Monday, March 3, 2014

Beatrix Potter Projects ~ "Baskets" of Fun for the Homemaker

"Old Mrs. Rabbit was a widow; she earned her living by knitting rabbit-wool mittens and muffatees (I once bought a pair at a bazaar). She also sold herbs, and rosemary tea, and rabbit-tobacco (which is what we call lavender)."
~ Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

I suppose that as one blogs, layers of skin are slowly removed and people get to see how weird you are! Truth be known, I am weird. To be in my (early!) 40's and still enjoy playing in the world of Beatrix Potter! Perhaps it is because there is so much disturbing things going on today and it can be therapeutic to ponder and dwell on the "good things". Every spring, my heart falls in love (all over again) with the innocent world of rabbits, ducks and geese that Beatrix Potter created. Being a very theme-oriented person, I find it fun to prepare little projects of my own based on her books.


It seems Mrs. Rabbit had her hand in much industry and we never know what she is going to share with us! But this I do know, it will be "baskets" of fun! Herbal remedies, printables, children's activities, homemaking DIY's and so forth will be posted every Friday during spring (if our schedule allows). We will deem it "Fun Friday" in this little web-world of ours.

This is what has been shared thus far:

What about you, are you still delighted by the sweet stories of childhood?


“The place is changed now, and many familiar faces are gone, but the greatest change is myself. I was a child then, I had no idea what the world would be like. I wished to trust myself on the waters and the sea. Everything was romantic in my imagination. The woods were peopled by the mysterious good folk. The Lords and Ladies of the last century walked with me along the overgrown paths, and picked the old fashioned flowers among the box and rose hedges of the garden.”
~ Beatrix Potter


                                                     


31 comments:

  1. How lovely. I'm looking forward to Fun Fridays. What a very sweet place this is to visit. We have two wild rabbits living in our garden at the moment. So cute to see them frolic very early in the morning just a the sun is peeking over the hills.
    Blessings Gail.

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    1. Nice to hear from you again Gail ~ Thanks for sharing your rabbit tales today :)

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  2. Bring it on, JES. I'll be looking forward to those Friday posts. I have loved Peter Rabbit for years, and I have a complete set of the story books; love those illustrations. I also have Toys and Designs: The World of Beatrix Potter & The Beatrix Potter Knitting Book for crafty project ideas. And I'm not ashamed to admit there's a PR doll and ball on the premises, either. ;)

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    1. Ah... Thanks for sharing your love for literature! I am not the only "weird one" I guess :) I do appreciate your interest!

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  3. Oh, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us! I loved Peter Rabbit growing up.

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    1. Thanks for your enthusiasm :)

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  4. Not weird~ I wasn't introduced to Mrs. Potter until I was an adult & was instantly captivated. I might have heard Peter rabbit once as a child, but if so, it was only by chance. Even as an adult, she seems to bring back fond memories of how we thought as a child. Different animals do have character, and she put into words what we were still thinking as children a century later. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with on Friday.

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    1. Oh, thank you for sharing! And proclaiming me "not weird" ;)

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  5. Dear JES, thank you for baring your heart to us in this way. I'm a lover of Beatrix Potter's books as well. Those and the Little House series are a sweet "escape" from the serious issues of the day! As always, looking forward to your posts. Best wishes to you and your family!

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    1. How kind! Thanks for sharing! I agree with you completely ;)

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  6. JES,
    I too love the innocence of these children books. They are so sweet and I don't think it strange to love them at all. I can't wait to see what you have in store.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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    1. Thank you Amy Jo, I think you summed it up with innocence. That is something I crave for our children in this disturbing culture. Have a wonderful week!

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  7. I love Beatrix Potter! When my children were younger we did a whole unit of study on her books one year and found the loveliest illustrated biography about her in the library. I've wanted my own pet hedgehog ever since reading it. :) I'm looking forward to your projects!

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    1. I love Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle too :) Thanks for sharing Jan!

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  8. I look forward to this. I love Beatrix Potter. I also want to share with you how am so thankful the Lord led me to your blog. It was by chance and I am thankful I have found a great place to visit.

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    1. Thank you for sharing and the kind encouragement Chrissy!

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  9. Hi JES... This post reminds me of the artist Susan Branch's interest in Beatrix Potter and her books. She often blogs about her also. Wanted to send her a head's up about your post but I will let you choose to do that or not! She has a sweet little collection of the characters (porcelain) sitting on her kitchen window sill year-round. I look forward to your fun Friday blogs... Thank you!

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    1. Hi Lori! Susan Branch does lovely work as well. Thank you for taking the time to share. I will have to take a peak at her blog! Have a wonderful week ~ JES :)

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  10. Lori,
    Hi I just wanted to say, "Thank you." I didn't know Susan Branch had a blog. Her books are wonderful. I will look for the blog.

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  11. Yay! I am so excited for "Fun Friday". I too love Beatrix Potter and love doing activities to along with story time, you always have such fun ideas to along with some of my favorite stories. Thanks for your inspiration!

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    1. Wonderful! We home-school very similar which is fun, fun, fun :)

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  12. I loved this post - especially because it confirms that there are many other 'weird' people just like me :o) I'm nearly 40 and still love Beatrix Potter, Brambly Hedge and a host of others! Looking forward to your Fun Friday posts.

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    1. Ah thank you Shirley for sharing! That makes it that much more fun for me :)

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    2. Thank you for sharing! I will be putting together seed packets for nieces and nephews. (Just tuck the back flap to the inside to see the phrases)

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    3. Another reader thought of the same thing! Thank you! :) Sometimes it takes another set of fresh eyes!

      P.S. Sounds like a fun project, thank you for sharing! I am sure they will love them!

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  13. I am half-a-century-plus old and I still enjoy the world of Beatrix Potter. Maybe more so than when I was young! I found this little series at the All Things Spring Link Up. Thank you for sharing. I'm enjoying it very much! Happy Spring to you!

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    1. Ah Linda, Thank you for sharing! You put a smile on my face :)

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  14. your site is amazing. love all of the peter rabbit posts. thank you so much. my daughter is in love with peter rabbit right now and all of these activities are perfect!

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    1. Ah, thank you for sharing! I am glad to hear they are getting use. We went through a Peter Rabbit stage ourselves during the younger years (though he still remains special of course). I hope you are enjoying every minute of it! Children grow so FAST! :)

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  15. Guess some part of me refuses to grow up but so enjoy just seeing the illustrations. Also have been follower of Little House stories when we still had satellite tv. Got sick of all the junk was paying for, never watching and gave Dish network heave ho couple years ago. Don't miss it at all.
    So grateful there are people like yourself that remind us of good things, good ideas. Am older, (will be 76 in July), but think kids need innocence in their lives, we have to live with unpleasant things soon enuf in life. So glad to have found you thru our dear Australian friend Kerrianne. I am so enamored of her and her blog, she is such a gem.
    Have subscribed to your blog, look forward to more innocence.
    Happy weekend

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more! I love that we are nearly 30 years apart yet share some of the same interests, beliefs and ideas! Children do need more pure and wholesome things in their lives and the television is rarely the place to find that! Thank you for introducing yourself and subscribing! :)

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