A Favorite Book for Kids during Berry Season

A Favorite Book for Kids during Berry Season

Berry Magic, by Terri Sloat A Tlingit story of how one yucky bitter berry was made by magic into all the sweet berries of Northwest America.  This is a myth — a creation story about why things are as they are.  It celebrates a young woman’s magic and the gifts...
One More for the Road — Memory Jars

One More for the Road — Memory Jars

Here is another fun way to save fun summer memories — create a memory jar.  Use a mason jar, a vase, or anything that would be nice to display.  You can slowly add to it over the summer — keeping items that symbolize fun events, trips and...
A Summer Activity: Adventure Journal

A Summer Activity: Adventure Journal

With all of this heat in Portland, it feels like summer is already here.  The kids will be out of school soon, and they will suddenly wander around the house asking what you are going to do with them.  Here’s an craft idea that will be special all summer: a...
How to Force Cherry Blossoms

How to Force Cherry Blossoms

In the spring, I love to bring trimmed tree branches into the house to bloom. I’ve include a few directions for how to force cherry blossoms below.  For Chinese New Year, which was February 8 this year, it’s traditional to force cherry blossoms, so that’s what...
Old Dogs and New Dogs

Old Dogs and New Dogs

  Jackson, our new puppy, is running around the house like a crazy madman. He wants to play, he wants to eat. He has to go to the bathroom. And he needs something to chew right now before he chews me. Ugh, so exhausting. I love my crazy little pup, but the first...
Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm is the Best

Chocolate Lavender Lip Balm is the Best

This year we made lotions and lip balms to give to our family and friends.  It was really fun and our kitchen smelled great for days. Below, I’ve included our lip balm recipe with some ideas for colors and flavors.  Tomorrow, I’ll post the recipe for...
Holiday Craft Kits and the Winter Folklore in a Box

Holiday Craft Kits and the Winter Folklore in a Box

Sweet Tidings and all — Hope this season has gotten off to a lovely start for you and yours.  I’ve been making simple three-ingredient hand cream gifts in beautiful bottles with the folklore of each scent attached.  I’ll put up the DYI instructions...
Lights for the Darkness

Lights for the Darkness

Now that Thanksgiving is past (just barely!) the lights are coming up in our neighborhood, and all over the US, and all over the Northern hemisphere!  Though many Christian cultures connect this with Christmas, and it is a wonderful part of Christmas tradition,...