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Wednesday, 31 October 2007
It had to be said.
Rowan was a wonderful lion this evening~ she laid in her wagon and drowsed, bestirring herself to get out and see the neighbours and then flopping down again. Kind of like when you go to the zoo and the lions never move!
But before that she was a very feisty little lion, galloping (?!) and trying to decide if she was a lion or a monkey that looked like a lion (it looked more like a lion swallowed a monkey...). She enjoyed the Halloween traditions and we got around her food allergies by taking a bag of treats (wool play food and ghost shaped crayons) for the neighbours to give her~ it was odd to have them take a treat from our bag to give back to Rowan!
But she has a nice collection of wool play food (all from Tiffany at Fair Trade Family)~ including a carrot, a couple ice cream cones and a very cute mug of hot cocoa with whip cream on top as well as a small assortment of safe treats like jelly beans to enjoy.
We also took some bookmarks (made by Becky at Becky's Paper Creations) with us to share with our closer neighbours ~ last year we made little pumpkin cards~ to help instill a sense of gratitude and sharing (so Halloween isn't just a big grab and run!) when we are given something. Giving her favourite grown ups something special was fun for Rowan and it was actually the action that overcame her shyness at their doors~ she stepped forward and gave them all their bookmarks (and told them what they were for), even though she wouldn't say 'Trick or Treat'.
Monday, 29 October 2007

Crayons go with childhood like footie jammies and swings! I was working on making some yesterday and Andy came into the kitchen~ "mmm! The smell of crayons!" ~ and you can smell them, too, can't you?
At BTRT we are producing some high quality, fun and usefull little crayons for toddlers and preschoolers. Like lots of our toys, we want them to be durable, portable and safe. All our crayons come in little pouches which work great for keeping them in the diaper bag, a purse or any other place (no crayon marks all over, no dinged up crayons!) and all the crayons are thick, colorful and strong enough for toddler handling.
The rounded ones in particular make great first crayons as they fit in the palm of a toddler's hand for ease of laying down color (while their pincer grip is still developing for holding traditional crayons which gets frustrating and the crayons break!). the other fun shapes are best for 2+ (Rowan loves the turtles and they doubled as alligator food during a long wait at the doctor's today LOL).
Saturday, 27 October 2007
OK, not myself, but my shop to see if the domain is in use, I am pretty much it for the phrase BTRT othert han the oringinal source poem and some other poetry (all quite interesting, in fact!) and lyrics. And I found a very sweet promo on the Etsy TransCanada Team Blog. Cool! :)
Friday, 26 October 2007

I am not very good with keeping our parents up to date with pictures and such. Heck, I am a year behind on getting pictures printed from the digital files!
My mother recently moved close to us and more recently moved much further away (nothing to do with us, honest!) and we are about 400 km away from the closest relatives at this time. We had big plans for sending pictures monthly (see above confession) and I have gotten lax at e-mailing them, too.
So I have resolved to send something to my family once a week (by e-mail) and need to find a way to connect better with Andy's folks (who are in the nursing home), since I don't seem to get pics out (see above confession, again) and they get really baffled by DVDs. Suggestions welcome!
This is the picture my mom got this morning :).
On a side note, when on EARTH did my baby become such a big girl?!?
Oh, and this is for grandma, too! I am a little embarrassed about my singing but Grandma loves to see Rowan do the 'dead bunny song' (so Grandma calls it).

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

My first collaboration in a series: Teeny Treasures for Tiny Hands is up! These sets are geared for toddlers and preschoolers and are chock full of natural, simple toys for quiet times and travel. Everything fits in the hand dyed silk pouch for ease of carrying. A perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer!
This first one features a gorgeous wee fairy by the Hillcountry Dollmaker
as well as a fairy scribbler by Becky's Paper Creations, Magic Bath Crayons from Natural Madison and a set of flower crayons and Fairy Silkies from us at BTRT, plus a $5 Gift Certificate for a future purchase at Beneath the Rowan tree.
Other planned collaborations include:
Under the Sea (felted whale, 4 Square Roots sea images, pouch and Fairy Silkies, whale and dolphin giant crayons, Bath crayons, gift certificate...)
Fast & Slow (Mini Roller car, turtle crayons, airplane scribbler, pouch and Fairy Silkies, bath crayons, gift certificate...)
Giddy Up! (Wool horse, matching crayons and scribbler, pouch and silkies, bath crayon, gift certificate...)
Into the Woods (Mini bean bag set ~ gnomes, pouch and silkies, scribbler, giant owl crayons, bath crayon, gift certificate...)
As well as something built around some fabulous hair clips for girls by Jodi at Happy House Quilts.
Here are some pics of the finished set. Whew! That is a lot of tiny detail work, but it was fun to do and I am satisfied with the end result. This set is set to go on sale at Take Off Your Shoes tonight at 9 pm.
Sunday, 21 October 2007
The post about the rowan and jacaranda tree made me realize that my last pictures with Rowan and our rowan tree were over a year ago, so we grabbed a couple pictures late this afternoon!

It was a gorgeous day here and we grabbed the to opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and clean up the yard before the snow flies!
I am working on a very special set of Square Roots(tm) for the holidays.
Generally Square Roots come in sets of pairs, but in this case, there are 12 unique designs in the set~ I am producing a limited edition Nativity Story Tiles set.
When working on Bible literacy with children, play and repetition and action are so important ~ so that they feel and touch and experience the story.
This set of tiles will allow children to tell the Christmas Story~ whether along with a child's version from the scriptures, or from their own imaginations and memories.
Each tile pertains to part of the scriptural account (so they are useful with children who can read and follow the story by organizing the tiles) and appeals to little hands, eyes and even ears with their satisfying 'clink'.
A wonderful resource for the home (when little ones can't play hands on with the Nativity figurines) or the Sunday School classroom. Stocking soon at Beneath the Rowan Tree on the Take Off Your Shoes congo.
This is a picture of a few of the tiles, more to follow soon!
Saturday, 20 October 2007
How cool is this? I recently sent a shirt to a mama in Australia for her little guy (an Etsy purchase). We struck up a light hearted conversation around the difference in our trees between Canada and Australia (she has promised me pictures of a jacaranda tree in bloom!) and she offered to capture some distinctly Australian images for me!
I sent her one of Rowan and the rowan berries:
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And in return she sent me these from a recent trip to Sydney!
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Friday, 19 October 2007
Yay! Come and visit.
I am hoping to have our 'Teeny Treasures for Tiny Hands' collaborations up and running mid week, but the mail has been SO slow and I am waiting on collaboration pieces as well as some basics for my own shop.
Andy has his piece done, and it is the cutest little thing! The pictures show it in Rowan's little 2 year old hand, to give you an idea of size.
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
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The Ugly Fishies have been around for a while.
As far as they are concerned, the turf beneath the rowan tree is theirs.
Then, along come the Silly Fairies, all cute and magical, to take up residence in the boughs.
And they just can't get along. Talks on neutral ground (at the rabbit hole), and breakdance dance offs haven't worked. A rumoured love affair between a fishie and a fairy has only made matters worse.
There is going to be a rumble.
So choose up sides.
Leave me a comment here on this blog post with your chosen side (FISH or FAIRY) and WHY you think they will/should have the turf BTRT (**be sure to leave me a way to reach you!) before NOON (EST) on Friday, October 19th.
On Friday I will tally the votes and choose a response from the winning side.
I will announce the winner at the Grand Opening of Beneath the Rowan Tree on Hyena Cart at noon.
The winner will receive a hand dyed, hand painted bandana/ hair scarf (triangular, cotton, 22 x 22 x 29", THIS is an example) featuring the rumble champs and new turf kings/queens, FREE!

Monday, 15 October 2007
I don't often stop while working to take photos and log my progress, but since I was painting in the computer room today I thought I'd try!
I hauled my old card table~ circa 1960(!) it belonged(s) to Andy's parents and has the date of purchase and their names on the bottom, we 'borrowed' it several years ago (oops!) and paints upstairs for a bit today to escape Miss Grabby Fingers (who was with her sitter, I was keeping my cold home and to myself).
I set up my space with paints, brush holder/rinser, brushes and paints and set to work.

Today I was working on a dress for Simcha's Jewels on Hyena cart (this woman has the most gorgeous family, you must see her shop!). She asked for a toddler dress (my choice of design) to use for her Grand Re-Opening of her shop as part of a set.

I dyed this 4T dress with turquoise and yellow, using the low-water immersion technique a few nights ago. I had visions of mermaids on deep colors, but as usual, the dress had other ideas. What I got was a brilliant and bright blend of blues and yellows and greens reminiscent of an aerial view over wetlands. It begged for dragonflies, although they are not the most seasonal of creatures for the current (cold!) season!

Considering the indistinct blending created by the LWI I wanted whatever I painted to be very sharp and to *pop* from the background with a sense of depth and movement. I generally paint freehand, but in this case I pulled out a stamp for its sharp clean lines, stamped it on very lightly in silver and overpainted the insects in a stained glass type of style.

I hope to complete the back this evening and get the dress cured, heat set and pressed tomorrow evening and ready to send out. The cool thing is that Helen was just considering buying some dragonfly beads, so this should work out wonderfully!
Update: Finished on Tuesday and snapped some shots late afternoon. Helen said she squealed when she saw the work in progress pics, so I will take that as a good sign! LOL

For the holiday season I am part of the Holiday Lane congo on Hyena Cart. Today I listed a new collection of holiday tshirts for the toddlers. Just simple, bright and fun! Perfect for layering over a turtleneck (we live in layers all winter here in the frozen north!) or under a sweater.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
So, for a while I would read posts on forums about people looking for amber teething necklaces and wonder what good it would do to chew on amber. Now I notice many listings for these items have an explicit statement about the necklace NOT going in baby's mouth. Good thing~ 'cause it means I'm not the only goofball out there LOL
But then I wonder if I am the only one who wondered why you would need to feed wool? (Wool food... maybe a conditioner or something, like plant food?!) *blush*. Thank goodness I figured it out and we have some awesome wool food at our house from Tiffany at Fair Trade Family now!
For a smart girl I am pretty dumb sometimes.
But back to the amber. Folks say it has wonderful properties to help ease the pain of teething, and Rowan takes teething hard. Every one of her teeth have been very disruptive and painful. And these two year molars are doing us all in! So we are thrilled to try our our very pretty new amber teething necklace from Casey at Little Queen Sheba~ she is a delight to work with and does lovely work. This necklace fits Rowan perfectly and the mix of amber and garnet is bang on for her nature and coloring! We made a great trade~ a couple Bruno shirts for her girls and a teething necklace for us!
Monday, 8 October 2007
This is a hand dyed, hand painted two piece set featuring dancing flower fairies. The dress is super short to accommodate the little crawler (size 12 months). It will be stocked at BTRT for my grand opening.

This is a pair of 18 month creepers for a little girl to wear to her gym class.
Saturday, 6 October 2007

I have been busy dyeing and painting this week now that Rowan is responding well to a combo of Melatonin and her new 'Big Girl Bed' about which she is over the moon!
Here are a few of the new pieces I have finished for custom orders:
For BugznBeans 6T Dress
Botched Custom that is very pretty LOL
Ice fairy for collab with Andrea at BaaBaa Naturals
'Joy' Christmas Tee
Dragonflies over the Pond
Halloween Custom

Friday, 5 October 2007

Originally uploaded by Wild Knitting Mama
This funky yarn is part of an upcoming collaboration being hosted by Andrea of Baa-Baa Naturals on Hyena Cart.
It will be paired with the turtle shirt (dyed and painted by yours truly).
We also have a second pairing in the works with an Ice Fairy shirt and coordinating yarn. Collaborations are so much fun and really get the creative juices flowing! Thanks Andrea!
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