Easter Weekend, Bundjalung Aunty. No More Book Talk

Easter Weekend, Bundjalung Aunty. No More Book Talk

Friday, 25th of March, 2016 Cam and I went to see Jose Gonzalez last night. I closed my eyes and just listened and at one point my head almost exploded with joy, and then at another point I almost fell asleep. I think that says a lot. There was a New York ensemble accompanying him, […]

Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes

Our snowflakes became a little more detailed and fanciful this year. Inspired by our very favorite place to visit in Brooklyn, Acorn Toy Shop, I made these thematic snowflakes for their Winter window display. Created in the same method as we have done in the past { Snowflake Tutorial }  but this year with reindeer, […]

Block Printed Easter Eggs

Block Printed Easter Eggs

Block printing is a great seasonal celebration craft, as once you have made the blocks, you can use them year after year to make decorations, gift cards, or gift wrap. This year the girls were printing independently with their own ideas taking hold! They carved and printed with a self directed interest along side of […]

Snowflake Easter Eggs

Snowflake Easter Eggs

A few years ago as I was taking down the winter paper snowflakes from our windows, it struck me that I should repurpose them into easter eggs. The patterns of the snowflakes rang a little bell, sparking a relationship to traditional Ukrainian decorated eggs. From that moment on, it has become our tradition to make […]

Ice lanterns

Ice lanterns

When the weather is freezing cold, then you celebrate by making things that are frozen! Ice lanterns are both novel and beautiful, and take so little to make. You can get the gist from the drawing below… Or read thorough instruction at the bottom of the photos. Materials Yogurt containers, or another medium recycled container. […]

Acorn Christmas Wish List

Acorn Christmas Wish List

To help make Christmas wish lists even lovelier, the girls and I were invited to play with some gorgeous items from Acorn Toy Shop. We hope these gifts inspire a simple and beautiful Christmas in your homes too. My ideas have changed over the years about what makes a good christmas and from the bottom […]

Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes

This is one of my favorite winter crafts, cutting the snowflakes is art, and opening each one is like opening a surprise gift, and just like real snowflakes, no two are alike. The key to these snowflakes is that I cut out patterns with an x-acto knife. I also use the scissors, but to achieve […]

Fresh Flower Pajaki

Fresh Flower Pajaki

Polish Pajaki have caught my attention over the years, and I have periodically thought of making one. What is traditionally a paper flower and straw chandelier, that translates to mean “spiders of straw” I have appropriated with my love of fresh seasonal flora. For those of you curious to know more, Pajaki are a Polish […]

It Is Almost Maypole

It Is Almost Maypole

With maypole only a week away, it means it is time to stop and smell the flowers! Maypole, which happens on May Day  (May 1st) is a day full of lovely traditions. It is a day to wear flowers in your hair, sing and skip with ribbons and to leave flower offerings on the doorsteps […]

Naturally Dyed Eggs

Naturally Dyed Eggs

There is a beauty and depth to naturally dyed eggs that gives you a connection to easter and the time of year it falls. The colours that are achievable and easily available through natural dyes are the same colours evident in the flora occurring (for us) in the natural environment. The colours and tones echo […]

Wheatgrass Easter Baskets

Wheatgrass Easter Baskets

Our annual tradition of growing wheatgrass Easter baskets is in full swing. I generally start this project 10 days before Easter. It is not a difficult thing to do, but it does require a specific method. I found this great wheatgrass tutorial a few years ago and refer to it each year. This is our […]

Our Christmas Tree Stinks!

Our Christmas Tree Stinks!

Life is full of interesting truths, and one to keep in mind in the age of social media, is that a photograph is one dimensional, therefore it does not tell the whole truth. There are a other senses involved to form a reality, that are just not available by the sight of a photograph. Sight […]

Easter Morning

Easter Morning

We had a lovely Easter morning. The girls came in separately to my bedroom with Easter baskets in hand at 3 and 3:15am. Elle was the first to come in and I suspect she woke up Maya. I heard her little feet patter in and with four year old exuberance said “My basket is full […]

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

They went to sleep with out a peep tonight! Easter eve is so very exciting. Sweet little voices called out, “Goodnight Mama, I love you”. To which I always reply “I love you”.  None of the prolonged cuddles, or untucked sheets, or empty water bootles, tonight it was heads on pillows with sleep as soon as […]

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

My goodness, Easter is upon us and here I am doing my first Easter post. I apologize for not getting to this sooner, but you still have time my friends to make natural dye and colour eggs before Easter Sunday! This was our first time making our own dye and colouring eggs naturally. I have […]

Trimming The Perfect Tree I Did Not Want

Trimming The Perfect Tree I Did Not Want

Oh it really is Christmas! Yay! I love this time of year, and getting a Christmas tree is one of the best days of the festive season…well it should be…but you know how life is, sometimes it just isn’t so. This year we had intentions of cutting down a tree, rather than buying a pre-cut […]

Grateful On Thanksgiving

Grateful On Thanksgiving

I can overlook the things that make my life what it is, and I really respect a day dedicated to looking at your life, and giving thanks for it, no matter who you are, and what you may have. Thanksgiving is a lovely day, made so by giving thanks – however you choose to do […]

Lantern Walk

Lantern Walk

It is funny you know, just as I sit down to write about Lantern Walk, and the importance of keeping the inner flame, the spirit alive… I was struck with the fact that I have been really struggling to keep my inner light ignited. Oh life can feel hard sometime right? I will spare you all the […]

Tomorrow Is Lantern Walk

Tomorrow Is Lantern Walk

Tomorrow is Lantern Walk! It looks like the weather is going to be kind. We will gather on our lawn at 4pm, Sunday 11th of November. For those wishing to make lanterns, here is my glass jar lantern tutorial. The walk will go from our home to the Iris Gardens and back. After the walk we will be sharing a […]