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Mary Chisholm
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Kids in a Candy Store
As we stepped across the threshold of the Stirling General Mercantile, it was as if we stepped back in time. There were all the favourite treats of my childhood; candies that I didn't even know were made anymore.  There are black balls and black licorice pi...

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This past year I celebrated a significant birthday. When asked what I would like to do to mark the occasion, I replied that I couldn't think of anything I'd rather do than be locked in a room with my in-laws, and be forced to stay there until we worked toge...

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An Ode to Spring (With Apologies to the Neighbours)
It has been quite some time since I posted. I have been hibernating for the winter. Leaving for work and coming home in the dark has been quite uninspiring. Then suddenly, with the start of Daylight Savings Time and the longer warmer days, I feel like I am ...

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This Makeup is Delicious!
Would you eat your makeup? I would. I know exactly what is in it, because I made it myself with ingredients from the pantry. Over past couple years I have experimented with going shampoo-free (or no-poo) for my hair, so I have gotten used to the idea of kit...

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Patriotism and Scaresquirrels
Have you seen the new Canada 150 bulbs? This beautiful tulip has been developed in the Netherlands to resemble the Canada flag, in celebration of our upcoming 150th birthday. You can get them exclusively at Home Hardware. They need to be planted this fall s...

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Do You Believe In Magic? : Celebrating 100 Years of Dahl
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." -- Roald Dahl (The Minpins) Today is Roald Dahl Day. Roal...

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Let Them Climb
My son is a climber. He is happiest when he is up in a tree.  I couldn't figure out why there were smudges on the wall in the stairwell, until one day I caught him going up the stairs without touching the steps. He spread out, a hand and foot on each side, ...

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Update: How Does Your Garden Grow? : All Is Fair in Homecraft and Horticulture
We have been enjoying the fruits of our labour from our community garden plot for many weeks now. This weekend, the gardening experience culminated in our trip to the fair. The children each chose a vegetable to enter in the horticulture category for their ...
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