Hello there chickens. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well you know I caught a bug early in April and I’ll be darned if those germs didn’t set up camp somewhere between my nose and my throat and decide that they liked it there so much that they would extend their stay indefinitely. For all I know they could be building a house in there or even a compound, but let’s not think about that. It’s May Day after all […]
Have you ever been to a Lush store? Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is very popular with the tweens I know. It has an interesting history beginning in England in the late 70s and including an important connection with Anita Roddick’s Body Shop in the 80s. Lush bath bombs are a favorite of Samantha’s, so we decided to try making some of our own at her bath and beauty themed party last Saturday. Samantha found the recipe in a video on […]
This is what got me into the enchanted May Day celebration I wrote about in my last post – my agreeing to create a maypole for a festival at Samantha’s school that happened on May Day this year. As I was talking with the festival’s organizer about my love of maypoles and all things May Day, I found out that her husband was a former kindergarten student of the hostess of the May Day celebration and one thing lead to […]
This was the May Day celebration of my dreams. I still can’t believe the good fortune that allowed Samantha and me to attend. This is put on every year by a local woman in her nineties, a former kindergarten teacher known for her creativity and her close connection with nature. The last time I saw her was maybe six or seven years ago at a town Arbor Day celebration where she read some of her poetry. I’ve often read about […]
We celebrated an eleventh birthday this week. Birthdays provide such great opportunities for playing with paper. I made my own photo book (with charms!) … taped eleven tissue paper flowers to her door … and finally made a paper lantern for a flameless votive from the book, Silhouette Style by Nanetta Bananto. But it wasn’t all about paper – there was cake of course! I’ll share more about the how-to’s soon.
1. You can embellish your driveway with a chalk rug, complete with fringe. 2. You get to call it whatever you like. 3. Another excuse to make a new bunting – yay! 4. Your family’s beloved old toys can get a new lease on life without having to travel far – maybe just across the street. 5. You may get a new appreciation for a few awesome items that you can’t believe nobody wanted or that you realize you should […]
Did you know that yesterday was Pancake Day? Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day. I learned about Pancake Day last year, so I was ready for it yesterday. We celebrated with some crepes because Samantha has been talking about crepes ever since a friend’s mom served them at a recent after school play date. I have to say that I wrangled myself an invitation to enjoy those crepes too once I learned that they were part of the plan (one […]
We celebrated Samantha’s 10th birthday with an ice skating party yesterday. But rather than hold the entire party at the rink, we combined a house party with an ice skating outing to Sharks Ice in San Jose. We had 8 kids skating, 4 adults skating and one adult holding down the fort off the ice. I was so happy that all the skaters had a good time at the rink – no mishaps, no tears. I owe a big thank […]