Tuesday, December 31

We had Christmas Eve dinner at Tim's mom's place, a lovely flat with giant pine trees outside the windows. There was a little snow shower, some champagne, lots of Cedar's cousins running around and he an avid observer.

Christmas Day was at my aunt's with more cousins, cold weather and hot soup, carol singing at the end. Late nights both.

Christmas through the eyes of children, kept simple, is so fulfilling. Young and old give each other the balance we need to make the holiday a whole. I feel like less is more so we've tried to keep things to basics these days.

It was a busy week. I've taken five rolls of film and dropped them off today to be developed. Tonight, New Year's Eve, I plan on finishing up some work out in the studio and turning in early with a cup of tea.

I hope you had a good holiday and enjoy a happy new year's beginning!

xo Brooke

Sunday, December 22

Is it just me or does life seem to come in fits and starts? Everything crashes and I can barely keep up and then, suddenly, all is well and there is all the breathing space in the world.

I wish we got to do this over, but we don't. And I would probably do things the same anyways.

I wish I could have one life to live it and then another life so I could watch me live it. Because I feel like I miss so much trying to do both.

Friday, December 20

In the Berry Patch // cloth story book

In the Berry Patch, cloth story book
12 pages, 6 x 7 x 2.5 inches
Hand and machine sewing, vintage & remnant fabrics & embroideries
Yellow thread hand-sewed binding

In the Berry Patch will be in my shop on Sunday.  Please let me know if you would like me to reserve this book for you.

xo Brooke

Tuesday, December 17

the tree's up

(last pic from my phone)

Our tree is up, or at any rate, the ornaments are hung and are safe. We may still get an evergreen.

Last week I was driving home at dusk and saw a six-pointed buck with a herd of about ten does on a front lawn. The buck had very fine posture as he held his antlers erect and stalked slowly across the grass, finally crossing the street and blending into the shrubs across the way. A plumber's van driving by flashed its brake lights as the driver caught a glimpse of antlers and for a moment as he passed, the plumber and I looked into each other's eyes and knew the shared joy of that unexpected sighting.

Saturday, December 14

Sunday, December 8

in the afternoon

I built a nature mobile while he assisted. String, a grapevine from the woods, and a collection of my favorite nature objects tied on simply. Very quick, very satisfying. Makes me happy when I see it.