Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A few of my favorite things...

Flowers, fresh fruit and honey from our hives.  Does it get any better?

My friend Breida (with a B), over here, turned me on to this fun link party organized by Laura of Ironstone Nest.  Since I am new to blogging and have four kids, I don't always get done (craft-wise) what I hope to in any given week (but in general, my children are fed, clean and clothed and often having fun, that's something)...but here is something I can do: a list of my favorite things. Here goes!

I love quilting.  That is the purpose of this talk about my love of quilting past, present and future and show some things I make.  I have wanted to make a red and white quilt ever since I went to this show last year. Lately, to get ready for my first Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild meeting, I have been working on some blocks led by Amy of Stitchery Dickory Dock through Craftsy (DEFINITELY A FAVE!!).  Using up my red & white stash...
These are the first four.  I have six more to catch up!!

Another favorite thing of mine is when my wildflower garden does what it is supposed to.

My flowers are often home to my bees.  I love bees, beekeeping and their product. 

Yup.  That's me.

The honey pirates!

This basket from the Pennsylvania Basket Company I got at the Rhinebeck Craft Fair a couple of years ago is so amazing---the craftsmanship astounds me.  I love to look at it even when it's empty...

But I love it even more when it is full of produce from my garden!!!

And little people help.

In the soap wars, Breida, I come down on the side of Peppermint Dr. Bronners! Minty fresh!  And cannot get through the day without my wicked wax.

I cherish that my boys love for me to read to them and are always bringing me their books.

Finally, I love handmade, natural wooden toys.  I save up for special occasions, usually Christmas.  And then I head over to Nova Natural for some things I love as much as my kids! And, handmade gift bags!  Saves paper and make great collecting bags later on!

Thanks for reading!  What are your favorite things?  Stop on by the Ironstone Nest and leave your list!!


  1. Wow, homemade honey! That would be a favorite of mine too! And I adore your basket!! Thank you for putting together a great list and thanks for linking up! Please remember to "follow" The Ironstone Nest either through Google Friend Connect or via Email subscription :-) XO Laura at The Ironstone Nest

  2. I think I need a beehive. That honey looks delicious!

  3. And Nell, One good inspiration deserves another - I'm sitting out on my deck watching the kids swim and thinking I should go photograph my field (it's looking very lovely just now - wild flowers - waving grasses) and then i saw YOUR post - and now I'm off to take some pictures. Today was the last day of school - Stepping Stones is tonight - Let the Wild Summer - BEGIN!