Ten Steps to Hosting a Perfectly Simple Tea Party

Post by Lucy Miller Robinson.  Drinking tea is a lost ritual, in the process of revival. In the U.S., the specialty tea market quadrupled from 1993 to 2008. Tea shops are popping up all over cities like San Francisco and Seattle. New brands like Republic of Tea, Zhena’s Gypsy Teas and Yogi Teas have swooped […]

Lessons Learned Learning To Crochet

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Post by Carol Anne I started crocheting as way to connect with my mother and grandmothers (even the mean one!).  They crocheted and knitted and I feel a little closer to them, like we’d have something in common if they were here.  That may be a little heavy.  But, it connects me with family that […]

Freedom From Shampoo: How And Why

Post by Tara Patey.  Let’s talk about shampoo.  I haven’t used commercial shampoo in almost a year. Instead I wash my hair with shampoo soap. During this time, I have managed to convert my husband and mother to using a good bar of handmade soap in place of their traditional shampoo.  Trust me, no meager […]

Make Rock Magnets


Post by Pam Weppler. Turn a regular afternoon into a fun-filled exploration to find the perfect rocks and make some rock magnets with your kids.  These unique magnets are useful and add some simple, natural style to your fridge or around the office! Things You Will Need: Rocks with one  flat edge Round Magnets (I […]

How a Homemade Passion Begins

Post by Tara Patey. Hand made has always been an important part of my life.  Some of my clearest childhood memories involve things made by hand.  Like the hours I spent at my grandmother’s elbow, watching her knead bread and bake cookies.  Or the hand knit woollen mittens and socks she would make me.  Let’s […]