handmade gifts

(The boys trying on the scarfs they made for all their grandparents. Cooper was so excited he got to use the scissors for a project.)

December was a blur. A happy, fun, wonderful blur.

Here’s one reason: I believe in handmade gifts. Not just for Christmas, but all the time. This year, though, I [...]

52 letters: stamps

With all this letter writing have you thought about where the stamps come from? Watch this.

found via Letter [...]

challenge and something to share

About a month ago I heard about the Green Grocery Bag Challenge on Sew, Mama Sew! and thought I’d give it a try. Even if I don’t wrap everything in reusable bags, I decided not to buy any new wrapping supplies this year and instead just get creative with what I have around the house. I’m [...]

the truth

(the view from my favorite spot in the house)

I have a confession to make: I didn’t fill my advent calendar.

Phew. Got that off my chest. (Just so you don’t think I’ve got it all perfectly put together around here!)

Remember how I made this advent calendar last week? And thought of these ideas? Well, I [...]

tutorial: holiday banner

Last year I made this “Merry Christmas” garland/banner/bunting (not sure what to call it). This year I thought I’d share how to make it. So easy – these could make great gifts to give your friends.

Gather your materials:
- stack of muslin rectangles (mine are about 2.5″ by 4″)
- chartpak colorless blender marker (you can buy these [...]

52 letters: getting started

It’s week one of my 52 letters project. Have you written your first thank you? Feels good, huh. Have you put a stamp on it and mailed it? That feels good too.

Here’s my tip for this week:
Gather up a few note cards, envelopes, stamps and a pen.
Put them all together (in a basket or pile or [...]

christmas advent calendar

I just made and hung my advent calendar for this year. I decided not to unpack my calendar from last year (you can see pics here) for no good reason – just didn’t want to. So I made this one using a brown paper bag and construction paper. I cut open the bag and then folded [...]

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