gifts

  • make-believe: dreaming.

      We’re in that period of sleep post-baby where I’m starting to feel like I can’t even remember what it’s like to sleep through the night. Close your eyes in the evening and don’t open…

    October 11, 2017 17 Comments
  • welcome fall, two ways.

    Tomorrow, fall, which seems deserving of celebration in spite of everything. I’ve always been something of a season watcher. It’s worth the moment to marvel, I think, at the way the light changes in…

    September 21, 2017 9 Comments
  • natural beauty: bar soap, part two.

    That I enjoy lathering up with bar soap is hardly news. I could receive bars of freshly cut handmade soap for every birthday from now until the day I die and I’d be happy. Nothing quite…

    September 11, 2017 49 Comments
  • midsummer, two ways.

    First of all, I’d like to mention that I’m on a personal campaign to resurrect the sunflower from its position as pedestrian second fiddle to all of summertime’s more fashionable fleurs. Sure, they bring to…

    July 24, 2017 11 Comments
  • summer vacation, two ways.

    Tomorrow is the first official day of summer. I’m getting my annual itch to play hooky, kick off my shoes, and run around barefoot. Whether or not you’ve got an actual summer vacation in the works,…

    June 20, 2017 12 Comments
  • gift guide: father’s day

    For anyone looking ahead to giving the fathers in their lives a little something special on Father’s Day this year, here are a few ideas for the sensitive, kind, caring, compassionate, crafty, all-around brilliant and…

    June 5, 2017 11 Comments
  • mother's day gift guide | reading my tea leaves

    gift guide: mother’s day.

    For anyone looking to give the mothers in their lives a little something special on Mother’s Day this year, here are a few ideas for the adventurous, thrill-seeking, tech-savvy, gadget-loving, handy, all-around brilliant and…

    May 4, 2017 19 Comments
  • self-care, two ways.

    It’s February in the year 2017 and if ever there was a time for acknowledging that we need to be gentle with ourselves, it seems this is it. Self-care is having a moment, you…

    February 6, 2017 21 Comments
  • gift guide: calendars for a new year.

     There’s been a lot of talk lately about bidding adieu to 2016. And I get it. There were lots of reasons that it felt like a superlatively crappy year. If we were to mark…

    December 19, 2016 15 Comments