sewing

It has been quite awhile since I’ve done much apparel sewing. When my kids were little they were quite happy in mom made skirts and shorts, but as they have gotten a bit older, they have also gotten a bit pickier. Although my girls both still love a twirly skirt,Read More →

This weekend we are excited to be working with Sarah’s Silks to offer our readers another awesome give-away. My children have “grown up” draped in Sarah’s Silks. They have been a part of their dramatic play, turning every day children into knights and fairies. They’ve added rivers to the gnomeRead More →

  When it comes to drinking hot beverages, I’m the equivalent of being ambidextrous… I’m just as comfortable and content drinking coffee or tea. Of course, they both have their place. First thing in the morning… give me coffee and keep it coming. Confession time… sometimes my last thought beforeRead More →

When I was in middle school, actually, at the time, we referred to it as “junior high”, girls took home ec and boys took shop… end of story. Must admit, I was flippin’ excited! I did a lot of hand sewing, but I had never used a sewing machine. MyRead More →

Monday night we called the wee ones at 8:30 as they were getting ready for bed. Michelle answered the phone. Me: Do the kids want to spend the night and go for a late swim. Michelle: Let me ask. “Do you guys want to go swimming at Gammy’s and spendRead More →

Here are the directions for turning those freezer paper stenciled blocks into a toasty warm blankie. Of course, you are welcome to make up your own quilt pattern, too. Just a head’s up, this isn’t a step-by-step tutorial on how to quilt (I didn’t take photos along the way and actually… this isRead More →

On a cold winter afternoon, there is nothing like snuggling into your favorite reading corner with a cup of hot tea and a snowflake inspired lap quilt. Enjoy a good book or surfing your favorite blogs while staying toasty warm. For a fun twist on a classic appliqued quilt weRead More →

    Few things are quite so handy as a drawstring bag. Small ones can be used to hold wee treasures like necklaces and lost teeth. Large ones can be used to wrap odd shaped presents like Teddy Bears and wooden trucks. They are great for holding lots of loose pieces, like a gathering of acorns or building blocks. No matter what size youRead More →

The adage “necessity is the mother of invention” is never as obvious as when a parent is trying to fashion a toy for a child when traditional toys are unavailable. A hankie becomes a “pew doll”, a piece of paper becomes an airplane or a “cooty catcher”, and a handful of vinesRead More →

With the 4th of July just days away, here in the USA, many streets and buildings proudly display our flag and many flag based decorations. Today we are sharing our version of the flag… an applique with lots of "heart" for our nation 🙂 My plan was to turn this intoRead 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 →

I remember as a little girl going through my mom’s and grandma’s drawers. I can’t remember if I was given permission to do this or if it was a covert operation done on the sly. What I can remember was how fascinated I was with the contents of their drawers.Read More →

As I mentioned in previous posts, Pixie’s birthday is coming up… actually, this Friday. I wanted her gifts to have a rainbow theme. First, I made her a Rainbow Coiled Rag Bowl which I love. Next, I wanted to make her some beanbags. And NOT just any beanbags. I wantedRead More →

I got a new camera! Very exciting! My older camera (and will still be used camera) was fine but I found myself fighting with it. (I do love that my older camera takes videos… very important with a couple little dancers in our family). But now my mom and I bothRead More →

Rice bags are a wonderful little item used to relieve headaches, sinus pressure, and muscle and joint aches. When flowers and herbs are added to the bag, they can be used for stress relief and aroma therapy. They take literally minutes to make and can provide years of relief! WarmRead More →

Counting down the days until Christmas is a tradition shared by many Christian families. Our simple Advent Tree with a star meandering up the tree, will help your family celebrate the season. This is sure to become an heirloom, eliciting memories of Christmases past as the years go by. Merry ChristmasRead More →

Reading is fun! Should we settle for ho-hum glasses or glass cases? BAH! Our glasses and their accessories should be every bit as enjoyable as our books and bookmarks. So… here’s my latest additional to our reading corner… a glass case that’s sure to please young and old alike! TheRead More →