Monday, March 22, 2010

The Root Children Arrived!

.:A photographic journey of our spring celebration weekend:.


Our root child announced spring's arrival in the morning


Run, baby, run!


The only picture I got of K, & just like the photo, she was a blur running back & forth the whole time


Hmmm, perhaps it's time to pack that coat away?


Our first spotted flower of spring


Mmmmm, honey sticks - so much better than candy!


Our Midnight in the jungle


Bounty


Forget searching for eggs, time to play!!


We brought spring inside with us by picking a few of our daffodils


A bouquet on our nature table picked by K (guarded by old father sliffslaff-Slibberslak)

*NOTE: Thank you everyone for the e-mails. K picked the trilliums out of our backyard (they are everywhere back there - how wonderful!),and we had no clue they were protected. We would never want to harm anything and had we known I would not have let her pick them. I sat down with her this morning and explained what I learned to her, so now we all know. Thank you all ,truly, for making us aware of this beautiful plant!!
Does anyone happen to know a website or good resource on the flowers/plants in Oregon so we can research what else is growing in our woods? Thanks again!*



Completed their snails (I embroidered the leaves to add just a bit more detail)


Completed knitted eggs (Apparently, in the past 15 years of not eating eggs - I have forgotten how they are shaped! I need to re-shape the wool inside of them a bit)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Happy spring!!

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29 comments:

boatbaby said...

It looks like your girls had a magical time. That photo of the cat is great, very much the wild jungle kitty ;)
And the honeysticks are a big favorite around here too. Yes, much better than candy! Happy Spring!!

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

I get so excited every time I see you've posted new photos! Such an enchanting feel, so beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration talented mama!

Joy said...

Your girls are so cute zooming around the yard to find their eggs. My kids also love honey sticks. It's a farmer's market treat for us. :) Happy spring!

healing hillary said...

Welcome Spring and Welcome Root Children...
love it all...so beautiful. I especially love the little flower coming up.

Oh and the snails, sigh...darling!!!

momma rae said...

love the pics! it looks like your girls had a wonderful, magic time.

i haven't addressed my e-mail in many days. sorry! i will return your lovely message soon. ;)

happy monday!

Kelly and Kelly said...

This looks like a fantastic celebration - how fun!

Anonymous said...

wow! that trillion, 'first flower of spring,' is gorgeous!

kmdegroot said...

that wooden root child is precious! do you mind sharing where she is from???

tulsileaf said...

Welcome Root Children!
This year was the first year we celebrated the coming of the root children. I was so excited that I forgot to take pictures! I will have to take pictures today.

Julia said...

Wow Nicole! How gorgeous. I have been meaning to try those little Root Eggs. I just need to find my roving.

Happy Spring to you all. I love the new banner by the way.

Naturalearthfarm said...

What a nice spring celebration Nicole!
Your daughter is adorable and you are building such wonderful rhythms into their lives.
Those snails are so cute.. on my to-do list too.
Warm wishes and joy, Tonya

Angela Mobley said...

Oh what fun!!! Don't you just LOVE spring?
Midnight looks ferocious!>"<
I love those snails.

Jenna said...

Love the pictures of your Spring celebration--what fun! My 7 year old daughter just reminded me "yesterday was the first day of Spring Mama, why didn't we celebrate?" I loved that she 1) knew this on her own 2) had taken to our yearly rhythm so well as I've only just recently added some elements of Waldorf to our home life.
Happy Spring to you all!
<3

Anonymous said...

This is not meant to make you feel bad at all, but I thought it needed to be said....
Those white flowers with the three petals are call Trilliums. Picking trillium flowers is extremely harmful to the plant. If you pick a trillium it will take about seven years for the plant to recover and flower again. I'm sure you had no idea, but I thought you'd probably like to know as a lover of nature. :)

Nicole Spring said...

I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank all of you for your e-mails and comments about the Trillium flowers. I posted a quick note on them, but I wanted to say a sincere thank you for the information. We had no clue!! I feel horrible!! There are still a bunch out there so I am going to make sure the girls do not pick any more. Thank you, thank you all so very much!
Does anyone happen to know a website or good resource on the flowers/plants in Oregon so we can research what else is growing in our woods? Thanks again! XO

Linda said...

Dear Nicole,
What a beautiful celebration of Spring in your blog post! Your new blog header is lovely and I love how your snails and eggs have turned out:) I have just blogged an Easter Egg Cozy pattern today:)
Warmly
Linda

Pampered Mom said...

You may find the United Plant Savers' website a good place to start.

kirschkernzeit said...

Oh, how beautifully you welcomed this wonnderful season! I like the littel wooden child, holding what shows natures change in its hands... Maybe I could take this as an inspiration for myself? And your girls are SO CUTE! And nature looks so fantastic where you live! Here in Switzerland I often struggle with those SMALL places of free growing vegetation; everything is just too narrow here in our little country- but I love it anyway.
thanks for sharing this event here with us!
Bora

Anonymous said...

hi--first off, just to clarify, I am the first annonymous poster from 6:21am--- I took a wildflower class in Ohio and the professor was pretty into digging up different trillium species and replanting them on his property in his man-made nature preserve/mini forest/semi-urban yard. we went to view them and he had quite a few. although, on all of our nature walks in local forests and preserves we did see very few trillium probably because people had picked them. it was odd because i don't remember the prof talking about picking them causing them not to bloom, but he did talk about how they were challenging to transplant. if you are working towards using native species in your landscape of any flower beds you do around your home it may be fun to transplant ones that you already picked flowers from if you can find the roots. just a thought;)

try not to feel bad for the ones you picked. you all honored the beauty of those beautiful first signs of spring, and, in my opinion, it is much more responsible to pick a 7 year gift from your own backyard to enjoy then to buy "fresh" cut, chemical laden flowers that traveled half-way across the world to be displayed on your table (not that you would buy that kind of flowers, but it is what the majority do, of course.)

I have never seen so many trilliums in a vase, and they are just gorgeous!!! if they are still fresh you should honor them even more by getting some closeups of them with the girls or something. and it's awesome you didn't pick them all so you will still have blooms next year hopefully (unless they bloom bi-annually, which i have no idea on that)

Heather said...

So beautiful Nicole, it looks like an amazing celebration. The snails that you knit are so incredible. What an amazing mama you are

mary said...

love your spring magic...

sarah in the woods said...

Oh so pretty!

softearthart said...

Oh how delightful, cheers Marie

Susana said...

Oh how beautiful! I love the colors and simplicity of celebrating the first day of Spring. Thank you for sharing with us :)

Lisa said...

such a special way to welcome spring! i am inspired and in awe.

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

I was thinking the same thing when I was needle felting some eggs! Do you think you will ever eat them? We want to, (at least from our own chickens, that we will someday have), it's like we don't know how to though...

All you creations and forest celebrating is beautiful! Happy springtime!!
xoxo

Nicole Spring said...

Thank you, thank you everyone! Wwe had so much fun.

Our root child is from: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Syrendell

XO

nikeathena said...

We love looking for Trillium at Mt. Hood and taking pictures of them. I didn't know they were protected - just knew it wasn't a good idea to pick flowers on the trails. I would have done the same if they were growing rampant in my backyard. Thanks for sharing that valuable information! =)

Mary Beth said...

What a lovely spring celebration! I love that they are hunting for knitted and felted eggs! So cute.

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