Crafts & Projects

strawberry jam


One of my goals for this summer was to make jam. Nothing fancy… just a big batch of strawberry with no embellishments. I must admit, the whole idea of canning anything had me a little intimidated. I don’t know why exactly. I guess canning seems like one of those activities where you need to have…

scenes from the past few weeks


We’ve been patiently anticipating warm weather, and slowly but surely it is bound to arrive. It just has to. In the mean time we’ve been pre-spring cleaning and relishing the comforts of the fireplace, and quilts, and hearty, warm foods like stews, casseroles and baked stuff. We’ve gone out on little weekend jaunts and enjoyed…

paper doily heart garland


A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day Seven Conversation Hearts Paper Doily Garland Happy Valentine’s Day, Lovelies! I am popping in to share this treat with you before we head to the market to get the ingredients for our lunch and Valentine’s Day celebration. I have to apologize for not sharing the full 7 treats…

peppermint pinwheel foot massage lotion


A Week of Valentine Treats ~ Day Six from page 56 of my book, Chin Deep in Bubbles ~ Little Luxuries for Every Day I’m back with another treat, Lovelies! This lotion is so great for foot massages. Mix the following ingredients together in a small bowl and use as foot massage lotion or as…

scenes from the last week


I enjoyed a wonderful lunch with my darling daughter Andrea at Sakura Sushi Bar here in Red Wing… nigiri, Cali rolls, sashimi, crab rangoon and orange chicken… YUM! Really great Japanese fare and super fresh sushi…if you’re in the area, give it a try ~ I am still savoring each and every page of the…

simmering spices


For a beautifully scented home, combine: 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon peppercorns 1 teaspoon whole or ground cloves 1 to 2 Tablespoons (or more) orange peel or zest a few drops of pure vanilla extract Place the spices and orange peel in a saucepan along with a…

lavender sugar


I love meeting new facebook friends! I met a lovely lady named Jean this week and I adore her blog. It’s called “For Dragonflies and Me,” and it’s filled with all sorts of yummy recipes and beautiful gardening tips that make my heart sing. I was browsing her posts today and came across one all…

summer pleasures & tea party gardens


The mercury is rising…. time to enjoy our fresh air rooms…. hang lavender scented linens on the clothesline… pack a picnic basket…make a jar of sun tea… take a little summer “staycation”… go to an art fair… read a book at the water park… chase the ice cream truck…take a hammock nap… and just be….…