What to Do with a Spare Sock and a Spare Afternoon

What do I love about these little guys? Not that they're zero-waste and made with recycled materials. Not that I didn't have to buy a single thing to make 'em, thanks to odds and ends from my craft drawer and dryer. Not that I found something useful to do with a couple of mismatched lone … Continue reading What to Do with a Spare Sock and a Spare Afternoon

Darn. The Lost Art of Mending and Hemming.

I hemmed a pair of Giovanni's pants today. First time. How I managed to get through nine years and three kids without hemming a single pair of pants, I don't know. Actually, I do know. My time-starved life combined with a throw-away culture led to just getting rid of a pair of pants with a … Continue reading Darn. The Lost Art of Mending and Hemming.

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Handwritten

So Christmas was yesterday. With all the day-after sales, folks are out en force shopping some more. Christmas was yesterday. And I still have another thought on gift-giving. Blame it on my friend. She sent me this most amazing email: "You’re receiving this email because L’s birthday is coming up (Dec 27). He’s turning 40 … Continue reading Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Handwritten

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Story

Along with still too many gifts under the tree, my kids woke to find an orange in their stocking on Christmas morning. It was my reminder to them that we have everything we need. See, my dad grew up on a rural farm in Italy, where his sole Christmas gift each year was an orange. … Continue reading Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Story

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Time

We just got back from a two-hour hike. This was my family's gift to me. Because the one thing I need, the only thing I need, is time. Time to relax. Time to reflect on the goodness in my life. Time to just be with the people I love—free from the stress of thinking about … Continue reading Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Time

Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Experiences

My dear family really, really wants to get gifts for us. I understand. Since we're a close family, and we live in different parts of the country, giving gifts to each other is a gesture to demonstrate that we are with each other in spirit on Christmas morning. So each year around Halloween (yes, Halloween), … Continue reading Instead of Stuff: The Gift of Experiences