Crafting · Gardening

End of Summer Reading

Yes, it seems it’s that time of year again… the end of summer. Our school district starts annoyingly early (next week!) and I’m back to school myself for the college slog right after Labor Day, so the twilight of the season is upon us. I hope we have a nice couple of months ahead of… Continue reading End of Summer Reading

Crafting · Gardening

The Language of Flowers

I have a great appreciation for the oldways of life, and one quite romantic and meaningful element of times gone by was their use of flowers as a way of communicating feelings and sentiment. Like the nearly-lost art of letter writing, gifting someone a bouquet of flowers is a tangible, personalized interaction, which in an… Continue reading The Language of Flowers



Have had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend – yesterday I got some alone time to relax while the menfolk ran errands (super secret Mother’s Day surprise errands) and lounged about reading books, working on 4-H Cloverbud activity planning, and putzing around on Pinterest. After they got home and presented me with a flat of garden… Continue reading Mending

Crafting · Food Preservation · Gardening · Miscellaneous

Overdue Books

I got quite a few review books last fall that I had the intention of reviewing right then and there, but then I got hit by the freight train of life and they languished on the shelf for quite a long time. But now that I’ve got a breather in between school terms, it’s the… Continue reading Overdue Books


Oldways – The Art & Craft of the Blacksmith

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved craft. Any kind really – crocheting, knitting, sewing, candlemaking, all manner of food craft – but the completely intriguing crafts are the magical ones. The alchemical crafts that turn a raw, brutish element into something with a functional beauty… those are the crafts of gods. How… Continue reading Oldways – The Art & Craft of the Blacksmith


Make Your Own Zoo!

I don’t usually post kid stuff, but I couldn’t resist this one because it’s really fun, utilizes a bunch of recycled stuff, and plays into something that’s been on my mind a lot lately – how plugged in my kid is. He knows all about You Tube, Amazon video and every cartoon on PBS at… Continue reading Make Your Own Zoo!


DIY Rose Bath Oil

I love the scent of roses. It’s so relaxing and peaceful, making it the perfect scent to use in a simple bath oil. Bath oils are luxurious – they leave your skin feeling silky smooth, and the gentle scent of flowers really does help the stress melt away. Rose absolutes are very expensive – good… Continue reading DIY Rose Bath Oil