My Favorite Place: a commissioned art project

I’m excited to announce my new art venture:

My Favorite Place: a commissioned art project.

This is your chance to have custom artwork that will be completed in time for the holidays. I will paint an oil painting of your favorite place from a photograph of your choice. The painting will arrive to you framed and ready to [...]

a little bit of pink

I need some pink every once in a while. This time, the mantle got it.

I keep our board books in the banana crate and puzzles in the basket. This is the temporary barricade so Owen won’t eat the rocks out of the fireplace.

I couldn’t resist these fuchsia mums at Kroger. Could you?

I suggest every one should [...]

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 [...]

tutorial: paper ball ornament

A newly acquired friend, Sara of Craft Snob, asked me to participate in her Ornament Parade. This is the tutorial I shared over there.

This paper ball ornament is quick and easy. You can make enough of these for your entire tree in about an hour! And it’s a great project for your kiddos to help with. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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