Happy box for kids

Happy box for kids

As part of my kids homeschool, we are working through their Girl Scout badge books. My Brownie-age daughter was given an assignment to make a “happy box” to open when she is feeling anxious, stressed, or sad. This reminded me of the comfort drawer! A...
Start your living Easter basket now

Start your living Easter basket now

Here is a link to a 6-minute video, along with detailed written instructions, for growing wheat grass in a basket in order to make a cute living Easter basket. This looks very easy and could be used as a centerpiece or a gift.  As I write this, my local grocery store...
Furoshiki – wrapping gifts with fabric

Furoshiki – wrapping gifts with fabric

Study this image of how to wrap gifts in fabric, Japanese-style. You can download the original image in a pdf file so you can make it a lot bigger. This is such a lovely way to present gifts, and it’s economical and environmentally friendly. The art is called...
Yule clogs

Yule clogs

Before I started researching this post, I didn’t realize that the traditional Yule log that one puts in a fireplace is also known as a Yule CLOG. But today I want to talk about the clogs that are Dutch wooden shoes. On the evening of December 5th, the Dutch celebrate...
Walnut shell doll beds

Walnut shell doll beds

Make tiny walnut shell doll beds and little bead dolls to put in them. You need walnut shells, scraps of felt or fabric, little wooden beads or something to represent the baby’s head, and hot glue. Instructions from Pepper and Pine are in this 6-minute video....
Homemade sugar scrubs

Homemade sugar scrubs

Make your own sugar scrubs for bathing. This is so easy to make that I now keep a jar of sugar scrub in my shower all year ’round. In the winter, this helps with my dry, itchy skin. In the summer, it helps with exfoliation of exposed skin. These jars can also be...