tutorial: stab binding

Three cheers for Tuesday!

Today’s tutorial is a traditional bookbinding stitch that is used for sewing together single sheets of paper (as opposed to signatures). So before I get started, let me assure you that this is a very handy stitch to know. Think of all the school projects you can now start sewing together instead of [...]


Just in case you were wondering:

You can be certain that I love Chris because I go with him to places like this

And you can be certain that Chris loves me back because he takes me places like this

And to top it all off, there is do doubt Chris’ parents love us (Hi Karen and Evan!) because [...]

tutorial: family night magnets

I love my family.

In our house, Monday night is Family Night. We don’t schedule any other activities or sports. We spend time together — singing, praying, teaching our children about Jesus, eating yummy treats, and usually playing a game of some sort. Family Night keeps our faith strong. And it’s fun.

We share the responsibilities…  Which means [...]

some news


Isn’t that a great photo? Mostly I love that the birthday boy has his hands out in his “ta-da” pose.

We have a lot of fun things going on around here… both on the home front and on the Book Bound Bindery front… making blogging a little scarce.

As far as Book Bound Bindery goes:

+ We (Chris and [...]

project with jes

My sister came for a visit. We spent the afternoon writing a comic. It was so fun to put it together… and then it was hilarious (but I can’t tell you why)… but maybe she will?

Visit her blog to read the [...]

tutorial: snake book

Happy Tuesday! Today’s tutorial is all about snake books. I’ve also heard these called garland books.

Quick. Fun. Easy… and snake-like.



square pieces of paper (I used 6 in this tutorial)
tape or glue (I used 2-sided tape)
bone folder (optional)

Step 1: Fold the square in half.

Step 2: Fold the square in half the other [...]

another paper flower

A few of you asked me how I made this paper flower (they were on the garland I posted about earlier this week). It’s just a paper version of my fabric flower tutorial. You can find it here. Instead of sewing the pieces together, I used [...]

preschool rules

I put this little “Preschool Rules” poster together for the preschool group I’m participating with this year.

Just three rules. Be kind. Be safe. Be clean.

I think that just about covers it, don’t you?

There is a clip for each kiddo. They start on green. If a child breaks a rule, I will give him a warning and [...]

tutorial: paper flower garland

It’s Tuesday! From here on out to the end of the year, I will have a tutorial every Tuesday.

Ready. Go.

We have a narrow window next to our front door (most houses around here do). Not a fan. The obvious solution would be to hang a curtain. But that would have required me to buy fabric and [...]

preschool painting

I love the time I get to spend with my three-year-old while his older brother is at school and his younger brother is napping. While I do the dishes, he likes to paint…

…while balancing on [...]

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