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Le Weekend – Make Something

There is something deeply satisfying about creating something yourself, making things with our hands taps into our most primal of instincts. From the dawn of early humans we have been creating for pleasure and necessity. Cave paintings and tiny sculptures played a part in prehistoric peoples lives as well…

How To Knit A Triangle Scarf

If you are anything like me you are easily wood by things that are beyond your skill level. I am wooed by triangle scarfs, the lovely draped lace knitting. I once dabbled in lace knitting and never again, I could not possibly swear that much these days as I…

Le Weekend Writing Letters

I could write an entire series of books on the wonders of living in Paris but one of the most wonderful things that I learned was to embrace the French culture of the weekend. When you first go to live in another country it takes only a few short…

Painted Gift Wrap

I know there are endless you tube and social media parents out here telling us we do not have to be those Pinterest parents, and they are absolutely right but you can be. Truth is I live for this stuff, my down time is learning a new craft. Feed…

Make Andy’s Gizmo

We are those parents who are pretty obnoxious about what our children watch, in truth it is mostly because I don’t want to watch crap but one thing we love as a whole family is anything Andy Day does on CBeebies. In the words of my 4 year old…

How To Get Really Good At Life

This has to be the ultimate life hack post, because it is how to get good at life. You heard me correctly all of life! How does one achieve such a mammoth task I hear you say.

Tip One – Compartmentalize
I recently re read Truckers, the Terry Pratchett classic to…

Making A Moon Cushion – Craft

Sometimes I have no time to make things and that makes me sad I love to be creative and be a creator. Other times I make things, I photograph them and then I forget to blog about them until I am clearing though old photos and backing up. After…

Pumpkin Cheese Fondue

I feel like saying a pumpkin is for life not just Halloween but they are not for life they are certainly worth more than just carving up. Growing pumpkins has not been our most successful crop but they are a tremendously fun thing to grow We grew large traditional…

Preserving Herbs

Call me perverse, people often do, but I find it deeply satisfying to prepare the garden for winter. I love summer, eating outdoors, enjoying the flowers, eating the soft fruit, but cutting back feels like I am getting ready to hibernate and I do love my many hibernation rituals…

Trains, Trains & Dinosaurs

I convinced myself that I had to make the title of this post a play on the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles and after a good ten minutes the best I could manage was Trains, Trains and Dinosaurs. At this point as a writer I should have abandoned the…