Sara from the blog Farmama gave me the Kreativ Blogger Award yesterday. Hooray! Thank you, Sara! Click on the title of this post to visit her wonderful blog about raising a family on a tiny sustainable farm in the southwestern United States.
Here's what Kreativ Blogger Award recipients are supposed to do:
1. Copy the award to your site.
2.Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.
.....and you are also to list 7 things about yourself.
I haven't figured out how to link within my posts yet! Please click on the blogs below in my blog list on the right hand column.
Here are my Kreativ Blogger Award recipients:
Magic Onions http: //themagiconions.blogspot.com/
Using wonderful photographs and two cute children, this blogger shows us a steady stream of creative nature crafts which young children can do. She also hosts a Friday Nature Table, where she invites visiting bloggers to link to their own nature crafts and posts about animals, plants, and bugs. She helps us nature bloggers to find one another. Thank you, Magic Onions!
Down in the Meadow http://downinthemeadow.blogspot.com/
Suzanne, in South Africa, opens the door to the wonderful world of her home, to the celebrations, special meals, games, and sunlit home-centered activities of her family's days. She has a very special flair for creating a beautiful scene and probably should have her own magazine. I would subscribe!
Syrendell is the blog of a wonderful waldorf homeschooling family. This busy mother, Jennifer, provides an incredible wealth of ideas for educating the children through nature, creativity and art, stories and literature, natural toys, and special seasonal family celebrations. How do they do so much?
Every time I visit Nicole's site I am completely bowled over by the gorgeous photography and words which carry me away to a place of country fun and nature magic. I wish I had a book by this talented blogger. I would love to curl up by the fire and get carried away into her world.
Attic 24 http://attic24.typepad.com/
Lucy's blog,which I recently discovered, is chock full of color and I go to it for my morning color vitamin. Her great photographs, her vibrant crochet work, and the threads she strands between different objects which share color bring me inspiration and joy, joy, joy.
5 Orange Potatoes http://5orangepotatoes.blogspot.com/
Another site with amazing photographs, 5 Orange Potatoes features enchanting child-made crafts and fascinating plant lore. A recent post showed how to make a tiny globe ornament terrarium of some of Shakespeare's plants. Very beautiful. I just recently found 5 Orange Potatoes and can't wait to see more.
Frontier Dreams http://frontierdreams.blogspot.com/
Another favorite new discovery, Nicole's Frontier Dreams makes me check in every day to see beautiful natural crafts, knitted stuff, waldorf inspiration, and cute little girls in prairie bonnets!
Seven Things About Me
I'm a portrait artist, and have been doing commissioned children's portraits for over twenty years. In recent years I have done series of children wearing costumes, and teens wearing their own individual daily costumes. I am now beginning a series of hand-colored lino prints of children playing.
Because of my husband's love, encouragement, and support, I get to make art everyday, and get to constantly learn and grow as an artist and crafter. I'm very lucky and I know it!
I love to watch my three children grow and develop through their own creativity and inventiveness. This is one of the most wonderful rewards of being a creative mother. Creativity is infectious.
It is also fascinating to watch what we parents pass on in other ways. One of the things I try to teach is "winging it", that is, improvising and figuring things out for yourself when you don't know how to do something.
I love to make things with children, and love to share what I know about nature with them.
I remember exactly what it felt like to be a child alone with a friend in the woods. We were explorers, survivors, pioneers, builders, inventors, and hunters. We were strong and independent and capable, and I think this is the way the woods make children feel if we can give them a chance to play there.
I find more and more that being in the woods or in the country or by the sea unwinds something inside of me, and brings me peace and joy. I need it more and more.
Acorn Pies is bringing many of things I love together in one place: children, families, nature, making toys, knitting, bugs, animals, plants, art, celebrations, the seasons, and stories. I feel my whole life becoming less compartmentalized and more integrated, and I love it!