One of my favorite books, A Tale of Two Valleys, humorously chronicles the history of the two most prominent Northern California Wine Country counties, Napa and Sonoma. From a visitor’s point of view, the book fuels the ongoing fiery debate as to which county has more to offer its residents and visitors. Mr. CG and I are Sonoma County residents, so naturally, we’re biased towards our own home turf. But every now and then, we wander over the hills to visit Napa, and for good reason. A weekend in Napa County is simply divine.
There are crafts that I do with my kids that I deem post-worthy, and crafts that I really wouldn’t write about. But this one turned out pretty cute, so I thought I’d share.
Since I was going away for the weekend, without the kids, to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary, I decided to take my five year old daughter to the craft store and spend a few hours with her, creating something together for autumn. We picked out some fabric leaves and amber beads, and decided to make our own wind catcher.
And it’s true. There is something irresistible about autumn leaves blowing in the wind. Call me sentimental, but now I’m longing for cornfield mazes and pumpkin pie.
Here is our creation:
If you want to spend an afternoon with your kids or grandkids creating something together, then this is an inexpensive keepsake craft.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.
-Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116
recited at our wedding
September 5, 1999
I’m a big believer in making your home your personal refuge from the world. I’d rather spend my money on feathering my nest than taking a grand vacation. When we planned our home expansion, I insisted on creating my own sanctuary by incorporating a courtyard into the design plan. In truth, my courtyard is my favorite “room” in my home. I begin and end each day in this very spot.
We’ve been landscaping our barren backyard in several stages, and for several years. When choosing plantings, I find myself drawn, time and again, to anything with deep purple flowers or sage green leaves. Jackpot, if both occur. In nature, I find the color combination of aubergine and sage green irresistible.
In my outdoor decor, I also return to shades of green. To me, green is a color that is fresh regardless of the season. I never tire of it.
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