O Christmas Tree!

We're real tree kind of people. We love nature and the outdoors, and like to do things ourselves. Just the type of people who go out every year and cut their own Christmas tree, right? Ummm. No.

We’re real tree kind of people. We love nature and the outdoors, and like to do things ourselves. Just the type of people who go out every year and cut their own Christmas tree, right? Ummm. No.

Well, there was that one Christmas when we lived in the country and went out and cut a tree. It was a hemlock, if I remember correctly, and more of a bush than a tree.Continue Reading

Make a Seed Packet Ornament

Do you save seeds from your garden? Make a seed packet ornament for decorating and gift giving!

Do you save seeds from your garden? Saving seeds is not a strong point for me, but I do save seed from my heirloom tomatoes, and from some of my flowers.

I was trying to come up with a way to use some of my seeds in a Christmas ornament and decided to make seed packets, and turn those into ornaments. This way, my friends and family can use them to decorate their trees, and then plant them in the garden when spring arrives.Continue Reading

What Homesteader Chicks Want For Christmas

homesteader wishlist

I had a fun, online, conversation recently with some homesteader “chicks”. Some, like me, are urban homesteaders. Others have lots of acreage. And we got to chatting about what we want for Christmas. There wasn’t a bottle of perfume on the list, although chocolate, a cute sweater, and a date night did make the cut.

Homesteading women are hard workers, and that was certainly reflected in their wish list. What kind of woman would want homesteading supplies for Christmas? A passionate, dedicated one who knows who knows what she wants in life, that’s who!Continue Reading

Have Yourself a Homemade Christmas

Dozens of ideas for gifts, decorations, and desserts!

Great Ideas for DIY Gifts, Decorations and Dessert

There’s just something about homemade that makes Christmas extra special, don’t you think? But “homemade” doesn’t have to mean complicated. Simple is best.

If you’re like me, coming up with ideas is half the battle. And that’s why I’ve put together this little guide to help you so that you can have a homemade Christmas without the stress. Simple ideas for gifts, decorations and desserts.Continue Reading

A Beautiful Christmas Story: “Why the Chimes Rang”

Why the Chimes Rang

One December, when my children were young, and I was having a difficult time physically, I spent a lot of time reading to them, because that was about all I could manage. We read Christmas stories all month and that’s when I discovered this treasure. I’ve reprinted Why the Chimes Rang in full for you to enjoy as you celebrate the birth of Christ! So cuddle up on the couch with your loved ones and worship the Christ Child with Pedro and Little Brother.Continue Reading