Share Kindness

Last November, I was a vendor at a local Christmas Arts Market. That day is fresh in my memory for a couple reasons.

The first being, we took our boys with us to the show. That was the first (and probably last) time. They were such good sports, but it was an incredibly long day for them. [...]

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. [...]

and so it goes

The last few months have been so heavy. Many dear loved ones and close friends have had really big life changes and challenges. And yet, I’m always amazed at how many miracles and blessings and angels have offset the trials. Even during the hardest, most confusing times I have felt peace and overwhelming love for my [...]

Toddler Boy Bedroom

We’ve lived in our house for about 18 months now, and I finally feel like one room is just the way I like it. So that either means that my two-year-old is my favorite child. Or it means his room looked like this when we bought the house (neon aqua walls?!)

From girly tween to toddler boy…

He’s [...]

Paint-Along Schedule

Happy New Year! Thanks to all of you–my dear readers–for reading my blog and following my tutorials and leaving comments that say nice things. You brighten my day. Thank you!

We are starting off the year with Paint-Alongs! Have you ever wanted to give painting a try, but didn’t want to invest in a whole set of [...]

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 [...]

making plans for 2012

If you know me well, you know that I love lists. I make lists for everything (this goes back to my high school year book days where list-making was mandatory). So it may be surprising to know (especially to Melissa–Hi, Melissa) that I don’t make lists at the new year.

Years ago, I found that I was [...]

happy weekend

Just to sum things up:

+ Did you see my feature on ohdeedoh? I feel so honored.

+ Our family photos were a total success. Thanks, Kari! Can’t wait to see those cookie faces.

+ My studio is littered with paper scraps. I made a wedding guest book and all kinds of journals this week for the Open House. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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