Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pinwheels in the breeze

a beautiful show of pinwheels at the Roots & Shoots celebration of the International Day of Peace.

Late September always finds our Roots & Shoots group at the local celebration of International Peace day. Sadly this year we did not have our beloved Dr. Jane with us. Instead we got to chat with Pierce (james Bond) about our big project for the year, re-usable lunch kits. Our goal is to throw anything away from our lunches. Both Re-usable and To-go ware gave us special discounts to pass along to our visitors.

for 20% at reusable bags = fecd29

for 10% at to-goware = ROOTS

Now, I challenge you to do your part! Go give your lunch kit a makeover! Re-think it all, cloth napkins to bamboo utensils.

along with rubbing shoulders with stars and walking our beautiful doves in the peace parade, Our kids joined with an organization called pinwheels for peace. They all made paper pinwheels with pictures and messages of peace all over them. We had planned to plant them in the ground before the stage but to our surprise and delight there was a small field of pinwheels waiting for the kids. They were so excited to plant their pinwheels along with the rest.

I have watched the children of this Roots & Shoots group evolve over the last two years. They came away from the first peace festival with magic in their hearts after listening to Dr Jane and Julia Butterfly Hill. The change I have seen gives me hope for the future. The children now feel like they are committed to something so important and so much larger than themselves.
A very valuable lesson in this egocentric world.

winter warmth update

to date Nest Maine has received 243 items! You may remember a while back I posted about this knitting project up in maine called nest. Well, I managed to send off 8 hats (was supposed to be ten but my kids ran off with two!) to the project. I wish I had remembered to take a photo of the pile for you all to ogle. It was so colorful and best of all I bought nothing new for this endevor. Total stash buster!

What a joy it was to participate in this project. To help someone without thought of reward other than your own self worth. Totally anonymous, that is how i like to operate. The good news is, it is not to late. You too can knit something for someone who will be cold this winter. It can be a close friend who is going through a trying situation or it could be nest. There are a bunch of chariety knitting groups out there. Here are a few to whet your appetite:

warm up america

mother bear project

Knitting for chemocaps

so many ways we can join together and bring a moment peace to someone's world.

Friday, September 26, 2008

happy halloween spirit

Isn't she cute with her full moon face!This is my very first dotee doll. All the rage all over swap-bot, I thought I would try my hand at one. I picked the halloween swap because it is one of my favorite days to craft for. My partner, too whom this little lovely is headed, is not into the darker aspects of the day so I had to keep it light. I think she is rather cute. I haven't named her yet any suggestions????

The end of never

as in it is never going to be nice and cool again! I just know it. Here we are at the end of September and it is still so flipping hot! Why??? when I cruise around to all of my favorite blogs, they are bringing in the last of the harvest and starting to batten down the hatches for the coming winter. I want winter tooooooo! I would settle for a mediocre fall at this point. But seriously I am starting to crave some real weather. I grew up in the great white north after all. This land of eternal sun shine becomes somewhat of a burden after a while. The endless gardening............

I really want to curl up with a knitting basket full of yarn, a nice fire and some hot drink.

where is the rain!