• new year, new tree.

    James gave me an olive tree for Christmas. A peace offering, maybe. Or an assurance that despite the wreck of a year that we’ve had, we can care for something together and watch it…

    January 4, 2021 16 Comments
  • make your own: fire starters.

    Years ago I wrote a post about making fire starters in an old egg carton, and carefully filling each nest with wax and cedar shavings and other combustible and fragrant wintry bits. This is…

    December 22, 2020 6 Comments
  • make your own: recycled matchbook sketchpads.

    For some of us, it’s a week for filling stockings and offering teacher gifts and generally expressing thanks and gratitude while in the midst of maybe also feeling a bit (or very) stretched. If…

    December 21, 2020 9 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. these watercolor tags. {easiest, prettiest. just find an abandoned kiddo painting and snip!} 2. these door panes. {because all of my projects are moving at a mostly maddening snail’s pace, but i think…

    December 18, 2020 4 Comments
  • beeswax tapers FAQ.

    As it is with all things sourdough, our humble homemade beeswax taper operation is entirely James’s domain. I’ve long been the wax scrap hoarder and re-melter and tea light pourer and I’ve rolled more…

    December 16, 2020 30 Comments
  • simple gifts around the home.

    Looking around my kitchen this morning, it struck me how many of the simple DIY gift ideas that Rose Pearlman and I have been sharing are in regular use around my own home. In…

    December 14, 2020 4 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    1. this incense. {because it’s perfect.} 2. these little pinecones. {for being still on the branch.} 3. this toothpaste. {because i’m an absolute sucker for fancy toothpaste and also because the pine is truly…

    December 11, 2020 8 Comments
  • eight gifts for a handmade hanukkah.

    Tomorrow is the first night of Hanukkah and in celebration, Rose thought up eight suggestions for simple handmade gifts to offer this year. All of these can be paired with other treats, offered solo,…

    December 9, 2020 8 Comments
  • make your own: fabric scrap cat toy.

    Fret not, we have not forgotten the feline friends among us. For anyone with a kitten (or an energetic toddler), these dancing teaser wand toys can be made in minutes from simple materials. They’re…

    December 8, 2020 0 Comments
  • make your own: canvas kit case.

    Everything’s better when it’s tied up with string, isn’t it? I can’t help but to love just about anything that comes wrapped in a tidy little parcel. Enter the tiny canvas kit case. In…

    December 7, 2020 1 Comments