The town with no roads

Giethoorn, Holland, the town with no roads

“For anyone dreaming of a simple life, you may  want to consider moving to Giethoorn, Netherlands.

This idyllic village has no roads, and the  only access is by water over the many beautiful canals or on foot over its  wooden arch bridges. The locals use punters to get around and cars have to  remain outside the village.

Located in the province of Overijssel, there  are 4 miles of canals and farmhouses with thatched roofs dating back to the 18th  century”

I think this town is almost dreamlike. How wonderful would it be to have views such as these from you home? How peaceful would it be to simply float from one errand or visit to another? How amazing would it be to not hear any noise from vehicles? *Sigh*. I can picture myself in one of these adorable 18th centurey homes on a warm sunny day…sitting on my porch or maybe a blanket sprawled out by the water with a good book. Just enjoying the quiet beauty.

Giethoorn, Holland, the town with no roadsBoy in a Punt




Beautiful mess


Oh, there are so many lives. How we wish we could live them concurrently instead of one by one. We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls. But that’s not how it works. A human’s life is a beautiful mess.

Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin

Inspired by Pinterest!

Adventures from Pinterest

I came across the idea to make these Valentine’s Day votives from Homemade Serenity via Pinterest. The above three were my favorites the students created.

I love making holiday crafts with my preschool class. I try and do something different every year so parents aren’t receiving the same, boring project each year. I really like that this one was so easy, very pretty, and useful! Originally, my plan was to send home tealights to put inside (check out the photos from the link above) because it made the jars that much prettier. But since I hadn’t tested the saftey for myself of mixing liquid starch, tissue paper, and a flame, I decided against it. Instead, my co-teacher & I sent them home with the lids included and a ribbon added (you can tell by the photo that ribbon tying is not my strong point, however. Hey, it’s the thought that counts, right?).

I was pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out. Of course some students, left to their own devices, were slowly butchering their projects. But most of them did a great job with little assistance from me. My favorite part of doing this project with them was watching each student make it their own. I enjoyed seeing them choose the color of their hearts, the sizes, and designing their own pattern!

I’d say that this project was a pinterest-inspired success! I hope that the parents enjoyed receiving them. And, most importanty, that they will actually use them!

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”-Louisa May Alcott

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I am a self-proclaimed book nerd. I must always have a book to read. Sometimes there is nothing that can make me happier than relaxing with a novel, getting lost in a completely different world. Perhaps that’s why I am fond of the idea of a miniature book being worn as a piece of jewlery! Above are some of the ones I would love to own. Maybe one day. Or maybe I could follow the Mini Book Necklace Tutorial and create my own? Seems like a nice idea, but I don’t forsee myself taking that project on anytime soon. For now, I’ll just admire these.