how to store holiday garlands

It’s the last day of 2011! Crazy.

I spent most of the day Thursday packing up our Christmas decorations. I always have trouble with my berry garlands — the berries get all stuck together and smashed when I store them — and I have a lot of garlands.

But then I had an idea (all by myself without [...]

my favorite: play dough recipe

The kiddos had a lot of fun squishing play dough with their cousins last week. I use my mom’s recipe (thanks, Mom!) every time. Beats the store-bought kind by a mile and it super quick and easy to make. I usually half the recipe and make 3-4 colors one right after the other. Give it a [...]

valentine’s day

I know what you are thinking. Wasn’t Valentine’s Day more than a week ago?! Well. Yes.

Here is my report on our Valentine happenings.

There were decorations:

Remember the autumn leaf garland we made last fall? I’m still in love with it so we did it again, this time with hearts (and I didn’t even try to make the [...]

the book press

I’m embarrassed that I have not yet blogged about my book press.

Chris made this.

For me. For Christmas.

Yeah. I know. Amazing, right?! It was the best Christmas present ever.

Up until then, I had been using piles of books as a press. Ghetto – but it worked.

Thank you, Chris. You are the BEST!

(ps – He followed [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

tutorial tuesday: small pocket flag book

I’m breaking away from my baby and kiddo tutorials this week so you can get prepared for Mother’s Day. I don’t live close enough to my mom to celebrate Mother’s Day in person (sniff sniff) so I try to send something meaningful in the mail. This year, I designed a little flag book with pockets that [...]

tutorial tuesday: ruffle bottom onesie

As you know, I have a baby on the way so I thought it’d be fun to have a few weeks of baby-related tutorials (at least for me, haha!).

Katie Kortman of Blue-Eyed Freckle is the genius behind this ruffle bottom onesie tutorial. She has so many great ideas and is such an artistic and fashionable girl! [...]

tutorial tuesday: for the little boy

images via Thimbly Things

Today I wanted to list all the projects I’m excited to give a try because I have a baby boy on his way… that’s right! I’m expecting! And I couldn’t be happier. Soon there will be THREE LITTLE BOYS tromping around here. Oh how I love my little fellas.

+ [...]

tutorial tuesday: fabric flower garland

This is fabric flower garland is pretty simple. I made the flowers out on the deck while the boys played in the backyard. Later that night I made it into a garland. It’s the perfect thing for spring and summer.


+ fabric of your choice cut into circles (3″ diameter)
+ needle and thread
+ hot glue
+ twine or [...]

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