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Twirly Skirt

Every 8-year old needs a twirly skirt, so I made one for my girl’s birthday (along with the yoga skirt). I used a twirly skirt tutorial I found online. I love *love* finding free patterns online, because often the pattern is the most expensive part of the whole sewing endeavor. This pattern will definitely keep … Continue reading

Summer Hats

Thanks to a little tip off from Amber at Rowan & Oak, I found this free reversible bucket hat pattern from Oliver + S (sweetest childrens clothing patterns ever). I made their adorable kimono pajamas for both kids two years ago. Well, we just booked a snorkeling & beach trip to the Florida Keys & Sanibel Island at the … Continue reading

My Friday Night Date

My boy, his tummy, and I went on a date to the mother-son luau at school. The actual event was all craziness, but he was so happy. “This is fun, Mama.” And while many of the other boys ditched their moms and ran around together in the gym, he wanted me to participate in dancing, sports, … Continue reading

This Mama’s Day

I told the kids all I wanted for Mother’s Day were handmade cards, hugs, and a few hours to go to an ashtanga yoga class. My husband made good on the last wish, and I had a blissful morning during and post-yoga. The kids made good on the other two, and gave me such beautiful artwork and sweet … Continue reading

Rhubarb Sorrel Crisp & Rhubarb Muffins

The rhubarb is ripe, but my eyes may have been a teensy bit bigger than my stomach when I planted rhubarb. I have a literal rhubarb hedge. One of my requests for Mother’s Day was to make a rhubarb pie with the kids. My motives were threefold: 1) harvest and use rhubarb; 2) do an activity with the … Continue reading

Friday’s Front Page

My “expert gardener” daughter and I made Friday’s front page news! A reporter covering last weekend’s haps at the plant sale caught us conferring over plant selections and snapped this pic. We’ve been photographed by the newspaper so many times at events I didn’t give it a second thought until a neighbor informed me we’d … Continue reading

How My Garden Grows 5/8/12

The Rouge d’Hiver (left) and Black-Seeded Simpson (right) lettuces are ready for the salad bowl, and they are *to die for* (as far as lettuce goes, I mean I realize it’s not a chocolate torte, but still). If homegrown lettuce is a 10 on the tenderness scale, store-bought lettuce is a 5 or 6. No … Continue reading

Yoga Skirt

For me, a handmade gift is an expression of love. My mom instilled this in me early and I’ve carried it with me since. As a  child, I recall making potholders and electrical cord holders and cookies for numerous recipients. (FYI, an electrical cord holder involves gluing fabric- we used a lot of calico- over an empty toilet … Continue reading

My Flower Fairy

For her eighth birthday party, my daughter had two requests – a flower fairy theme and her four best friends. Are you kidding? A small party incorporating my love of herbs and flowers and nature? This mama’s dream come true! And I get to make my girl feel like a flower fairy princess for an afternoon, to boot. Good … Continue reading

My 4/4/04 Birthday Girl

On April 1, I was awakened by a great clattering in the kitchen and my children’s voices discussing toaster operation tips. Hmm… Fifteen minutes later, my husband and I were awakened (again, officially) by two beaming children carrying a tray into our room laden with orange juice and peanut butter-cinnamon sugar toast. Breakfast in bed, … Continue reading