Winter at The Attic On Eighth is a most festive time, from sharing recipes to mailing old fashioned Christmas cards, cozying up with loved ones and enjoying an endless stream of warm drinks by the fire, or laptop, as it were. From the lazy morning […]
Author: Lee Clark
Everyone and their mother has a go-to favorite cranberry recipe, or they (shudder) use canned. I realize that if what you know of cranberry sauce is canned then you’d easily overlook it every single year. But here I am imploring you to pay some attention […]
Here at The Attic on Eighth, autumn is our season. We love everything about it, from the spooky to the traditional, and that all comes together in the media we consume and atmospheres we create throughout the season. Here is an eclectic playlist of what we’re currently listening to. Enjoy!
Dear Lee, This summer, I’m being included in my (not yet) in-laws’ family holidays for the first time. We’re traveling together for a couple of days and staying at a family home with other relatives. I’m nervous, and I want to avoid as many awkward […]
I was surprised to discover in one of your previous columns that one could do so much to take care of peonies! I look forward to applying your advice. I have recently grown very fond of tulips. I’d be grateful if you could share some tips on how to treat these flowers.
Thank you so much for taking the time to write in! Tulips, like peonies, are another favorite flower of mine, and like peonies, there are many ways you can care for them to get the most time with them. I’m answering this question a bit late as I wanted to grab some tulips, and write down my tips as I cared for my very own. It’s been a week, and they’re still going strong. I hope this helps!
One of my college friends is expecting her first baby. She’s the first of my friends to have a baby and her baby shower is at the end of this month, but I’m not quite sure what I should get her. I want to get her something nice but also something that she will use. Do you have any ideas?
Thank you for writing! I can certainly help with this. When I was planning my baby shower, I created several registries to help family and friends with ideas of what we needed for Baby Clark. For the most part, people followed along the lines of what we registered for, which is lovely. However, looking back, I realize that some of the things I registered for were not terribly useful. If you want to get your friend something nice and useful, here are my suggestions.
A bed time themed basket of board books with a going to bed theme, swaddle blankets/swaddle sleeper, a snuggly toy, a nightlight (maybe one of the most useful gifts we received), and a white noise machine (I SWEAR by this).
These are just some ideas, I don’t know how much you’d like to spend on your friend. I’ve linked all of the items that I use and love above but those are my preferences. Above all, I would say, any of these items are useful, in any combination. An aunt of my husband’s sent us a set of Margaret Wise Brown board books and they basically saved my life so really the gift doesn’t have to be large or expensive to be useful or well-loved.
When I was kid I would visit my paternal grandparents pretty regularly. My grandmother, Doris Eleanor, was the epitome of 1950s housewifery. She would even wear her dresses, three-strand pearl necklace, and heels when they went on vacation, including camping. She was invested fully in her family, […]