samples, but they will look a lot like their sweet bunny cousin.
This stitchable set comes with three wool felts, white for bunnies, pink for one basket and blue for another.
If you purchased the first bunny kit and are wanting this one too, convo me on Etsy. We'll work something out. xoxo
Just remembered that I took these sunset shots the other night at Jane's new place. We were up on her treetop deck catching the last bits of a beautiful day. All the places I mentioned in the last post (Dayboat, Eileen Fisher, PT) are right there, so pretty and sparkling in the fading rosy dusk. Click on the photo and see it bigger.
We moved here from Chicago 12 years ago so my husband Andy could renovate this historic eight-acre warehouse property. We lived there for the first few years- the only residents. Now, it's a thriving commercial center with offices, restaurants and showrooms, all so beautifully done. He built the taller building with all the windows on the right (with PT on it).
The second view looks down toward Manhattan. You can barely see the GW Bridge where the Palisades fade away there. From the river's edge and the park, you can see the skyline.
If you are ever in the city with a little free time, hop on the Hudson line and ride up the river for 40 minutes. Lets you off right there on the platform! Have lunch or dinner or riverside cocktails at any one of the many fantastic restaurants in town. There are a number of shops and historic sites nearby to visit as well. It's so worth the trip. Aren't we lucky to have it every day!
This winter has been a tough one. But for my mom, it's been especially hard. Between the cold and the snow, her world has been shrinking. The sidewalks are, well, forget about that, and the apartment is so small that exercise is hard to manage. Walking the hallways is seriously depressing.
A year ago she was in PT at the local hospital which was amazing for strengthening. She accomplished so much there with a wonderful therapist. But besides being tough to get to, the parking was tricky, far-away and the actual distance to the department was unwalkable for her. And then when we got there, she invariably had to wait in a long line of in and out-patient wheelchairs. Some of those unfortunate folks were in such bad shape that it just made you want to cry. We would sometimes eat in the hospital coffee shop afterwards. Although the outings and sessions were all good for her muscles, it was often pretty crushing on the spirit. Mine included.
This winter Mom asked her doctor for a prescription to return to PT so she could get out of the wheelchair again. But she asked me not to take her back to the old place. I looked around and happily found a new PT studio just opened right here in town, in our old building at the river!
And la-dee-da! That puts it almost next door to her favorite restaurant. Dayboat.
Where we can start early and eat a delicious prix fix lunch (sesame salmon) in a quiet and beautiful room.
There's still time to stop by next door and visit with her shop friends at the elegant and serene Eileen Fisher Lab Store.
And then actually walk (!) down the way to PT where she works out with Jim, her spunky, flirty new therapist.
They already have a plan.
She's teaching him the box step. He's training her with new exercises ....
because she intends to be on the dance floor at Maggie's wedding.
And it's all so much better ... it just makes you want to cry.
Maggie and James are getting married in eight weeks! The official wedding timeline has kicked in.
But, for a bit there, I was thinking about bunnies and Easter and what we could stitch for that occasion. One day I drew this really sweet little bunny .... and then a spring basket for him .... and then had this fantastic aha! when I figured out how to put him in the basket!
And take him out too .....
And put him back in .....
So, in between addressing invitations and still shopping that impossible MOB dress .....
Behind the scenes here, I've hopped forward to the bunny season.
I know it's been all about valentines on the blog, but quite awhile ago, I took on bunny-crafting for Amy's online magazine, Inspired Ideas. This is one of my two projects for her darling spring issue of the magazine. Have you subscribed?
Hop over there and get in on the fabulous fun. So many lovely and sweet crafts for Spring. It's coming. Yes, it really and truly is!
A few days ago I made some strawberry muffins as comfort food for friends. My market had some amazing berries this week. So delicious, I want to make them again. Strawberries are heart-shaped, just the right color for the valentine season and a healthier alternative to cookies and cupcakes. (But still love those!) These would be perfect for Valentine's Day breakfast on Monday as the family runs out the door to work.
The trick to good muffins is stirring the batter just barely enough to get everything blended. Easy does it.
Strawberry Muffins (adjusted from a recipe found here)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped strawberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Prepare an 8 cup muffin tin, or use paper liners.
In a small bowl, combine oil, milk, egg and vanilla. Beat lightly. In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar. Toss in chopped strawberries and stir to coat with flour. Pour in milk mixture and stir together only to moisten. Don't over-mix.
Fill muffin cups. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 25 minutes, or until the tops bounce back from the touch. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans.
Amy Powers and her crafty friends (me, too!) have been hard at work. The newest issue of her Inspired Ideas is here and ready to share with the world. Fantastic projects for Valentine's Day, Easter, Spring!