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  • PIONEERING OF THE SOUL - Sometimes I find myself wondering "how did we come to walk this path...out in these high hills, surrounded by dirt, removed from the green landscapes and comforts we grew up knowing"? My husband and I left our families some twenty … Continue reading
  • VALENTINES SEED BOMBS - Hey, when was the last time you heard of using a bomb for a good cause?  These earthy seed bomb beauties are the answer.  They are fun for kids, and adults too!   What you will need for this project: … Continue reading
  • PERPETUAL CALENDAR - New year, new calendar! What fun my daughter had creating this perpetual calendar.  This finished calendar now hangs on the wall in our homeschool room. Here's how to make your own.First draw 5 different sized circles on large paper by … Continue reading
  • BURIED TREASURE - Pink quartz scattered at our feet, we walked up the rocky hill.  Past the old tree house, criss crossing between junipers and piñons, we made our way through the golden autumn light.  We had been on a hunt for piñon … Continue reading
  • QUINOA RICE CRACKERS - This recipe came from an attempt to copy a favorite cracker that we buy a lot called "Mary's Gone Crackers". These crackers have no flour, and only a few simple ingredients, including two super foods, quinoa and chia seeds. Wonderful … Continue reading
  • A Second Grader’s Portfolio - I have had some requests to share work from our Waldorf-inspired second grade home school.  I became much more comfortable teaching this year, and because of this and the wonderful subjects we studied, we had a lot of fun! In … Continue reading
  • MEREDITH WOOLNOUGH~ A REVIEW - Every once in a while we come across something so inspiring, that we have to pause and take a moment to take it in.  This happened to me when I found the art of Meredith Woolnough. It is difficult to … Continue reading
  • HOMEMADE TACO SEASONING -   I have been working on this recipe for a while and I finally feel like I have found a great balance of flavors.  It is very mildly spicy, so my can kids eat it.  This recipe makes a good … Continue reading
  • LIKE A CAVEMAN - Well sorta like a caveman...only a little more sophisticated. My most recent love has been painting stones.  Lots of stones. They are everywhere, these sweet little stones... I seem to be finding since I began my love affair with adorning … Continue reading
  • HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS - We thought we would make heart shaped marshmallows for Valentine's Day this year.  Did they turn out to be light and fluffy?  Not exactly, but they did have a yummy flavor, and with practice I believe we could master this … Continue reading
  • SAINT BRIGID, KEEPER OF THE HEARTH - PRAYER OF SAINT BRIGID Brigid of the Mantle, encompass us, Lady of the Lambs, protect us, Keeper of the Hearth, kindle us. Beneath your mantle, gather us, And restore us to memory. Mothers of our mother, Foremothers strong. Guide our … Continue reading
  • THE PIÑON PILGRIMAGE - One September, when my first born was just a baby, we started noticing masses of cars parked on our roadside.  Alongside the cars were people crouched under trees with buckets in hands.  They seemed to be doing something very important, … Continue reading
  • HAPPY MARTINMAS - "I carry a light within me A brightly burning flame Though dark may try to win me It ever shines the same It guides me through uncertainty It warms the wintry weather And brings to every burden The lightness of … Continue reading
  • BEING MADE WHOLE - From time to time we are asked to face something unexpected. When this happens, we are often made to look at uncomfortable realities. Last week I was told that my grandmother may not live more than a few days.  If … Continue reading
  • FLOURLESS PIZZA CRUST - This recipe will make 2 medium size pizzas, with very thin crusts. Here are the ingredients you will need for the pizza crust: 1 large head of cauliflower 2 large eggs 1/2 - 3/4 cup goat cheese (or cream cheese) … Continue reading
  • FIRST GRADE, A REVIEW - The end of our first year homeschooling, and what a year we had!  Happy to say we fared well. Here, our weather tree is a symbol of our journey. We started in September with a bare tree on a very … Continue reading
  • DIY CLOTH BABY WIPE SOLUTION - Here are the ingredients you will need to make your own cloth baby wipe solution: 16 oz apricot oil or almond oil 16 oz liquid castile soap (I use lavender scented) calendula flowers (found in bulk at herb stores) First … Continue reading
  • HOW TO MAKE A FELT STRAWBERRY, WITH PDF PRINTABLE PATTERN - As promised, I will be posting my felt food tutorials, with printable PDF patterns. I thought we would start with the cutest felt strawberry! For strawberry you will need: red and green felt red, yellow and green embroidery thread embroidery … Continue reading
  • HEART PATCHES - Anyone have some holey jeans that need some love? Here are some love patches to solve your woes. Simply cut out some hearts, add some sweet sweet stitches, and a little bit of love.  Now patch up those brokenhearted jeans … Continue reading
  • PROMISE OF THE RAINBOW - My children come to me each day and hand me a rainbow. They beckon me to come. The path has been paved, they know the way. We can choose to go. The chasm of popular culture, the badlands of everything-at-our-fingertips right … Continue reading
  • DIY WATERCOLOR PAPER LANTERN, WITH PATTERN - These watercolor paper lanterns are easy and fun to make.  Children will love to watch the light dance and glow as they carry them through the dark night. First start with 2 sheets of watercolor paper, 11" x 14" in … Continue reading
  • FIRST GRADE HOMESCHOOL - Well, we officially started first grade homeschool today.  What fun!  "Big" kid circle time games include clapping, stomping and using beanbags to learn numbers, letters and poems.  Learning verses and songs through movement.  Beginning our year with form drawing, an … Continue reading
  • FELT FOOD - Fried eggs anyone? Or maybe a fresh fruit platter? For my four year old daughter's birthday last week, I made her some felt food to add to her play kitchen.  You would be impressed by the meals she cooks up … Continue reading
  • FLOURLESS PROTEIN PANCAKES - I love trying less processed, real-food versions of traditional recipes, but the rule in my kitchen is...they MUST also be yummy.  If not, why bother? These pancakes are delicious and are a welcome change to old fashioned pancakes, which taste … Continue reading
  • HAPPY DAD’S DAY - Just thought we would share a few ideas for Fathers Day gifts. Love on paper Take You Ridin in My Car massage shirt Happy Father's Day to all of the wonderful daddies out there.  How we love you so!   … Continue reading
  • ODE TO PARENTHOOD - Lately I have been feeling like a marathon runner.  With three children under the age of 7, life is full!  Very happily full, but full nonetheless. Much of my day is spent preparing meals, cleaning up messes, doing dishes and … Continue reading
  • SIGNS OF SPRING - Finally, after a long winter, signs of spring are popping up through the leafy remains of last autumn. Grass baskets have been planted with our homeschool group. Following my Mom's tradition, the Easter Tree has been decorated, with freshly dyed … Continue reading
  • ROASTED BEETS - I haven't met a girl who doesn't like beets.  Is it the blood red color, the earthy flavor, the sweetness?  Who knows?!  But, what I haven't met is a man who likes them, or I don't know of many anyway.   You … Continue reading
  • HOW TO WET FELT A PIECE OF FABRIC - For valentines day we decided to make felt heart garlands. First we needed to make a piece of felt. This is one of the finished pieces we made. It is about 1/2" thick. To begin, you will need a selection … Continue reading
  • GRASSHOPPER SMOOTHIE - Ha, got your attention! I make some version of this smoothie a couple of times a week for my girls and me.  We love it because it is packed with superfoods and greens!  Ok, grasshoppers aren't one of the ingredients, … Continue reading
  • HOW TO MAKE A FELT MUSHROOM HOUSE - This is the finished mushroom house, which my girls got for Christmas this year. First, you will need a concrete tube.  Cut the tube to be about 8" high with a hacksaw.  Then, draw the doorway and windows.  Use a … Continue reading
  • CROWN OF SANTA LUCIA - Through the brightness of Saint Lucia, light and hope are celebrated on Santa Lucia Day. This holiday marks the longest night of the year, as well the beginning of the Christmas season in Sweden and many other countries.  Light, on … Continue reading
  • LANTERN SPINNING - This year for our home school lantern walk, we made paper mache lanterns.  We blew up balloons, then covered them with colored tissue and crepe paper, which had been dipped in a water and glue mixture.  After they were dry … Continue reading
  • HANDMADE TYPOGRAPHY - I recently worked on a project for a friend's website where I created a bunch of handmade letters. His logo had a collaged look before, but he wanted a more funky hand-made update. This was one of the most fun … Continue reading
  • DRAGON BREAD - As part of our home schooling each year, we make dragon bread for Michaelmas, decorating the monster with dried fruit and nuts.  We like to use pumpkin seeds for spikes! Michaelmas is celebrated in honor of Saint Michael, who was … Continue reading
  • STAR CHILDREN - Upon a recent trip to a nursing home to visit family in Oklahoma, I was struck by the very visceral memory of experiencing a nursing home as a child.  The fragility and hopelessness.  The masses of elderly souls in the hallways, … Continue reading
  • PUTTING THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE - I have not ever forwarded someone else's blog post, but this story is too amazing to not share.  For all you ultra sensitive parents (like myself), brace yourself, then go and give each of your children a big hug: http://earthchicknits.com/2007/07/16/the-worst-five-minutes-of-my-life/
  • OUR LITTLE BABY BIRDS - Two enormous ponderosa pines tower dutifully over the back corner of our home.  I have always thought of them as our guardians, poised tall and firm throughout strong winds and heavy snows, protecting our humble home. It was under these … Continue reading
  • HOW TO MAKE A TISSUE PAPER ROSE - First find a sheet of colored tissue paper and fold it into a 2" - 3" square.  Any old wrinkled tissue paper will do, in fact the more wrinkled, the more character your rose will have.  Next, you will need … Continue reading
  • PALOMA GRACE KUNZ - An angel was brought here to us last week.  A soft pure spirit.  Warm and wet, placed upon my pulsing stomach.  Her peace untouchable. As she is held in our arms here on earth today, her spirit seems still to … Continue reading
  • NEEDLE FELTING MAGIC - I wanted to make a keepsake gift for our coming baby and decided to design this blanket.  I bought a soft merino wool blanket and needle felted the design onto it. Needle felting is a process where wool roving (or … Continue reading
  • MYSTERIOUS LIFE - The soft snowy afternoon light streams in through the window as I read to my two girls, one under each arm.  We stop reading to watch the baby move, the shape of my belly taking on strange forms, like some … Continue reading
  • CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS - My great grandmother made each of her 14 great grandchildren a felt pieced stocking. Each one was came from a kit, but was hand stitched, embellished with beads and sequins. These served as an inspiration for my own children's stockings. … Continue reading
  • HOMESCHOOL TREASURES - The decision of educating our children crept up on us. When our first daughter turned three, we were faced... Continue reading
  • APPLE BOUNTY - Beautiful soft autumn day; listening to sweet banjo and fiddle play as we pick apples from the orchards at the Santa Fe Community Farm.  Warm sun on shoulders, warm laughter from the children, bobbing for apples as we pick the … Continue reading
  • MOTHERHOOD, THE FIRST FIVE YEARS - For my daughters' birthdays this year I made them each a birthday crown.   Made of felted wool and embellished with tiny seed beads, these crowns were stitched of love, a little elbow grease and some tears. As my older … Continue reading
  • PLANTING HOPE - To the garden we wander,                             the soil moist with dew.                               We … Continue reading
  • SPRING BUTTER - Spring is finally here.  Birds have come out to sing, fruit trees are in bloom and cows are grazing in fresh green pastures.  What could make this time of year feel even more joyful?  Making home made butter, of course. … Continue reading
  • DYEING FOR VALENTINE’S DAY - It's dyeing day at our house and the colors are inspired by Saint Valentine's Day.  The palette: hot colors, shades of love: pinks, corals, and peaches.  Into the pot go old faded shirts, uninspiring shades of pillow cases and some … Continue reading
  • FELT FLOWERS - My newest obsession: felted flowers!  I made these pincushions for Christmas gifts in  December and fell in love with felt.  I love the soft earthy texture of real 100% wool felt.  I love how it feels to cut and work … Continue reading
  • NEW BLUE NIGHTIES - For Christmas I made two flannel nightgowns for my four year old.  One was for her, and a matching one was for her rag doll, Charlotte.  Brilliant, I thought, when I came up with the idea.  Sofia has had mostly … Continue reading
  • JOSS PAPER!!! - This beautiful Joss paper, or Spirit Money, which is usually made of bamboo or rice, is burned by the Chinese as an offering to ensure that the spirit of the dead has abundance in the afterlife.   I hope they won't … Continue reading
  • PAPER MACHE LUNA - This year for Halloween my 4 year old daughter said she wanted to be "La Luna" (the moon!).    Since she was able to talk, she has always called the moon "La Luna, My Friend".  She has had a loving … Continue reading
  • THE OLD HOMESTEAD - My great grandmother, Thelma Muskrat Lee, was born and raised in Oklahoma on what is now called the Grand Lake of the Cherokees.  This is where my great grandmother and great grandfather met and lived out their lives.  They lived … Continue reading
  • SOFIA’S LOVE QUILT - Almost 4 years after passing out blank quilt squares to family and friends, my daughter's "baby" quilt is finally finished. Before the birth of my first daughter, I decided that I wanted her to have a community quilt.  I wanted … Continue reading
  • A DREAM OF A LIFE - Arriving in the dark night in Rincon, Puerto Rico, I was greeted by the silhouette of two sand palms standing majestically side by side.  My skin soaking up the moist tropical air, I took in a very deep breath.   The … Continue reading
  • DEAR SUE - Dear Sue, How you are missed                                        You were like a mama to many of us            with … Continue reading
  • THE MAY POLE DANCE - May flower crowns in plaited hair, the young girls watched admiringly as the older children danced around the May Pole.  Ribbons of pink, blue and yellow being woven around the pole ever so skillfully as the warm May sun shone … Continue reading
  • SPRING CHILD - A tulip unfolds it's petals                          The grass is sprinkled with dew                    We watch with hopeful eyes       … Continue reading
  • ELSITA MORA, A REVIEW - Rarely in life are there people who touch you so deeply that you are utterly stunned.  This happened when I first came upon the work of an artist named Elsa Mora, or "Elsita".  This incredible woman, originally from Cuba,  is … Continue reading
  • SOAKED GRAINS - I am not traditionally one for mixing sweet treats and "health food".   It always seemed like an oxymoron to me.  Often healthy treats are laking in flavor and are just plain plain.   If I am going to indulge on … Continue reading
  • LEARNING TO PAINT - As I sat down to paint with my three year old the other day, a great shift had taken place in her sensibility. Circles, lines and shapes were appearing, where only scribbles existed last week. Seemingly effortlessly, her hand would … Continue reading
  • UNASSUMING OBJECTS - Why is it that when I see a piece of bare wood, it calls out "paint me"? Not just "paint me" a simple color, but "decorate me... elaborately and colorfully". This not only happens with wood or furniture, but with … Continue reading
  • ROASTED GARLIC WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD - Heading in the direction of handmade gifts this year, off to the kitchen I went to make my holiday goodies. I decided to make an artisan mustard as one of my gifts to give away. This mustard recipe is delightfully … Continue reading
  • A NEEDLE AND THREAD - These days I find myself returning to simple forms of creative expression. As a child I learned to embroider and cross stitch. I would spend hours in the craft store looking over the colorful pallet of threads, painstakingly deciding which … Continue reading
  • IN MEMORY OF RAUL UGALDE, 1980-2010 - Raul was the kind of spirit who would light up the room, light up the world. His love was actual and pure. His beauty infectious. His embrace came with an ease we are unlikely to see from any other. His … Continue reading
  • FEAST OF ST. MARTIN/MARTINMAS DAY - Saint Martin is known most for cutting his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of the cold. In many countries, St. Martin's Day or Martinmas celebrations begin at the … Continue reading
  • LAST HARVEST - Watching my daughter’s face light up as she pulls a carrot out of the ground, I am reminded why we keep a garden, year after year. The pride and pure joy are overflowing. There is no greater gift I can … Continue reading