The White Owl in the Belfry

Owls and poetry again!

I drew this sketch to go along with Tennyson’s poem “The Owl”.

With the holidays upon us, he had to have some festive adornment, of course.

The Owl
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

When cats run home and light is come,
And dew is cold upon the ground,
And the far-off stream is dumb,
And the whirring sail goes round,
And the whirring sail goes round;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.

When merry milkmaids click the latch,
And rarely smells the new-mown hay,
And the rooster hath sung beneath the thatch
Twice or thrice his roundelay,
Twice or thrice his roundelay;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits

Copyright 1893

I’ve been working on some stuffed owls this week, as well.
You all know I don’t really sew, which makes working with fabric a true adventure!

Like many of you, I’m going to take a blogging break for the rest of the week.
We’re going to be eating, visiting with family here in town, eating,  and then putting up Christmas stuff over the weekend after we eat again.

This year, I’m especially thankful that Knox is still with us.  He recently turned 16 months old!  He also lost one of his contacts so he’s having to wear his little glasses until his new pair arrive.  We love this little guy!!

I wish you and your family a peaceful and blessed week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Marbled Paper Owl Collages

The scraps of paper left over  from my kid’s  autumn trees were so cool, I had to do something with them.

I cut out some owl designs and made three collages.


Love the texture of the paint!


The long pieces are scraps left over from the leaves we cut out for the last post.

This is a photo of the paint tray itself (with all the swirly paint still in it) layered over the collage.


I’ve never been great at writing poetry, but I wish I was.




I’m not ready for the autumn season to be over yet! My favorite time of the year always flies by so fast.

I”m going to do my best to enjoy this last autumn-y weekend before the Christmas season officially begins.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Illustrating Poetry-“The Road Less Taken” by Robert Frost

Starting with a cardboard box, my young artist began to create a scene to illustrate one of the well-known poems we’ve read this week:

“The Road Less Taken” by Robert Frost.

She collected some twigs from outside and using some glue, added Flower-Soft  to some of the small branches.

She cut a hill out of cardboard, painted it brown, and mounted it into her box with foam tape.

Then she started adding her trees.  To speed up the project I plugged in the hot-glue gun and helped a bit.

The scene began to take shape as we added more twiggy trees…

We gathered up the Flower-Soft that had fallen onto the table and sprinkled it around the trees.

The diverging road was then painted into the scene…



And then she painted a bit more around the road less taken, “Because it was grassy and wanted wear”…

My young artist is not terribly enthusiastic about poetry these days, so this type of hands-on art project is just the thing to keep her interested and help her remember the material we’ve been learning.

I can hear the cold front blowing in right now as I type.  We may have our first hot chocolate of the season tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by~




Caterpillar Card Inspired by Eric Carle

We have at least a dozen Eric Carle books around our house, if not more. We read them over and over and over…

  We’ve actually had to replace our copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar a time or two after it’s been read to pieces!

This card was inspired by the little green worm who just can’t get enough to eat. 

The caterpillar was made from thick wired twine, which I then bent like a caterpillar and covered with green floral tape.

The words are pieced together from book text to form the familiar phrase. The lined paper is from a vintage notepad I picked up at the antique mall.

Can you guess what the leaves and strawberries are made from?

In the world of paper making, they’re called angel wings.   They have an awesome texture, perfect for the leafy border and berries.

Assorted trims were added to finish it off and then I made a coordinating envelope with the scraps.

Hope you like this fun card inspired by one of my favorite children’s book authors.  You can purchase this card and other unique hand-made items on my Etsy shop!

*** All proceeds from my shop are sent to Dr. Edward Neilan and his team at Children’s Hospital, Boston, where they are working on a treatment for Cockayne Syndrome.




Christmas Card-“The Gospel According to John”

This photo of my oldest and youngest child has a “Madonna and Child” look about it that I like.  The photo itself is grainy because of the high ISO setting in the dimly lit hospital room, so I decided to use it as a template for a Christmas card.

First I cut out the general shape in some decorative paper, and then I cut up the photo into sections to use as templates for the details of the picture.

And I had to take a break at this point to do bedtime routine with my dumplings, but I worked some more on it at night.  These next three  pictures aren’t great, but I’ll post them anyway just to show you how it came together.

At first I tried sheet music as the background but I decided on a dark brown circle card instead. Then I added a smaller circle of coordinating paper to frame Mary’s head.

I have a lot of bibles that have fallen into disrepair so I pulled one of my smaller texts out and found the title page for the book of John to paste on. I also cut out “swaddling clothes” from the first page of John: “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14)

I wound up using the sheet music to make a double-layer star topped with a gold sequin, all mounted on a 3D dot.

I put the finishing touches on it this morning–some prisma-glitter on Mary’s clothing and a bit of distressing ink here and there.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week full of Christmas cheer! We’re eating way too many sweets and watching too many movies over here!  haha! Oh well.  It’s only once a year.

God bless you and your family as we head into the final week before Christmas.  ♥