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How to Make a Birch Tree

Well, that’s not technically correct, because only God can make a birch tree. And I have all the more respect for Him after it took me hours and hours to make ten fake birch trees.

You may never need this information, but then again, perhaps[...] read more

Drying Mint for Winter Tea

From the age of 7-10, I lived in a tiny town in Oklahoma called Heavener. Over the years, I’ve met a number of people who were born and spent their whole lives in Oklahoma, and none of those people except for one ever heard of Heavener. I have[...] read more

On Windows and Scallops

After studying all day in his office, Dave ‘s work day isn’t over. There’s wood to haul in, and a stove to fill and keep stoked. There’s an old window leaning against the building-formerly-known-as-the-chicken-coop, waiting[...] read more

Rainbow Rice Bin

When my daughter, Tera, was a little girl, she had a boatload of Barbies in her castle-themed bedroom, and a pink Barbie jeep. She had several big, expensive porcelain dolls — all gifts from her grandmother. She had a growing collection[...] read more

Those Boots

In the past, I’ve made a great big deal about the carpet, and what I permit to step upon it. But … hear me out. Shoes bring germs. Am I right? If those shoes have walked the concrete of a city — and I’m thinking New York City[...] read more

Chalkboards … Everywhere!

I'm in absolute chalkboard heaven.

About a month ago, I stumbled upon Martha Stewart's recipe for custom chalkboard paint. I'd seen black and green chalkboard spray paint at the craft store, but chalkboard paint in any color of the rainbow? O, could it be true? Martha generally tells the truth, except for those instances when she's trying to convince us that gold leaf-brushed cookies are edible and delicious. Anyway, I wanted it to be true, so I scribbled a quick list, flew to Home Depot and Michael's, and have been cranking out chalkboards in spare moments ever since ...

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