Welcome Ronan

Babies Irish Babies Irish Baby Names Irish Gran

I would like to introduce you to my sixth Gran-child and first Gran-son!

My little Irish lad – Ronan enter this world early this morning ~ weighing in at 8 Lbs 9 oz. Mommy and baby are doing good. This Gran longs to hold him!!Gran is what they call Granny / Grandmother’s in Ireland, therefore I am Gran and they are my Gran-children;-)


A Birthday Celebration!

Lets start our celebration with ~ The  Corgyn I know!

Corgi's Best Friend, Tasha Tudor's Birthday August in Vermont

A Corgi and his best Friend ~ Hey Daria it looks cold out there. I would like for you to meet my granddaughter Daria, She has a best friend named Jake Bones, Daria wanted to name him Doggie Bones but compromised with Mommy ~ Jake Bones.

Corgi dress up time, Tasha Tudor Birhtday, August in Vermont

Dress up time for Jake!!
They have so much fun together. Where ever Daria is Jake is not far behind!

Corgi friend, Tasha Tudor Birthtday August in Vermont

Jake the protector. He looks like he’s standing guard ~ on the look out!


One Tired out Corgi!

Corgi's at play,

One Tired out Little Girl!

Now I would like for you to meet Wolfie.

Now I would like for you to meet Wolfie.

Corgi Host, Tasha Tudor's Birthday Celebration on line

Wolfie was such an attentive host. He welcomed us right into their home (he shares his house with Lauree).

Corgi games, Tasha Tudor Birthday Celebration

Wolfie kept us entertained while his mommy was at work, by playing “hide the sock” ~ my sock that is. I would take my socks off by the front door as I headed outside, when I would come back in one sock was always missing…. Wolfie then would start the “your getting warmer” part of the game and just as you got close…. sock is in sight, he would come darting by, grab the sock and take off!!

Corgi Host cottage, Tasha Tudor's Birthday Celebration

Thank you Wolfie for such a relaxing time at your Cozy Corgi Cottage!

Tasha has created many beautiful, cute, whimsical watercolors of  corigs.

I am so happy to be able to spent my birth month in Vermont, celebrating with Tasha,.Stop by my blog over the next few day as I share my visit with you ~ I had my second visit to the Museum to see Unending delights, Tasha’s World of Dolls and you just never know who you might see there 🙂

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Meet Emma


I am very pleased / proud to introduce you to granddaughter number “five”. Dan and I bought balloons to represent Emma and her two sister’s.

Emma's homecoming

Ready to welcome Emma home.

Emma's Boutique, from Aunt Chrissy.

Emma’s Boutique, from Aunt Chrissy.

It's a girl

Yes, it is a girl…#5

More flowers for Emma...from Aunt Jessica.

More flowers for Emma…from Aunt Jessica.

Hand knit baby blanket & moses basket

Ready and waiting on Emma. Here is the Moses basket all of the Grans – babies have used.

Emma's hand knit blanket

Here she is ~ Emma, all nice an cozy under her baby blanket.

Not quite sure about this...put the blanket back on,it's warmer.

Not quite sure about this…put the blanket back on, its warmer.

That's nice and cozy!!

That’s nice and cozy!!

I like it better when Gran is holding me...Okay Mommy or Daddy will do too!

I like it better when Gran is holding me…Okay Mommy or Daddy will do too!

You can custom order a hand knit blanket like Emma’s ~ from my Etsy shop Here:

UP- DATE I am not longer taking custom orders. Ask me about buying my vintage pattern.



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Beatrix Potter’s Birthday – A Visit from Squirrel Nutkin

Happy Birthday to Beatrix Potter – A Visit from Squirrel Nutkin!!

Squirrel Nutkin

Squirrel Nutkin stopped by our camp to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s birthday ~ with a treat of some raw peanuts!!

Beatrix Potter Birthday celebrations Squirrel Nutkin naturalist

Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter.

Scamper the Squirrel

Here is Nutkin’s friend Scamper, they were squirreling about begging us to share our peanuts!


Nature squirrel Nutkin Beatrix Potter Birthday Celebrations

Yes, yes give me some peanuts……with no respect!!

Scamper the Squirrel

I know you have more peanuts in there!!

Scamper the Squirrel & Friends

Please ~ more peanuts!!

youtube Squirrel Nutkin

For your enjoyment a youtube of Beatrix Potter’s story Squirrel Nutkin.

Squirrel Nutkin & ScamperHow could you How                                         could you resist that look?!

Love the fluffy tails....

Love the fluffy tails….

Here you find a free E-Book





Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 ~ 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustratornatural scientist and conservationist best known for her imaginative children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit which celebrated the British landscape and country life.

Here you find one of my favorite adaptations of Beatrix Potter’s Peter rabbit series. Please do indulge yourself with this viewing while enjoying your Tea Time:



There is more to Beatrix Potter than her beloved  Peter Rabbit series…..

Beatrix Potter her life naturalist shepherdess author illustrator Her life

She does seems like such a happy, peaceful, calm soul….

With the proceeds from the books and a legacy from an aunt, Potter bought Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey, a tiny village in the English Lake District near Ambleside in 1905. Over the next several decades, she purchased additional farms to preserve the unique hill country landscape.

In 1913, at the age of 47, she married William Heelis, a respected local solicitor from Hawkshead.



Potter was also a prize-winning breeder of Herdwick sheep and a prosperous farmer keenly interested in land preservation.



She continued to write, illustrate and design spin-off merchandise based on her children’s books for Warne until the duties of land management and diminishing eyesight made it difficult to continue. Potter published over twenty-three books; the best known are those written between 1902 and 1922. She died on 22 December 1943 at her home in Near Sawrey at age 77, leaving almost all her property to the National Trust. She is credited with preserving much of the land that now comprises the Lake District National Park.



I wish you a beautiful day !


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A Time to Play

A Visit with the grandkids

A Time To Play with the Grand-kids! I love it when the kids and Gran – kids are in town and  stop by for a visit. They really enjoyed playing with my little Tasha Tudor “A Time To Keep” – seasonal display.

""A time to Keep" with Tasha Tudor
A Time to Play!

A Time to Play

Apparently, I have been mistaken – this is not Bridget – it is Little Bo Peep!!

A Time to Play

So here she is ….. Little Bo peep, with her sheep!!

A Time to Play

Someone really enjoyed playing with the sheep, and asked several times if she could take them home.

A Time to Play

It’s fun knowing you have special toys at Gran’s house. It makes the toys and the visits memorable.

A Time to Play
A Time to Play at Gran’s house, we wanted to take the balancing bird home too. Keep in mind we do not live in the same state as Gran, so we do not get to play with Gran or the special toys very often….but Gran being Gran…… has some little thing to put in a bag for us to take home, some little cars, coloring posters of Tinker Bell, crayons, makers, pencils and paper.

A Time to Play

L – has a lot of fun with the balancing bird and the many other birds she discovered around Gran’s home.

No Pictures

No Pictures – I wonder where she gets that from?

A Time to Garden....or play in pot of dirt on the patio, AKA balcony.

A Time to Garden….or play in pot of dirt on the patio, AKA balcony.

A Time to Garden

…..who cares what you call it as long as there is a pot of dirt and a garden spade ….you are bound to have fun!!

Grand - kids are the greatest..... they truly know how to "TAKE JOY" in every moment!!

Grand – kids are the greatest….. they truly know how to “TAKE JOY” in every moment!!

A time to patio garden

OH, there are birds out here too!!

...and a bird cage with magnetic birds...what great fun!!

…and a bird-cage with magnetic birds…what great fun!!

If you would like to see more of the toys I make (like the chocolate felt bunny in the top picture), that are inspired by my Grand – Kids, stop by my etsy shop – Natural toy land  section:


If you would like to know more about Tasha Tudor, stop by her family’s web site: