June 3, 2013
May 29, 2013
getting upside down for 30 days in a row!
May 6, 2013
Come with rain, O loud Southwester!
Bring the singer, bring the nester;
Give the buried flower a dream;
Make the settled snow-bank steam;
Find the brown beneath the white;
But whate’er you do to-night,
Bathe my window, make it flow,
Melt it as the ice will go;
Melt the glass and leave the sticks
Like a hermit’s crucifix;
Burst into my narrow stall;
Swing the picture on the wall;
Run the rattling pages o’er;
Scatter poems on the floor;
Turn the poet out of door.
To the Thawing Wind
by Robert Frost
May 4, 2013
what to say about miss maria mitchell… she’s pretty much bad ass! maria mitchell (pronounced ma-RY-ah) was born in nantucket massachusetts in 1818. she was the first american woman to work as a professional astronomer. in 1848 she became the first woman member of the american academy of arts and sciences and a member of the american association for the advancement of sciences in 1850. in 1847 she discovered, using a telescope, a comet which was appropriately named miss mitchell’s comet. she was the first person, male or femele, to hold the post of professor of astronomy at vassar college and was the director of the observatory there. after discovering the difference in pay between herself and that of many young males at the college she insisted on a raise and she got it!
“not in vain do we watch the setting and rising of the stars”
rowan purelife, bluefaced leister
needles: one set of size us 6 ( 4mm) double point needles.
“we have a hunger of the mind. we ask for all of the knowledge around us and the more we get, the more we desire.” -maria mitchell
April 19, 2013
my etsy store is up and running again!
most of my inventory is gone, gifted, or used but a few have made a return this spring…
check it out yo!
April 19, 2013
steve and i have been birding. there is a small creek below our back porch whose surrounding trees are the home and mating playground to many species of birds.
this winters list:
black capped chicadee
red breasted nuthatch
steve saw a pine grosbeak (i’m still waiting for my peek)
but by far the most prevalent is the common redpoll.
we have been supplying a small bounty to these birds this winter in a clay bird feeder that my grandma made many years ago. i have spent a lot of time watching them and wondering about their personal lives. do meaningful interactions occur in their little community? and what about kindness and sharing? they’re so numerous and in such close proximity to each other that i assume they don’t distress one another.
i have seen large interactions close to the bird feeder and it just looks like a bunch of squabbling; i have also seen pairs on a more private branch touching beaks, sharing food? regarding each other. are they aware that it is likely beneficial to their survival to posses concern for the whole or is is strictly instinctual? or is the bird feeder representative of any human hub of gluttony where individuals go to gorge themselves on products and have no meaningful interactions whatsoever.
very fine handspun laceweight yarn
acid dyed shetland, cvm, mohair
redpolls are small finches that reside in the arctic tundra and boreal forests of the northern hemisphere. they have an undulating up and down pattern of flight. their tail is short with a notch at the tip. they are heavily streaked brown and white, white wingbars, black feathers around a yellow bill, and pale to bright red foreheads. males will have a burst of red across their breast and upper flanks. their call is a buzzy zap with a rising dreeee.
this yarn may be purchased here.
April 12, 2013
sometimes i don’t have any eggs, and sometimes i don’t have any milk, and sometimes, just sometimes, i really want some muffins. this is what i do when all of these sometimes occur at the same time.
i first thawed some rhubarb and then pureed it with orange juice, sugar, and flax seeds. i love to use flax seeds but to benefit from omega-3′s that they contain they need to be crushed or blended so as to not just pass through you whole. i boiled quinoa for just a few minutes and then drained it and allowed it to cool. i used white flower and wheat bran, chia seeds and apple juice, sesame oil, agave nectar, and vanilla. no eggs, no dairy, and a little baking powder!
bake for 25-30 minutes at 375°. makes 24 muffins.
i think they are sweet enough so i like to put plain butter on top. if you want to sweeten them up a little, blend some butter with a little honey, vanilla extract, and fresh orange juice. some orange zest would probably be good in both the muffin recipe and the butter but i always forget about that until after i’ve already finished.
you can download a printable recipe pdf !
some friends of my lovers just had a baby on the bathroom floor. i decided to make the wee little one a hat. it goes a little something like this…
Main color (MC): Araucania Sock Yarn
Contrasting color (CC): Handspun corriadale
Needles: one set of US 2 (2.75 mm) double points
the woman is a doctor and the babe is none the worse from his first little adventure!
January 14, 2013
color, space, and light;
a personal paradigm.
oil paint, charcoal, and conte crayon on board
© erin rae d’eimon 2012
*ujjayi: In relation to Yoga, it is sometimes called “the ocean breath”. Inhalation and exhalation are both done through the nose. The “ocean sound” is created by moving the glottis as air passes in and out. As the throat passage is narrowed so, too, is the airway, the passage of air through which creates a “rushing” sound. The length and speed of the breath is controlled by the diaphragm, the strengthening of which is, in part, the purpose of ujjayi. The inhalations and exhalations are equal in duration