Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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Homemade Gingerbread Playdoh

I’m so glad I still have a little helper who gets excited about making things like homemade Gingerbread Playdoh. Lily and I made a batch using Sugarbelle’s recipe this morning. It filled the kitchen with a nice, Christmas-y scent and the warm dough was very relaxing to knead.
We played around with different packaging techniques and […]


Christmas Favorites / A Child’s Christmas in Wales

I had a great time delivering Christmas gifts to teachers and school staff yesterday and was feeling full of Christmas cheer. But by the end of the day I was also thinking: enough already. Which isn’t good because it’s not even Christmas yet.
And then I realized I hadn’t watched any of my favorite Christmas movies. […]


Scherenschnitte Angels

Have you heard of scherenschnitte? It’s the German name for a very old tradition of cutting paper into decorations. Grandma Marilyn (whose maternal grandfather was German) is a master of scherenschnitte (pronounced shear’ en-schnit-tah). She’s sold her creations for years and has even been asked to dress up in costume and give demonstrations at local […]


Snowball Soap (with a Hidden Surprise)

We discovered the wonders of Ivory soap at Will’s birthday party (it does cool things when you put it in the microwave). It also makes great snowball soaps with hidden toys inside. Lily and I made a bunch to give to friends for Christmas. Here’s what we did.

Step one: shred the soap. We used a […]


Staples and Scrooge

{ The remains of the plum pudding }
So. We invited a few of our music- and theater-loving friends and their children over Sunday night for dinner, caroling, and a read-through of A Christmas Carol. Everything was off to a great start when Will fell and got a nasty cut on the back of his head. […]


Mug of Wisdom #28 / C. S. Lewis

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