breeding lilacs

Kelly J. Henson



A Gardenia in Distress

This year, we had a glorious extended spring, but we also had one very late frost that stunted and damaged several of my more delicate shrubs. I adore the scent of gardenias. And there's something alluring and elusive about a... Continue Reading →

The Lost Art of Dress [part 2]

So, as much as I loved The Lost Art of Dress by Linda Przybyszewski for its historical value, I also hoped to glean some tips for today from the Dress Doctors. They are scattered throughout the book, and rarely are... Continue Reading →

The Lost Art of Dress [part 1]

I had the privilege of sitting down to lunch with my grandparents the other day. My grandmother told me about her early experiences in Home Economics. The ladies had to sew a headband and apron. You wanted to be a... Continue Reading →

Mothering Littles: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

This morning, as I dressed my Pearl, the tunic became stuck on her face for a split second before pulling gently over her sweet nose and into its proper spot on her shoulders. Her face let me know what she... Continue Reading →

Dappled Things has a lovely little piece on minimalism today. I do think that it over simplifies the issue a bit. KonMari followers are looking to keep items that "spark joy" and friends of an Eastern persuasion seem also to... Continue Reading →

A Life Apart

I deep cleaned our minivan today. And it occurs to me that my two oldest have a whole secret life back there of which I am only vaguely aware. It's amazing how much the treasures we squirrel away say about... Continue Reading →

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