Thursday, December 19, 2013

Make & Listen Along

~ On Thursdays I will post what I have been making and listening to as creations grow. 

If so inclined post, on your blog or flickr, about what you have been making (on your own or with little hands by your side) and listening to while you create. It can be new music, flash backs, a song or a whole album... whatever you like. You can be stitching with needle & thread, yarn, paper crafting, painting, cooking... and beyond. Share what you are making and the tunes that are fueling your creativity. Then come back to my Thursday Make & Listen Along post and leave a link in the comments so we can be inspired right along with you! ~

Oh, what a week!

There has been a whole lot going on around these parts... I can't wait to share some big news... but I must! Gah!
We have been making lots of lists and plans and dreams, that I will share about soon.

We have been doing some actual making as well. Some for gifting, some for sending, and some for us.
- Peppermint bark was the first edible of our holiday making. Yum. It could be true that I have already eaten entirely too much, but also true that I will eat a lot more, and may even make another batch before all is said and done.
- We made Phases of the Moon Lanterns for lighting outside while we watched the full moon rise, and to help us light up the night on Winter Solstice.

- We made up some nature boxes for sending, which included pulling out boxes and jars of nature from Nova Scotia to share. This was totally acceptable to my girl who quickly went to work making more museum displays in her room! Those boxes are so fun to make up and ship away.

I have also been making myself get to bed between 8:30 - 9:00 every night. (Yes, brother, when you texted the other night I was sleeping.) I have finally gotten back into the rhythm of waking early (usually about 4:00) and find I am so much more productive early, as I have always been.
We have been trying to play the holiday tunes lately but more often than not we have been enjoying the quiet of the season. Early nights and dark morning set the tone for more peaceful time here to begin and end the day.

Your turn.
Please share what you have been making and the tunes on your playlist. And don't forget to leave a link to your post if you played along so others can visit your Make and Listen posts. 

I have been trying to get around to visit your posts each week (sometimes it takes me a few days) and they are wonderful! Thanks, to all of you who are joining in and linking up!


  1. Very cool lanterns! We are very in tune with the moon here, too. I love how every time it's full, it's on the side of the house with the window right above my bed. Its predictability is extremely comforting.

    Here's my post this week~knitting adventures!

  2. Hmmmm... peppermint bark! I haven't made that in ages (a year probably, heehee). On the list it goes! I really want to make a gingerbread house this year as well. Yumm.... we've been making biscuits!

  3. you’re so sweet and generous to make up those extra boxes. <3

    love your lanterns. love this time of year as we dip down and swing back toward longer days. :)


  4. I have never made peppermint bark or any kind of bark for that it easy? You have a big heart, Dawn, putting all those nature boxes together, but I know it's something you love to do as well. You are such a giving person.

    I love the moon phase lanterns! We made some lanterns with the cans last year for Hallow's Eve. Well, it was mostly me making and the kids directing!

    We've been busy making decorations, reading and hoping to make a gluten-free gingerbread house - one better than last year we hope as I rolled the dough too thin for a GF one. Oh well, still yummy.

    The plan is to make some beeswax candles to celebrate solstice on Saturday and that is when our holiday gifting will begin to prolong the excitement of the time. I need to get wrapping!

    Sharing along here:

  5. I love the phases of the moon lantern. I'm saving that idea for maybe next year. I know if I try it this year Ree will want to do it too & get frustrated when she needs Momma's help. Right now it's all about the do it herself stuff! But we will be making lanterns in the next day or two for solstice!
    We've been making some things in the kitchen this week:

  6. I love those lanterns, such a great idea!

    I can't wait to get back to my early mornings, the little man wakes up as soon as I sneak out of bed these days. One day it will happen again...

    Joining you this week

    Thanks for hosting!

  7. Early mornings? I'd have to get up like you at 4 to have early mornings. For now the girls go to bed at 7;30 so I'll take the evenings. I've been making round the clock as well. I'm happy to have organized myself enough to take some pictures to join you today! :)

  8. Those lanterns are so cool! We love the moon.
    I will play along but it will be later tomorrow...busy few days here!

  9. I wake up at 5 a.m. and I find that I am at my most productive :) I also go to bed around nine at night. beautiful creating :) I prefer silence but if there is music on it's Christmas music!

    I linked!! Just one day late ;)
    Thanks for hosting!

  11. Thanks, to all of you who joined in this week!
    And for all of your comments!