Posts from the “seasons” Category

My Favorite Autumn Children’s Book

Posted on September 1, 2014

Child of Faerie, Child of Earth is my favorite autumn story for children. Jane Yolen’s enchanting poetry and Jane Dyer’s radiant watercolors weave a spellbinding tale of friendship that bridges two worlds as different as night and day. This has been a great back-to-school book at my house. It’s easy to re-establish bedtime routines for a new school year when you can share treasures like this one after the kids nestle in for the night. Click “read on” below and you’ll see why!

Easter Grass from Kite Paper — A Homemade Alternative to Plastic

Posted on March 21, 2014

Ah, springtime! We’re still waiting for the snow to melt here in Michigan, but our friends down South are already welcoming new blossoms!  For many, Spring is also heralded by the anticipation of cherished traditions and celebrations.  Here’s a fun and easy craft for your Spring line-up in case you missed it last year.  Grass made from kite paper is a beautiful alternative to the standard green plastic filler for Easter baskets, and also adds a nice touch to gift boxes.  Enjoy this simple step-by-step guide. –Judy

Pirates, Acorns, and Snow! Fun and Stories for Autumn and Winter

Posted on October 25, 2013

How did it get to be the last week of October?  If you still have a child pondering Halloween costumes, may I suggest a pirate sword and hook from our Palumba collection?  Just add a play-silk cape and a silk bandana, pick up a patch, and your pirate is ready to go! Once the excitement is over and the dark days and subzero weather hit, our family likes to snuggle up inside and r-e-a-d. Need fall and winter book ideas for your baby, toddler, or school-age child? I’ve picked three of my favorites to share — read on!

Mother’s Day Chalkboard Frame

Posted on May 9, 2013

Give Mom the perfect gift this Mother’s Day with a picture frame created from a chalkboard. Children will find joy in charming grandma with this precious project made from (1) our Chalkboard, (2) our Mercurius Pastel Blackboard Chalk and (3) Palumba’s Three Beautiful Bees Wood Polish, which gives the wood frame a rich, nontoxic luster and keeps it from drying out. Follow the steps below for a winning gift! The first thing that you’ll want to do is polish the frame. For more information on wood care see our post about it here. Then write your message across the top, trace your little one’s hand, cut out your favorite picture and decorate. I printed a template to help me cut the picture in a circle (a compass would work great…

May Day Cone with Tissue Paper Flowers

Posted on May 1, 2013

May comes dancing but once a year, the dancing month, the sky light and high, the birch trees bursting. May is daisy time, and cowslip and primrose and harebell and dancing anemones. Deep down in the meadow grass, they’re all dancing with delight, lily-of-the-valley nodding, ringing her bells, the silver trunks lordly and slim, their branches and silvery twigs dancing too to the tune of Spring. ~Elsa Beskow, from Around the Year

Felted Dolls — a Craft Inspired by The Flowers Festival, by Elsa Beskow

Posted on April 19, 2013

One of the most fun ways to experience a book is to bring your favorite characters to life.  With polished wooden peg dolls and wool felt, the dolls inspired by a favorite book can be as simple and easy, or as ornate and complex, as one wants.  Just pick your favorite books and characters, get your hands on Palumba’s wooden peg dolls, wool felt and thread (hot glue guns are quite handy too!) and craft away! -Grace & Kriste

Brown Beech Mushrooms, Fiddleheads & Haloumi on Angel Hair Pasta

Posted on April 15, 2013

8 oz. brown beech mushrooms 1 lb. fiddlehead ferns 8 oz. haloumi-cut into 1/4 inch thick squares 1 lemon- slice half into 1/8″ slices and reserve the other half for juice 1 lb. angel hair pasta 2 cups chicken broth 1/4 cup dry white wine 1 vine ripened tomato- diced 3 large garlic cloves-minced olive oil vegetable oil 2 tbsp Heavy cream Parmesan-Reggiano (optional) Heat grill to medium heat. While the grill is heating up, add angel hair pasta to a large pot of boiling water, and cook according to the directions. Drain the pasta, toss with olive oil, and set aside. Brush haloumi and lemon slices with olive oil and place on grill. Grill cheese and lemon covered, turning over once, (3 to 4…