Hidden Art of Homemaking: Flower Arranging, plus a practical solution

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This post is part of Cindy’s Hidden Art of Homemaking Book Club for chapter 7 on flower arranging. This chapter is surprisingly varied and passionate for what one might expect to be a brief, boring chapter. I do hope others in the book club take up some of the topics covered, and I encourage you to click on the link above to find those posts. I am going to stick to the main point, because it’s one of those things … Read More

Fairy Tale Picture Books – with a giveaway!

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I have a whole collection of beautiful fairy tale picture books. I collect what some might call “scary” picture books: the art is gorgeous but haunting, and the tales include the bits about dancing in red hot shoes until dead or wolves’ stomachs being opened by honest woodsmen. I came across a hardback copy of a favorite (though decidedly not scary) picture book of ours in great condition at a yard sale a year ago, and decided I should give … Read More

Announcing Our Latest Arrival: Geneva Kate – Simply Convivial

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Geneva Kate Winckler November 2, 2012 7 pounds, 10 ounces 21 inches long Despite being stubborn in utero by refusing to be monitored or stay head down, Geneva appears so far to be a placid newborn. More than likely, she’s just plain tuckered out from exerting her will and energy so much prior to birth and will be giving Knox a run for his money as soon as she’s had a respite. I have now added ‘c-section’ to my list … Read More

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: Vacation! – Simply Convivial

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We spent a week at the beach last week! It was lovely! The house we rented (with friends!) did have wifi, and I did check my email once or twice a day, but for the most part it was an internet & technology detox week. As soon as we all got onto the beach on the first day I arrived and I laughed hard at Knox’s reaction to this amazing thing called a beach (it was his first time and … Read More

Easter, Simply Celebrated – Simply Convivial

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Decorating I love the idea of decorating for Easter, but haven’t really made it happen yet. Someday I want a wooden cross with the appropriate color sash draped on it, some sort of Easter (but not Easter egg) wreath, and a branchy tree with eggs and maybe these art hangings. Circle Time Hymns: Ah, Dearest Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended When I Survey the Wondrous Cross Low in the Grave He Lay O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus Christ … Read More