Category Archives: This and that


Last weekend we finally had the inspection for the farm we’re in the process of buying. After scooting around in the crawlspace, learning all about geothermal systems, and introducing ourselves to some very skeptical chickens, we decided to head south for an early November hike. A lot of people think Illinois is totally flat & […]

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Today’s round up is all about S-P-R-I-N-G! She’s definitely here, as my peonies know. – A pretty watercolor moth print by Mikrofaza – A breezy and modern crinkle-cotton dress in the perfect shade of leaf – Recipes for my springtime favorites: ramps, rhubarb, sorrel and morels – Bridesmaids in Wellies, swoon! – Wendy Waldman gets […]

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There are so many things to love about Easter weekend, but one of my favorite activities is dyeing eggs. They’re color you can eat! Mr. Magpie & I don’t have kids, but that doesn’t stop me from whipping up a couple dozen of these pretties every year. After seeing so many gorgeous examples of naturally-dyed […]

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April 9, 2012 - 2:37 pm

Donaville - These turned out beautiful! Loove the colors, though I can’t say I’ll try dyeing with cabbage for any future Easters ;)

March 26, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Awesome Album Art - Love this idea and will definitely try it with my family as Easter approaches.

March 26, 2014 - 2:14 pm

handvsmom - the eggs looks wonderful! I’m all about trying to avoid artificial coloring wherever I can. I’m going to try to dye boiled eggs after shelling them and de-yolking them. It would be fun to make devilled eggs with multi colored eggs. Let’s see how that turns out…

April 2, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Alina - Hey, great, healthy ideas! In my country my grandmother used to paint red Easter eggs using red onion peels. Guess she was boiling them to get the color out, I don’t know her recipe but I could ask her. Good luck :)


That’s pretty much how I’d sum up the last 12 months. I’ve been trying to write this post for the better part of year and I hope you’ll bear with me, Friends, because truth be told, I’ve struggled putting my feelings into words. Today is a very special day for me, and I want to […]

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February 25, 2012 - 7:44 am

David Feig - Good grief, what a frightful year. I’m grateful both of you survived it, and glad life is becoming more fulfilling for you. Hang in there:)

February 25, 2012 - 8:30 am

Meaghan - You did it! And you’re doing it! Wacky wedding ladies like me would be lost without you…you are what this niche market needed. I’m personally so glad to be a small part of keeping you happy, healthy, alive and panic-attack free. So thank YOU for making this big leap. I will do everything in my power to continue supporting you and help make all the great rewards of choosing YOU seem worth it. Happy Day!

March 6, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Melanie - This is a beautiful and inspiring post. Thank you for it.
And all the best to you and your many many years of business freedom ahead.
This is my first visit to your blog – via the above image on pinterest. I’m off to look around some more – love it so far.

March 13, 2012 - 1:12 am

sas - Oh wow! I just found you via a link from another blog but I have already subscribed.

Your journey is fabulous – i love that you had SO MANY signs (sorry i laughed a little bit at the ice storm on top of everything else).

I am just at the start of my foray into following my heart. Your story will stay with me. Your existence gives me hope.

Sas x

March 13, 2012 - 5:07 pm

Jessica - From one Jessica to another, thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope to follow in your footsteps one day… just waiting ’til the hubs has graduated from school.

March 15, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Julie Goette - We really need to meet up for coffee or something. :) We are very much alike, and I LOVED this post!


March 20, 2012 - 3:42 am

Chontelle - Your story is inspiring. It touched a chord in my heart. Sometimes it seems so hard to take that leap but we always land on our feet somewhere. You have landed somewhere beautiful. Hooray for hearts and happiness. Chontelle xo

March 25, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Silke - Way to go!

September 9, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Joy - I just found you via your illustration on Pinterest + am heartened by your story. Your ‘series of events’ and that billboard sign took you to a lovelier journey for sure. I can relate to several aspects of your post, especially the stresses leading to your panic attack! But you braved it, so hurray for you! I’m going to enjoy looking through your blog here. Thankful for your post.

July 31, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Sally - I found this post looking for theme decor ideas for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). Their theme for this year is exactly the theme for this post: Be You, Bravely. I see you came up with it first. :) Hopefully they asked for permission? Anyway, I applaud you and your journey. Thanks for the encouragement!