February 2011

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Back when Michelle was in high school, her and a group of her friends decided to have a "formal" girls night out. Most of the girls had boyfriends, but they decided it would be fun to get all dressed up, go to a lovely restaurant, and party WITHOUT boys. And,Read More →

We all have a collection of "basic" things. The "basic" black dress, the "basic" muffin recipe, and the "basic" sock pattern. These "basics" have proven to be dependable, familiar, and most importantly, adaptable. "Basics" can be altered slightly, tweaked and accessorized to create a different look or taste. "Basics" are theRead More →

At eight years and two days old… Bug finally lost his first tooth. An event we weren’t sure was ever going to happen… although our dentist assured us his x-rays look great and the adult teeth would at some point show themselves. I guess it stands to reason that itRead More →

A Table in need of Fluffing! I am a functioning claustrophobic. Not only do I have trouble with tight places, I also have trouble with constrictive clothes, and God forbid if my ring gets stuck on my finger! But as I said, I am a FUNCTIONING claustrophobic, and I can usuallyRead More →

Around these parts when we talk about W.I.P. (work in progress) we are not always speaking about what’s on our needles or looms. Often we set aside our normal crafting and work on designing units for the wee ones. These units give us all a chance to really dig intoRead More →

This past week I got a chance to make myself the ever popular Shalom Cardigan. Working in bulky yarns made this a quick knit and the twisted rib yoke made it interesting while still being an easy pattern. Colorwise, I wanted a fairly neutral sweater that would work with khakis or jeansRead More →

It’s Friday… in household across America, it means PIZZA! So what better day of the week to introduce our play Felt Pizza? And not just ANY pizza. We have enough toppings here to satisfy the most discerning palate, or the pickiest eater! And with 6 different toppings… pepperoni, mushrooms, greenRead More →

There is a ritual that has developed in our house. During dinner clean-up the girls want to have a dance party. This probably developed due to that fact that my husband and I both tend to turn on loud music while cleaning. So while the plates are being cleared someoneRead More →

My mom has this thing for scarves and shawls. Once the temperature dips below 70 degrees (not kidding) she starts layering them on. She can be seen wearing 2 or 3 at a time… in the house. Mocking aside… for Christmas a couple years ago I bought her a beautiful,Read More →

It seems like all things knit these days are being done from the top down… or at least I’m drawn to all the patterns that have been done that way. My Ravelry Favorites list is packed with top down projects. I’ve even been tempted to purchase a few patterns… butRead More →

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ONE AND ALL! Please accept a little Valentine from Michelle and I to you. First, an applique made up entirely of hearts! As always, this was designed to fit a 6″ x 6″ block but it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. The pattern for the PutRead More →

Here is a collection of our FREE homeschool curriculum guides, journal pages, planners and more. We call our homeschooling units our Homeschool Companion Guides and they are here to help you on your homeschooling journey. Simple Seasons :: Preschool-Kindergarten (4-6 years old) Simple Seasons is a literature based, hands-on curriculumRead More →

Here are the Pup Birthday Bandannas promised earlier in the week. BUT these aren’t just for pups. A bandanna is a bandanna whether wrapped around your doggie’s neck or for keeping the hair out your eyes! Truly, the hardest part of making this bandanna is deciding on the size. Here isRead More →

When it came time to make the dogs their birthday cake, I did an Internet search to find a recipe. I shouldn’t have been surprised, but there were a ton of recipes! Most were baked and frosted. As I was trying to decide which one I was going to make, I had aRead More →

NOTE: Although the number 5 is depicted in the applique, numbers 0 – 9 are included on the pattern. So… when could you possibly need numbers in the shape of bones? Well… if you’re: making doggie birthday bandannas anything Halloween related have a little pirate in your life are doingRead More →

After the responses we received about Gluten Free Living, it just didn’t seem like enough to leave a "thank you" comment. Not only were we blown away by the wealth of information and ideas we received, but by the thoughtful, caring nature of our wonderful readers. We know you all took time to put together yourRead More →

Disclaimer: Before beginning this post I feel compelled to point out, that in the decades that I have owned dogs, I have never once given or attended a dog birthday party. Having said that… This is how it went down… Gammy: I can’t believe Leonard and Sheldon are going toRead More →

Fairy got the coolest sewing machine from Santa this year. I’m a tad jealous myself and have been borrowing it for all my little projects recently. 😉 Unlike the toy or children’s sewing machines we have tried in the past this Sewing Pretty with Hello Kitty by Janome is aRead More →