Wrapped in love

To stray from the rise of gardening spirit for just one moment, I simply must share that today is my daughters first birthday.  She was born in the evening, in front of the fire and her birth was indeed a fire birth if you will.  She is turning out to be a little fireball herself and I simply couldn’t love her more!  I love her so deeply, as all mothers do, but I am just astounded at how much she has taught me in this short year.

Her first lesson to me was “you can not do this alone”.  I love community and people but I can also be quite the loner, especially when it comes to hard tasks and challenges.  She told me loud and clear, “Gather the troops mama, you will need them this time around!”

So I boldly did.  I asked for something that required attention, care, focus and most of all time, which is solid gold to most mamas I know.

IMG_0310I asked them to weave together a net for Eva and I to catch us when we fell, ( which we in fact did about 5 weeks into her life).

IMG_0504I asked them to knit us a blanket to warm us with motherly love in the coldest, darkest days of the year (and what felt like the darkest days of my entire life at the time).

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IMG_0502And so they did.  Without any hesitation, they got to work, rummaging through their stash baskets, finding a simple form for all to fit into, holding gatherings to knit and laugh and do what needed to be done.

 

Stitch by stitch, square by square we all prepared for the day of her birth, together in our thoughts of this little girl who would come and be a part of our woven fabric of womanhood.

Each hue handed to me with a prayer and a kiss tucked inside.

And then, ever so carefully and communally, the rainbow was woven together, stronger than any net ever made, brighter than all the colors in the universe, and warmer then any blanket on the coldest of winter nights.

I had it to lay my baby on the day she arrived in my arms.

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It caught us and cradled us, warmed us and brightened us, all because of the women who rose to create it.  They kept coming too, with food and flowers and friendship and still do, even a year later, and I have no doubt they will be with us till the end.

Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 11.09.09 PMOn this day I weep in love not only for my daughter and her wisdom but for the women who rise every time, in every way, every single day to do what needs to be done, to care for, to feed, to comfort, to celebrate, even to scold.  These are the women of the whole world and I am proud to raise up yet another woman on this spinning earth who I know will be taught by the very the finest, to do what needs to be done and to not be afraid to ask for help when it is needed.  I am proud of my women today and proud to be a woman who loves so freely, so fiercely and so necessarily!

I was also taught by my daughter, to give thanks for what you are grateful for and to sing that thanks to the world.  So sisters, Thank you, from the very bottom of my heart, there is not much more to say than I love you.

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Adapted by Katie Feldspausch from ‘The Tapestry Poem’ by Corrie ten Boom

My life is but a weaving,
Between my world and me.
I cannot change the color
For Life works steadily.

The dark threads are as needful
In the skillful weavers Hand
Aside bright threads of rainbow
The world’s stitched up in my plan.

Often times It weaves in mystery,
And Many days of cheer,
Wrapping it all around me,
My world is far from fear.

Now the room is silent
And the wool will lay to rest,
The life weaved in this blanket,
Will forever be so blessed.

  • Read to me with the gifting of the blanket

Big Day Sale!!

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Lots to celebrate around here!!  My birthday is tomorrow, then the sacred day of love, spring thaw, seeds sprouting and of course baby due any day now…oh and I re- named my Etsy shop to coincide with everything else here at Seeds and Stones IMG_3610

…So, just for fun, I decided to have a spring cleaning sale at Seeds and Stones Shop.

By using the code BIGDAY you will recieve %20 off any of the items listed.

This is a quick little sale– only from now to the Feb 15th so act now!!

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Mama Katie with baby Charlotte inside Feb 2014

My gift to you, because life is beautiful & abundant and I am grateful!

What better way to share the love!

2015 Planting Calendar is going to the Printers, reserve yours NOW!!

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Back by popular demand —The Gardeners Year- A Zone 6 planting guide to get you growing all year long in 2015

Yep that’s right, better late than never ( I wanted to have it ready for Christmas, but alas I am on the slow train these days)IMG_3382

This calendar is in it’s third year of printing and is different every year.  I fill it with pictures, planting tips and best of all, a day by day planting guide that tells you what to plant where & when according to me, as well as the moon and the stars. Check out last years to get a feel for what I am talking about, though this years is less wordy than last’s.IMG_3385

I will be printing a very small amount this year, (as baby is due in 5 short weeks!!) and will not be able to hustle them…so please let me know ASAP if you are interested and I will be sure to save a copy for you.  You can just leave a comment here showing your interest before the final order is in. Calendars cost $25 each.

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You will have yours in hand within a week or so, just in time to begin your gardening year!!

Light of the Stone

The first light of Advent is the light of stone–. Light that lives in crystals, seashells, and bones.-Rudolf Steiner IMG_3606 I am new to the whole journey of advent myself.  As a child we had much anticipation towards Christmas, eating a candy cane every night of December thanks to our advent calendar.  There were some beautiful candle lighting ceremonies in our Quaker Meeting, but I have much to learn about the ceremonies of the season of darkness and light in my adulthood.  Though I do let myself be guided and love when synchroniscities illuminate my way. IMG_6492 I couldn’t decided tonight weather to go out to the studio to work with my magical collection of gem stones or to make medicinal jewelry for my up coming Holiday Sale, or weather to do a little research on how to celebrate advent in our home…I choose being horizontal with research and was pleasantly surprised to find out that advent begins tomorrow, with of course the Mineral Kingdom. IMG_6510 For the first week of Advent the world of stones shall be honored and praised for it’s gifts bestowed upon us, what a beautiful gesture that the rocks, mountains and sands we all stand upon every single day of our lives shall get a whole week of attention in many families homes & hearts, not to mention and ton of attention from me. IMG_6320 Just knowing this will just give my week more depth and meaning, as I plan to spend every evening I can working with the minerals so I can have a bountiful array of jewels to offer at this years Waldorf School Winter Faire.   Working with stones is one of my favorite, introspective and truly magical interests, but alas does not get much of my time since mothering got added to my job title list.  But once a year, around this time, As I lay the gardeners to bed I immediately jump from inside to out, day to night and start working little a little elf for Holiday Sales. IMG_6512 I discovered the Waldorf Winter Faire last year and was so well received by friends and kin that now I see no need to do any other.  You see, amid many different family fun festivities there is a humble little craft sale put on as a fund raiser for this wonderful school in our community, that I am learning to appreciate and connect with more and more.   While kids play and community connects mamas and men, guys and girls alike, can sneak away and do some serious Holiday purchasing.  Though it is small it if full of amazing artisans and promises many beautiful handmade gifts for the gathering, all from local artists which really makes the the meaning of connection potent in the gifts given. IMG_6514 So for the ONE and ONLY Desert Diosa Jewelry Sale of 2014 come see me next Saturday Dec 6th at the Santa Fe Waldorf School Winter Faire and celebrate with me the Light of the Stone.

Together at last!!

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This is the latest love of my life, name yet to be determined!!  She was the second doll I have made, this one for my niece who turned 3 yesterday.  She was special from the beginning, as what is not special about a little doll for a little one?  I worked on her for weeks, and my son would often remind me,

“Mama we have to work on Juni’s doll!”  So be both wove our love & time into her. IMG_6289

Every step was a learning process, but I was so pleased with the results I carried her around for days myself.  The clothes hand-made, tailor fit, the hair made to match that of her new little mama’s.  She even got to play with my son’s doll, who now looks extremely odd next to her….IMG_6286

Though it was a little hard to pack her in a box and send her far, far away, I waited for patiently for her to arrive into my niece’s arms.  And sure enough, she was well received!!  “She looks like me!” was exclaimed with glee!  What could be better than hard work so well received!! IMG_0304

 

So, as this crafting season is upon us and the pressure of gifts, made or bought is upon us, I am trying to really connect with the spirit of giving really is.  Letting the spirit of who people are, what the need and what they love guide me to create things that will reach from my heart to theirs.  I truly hope that the gift giving frenzy can be warded off with slow steady gestures of connection & love.  Nothing more scary than a crazed, crafty mama, now is there?!  So my friends let the crafting begin!!

 

 

 

Introducing Storymama

On this quiet, calm winter’s day I am feeling so full from the holiday cheer and so grateful to be able to just rest and soak it all in.

It is the perfect day for a little story telling around the fire, don’t you think?

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To inspire, I would like to introduce you to my friend Brenna and her new Blog Storymama.  She has been a beckon of light to me on this journey of motherhood with her intentional ways and beautiful stories.  We have been collaborating on filming her beautiful puppet shows and here is the first of hopefully many.  She really has a gift for softly sharing magical tales that touch both young and old.  I am sure you will enjoy her gifts as much as I do.  

Solstice Greetings

At mid day, the suns southern rays reach half way into the house, the furthest point the sun will touch all year.

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The little woolen angel basks in the afternoons glow

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The divine mother cradles her babe in warmth & love

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And a family of shepherds and their flock gather together on this cold winter day.IMG_3341

All is calm all is bright, happy return of the sacred light.

Sew Busy!!

I am not bustling in malls, standing in lines, or really buying much of anything for Christmas this year, but I am sew busy!!  ( I know my titles can be a little corny, sorry, I just can’t help myself!)

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I have been sewing up a storm and my latest creations have been a flurry of more up-cycled Merino PJs.

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If you have not tried this, really you must!!  I love those German Woolies, but with a $5 Thrifted sweater you could turn this……

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Into these…..

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Or take this…..

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cut like this…..

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And make this….

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and these…..

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And be lift with just a tiny pile of waste

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that will no doubt be used someday soon for something soft and sweet.

And that Cherry Red Grandma cardigan

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Christmas Jammys!

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Oh what fun we have on cold wintery days!  I may not have any money for lots of stuff, but who needs stuff when you got skills, now that is Christmas magic!!

Happy Winter magic making to you!