Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.

Ashley Smith

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

This morning's harvest...

Sometimes I forget that I AM living the dream.

I forget because sometimes "the dream" is hard work.  sometimes it's hot.  sometimes I'm tired. sometimes it seems like there is more to do than there is time to do it.

But sometimes I remember.

This morning's eggs
collected fresh

washed and left to air dry.
Fresh picked raspberries for our smoothies!

and the

Pièce de résistance:

the first tomato!
for size comparison, a quarter!

Blurry, yet beautiful...

 Sometimes, I remember.  

And when I remember, life is sweet.

And the dream, spectacular.

 I hope you are all enjoying the last few days of summer.  It goes by fast (like life) so remember to get out and revel in it!




Monday, August 20, 2012

Craft as therapy

Crochet Saved My Life

I recently heard about this book through a Facebook page called Moogly. (Moogly has all sorts of great crochet patterns- you should check it out!)

So I went and read all about it on the Crochet Concupiscence website.  I read the introduction on the Amazon Kindle "look inside!" link (a feature I LOVE!) which you can access here:  And I am fascinated by it.  Fascinated by the subject matter, the format, the fact that it is self-published and the courage it must have take Kathryn Vercillo to tell the story.

I read the Bios of the women who shared their stories for this book.  It amazes me what people have lived through, how they cope day to day with debilitating illness, trauma (physical, emotional and psychological), pain.  Their courage and willpower humble me.

Originally I started this post in response to a give away:
 "as part of a Crochet Concupiscence giveaway for the new book Crochet Saved My Life" 

But now, I just want to get the word out about this wonderful book and spread the idea that crochet (and hand crafts in general)  are beneficial to your mental and physical health. 

And, for me at least, they are also beneficial to the health of those around me (as in when I have my crochet hook in hand I am way less likely to want to grab you around the neck for moving so slowly :)...)

Therefore, if I am randomly selected as one of the 5 recipients of this book, there will be an ensuing give away here.  Because I am buying a copy.

Read, enjoy and spread the word!