Thursday, April 17, 2014

In a Word:

Lines Written in Early Spring by William Wordsworth

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:--
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In the Studio:

Here is a tutorial from the website Panda Hall on making your own cage for putting all sorts of beads and baubles ( I like to use sea glass and sea marbles). Click here to be taken to the original post!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

In a Word:

Describe plum-blossoms?
Better than my verses...white
Wordless Butterflies
 ~ Reikan

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

In the Studio:

Cut out a desired size from box, fold in half, fill with blank or lined paper, add a button and cord, and decorate with pretty paper along the binding. VoilĂ !
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Musings:

It's that time of year again. The tapping of the maple trees began last month in the Northeast. Did you know it takes 40 gallons sap to make 1 gallon maple syrup. What do you like to eat with maple syrup
Here is a delicious recipe I would love to try:

Maple Cinnamon Applesauce

Naturally sweetened, rustic homemade applesauce that cooks in under twenty minutes. This chunky applesauce tastes just like apple pie filling—serve it on oatmeal or pancakes for breakfast, as a sweet snack (try adding yogurt and granola), or dessert (with creamy ice cream).

3 Gala apples (or another variety of sweet red apple)
3 Granny Smith or pippin apples
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
dash of sea salt

Peel, core and chop the apples into 2-inch chunks. In a heavy, nonreactive Dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat, combine the apple chunks, maple syrup, cinnamon and lemon juice. Cover and simmer for about 12 minutes, or until the apples have softened up a bit.
Uncover the pot and continue cooking, stirring occasionally to break up the larger chunks, until the apples are soft but still have some texture (5 to 10 minutes). Remove from heat and, if necessary, add more maple syrup, cinnamon or lemon juice, to taste. Serve warm or chilled; let it cool to room temperature before storing it in the fridge.

recipe via