The house of Anarchy experienced a huge tomato fail this season. I planted several varieties of heirloom tomatoes at Wrigley Village Community Garden. I nourished them along the way only to have them die at the hands of tobacco mosaic virus. However, like a reliable BFF, zucchini is a steady crop....more
Making placemats is a fun and easy creative project that is actually useful afterwards. My sons and I have made these for birthday parties in lieu of lootbags. Even now it makes them smile when we go to a friends house and they are using the placemats the boys made. You will need access to a computer that has a word processor installed (like Microsoft Word), a printer and a printing store that does lamination. If you decide to use pictures from magazines or colouring pages, you will need a sheet of 11×17 bristol board or card stock....more
Kids love to be creative. The messier they can get with paint, crayons, and glue the happier they are. Thanksgiving in Canada is just a couple of weeks away and now is a good time get creative with the kids. Dinner Centrepiece...more
In October of 2008, I wrote a series called A Month of Pumpkins -- that's right, one pumpkin post a day for the entire month of October. Some were fun to write, others not so much. Some mornings I woke up excited about writing my pumpkin post, other days I wanted to scream if I even saw the "P" word. When the month ended, I was sorry to see it over. It was fun, it was interesting, and it was challenging. (I highly recommend you take on the writing of a month of _______. And if you do, send me the link so I can follow along and offer encouragement.)
Homemade costumes are the rule at our house. Bonus points if they can be made with easy to find materials such as this cute duck costume. Start by making a paper bag vest from a brown grocery bag: Holding the bag upside-down, cut up the middle of the bag and over the edge of the bag’s bottom. Cut a round neck hole out of the bottom of the bag and an arm hole in each side....more
I'd like you to meet a little friend of mine.
His name is Horace.
Horace the Hawk-topus.
He doesn't look like much of a hawk-topus right now because he doesn't have a hawk, but he will. I plan to cut a spiky mowhawk out of foam and cover it with plaid fabric....more
We're waiting, waiting, sort of patiently, for our house to be empty. There is some slosh-over of timing that can't be avoided, and while we feel the clock ticking on this ideal time of year to sell a house, which we really need to do, we also realize we can only rush things so much. We have a lot of work ahead of us. OK, that's actually a pretty huge understatement, but I'm trying really hard not to freak out....more