Peace Travelers Global Garland for sale now!

For Sale in the my Etsy Store

This garland set is a gentle reminder to pause, notice, and honor your world.

These garlands are a prayer for the environment.

This garland offers you a special way to express some of the most important wishes of your heart.

The pockets on the flags are intended to carry your burdens, hopes, worries, and so on that are then released into the world as the flags blow in the breeze.

The tradition of hanging flags began more than 2000 years ago. Our Garland was inspired by the Prayer Flags of Tibet. According to that ancient tradition, the prayers printed on the flags are carried on the wind. The traditional flags are blue (for sky), white (for air or clouds), red (for fire), green (for water) and yellow (for earth). They hung the flags over mountain passes and rivers to benefit all who would pass underneath

When the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1959 many Tibetans lost their lives mostly monks and nuns, six thousand monasteries were destroyed. People around the world who had become acquainted with the Prayer Flags of Tibet were horrified to see the soldiers burning strings of these sacred flags.Thousands of Tibetans, including the 14th Dalai Lama, had to flee from their country and live in exile around the world. Their Prayer Flags represent the tradition of sending out prayers, but they also remind us of a nation of gentle people who have been robbed of their home.

The children and adults participate in the creation of flags that contain their wishes of peace and unity. The flags contain visual imagery including poetry, verse, quotes, pictures, paintings and anything that can convey their positive wishes. The flags help to spin a common thread of unity between this and other communities.

Each garland is sold with a book list of our favorite Cultural Awareness Children’s books. Here is a PDF of that book list for your reading pleasure. It is a preview into a project which is coming soon!

book list

Book Review: The Enchanted Wood By Enid Blyton

This was my favorite series growing up, originally published in 1939 it is a the story of Jo, Bessie and Fanny who move to the country and find an Enchanted Wood right on their doorstep!. Into the wood they go and discover the magic Faraway Tree, and the magical characters that live in the tree that soon become theirfriends – Moon-Face, Silky the fairy, and Saucepan Man. Together they visit the strange lands which lie at the top of the tree and have the exciting adventures and narrow escapes!

Enid Blyton is the author I remember most vividly from my childhood. Growing up in London England in the 1970’s would not have been the same without. The Secret Seven, The Famous Five, The Naughtiest Girl Series, Mallory Tower Series. I credit my love of reading to Enid Blyton for sure! Not always politically correct these book are a product of her times and some have been banned over the years more recent edition reprinted with a few changes.

The is the first one in the series the others are “The Magic Faraway Tree”, “The Folk of the Faraway Tree” and “Up the Faraway Tree.” They are all must reads to children aged 4-7 or independent reads for 7-9 years olds.

Cocos nucifera


The Life Cycle Of Coconuts:

The flesh goes from nothing at all, to a thin layer of clear jelly. The jelly gets thicker and thicker and firmer and firmer as the coconut matures, finally turning into the very dense meat that we all think of as coconut.

As the flesh matures, the juice, while initially perhaps a bit cloudy, gets completely clear, and gets sweeter as the coconut matures.

Parallel to all this the inner shell (not the fibrous outer husk) also progresses from thin and whitish to blackish brown and very tough.

Both the flesh and the juice are delicious throughout the process. I like the flesh particularly when it is gelatinous or just getting firm.

Making Coconut Milk at home:

Place the coconut in a heat-proof bowl. Cover with hot water and stir. Let cool to room temperature.  Place a sieve or strainer over a large bowl. Line it with a double layer of cheesecloth. Pour the soaked coconut with its liquid into the lined strainer. Lift the cheesecloth, pull the edges together, and squeeze out the coconut milk. Refrigerate the coconut milk.

The remaining coconut flesh may be air-dryed and/or toasted for other uses. Spread coconut out in an ungreased shallow baking pan and toast, uncovered, stirring often, 30 to 40 minutes at 300 degrees F. until golden.

Recipes to check out

Coconut Cream Pie

Lemon Chamomile Cream Pie

Book Review…Tenzin’s Deer

The friday book reviews over at Ancient Hearth has reminded me to blog about some of the books we have been loving. I’ll try to keep a friday schedule for a book review also.

Tenzin’s Deer by Barbara Soros (Author), Danuta Mayer (Illustrator)  is a book we have loved for several years now. Tibetan boy Tenzin finds a wounded musk deer, Jampa, he asks for guidance and he receives it, both from his inner voice (that hears the deer speak) and his dreams. A book that shows what interconnectedness and compassion really is forming kind and gentle relations in a way that we can all relate.

The illustrations are also intricate and beautiful.

“May no harm come to us.

May we love each other well.

May we be kind to all the creatures of the earth.”

Who can resist a book with such a beautiful message!  Everytime I read it I feel that Zoe “gets” more and more. It is certainly a book to read cherish for many years. We have also used this book as a jump off point for many projects including prayer flags, and sand mandalas.

road trip prep

We’re heading on a road trip in a few days. A brief get away to Florida with some friends.

As always before a road trip we make some books. Simple stapled books that Zoe can draw, write and share memories in as she pleases….

As has become a tradition with our road trips we pulled out “S is for Sunshine A Florida Alphabet” by Carol Crane. And  I made a book all about our destination with journal pages, things to do, weather tracker, water color pages and fun facts about our destination for her to have as we drive down.

I also made us some personal picnic mats. We both picked our favorite fabrics….

Mine is Alexander Henry Orange Willow Shroom Mushroom. Love it, love it so much! The pattern is from Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter