home tour

Our home is featured on Bloom today! Thanks to Anne and Emily for all the nice words.

Go take a peek!

(Although I can assure you things aren’t as tidy right now as they appear in the pics. Today I’m finishing some projects so I can turn the art room into a guest room for the weekend. It’s [...]

our garden: an update

We ate our first batch of green beans at dinner last night. Oh, there is nothing yummier!

Tomatoes are growing.

Something came and ate ALL of my marigolds. In one night. Really bummed about this, but every year I learn something new and this year I’ve learned to not plant marigolds. But the petunias are growing and growing [...]

baby boy shower

Last week I hosted a baby shower for a good friend. She is having her fourth boy! I really wanted to have a celebration for her (not so much for the baby). Now don’t get me wrong, babies are good. But I think the party needs to be for the pregnant lady. It’s no small thing [...]

tutorial tuesday: summer break

(my very tired – and crying – family at a recent gathering. the little guy REALLY wants the camera)

Hi everyone.

I am way behind these days. So I’ve decided to take a break from tutorial tuesdays for a couple months. When I bring them back, I will have all kinds of good things ready for [...]

funeral guest book

So, they say there is a first time for everything. In April, I had a first: a funeral guest book.

About a month ago Chris’ grandmother passed away. I made a special guest book for the family to use at the viewing and funeral service.

Grandma’s favorite color was pink so I used a pink silk for the [...]

tutorial tuesday: felt fishing game for kids

We recently celebrated a birthday at our house (how did my little guy grow up to be TWO?!). I like to make at least one of the gifts for birthdays. Here’s what I came up with for my two-year-old: A fishing game made of felt. I know this is not a new idea, but I had [...]

wedding guest book

Here’s another recent handmade guest book I made. The bride, Jill, wanted a gold cover. This was a first for me, but I found the perfect golden silk without much trouble. Beautiful, don’t you think? The guest book is bound with the oatmeal waxed linen thread. Inside, the endsheets were golden with a white damask-type pattern [...]

tutorial tuesday: baby legs (leg warmers)

Back to baby. (Have I mentioned how excited I am for another baby!?)

I’m happy to say Katie Kortman is back today (remember her ruffle bottom onesie tutorial?). Here is her baby legs tutorial.

I’m really seriously thinking of making my baby these. Is it socially acceptable for little boys to wear these?! Help me out here.

HOW TO [...]

sending packages

Recently, I received this apple box in the mail from my Grandpa. He is the master of letter writing and package sending.

He sent me two cranberry crates from his father’s grocery store (Dan’s Foods). I’m such a sentimental girl – I love having these pieces from the old store. Of course, he included a letter about [...]

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