The BIRTHDAY BOOK IS DONE!!!

At long last I am actually writing this post. I have dreamed about this for almost as many years as I have been authoring this blog. It is with great satisfaction I can finally say–and mean it–The birthday book is done! 
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I have told my husband and the kids so many times “the birthday book is done” that it started to loose meaning. Draft after draft, after frustrating small-tweaks-here-and-there draft, it is really truly completely, no-more-to-do done. I invite you to to pop some champagne for me… no not really, I can do that myself, but geez luize, it is good to put this one on the shelf and say fini! 
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It was a project my good friend Robin and I started back when the kids were little. We traveled through so many stages of our lives and I have lived in five houses since we started. I guess I like to move! Or it has just taken a long time and finding the place that is home takes a long time too. 
But anyway, enough about that, here are some of my favorite images from the book:

Filled to the brim with step-by-step instructions for making original gifts, favors, cakes, wrapping, decorations and games, BIRTHDAYS: HANDMADE, HOMEMADE is interwoven with stories, photographs, illustrations and anecdotes. We invite readers to pull up a chair, pour a cup of tea and spend the afternoon making and creating. Our goal is to offer inspiration on how to make a birthday handmade, homemade and your very own.
Readers will love the creative ideas that make this book so personal and tangible. Projects range from fast and easy . . . Dinosaurs in real eggshells, to more timely and in depth . . . Dining table forts. Young parents and do-it-yourself enthusiasts will find endless help onhow to prepare and execute a homemade birthday party.
At a time when it seems like families are trying to take back just a bit of their own and blogs hum with self-reliant know-how, this book is a great jumping-off point for those aiming to leave commercialism behind and bring it all back to the ones they love. 
Birthdays: Handmade, Homemade is available online. 
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Hope everyone is enjoying summer!
                                   

                                              Cheers~
                                                         Marica

P.S. I have one copy to give away, so if you live in the United States and would like to enter for a chance to win, leave a comment below. I’ll pick a name at random and post a winner Sunday July 23rd.

Autumn Projects…

Something about the fall, the change of temperature, the leaves, the moister in the air. It’s all so good and such a hearty invitation to sit down and get to work. Thread and needles, sewing machines and felting. I want it all, and I want a wealth of quiet mornings with mild sunlight or dripping rain and tea, and hopefully a friend to sit with. These are special days, not as easy to come by as I’d like, but I’ll take what I can get.

 


                                                                 Cheers ~
                                                                               Marica
P.S. Please add links to your projects, I would love to see them!

Holidays… Pie Days…

It’s happening fast. December has nearly doubled its speed. 
Make way for Christmas, make way for New Years, hold onto your hat! Here we go…
  
 
                                                                     Cheers ~ 
                                                                                   Marica

Dark Winter Days…

Days getting dark so early, holiday things beginning to happen. These pictures are from a friends Christmas party. Her house is a project, I am so excited she is going to make it beautiful!!! But for now it has the most incredible rustic feel. I love it!

                                                  Cheers ~ 
                                                              Marica

Winter morning…

I’m sure to a lot of the world, this is all old news, but for us, the frozen-over winter morning is an extraordinary thing. I slipped out—still in my pajamas with my big coat over meto catch a few of these master pieces before they melt away…
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Icicles in Portland Oregon
Icicles in Portland Oregon

Icicles in Portland Oregon

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Icicles in Portland Oregon
Icicles in Portland Oregon
Icicles in Portland Oregon

Snow in Portland Oregon

Icicles in Portland Oregon
What’s your weather like?
                                                                           ~ Marica

Samurai Exhibit…

A few weeks ago we managed to slip by the Portland Art Museum to see a samurai exhibit . . .
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 In addition to samurai, there was also many other incredible pieces of art . . .
In the first room we found beautiful ancient Chinese statues …
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This one was my very favorite . . .
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It felt like an honor to be allowed to be this close to these pieces of work . . .
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Another set that truly struck me was the Japanese paintings . . .
Each detail was so extraordinarily perfect. The lines precise and tasteful . . .
The trees . . .
The horses . . .
The gentle slops that show the wind constantly moving . . .
 The samurai suits were too amazing to be real . . .
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Very elaborate and in depth . . .
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Each item had such careful stitching . . .
It must have taken forever to complete one of these . . .
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From helmets . . .
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samurai  helmet
 And masks . . .
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samurai mask
  To shoes . . .
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samurai  shoes
Even their horses had masks . . .
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It was a remarkable experience . . .
Getting to witness this all in person . . .
                                                                Cheers ~ Marica

A Santa Barbara Day…

I think I’ve written about my mom and my occasional trips to Santa Barbara
And I think I’ve also mentioned all the bright colors that are so deeply spirit lifting…
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I always feel like I bottle up the bright vibrance to take home for another day…

 I love when I remember to bring my camera…
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 But this time my phone had to make do… 
                                                    Best Wishes ~ Marica