Reviewing a year of blog posts is similar to culling photos for the annual holiday card. It's an exercise that sparks memories, offers reassurance that the year was busier or more well-spent than remembered, and always uncovers a few gems in the batch, suitable for (re)sharing with others.
Hilltown Families Handmade Valentine Swap, 2022
The annual Hilltown Families Handmade Valentine Swap is a tradition I’ve participated in several times now, in which children, adults, and families living in the “Hidden Hills” of the Berkshires make and receive homemade Valentines. I first joined the fold in the “adult” category, before Juli was born; but it’s become a favorite art project … Continue reading Hilltown Families Handmade Valentine Swap, 2022
A Bitingly Weird V-Day Gift Round-up
When searching for any Valentine gift, weird or otherwise, it’s hard to avoid the culinary component. We’ve already established that there’s a chocolate representation to be found out there for just about anything, and a Valentine representation for all sorts of foods: pickles, jerky, and ketchup among them. But the annual Weird Valentines Gifts post … Continue reading A Bitingly Weird V-Day Gift Round-up
Hilltown Families Hand-made Valentine Swap, part 2: The Spoils!
We crafted, packaged, and mailed our own creations, and in turn received the greetings below! Thanks again Hilltown Families! Currently catching light in the picture window... She loved that it was a “real letter!” Props to Bodhi for bugs and kisses and for great name-writing! Pretty stained-glass effect on this one... Love the waterfall of … Continue reading Hilltown Families Hand-made Valentine Swap, part 2: The Spoils!
Hilltown Families Hand-made Valentine Swap 2021!
Once again, we’ve thrown our crafty hats into the ring of the Hilltown Families Hand-made Valentine Swap! This annual tradition charges local families in the hidden hamlets of western Massachusetts (the Hilltowns) with creating original Valentines and sending them to other families and individuals. I’ve actually participated in the HFHVS several times, including before I … Continue reading Hilltown Families Hand-made Valentine Swap 2021!