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Goodies for the Young at Heart, plus writings on baked goodies & art

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St. Francis Day

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October 4 is St. Francis Day. St. Francis is known for his great love of animals and all of God’s creation. To celebrate the day, the Wee One and I read the book St. Francis and the Wolf  the night before for bedtime reading. It is a lovely tale of how St. Francis was able to stop a ferocious wolf through the power of love, after might and brawn did not work.

Our church had a Blessing of the…

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Today, September 29, is Michaelmas. This is the day we celebrate the Archangel Michael (and all of the other angels).

Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel (also the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, the Feast of the Archangels, or the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels) is a day in the Western Christian calendar that occurs on 29 September. Because it falls…

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Lady Grey Tea Cookies

Lady Grey Tea Cookies


Those of you who know me in person know that I have become an obsessive tea drinker… to the level some might call an addiction. But there are way, way worse things to be hooked on than Earl Grey tea, right? (Help me out here.) Well, not only is tea simply brilliant for drinking, but it is wonderful in baked goods, like these Lady Grey Cookies. They have a hint of lemon, aren’t too sweet, and are…

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Apple Window Decorations


Autumn means apples (at least here in the Northeast it does)… apple picking, apple eating, apple festivals, and apple crafts. My little guy and I recently made some lovely apple decorations to hang up on our windows, to get it looking lovely and Autumnal around here.

real apple

All you need is black cardstock, clear contact paper, and tissue paper (we used red, yellow, and green). Start by cutting a basic…

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Eleanor the Fairy


To go with our Fairy Mail, I printed out this lovely free fairy that the Little One colored and we put together. We named her Eleanor after one of the week’s fairies (plus that was my Gram’s name), and she joins us each time we do a fairy project. Eleanor came from this website, where there are dozens and dozens of free printable coloring pages and fairies to build. (We want to make thislittle…

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A Winner & New Work

A Winner & New Work


Thank you to everyone who entered my lunch bag pattern giveaway! The random number generator picked comment 9, so Patty is our winner (I just emailed you Patty so get in touch with me if you didn’t receive it)! Thanks for all of the great comments. Virginia’s lunch bag patterns are still on sale through the end of the month– and she is making a donation to No Kid Hungry for every one sold– so be…

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Hand stitched gifts, just because

Hand stitched gifts, just because


This past spring I was overcome with the urge to make each of my siblings something hand-stitched. This is one of those somethings that I made, this one for my younger sister and her husband. I asked her for a favorite quote of theirs, and she told me a couple. This one by St. Teresa of Avila was just the right length: “Everything other than pleasing God is nothing.” I hand embroidered everything…

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A Ginger Cake Lunch bag! (And giveaway!)

A Ginger Cake Lunch bag! (And giveaway!)


bagRecently I was approached by Virginia of Ginger Cake about stitching up one of her lunch bags. After I looked over her pattern choices and saw how simply lovely they were, I happily said yes! I chose her Hobo Style Lunch Sak to make because I love the look of the knot handle, the bag’s size, and it’s overall clean lines.

The pattern and directions themselves were very easy to work with.…

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I know, I know, this blog post is beyond tardy for Pentecost. Perhaps you subscribe to the old adage, better late than never? (Or so I hope!) On the actual day of Pentecost, the little guy and I made hand-rolled beeswax candles with a flame motif to them. The colours are an amazing orange and red, sort of a papaya and watermelon. He loved making the candles and we made one that is just the right…

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A Collecting Bag

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bag onLast summer, I made this very quick & easy collecting bag for my little guy. He loves to take walks and loves to collect things (don’t all little ones?), so he needed a bag for gathering up his treasures as we walked. I let him pick out any fabric he wanted from my stash and he picked this London themed cotton flannel. If your little one tends to pick up wet or gooey things, I would suggest a…

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Alphabet Fairy Mail!

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My little one and I have been having a lot of fun lately with a new alphabet based project: Alphabet Fairy Mail! Jennifer Compton designed an amazing and fun Waldorf-inspired curriculum to help little ones learn their letters (she has both PDF and print versions available in her Etsy shop). The lessons she has put together are centered around six different letters written by fairies (okay, no…

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Art Workshops


DSC_0272This summer I am once again teaching workshops for FOVOPA. They are such a great organization, bringing all types of art to their local community. The two workshops I am going to teach are PomPom Creations and Doodles: from 2-D to 3-D.

The topic of PomPom Creationsis kind-of self explanatory… we’re making different things out of handmade pompoms. Genius, I know. We’ll make some animals, flowers,…

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I love swaps!

tea swap

I recently did a tea swap and this is one of the packages I received:tea swap

This one is from Germany.tea swap2

She included my favorite, Earl Grey, plus others I have never had. Happy sipping for me!

I also did a winged stuffy swap (I made a flying gnome). I received this lovely little owl!winged softy swap2

Look at the careful stitching and lovely beadwork around the face. She did an awesome job.winged softy swapPlus she sent me a piece of…

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