Flowers are popping up everywhere in the field at the top of our hill — wild irises and bluebells and lilacs bushes that seem to have been there forever. All the weed-y wildflowers that only children seem to notice.. wild sweet peas, buttercups and the start of the Queen Anne's lace.
We've been putting our f&f exclusive Nature Collection Tray to fine use this month, gathering and collecting as we go. It's so interesting how a field of flowers can come together into a lovely collection for drawing, imagining, smelling & feeling that may otherwise go unnoticed. Our next project is to take the dried lilac blossoms & soak them in oil to create a lovely scented homemade perfume to remind us of the beautiful spring we've had.
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I purchased this doll cradle several years ago at a thrift shop in hopes of giving it to my some-day daughter. My prayers were answered and in anticipation of my daughter's 2nd birthday recently I pulled the cradle out of storage. It needed some work — a new bottom and of course a handmade tufted mat made of ticking. A pillow and a blanket and some handmade doll clothes as well. My hands have been busy sewing!
I enjoy simple projects like this that take more time than money, that carry a certain sentiment that will last throughout the years with all of my daughter's laughter, smiles and gentle care of her little baby dears.
Whoever saw a child tired of seeing, of examining in his own way, unfamiliar things? This is the sort of mental nourishment for which he has an unbounded appetite, because it is that food of the mind on which, for the present, he is meant to grow — Charlotte Mason
My daughter is at this stage, the pull-everything-out-and-try-it-on stage. She can now put a pair of socks on in like 3 seconds and beams a great big smile of satisfaction.
Plus, chubby baby knees in knee high socks, cutest evvvvvvvver.
“In the meantime, relax. Take a break. Look at the clouds. Listen to the wind. Let the birds do the heavy lifting." ― Richard Louv
We love to tromp around in the woods with our children, to explore fields and climb trees. Along the way, children gather. Leaves are picked up, rocks & acorns find their way into pockets, pinecones in hand. Your children will love to see their gatherings come alive in our fawn&forest exclusive Nature Collection Trays, a satisfying way to end a good walk outside.
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The month of November always holds such meaningful and sweet memories for me, a month I always look forward to. It's the month I became a mother & the birth of my first son, the month my husband and i married all those years ago ... the grand kick off to the year's final celebrations. Plus, endless soups and evenings of beeswax candles, spiced apple cider and all the pie you could ever really wish for.
My daughter, Lucy at the patch. I love linen for myself and it's even better for children. It can withstand the muddiest play and doesn't mind being wrinkled. I've stocked the shop with the loveliest linens from Tortoise & the Hare, be sure to have a look.
It's starting to feel as though we've lived in Yamhill, Oregon forever but we moved into the little house just less than a month ago. The house is tiny (literally, a mere 160 square feet plus a loft for the kids' sleeping area) but the land is magnificent, 20 acres in the heart of Oregon Wine country. Our home is at the top of a gentle ridge with rolling hills, hundred year old oak trees and valley views abound! All the fresh air and endless projects is just what my family needed and we have fully embraced the dramatic change in our life.
And amongst those endless projects, settling into the little house (for now, a proper farmhouse is to come!) and making ourselves at home on our land, we do have a few things on our summer to-do list.
We are currently in the middle of Swiss Family Robinson, such a perfect book to set the tone for fearlessness and adventure!
I found the complete collection of Beatrix Potter's stories, all 22 little books and those amazing illustrations, we can't wait to dig in.
Plant a herb and flower garden. We're a bit late to plant a summer garden this year. We may get around to a winter plot but in the meantime the kids and i started a handful of plants including white swan echinacea, calendula and arnica. I love the interesting seed selection from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Work in our field journals - paint, sketch and collect! This will inspire you.
Foraging. Our property is filled with treasures. We're identifying which trees produce what, where the best blackberries and truffles are and how to harvest those hazelnuts! This book peaks my interest, so much to learn.
A rope swings for the kids! We have a grove of ancient Oregon White Oaks where it's thought the first homestead site was. We've put up a few hammock chairs for mom & dad but a few rope swings for the kids is in order.
A visit to the Oregon coast, our middle son's 8th birthday request! It's only an hour away and makes for a beautiful day.
We live in the heart of Oregon's Wine Country. Countless vineyards growing Pinot Noir dot the countryside and I'm convinced there is no place more beautiful place that this. We visit vineyards regularly, a few favorites are Willakenzie (child friendly and the estate is lovely), Eyrie (Oregon's first vineyard and such a treasure) and Argyle (a fun spot in Dundee with the most amazing sparkling wine)
I'll save our list of summer projects and recipes to share on another day. Have a wonderful weekend filled with intention and love.
Nothing quite beats wooden animals that don't make a peep other than out of the imagination of your child! Plus, have you noticed that little hands like to hold little things? My favorite European made wooden animals are available here.
Your children will likely need no prompts to play, but I love this idea of adding wool felt elements to the scene.
Starting today, a free gift for all our wonderful customers! A pack of heirloom flower seeds by Botanical Interests, free with every purchase. Just for fun, because it's spring & flowers are irresistible! Growing flowers with our children is a joy no matter where you live!
Her brothers are outside building forts, rounding up the goats and finding secrets plots in the forest. While I imagine she'd love to be out with them (soon enough little girl!) for now she's inside kissing her new babies and playing with my candlesticks. Loads of new goodies, including these babies, that crocheted mushroom rattle and the sippy cup mason jar topper will be on the NEW f&f ... just a few more weeks...
Reading to my children is the dearest part of my day. Right now we're deep in The Wind in the Willows, so beautifully descriptive ... Lucy, always grabbing ... & her favorite wood rattle close at hand.
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