Natural Remedies


Two sick kids and one with pink eye {or purple eye, as he calls it} means lots of herbs are being infused and an arsenal of natural remedies are being handed out.  Here are a couple of our favorites for natural healing::

Camomile Compress for Pink Eye::
Steep 1tsp of dried camomile flowers in 1 cup boiling water.  Wrap in cheese cloth and use flowers as a warm soothing compress or use the tea as an eye wash.

Eucalyptus Salve for Stuffy Noses & Colds::
Mix up a batch of beeswax oil and add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil.  When the salve is cured, rub generously over the bottom of the feet and cover feet with a pair of warm hand knit wool socks. 

What are your favorite natural remedies?
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Yarn {Inspired by Twine}

Twine.  On the front page of Etsy.  Twelve yards of gorgeous color and oh so me.  I clicked on the photo.  I fell in love....  Nine pages with little works of art.  Just twine.  

Then I thought... Yarn.  I immediately contacted Sarah and proposed hand~dyed color ways inspired by her twines over at fastrunningfox.  She said go for it!  I purchased an array of fibers.  I created my versions.  I displayed them in a bowl on our coffee table for a month deciding whether to keep or sell.  I'm ready to let them go {so I can dye more. hehe}


::  {Scrumptiously soft merino in pinks, purples, yellows, with a drop of green here and there.  I've been dreaming of making this into a light and airy cowl... or squishy socks...  aaaagggghhh, someone please take this one away before I change my mind! }


::  {a mix of last year's oak leaves, fresh moss, and new greens emerging from the earth.  I'm thinking these would look AMAZING as socks inside a pair of Berkies!}

::  {I almost wish I was having another baby, so I could turn this into a Mira Sweater.  I said almost.}

:: {Our Wisconsin bird guide claims the Indigo Bunting may be found in our region, but I have yet to see one in our 20 year stint in this great cheese state.  It's my mission this summer to find said bird covered in shades of brilliant blues, greens and browns}

::  {As sweet as my little Lucas ~ who as it happens made this yarn and then charged me $10 for his time...  It was totally worth it!}

::  {The energy of this color way reminds me of my kids after spending the weekend with Grandma & Grandpa... who just can't say no to sugar.  A little bit crazy ~ mixed with a whole lotta love!}

:: {Lightly twisted with a soft mellow tone.... like me after my morning yoga routine}

:: {You know that place at the bottom of the hill next to the river where you slip off your shoes and socks and wiggle your toes in the thick spongy moss.... well this yarn is just like it.  Merino and silk sock yarn.  For those times when you won't be able to go barefoot.}


::  {Give yarn as a gift and you'll never go wrong.  And don't forget to wrap up your gift with some beautiful twine from Sarah over at fastrunningfox}

All yarns will be available for sale in my Etsy shop through out the day today!  Also, please stop by and visit Ginny's Yarn Along over at Small Things.  The talent over yonder is worth checking out!

What are you working on today?


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Spring Weekending






Spring Weekending::

:: Luke's adamant refusal to ride in the bike stroller, meant a trip to find new wheels for the not so little boy

:: A call from my mom that my grandmother's health was failing prompted a last minute road trip across the midwest, and home to the big white porch in Iowa.  {funny how we've lived in Wisconsin for almost 20 years, and I still call Iowa home.  I think I always will.} My grandma's inviting hugs are still strong, but we will surely be back on that porch soon.

:: My dad and his annual hiding of the plastic eggs that my guys love so much.

:: Sharing history with my boys {who are the 4th generation of boys to be photographed on this big white porch} 

::  Many, many miles of knitting to soothe my aching soul.









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Nature Notebook

Nature Notebooks.  We have many.  Filled with inspiring photos, sketches, project ideas, observations & dreams that we never want to forget....

This winter we wondered through many properties trying to find just the right land to start our off grid homestead, but over the last six months this eight acre parcel keeps sneaking it's way back into our lives.  We traveled north again last weekend to see how it faired without the thirty six inches of snow, and I'm pleased to say it fits almost all our criteria.  We'll see... and only time will tell.  We're going to wait another month until the ground thaws out completely and venture northward up the highway again to make sure the ground it good and solid {we've walked through a lot of swamps in the last six months}.  Crossing our fingers that all goes well!

{The perfect home for a brood of chickens}

{A little log cabin nestled in among the trees}

{Look at all that room for an orchard and gardens!}

If you'd like to share how the natural world has inspired your life this week, please leave the name of your blog and your link in the comments below for others to find and enjoy! 

Please feel free to add my Nature Notebook button to your blog, so that others may find it and share their inspiration! Just save the button to your desktop. Then add it to your blog as a photo gadget and link it to http://thesittingtree.blogspot.com

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Binge Knitting

I finally finished knitting Mike's sweater  and now I've moved on to a bit of a hat binge {photos and patterns coming soon!}  

Small. Quick. Simple.  Yes, that's what I need right now.   


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Scribble Drawings

Who::  Adults and Children. 

What::  Scribble Drawings. My husband created this game when the boys were vey little and would say, "I can't draw." One person closes their eyes and wildly scribbles on a sheet of paper.  Another person turns the paper this way and that trying to find a "picture" within the scribble. 

Where::  Snuggled up on the sofa, accompanied by a large bucket of popcorn!

When::  Any time you or your kids have a creative block.

Why::  Because it's fun, you'll laugh a lot, and it almost always leads to an abundance of creative endeavors.

How do you and your family overcome creative blocks?


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Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting





We're still perfecting the gluten free chocolate cupcake, but here's our recipe for the most deliciously perfect cream cheese frosting. {WARNING:  Do not read this recipe if you have an aversion to an obscene amount of sugar!}

1/2 stick butter
1/4 t. vanilla
6 oz. cream cheese
4c. powdered sugar

Cream vanilla, butter and cream cheese together.  Add in one cup of powdered sugar at a time.  Whip until smooth and creamy!  This makes a lot of frosting.  For 18 cupcakes, we only used half the batch.



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Nature Notebook

Nature Notebooks.  We have many.  Filled with inspiring photos, sketches, project ideas, observations & dreams that we never want to forget.

Today at the park, Cole wished we had a board game to play, such as butterfly bingo.  We didn't have many materials but we improvised and had a great time!

Materials::
1 sheet of paper
Writing utensil
16 or so small natural objects
a large mound of rocks {for bingo markers}
bag or bucket

How to play::
Gather up your supplies and put them in a bag or bucket.



Tear your paper into fourths and make a 4x4 grid {or whatever size you'd like}  and write the name of an item in each square {non readers can draw pictures}.  Each person will end up with a different arrangement on their board!  

Choose a "caller" and have the person reach into the bag and randomly pick out an object {we picked up garbage too!}

With a rock, each player marks off their square and the first to get 4 in a row wins!


If you'd like to share how the natural world has inspired your life this week, please leave the name of your blog and your link in the box below for others to find and enjoy!  Thank you so much and I can't wait to see what you come up with~

Please feel free to add my Nature Notebook button to your blog, so that others may find it and share their inspiration! Just save the button to your desktop. Then add it to your blog as a photo gadget and link it to http://thesittingtree.blogspot.com


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Seedlings

It feels a bit like the first time I had a baby!  Planting the seeds, watching the surface bulge, intoxicated with anticipation for the day each one pushes their way out into the world.  I'm a first timer {with seeds, that is}, can you tell?  I have a need to protect and nourish life.  Infatuated with the possibilities of what the future will hold for this tiny living thing.



As it went with all my children, I suspect each year of watching new life grow will be equally as exciting!
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Warmer Days

Dare I say we are done with snow for the season?  This weekend, the temps rose to almost 80 degrees {very unseasonably} so I put away all the hats, mittens and heavy winter coats for the year.  I'm optimistic!  

The perennials are working their way up through the warming earth.  

And I'm starting to knit some warm woolens for next fall!   Crazy, I know.  Normally, I would say starting a wool sweater in April is just asking for trouble, but Mike has been patiently waiting for this sweater for three long years.  I have to admit the task of knitting a man's size sweater is a bit daunting and it seems like every time I start, something or someone would take my attention away.  So I'm knitting quickly.  Before I get distracted with the garden, picnics at the beach, kayaking, and all that comes with warm weather.  Hopefully, he'll be able to wear it just once this year and then put it away until the earth turns cold again. {hopefully a long, long time from now}
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Small Soda Factory

Mike and the boys started a small root beer soda factory in our kitchen yesterday! 

He's been collecting these returnables from a customer for about a month now ~ aren't they the greatest bottles ever!  The reusable snap lids remind me of steamy summers at the lake, drinking tall glass bottles of ice cold Orange Sunkist until my brother and I were sick!





The ingredients were super easy::  a bottle of root beer extract from the homemade soda companysome honey, molasses, brown sugar, cane sugar, and yeast from the market, along with a 5 gallon bucket and spigot from the hardware store.  Sorry, I can't share the recipe.  Apparently, it's so top secret that I was asked to leave the room while the guys measured and mixed.  I'm told that in about 24 hours the yeast will ferment with the sugars, creating carbon dioxide {aka. carbonation} and we can pour it over ice cream for root beer floats!  mmmm... I can't wait!

What fun treats have you made recently?

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Nature Notebook

Nature Notebooks.  We have many.  Filled with inspiring photos, sketches, project ideas, observations, & dreams that we never want to forget.  


{bird feeder made from objects found while collecting garbage}





If you'd like to share how the natural world has inspired your life this week, please leave the name of your blog and your link in the box below for others to find and enjoy!  Thank you so much and I can't wait to see what you come up with~

Please feel free to add my Nature Notebook button to your blog, so that others may find it and share their inspiration! Just save the button to your desktop. Then add it to your blog as a photo gadget and link it to http://thesittingtree.blogspot.com


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The Sugar Shack

We spent the weekend in the Sugar Shack learning how to make maple syrup from my brother.  Not much to it really, just another one of nature's slow pleasures.

{Upcyced Collection Buckets}

{"Juicy"}

{He empties the jugs twice a day!}




{Just keep cookin'}

{My brother, the welder, built the entire cook stove, pan, and pot system himself.  Amazing!}


{Lots of squishy, dirty fun}

{The Sugar Shack}

We're headed back up north next weekend to taste our finished product! 




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