Q-Kids: Nature Prints

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to renew my stash of play dough for the kids. So each of the little tubs are getting dry and difficult to work with. There has to be a last use for play dough about to go bad. Here’s what I came up with. Nature Prints! Gather lots…

Q-Kids: Nature Weaving

My kids love to be outside. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been cooperating much here. But for those that do have fair weather this activity will have kids exploring and gathering all over your yard. There are many nature weaving photos available on Pinterest. My version is handy because I utilize something I already had on…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand, all from home. PINE CONE FLOWERS We have a lot of pine trees in our yard and I know…

Autumn Art- Harvest Tree

A stroll through the woods with my toddler this past weekend resulted in a basket full of sticks, moss, and leaves of blaze and gold. The biggest leaves she wanted to paint but once we got out the craft box we changed our plans. Using a paint stick, baby food jar, jut string, packaging paper,…

Sage Wreaths

All this crisp autumn air has me taking long walks and lingering outside on these last snowless days, before the cold nips too hard or the animals disappear into their homes. It also has me storing up veggies, herbs, and seeds for next year. So as I shook out seeds from the Black Eyed Susan’s…

Nature Writing 101

Guest Post by Janelle Franz blogging at Invent Your Story. I’m not a professor. Before you hit X, you need to know I did take a nature writing class in college. So, I am professionally taught. Right now, my butt is on a rock and an oak root is buddying up to my coffee mug….

DIY Macrame bottle Sling

I needed a way to carry my water bottle when out in field or forest. I came up with this inexpensive easy DIY natural jute sling holder that took less than a hour to make. I already had knowledge of basic macrame knots, if you do not know these it will take a while longer….

Tomato Cage to Tree DIY

My neighbor’s annoyance this fall was my delight as I found him yanking out a wild grape vine from a cherry tree. Instead of letting him add it to his burn pile I dragged them back to my yard to make these adorable trees to decorate my front porch. Here’s how you can make your…

Naturescaping-Making a living Hedgerow

My piece of land lies before me. It is intimidating to say the least, to think that I can alter it to my own design or un-design. This is a scary prospect, indeed, but not so scary as a blank piece of linen watercolor paper. So crisp and white. Would I ruin it with the…

On Assignment from Costa Rica

A Christmas like no other. My heart never yearned to spend Christmas Day on a remote beach in the Southern Pacific until I was on assignment in Costa Rica, far from family and friends that I left behind in Michigan. Here, my internal calendar is out of kilter, nonexisitant really, for all the cues from…

On Assignment in Costa Rica

Guest Photo Post by Sherry Rought, Costa Rica. The beauties of Costa Rica are immense. I am in awe of nature here. The juxtaposition of nature and human activity is overwhelming. Leaving the city far behind to breathe deep of fresh mountain air is something that can bring restoration to my soul. Venturing out onto…