crafts · DIY · Wildcrafting

Celebrating the Return of the Light – Winter Solstice

Every year for as long as I can remember, the Winter Solstice has been my day. As we enter November and the days shorten, it stays on my mind constantly. Into December, I watch as the minutes dwindle of daylight. In the north, the nights become very long. It's not light till almost 8 am,… Continue reading Celebrating the Return of the Light – Winter Solstice

Crafting · crafts · DIY · Sewing

Sewing A Bread Bag

When I was younger I sewed constantly. I went from sewing tops I sold on Shakedown Street at Grateful Dead shows in the early 90's as a reaction to Grunge music, to creating Medieval and Renaissance outfits where a dress could be 15 yards of fabric, custom sewn. Then it went in to backpacking and… Continue reading Sewing A Bread Bag

Crafting · crafts · Gardening · Homeschooling

Tye-Dyeing With Fresh Indigo Leaves

As part of the hybrid homeschooling we are doing with our local school district, the boys get to attend the farm at the school in person. Last week we had an instructor come and teach tye-dyeing with Indigo leaves. I hadn't done it before, so it was very fascinating to learn. Glad we had cover… Continue reading Tye-Dyeing With Fresh Indigo Leaves

Crafting · DIY

Handcrafting Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candle making is an open ended craft. Make as little or as much as you have need for. Use what containers you like or have around. And best of all, it requires no experience or deep learning to make a rustic light for the upcoming Winter Solstice. No need to add scents, beeswax candles… Continue reading Handcrafting Beeswax Candles

Crafting · Essential Oils · Homesteading · Soap Making

Hand Milled Soap

Cold process soap is a fascinating hobby (or business) to get into. Long ago, when my oldest was a baby I taught myself how to make soap. In the pre-internet days (for me), it was so much harder to learn. There wasn't videos, and books were sparse at best. As I taught myself how to… Continue reading Hand Milled Soap