Spring is here! We have several species of California lilac (Ceanothus sp.) in our front yard, and at least two species are starting to bloom. The wild cucumber (California Man Root, Marah fabaceus) is sprouting along the river -- its tendrils are so charming. Here's a photo. In a few weeks (mid-March is the best time), we will make our annual pilgrimage to Table Mountain to see the wildflower display, the California newts, the waterfall, and so much more!
The Antique Pattern Library, via Needlecrafter.com. Here is the site description: This ongoing project is an effort to scan needlework pattern books that are in the public domain, to preserve them, so we can keep our needlework heritage in our hands. These scans have been photoedited to make them more useful for needle workers, and to reduce file sizes. They are available, for free, to anyone who wants them, for educational, personal, artistic and other creative uses.
How to make papier-mache beads from newspaper at Craft magazine blog, originally from A Storybook Life