projects

  • make your own: calendula salve.

    For all of its loveliness, January is a month in New York that requires some amount of defending against. To fend off the cold we need extra layers of wool. To combat the blues…

    January 8, 2018 36 Comments
  • make your own: ice lanterns.

    Growing up, I’d light luminaria with my Uncle Ralph on Christmas Eve. He’d have filled the bottoms of white paper bags with beach sand and lined them up along the edge of his street.…

    December 21, 2017 16 Comments
  • make your own: ice ornaments.

    I was planning a final week of gift guides, but I got distracted by freezing temperatures and the exceptionally perfect chalky blue of juniper berries and so instead I decided I’d close out the…

    December 18, 2017 32 Comments
  • life in a tiny apartment.

    Survival Tip #159: Put your Christmas tree in a crate. Last week, on Thursday, after both kids were fast asleep, James and I poured a festive glass of cider and sat down to scribble…

    December 7, 2017 29 Comments
  • a book advent calendar.

    We’ll be stringing up our clutter-free advent calendar (and filling it with festive (and activist) activities for the holiday season) again this year, but with so many whisperings from folks we know planning picture book advent…

    November 30, 2017 47 Comments
  • choosing a holiday card with artifact uprising.

    This post is sponsored by Artifact Uprising, encouraging folks to “give the gift of photographs.” For the past several years, we’ve sent Artifact Uprising holiday photo cards. This season, Artifact Uprising has more than eighty…

    November 28, 2017 40 Comments
  • make your own: squash lanterns.

    Today, a brief tutorial on how to make a seasonal craft that gives an autumnal walk or an autumnal dinner just the right bit of whimsy and light to make everything else disappear for…

    November 8, 2017 22 Comments
  • beeswax-dipped leaves.

    We dipped colorful leaves in melted beeswax this weekend. Faye took her Halloween costume for a test-drive, I snapped a few photos, neither one of us upended the pot of liquid wax.  Here’s a…

    October 23, 2017 13 Comments
  • zero-waste halloween.

    We recycled Faye’s red ladybug in March. Five months post-Halloween and she was ready, so we removed the sparkly ribbon, folded the cardboard shell in two, and popped it into our recycle bin. Over the summer,…

    October 17, 2017 20 Comments
  • habit shift: natural cleaners.

    I’ll begin by stating the obvious which is that I have neither a degree in chemistry, nor a desire to wax poetic about the joys of house cleaning. I have a house that often…

    October 2, 2017 36 Comments