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 […]
It’s May Day again. Is there someone whose day you can brighten with a little basket of flowers to hang on their door? A small child, an elderly neighbor, or one of those in between young child and elderhood who would delight in a little touch of beauty and thoughtfulness when they return home from school or work? All you need is a paper cup and a pipe cleaner or something similar that you can string through holes you can […]