tutorial: tiny book ornament

Remember how I told you we made paper ornaments at the Harvest Festival a couple months ago? Remember how I made that great little video tutorial of how to make the Paper Ball Ornament?

Well. Get excited. We also taught how to make a Tiny Book Ornament.

What’s that you say? You want to make one too?


First watch [...]

the paper ball ornament

If you’ve been hanging around this blog for a while, you may remember The Paper Ball Ornament Tutorial from two years ago. It is still one of my most popular blog posts. So, if you don’t know what I’m talking about you should check out the tutorial.

WAIT! But first, watch this little video I made. Just. [...]

Polka Dot Cupcakes

I wanted to make a special treat for my son’s Destination Imagination team for the day of competition. Their challenge was centered around the colors of the rainbow. My little mama heart was ready to burst watching them perform their skit they came up with all by themselves.


I almost made rainbow cupcakes. Then I almost made [...]

dressed up oatmeal (aka granola)

My family loves oatmeal.

And therefore, they also love granola.

Here are my favorite recipes for homemade granola and granola bars.

Homemade Granola

I got this recipe from my friend Laurel (Hi, Laurel!). It’s awesome. And the great thing about granola is you can put anything you want in it. Listed below are the ingredients I always use.

5 cup old [...]

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. [...]

tutorial: thanksgiving bunting

Hello! Today’s tutorial is from my amazing sister-in-law, Katie. She is the mastermind behind the easy autumn centerpieces, the burlap mat, and the embroidery hoop ornament. She is one of those that every thing she touches, she makes beautiful. Thanks to Katie for sharing this tutorial!

ps – click on any of the images to enlarge

tutorial: what to wear for family photos

We have our yearly family photo shoot coming up so outfits have been at the front of my mind for a while now. The honest truth is, I love that other people have really great style but I’m happy to just be in shorts and a t-shirt from Target (one of the reasons I’m not a [...]

tutorial: map fold (or pop-up fold)

Hello, hello! Remember how last week my tutorial photo session did not go as planned? Well, I planned ahead and pulled through this time.

All you need is a piece of paper. I’ll wait here while you go grab one (out of your printer). Seriously. It’s that easy.

Let me introduce you to the map fold (aka the [...]

tutorials: a round-up

image from the autumn leaf garland tutorial


Yeehaw. It’s a round-up.

I went to the park yesterday (thanks, Les!) instead of getting my tutorial put together so then when Chris came home from work and helped me photograph something on the fly, it was just too dark. So. We ate dinner. I will get organized and [...]

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 [...]

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