Crafts & Projects

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….…

a six senses post

seeing ~ beautiful, fresh flowers growing all over Red Wing, spilling from the many gardens and hanging baskets that adorn our pretty town…lovely stalls of baked goods, flowers, jams, jellies, pickles, and other delights at the Red Wing Farmer’s Market…best friends…THIS BOOK…antiques and thrift store finds…ferns, herbs, lilies and hostas flourishing after all of the…

spring weekending

nature walks… pink bluffs at sunset… hand embroidered pillowcases… a walk downtown to dinner on the patio of a favorite pub… mushroom ravs… wedge salads… painted murals… a stroll on the cannon valley trail… vintage flour sacks turned table squares… vino… newly crocheted cabin blankets… and napping kitties. I hope you all had a wonderful…

meyer lemon vanilla jam

I’m in a springtime kind of mood…even though it’s freezing outside and there’s STILL tons of snow on the ground. Tomorrow is the official first day of Spring, so I wanted to celebrate by cooking up something bright and refreshing for teatime. Meyer lemons are a sweet, delicate lemon that have the flavor of lemons…

spa sundaes

A Week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day FOUR Today I put together some Valentine’s gifts for my daughters Andrea and Grace. Little “girly” baskets with cute heart socks, candies, cookies, and THESE adorable “Spa Sundaes,” among other things. These little “sundaes” would be great party favors for a girlfriends’ spa day or tea lunch. Just…

love notes jar

A week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day THREE! ~ A LOVE NOTES JAR! Today I made a jar of love notes for the hubby. I included coupons for hugs, kisses, back rubs, batches of cupcakes, movie dates, tea dates, lunch dates, candlelight dinners, morning walks, theater tickets, sunset viewings on the porch (with vino) and…

honey bear valentine

For day TWO of our week of Valentine’s treats I thought I’d share something simple and sweet with you. Honey bear Valentines! I like this idea because it’s cute and practical, and a lovely little gift to give to the tea lovers in your life. These little honeys go together quickly…all you need are the…