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Monday, April 26, 2010

Fix Your Eyes Upon the Dawn


Ideals are like stars, you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny--Carl Schurz
The above photo is a dream come true for me. It's a bit dark as I don't have all my lighting done yet, but this is my new workspace.

Success lies, not in achieving what you aim at, but in aiming at what you ought to achieve, and pressing forward, sure of achievement here, or if not here, hereafter. --R. F. Horton
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. --Thoreau

See that dowel rod, and that big blank wall? Soon to be a staging area for photos of wallhangings.

This may be an ugly floor to you, but it's one of my inspirations. I hope to sell enough to purchase a huge cutting table and cutting board. Here is where it will go. Can you see it? It's invisible now...but it's there.

A handful of pine-seed will cover mountains with the green majesty of forests. I too will set my face to the wind and throw my handful of seed on high.-- Fiona Macleod

A bit untidy right now...but this is just a small amount of my fabric.

Before men can come to Utopia, they must learn the way there. Utopia, I see, is only a home for those who have learnt the is not the place for men who grow wealthy by intercepting but by serving.--H G Wells

Stephen, of course, gets a nice section of the new workspace. Decorated bright and colorful, he loves it!!
As you leave...this is what you see. Thanks for visiting!

Emerson said: "Hitch your wagon to a star." One can see in those six little words the summary of human achievement, and an everlasting inspiration to the future races of men. From Socrates to Edison, every forward step taken by mankind through revolving centuries, every advance by humanity towards the ultimate goal, has been led by some valiant dreamer whose eyes were fixed upon the dawn. Moses, with dying eyes, saw a star that blazed in the Promised Land; the radiance of an eternal star led Three Wise Men to the manger in Bethlehem; Columbus pinned his faith in the dawn of a new day; Kepler, announcing the laws of the unchanging spheres; Newton, watching the apple fall, each looked beyond, and into the future. --J. E. Dinger

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Mad Hatter's Fave

Well-Within Wednesday
I have gained several new followers while I was away, what a blessing! For those new to my blog...I think you will be quite surprised. You just never know what I might come up with. Wednesdays belong to my 12 yr old son, Seth. He loves herbs...

As you know, my mom was moving and I was unable to write my blogs. Well, we are here now, and today I am going to tell you how to make simple herbal tea, especially since the last few of my blogs I told you to make herbal tea.

So, hear it goes~ The leaves and flowers method: Begin with 1 ounce dried herb or 2 ounces fresh herb. Bring one quart water to just under the boiling point. Pour in herbs and let sit for 20 minutes, or until the water has absorbed the color of the herb. This yields 3 cups which is one days dose.
p.s. I would start with catnip or dandelion tea.

Method for hardy roots, seeds and bark: First grind, mash, or chop the herb. Measure one ounce dried or two ounces fresh herb. Combine in saucepan with a quart of water. Simmer 20 minutes to an hour. Burdock, ginger, Mullein root . Should be left uncovered.
Next time I will teach you how to make herbal syrup, but until next week, Bye! SETH