Monday, August 18, 2014

Colorado Postcard

Oh, summer vacation. How you flew by! Here are a few more photos from our Colorado adventures. We celebrated Logan's birthday this year with a big dinner. Richard, Dennis, Holmes, Candace, and Greco (from Brooklyn!) came by and we served smoked ribs, grilled chicken, potato salad, and Rocky Ford cantaloupe. I also made two buttermilk pies for my Logan since he requested them for his birthday dinner. We had a great evening and I ended up laying down in the bedroom listening to all the menfolk talk politics, fishing, and other important things. What a fun evening!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Cache La Poudre River

I have a ton of photos from my Colorado vacation with my family of men who love to flyfish on this scenic river. These photos were taken on the second day on the Cache La Poudre River when I followed Grant late in the afternoon to a place just below the falls. This is a place (somewhat close to The Trading Post Resort in the North Park) with some nice pools of water just below large waterfalls. He stayed in the pools and didn't boulder hop this time since it was getting dark and the fish weren't biting much. Grant caught 96 fish during the week and released most of the trout (browns and rainbow) back into the river. I think he needs new wading boots, don't you? Orvis doesn't make this style anymore.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lucky Bunny

I finally finished this sweet little bunny yesterday. Lucky bunny is knit with hand-dyed organic wool yarn from a local farm, Maggie's Farm, using 000 Addi Turbo circular knitting needles. Since I've been finding 4 leaf clovers all summer on my walks, I decided this green bunny is going to bring luck too. My shop is on vacation now but I'll reopen sometime in August. I still need to make an outfit for this sweet bunny. Stay tuned! Love, Marianne

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Best things about summer

I do love summertime. Michigan blueberries, farm fresh eggs, and dessert pears are a few of the best things about summer. A longtime and dear friend, Carolyn, came by today and brought me a hugh bags of Seckel heirloom dessert pears from one of her trees. They are now in cool storage slowly ripening up.  Lucky me!

I've been taking at least a 2 mile walk every morning. Today was hot and steamy with a southern wind that kept blowing my hat off. I love to come back home after my long walk, put on my big black boots to keep the chiggers off me, and water the plants in the garden. The butterfly garden is looking a little wild right now. Hurray for summer!

Friday, July 11, 2014


I'm enjoying my summer ~ today I made refrigerator pickles with cucumbers from the West Middle School garden. Oz has been traveling so I've been working in the garden, playing in the studio making more hats, and knitting a multicolored bunny. Hopefully I'll have something to show you next week. ~ Marianne

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Being an Auntie

Since I don't have daughters, I really cherish the time I have with my nieces. Two of them were in town last week and we were able to spend some wonderful time together. Whenever Pippi is in Kansas we plan a special day together. We went shopping, out for lunch,  and enjoyed our time together. She's so grown up all of a sudden! My other darling niece Cleo has just graduated from high school and is getting ready to start college. She asked me all kinds of questions about myself. "Did I go to college and did I ever work?" Things she would not know about me since I've just been a momma for the longest time. It is so sweet to think about her future!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Helen, The Cat

Helen has new clothes that I washed and are hanging on the clothes line. Her dress will be pressed and she'll be ready to go in my shop soon.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cabbages and Lettuces

When I was a kiddo, my mom would often send me to the Jewel grocery store with a list of things to buy for dinner. On one shopping trip, I remember selecting a nice big green cabbage thinking it was iceberg lettuce. When I got home, Mom sent me right back to the store to get the right thing (darn it, Marianne!) and I had to ask the grocer for help because I didn't know what iceberg lettuce was. It was that day when I started to wonder where my food came from. Where did that head of lettuce and rejected cabbage come from anyway? Eight year old minds want to know!

So now, when I'm not working in the studio on my artwork, I'm working for CMEF (Community Mercantile Education Foundation). Part of CMEF's mission is to help connect children to locally grown fruits and vegetables, right out of their own school garden! I'm on the board of directors and working as treasurer again this year.

Invest in this great project: Growing Food, Growing Health School Garden Project and consider an online donation.  Thanks so much! Love, M

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy purses ~

I've made a purse a day this week. I'm trying to finish up some of my smaller sewing projects before I make another knit animal. I have plans to make another sweet kitty, a colorful bunny, and a new grey fox. I have 4 new purses in my Etsy shop and am taking 3 purses to Essential Goods. These two are now in my shop.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Sweet Kitty by WilleWorks

This sweet Kitty is now in my etsy shop. I sold Miss Daffodil this morning! My shop is looking a bit empty but Sweet Kitty will keep Bronwyn Bunny company.