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Snow Day Activities

December 13th, 2017

More snow, freezing rain, and ice rolled through yesterday. After office work and house cleaning, I started processing some of the many seeds I saved this past summer.

I’ve been developing better systems of processing them. Using a fork to remove the seeds from the dried flower heads is a huge finger saver, these seed heads are super prickly.

I’m looking forward to lots of tithonia in the garden this coming summer, hopefully in many other gardens as well (you can purchase these seeds over at Seeds & Sundries). Finding gardening chores that can be done when the snow is falling outside is always a nice way to brighten up those dark winter days!

What seeds did you save from the garden this year to plant next year?

OPEN for Business

December 8th, 2017

After a few weeks of taking photos, making products, and getting things organized, my shop ‘Seeds & Sundries’ is finally OPEN!!! I spent yesterday working all-day-long getting things photographed, sewn, stamped, organized, and entered. My dining room table is showing the effects.

But, all the hard work has paid off, Seeds & Sundries is OPEN. Head on over and check it out. Your purchases support this blog and keep it ad-free. You’ll find all kind of things there: double gauze scarves, hand stamped note cards, my favorite garden marker & plant tags, lip balm, and so much more.

Check back often, I have lots of ideas for new products I’d love to make and add, but it will take me a while to get those planned and done.

Any products you’d like to see in the shop?


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.