Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
Have hot chocolate with extra marshmallows.
Wrap a Christmas gift for someone special.
Give to someone we don't know.
Make Christmas cookies.
Make a Christmas gift for someone special.
Make a Christmas CD and sing to it all day.
Watch a Christmas movie as a family.
Read 5 Christmas books as a family.
Make garland for the Christmas tree.
Eat supper with only the lights from the Christmas tree on.
Decorate your bedroom for Christmas.
Write a list of the things you are thankful for this Christmas.
Make Christmas cards and mail them.
Play a game as a family.
Invite friends over for supper.
Read the Christmas story as a family.
And please, don't wait until you have the most beautiful advent calendar to start the tradition like I did. Grab some paper bags and a sharpie and do it already. I'm pretty sure the memories will last longer than the embroidered stockings.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Not only are we knitting for a good cause, but I'm cleaning out my yarn stash too!
I want you all to know that starting a group like this is completely out of my comfort zone. Meeting new people and leading a group are not exactly my strong points. But it's amazing what you can accomplish when you use your passion in a way that can help others. God has strengthened my confidence and stretched me as a person and I am very thankful for this opportunity. I'm not telling you this for a pat on the back, but to encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, try something new, volunteer. You'll never regret it.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
A couple things that have caught my eye recently:
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
The softest towels ever.
Not pictured...miscellaneous books for both Sydney and I, mini molds and tart pans for her kitchen, and a couple zippers. Crossing my fingers for more good luck!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
The book as a whole is really cute and has some projects I will definitely be trying out. I'll try to do a more thorough review soon, but for now you'll just have to gaze at my projects!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I like that I can change things up a little just by swapping out a few pictures rather than starting from scratch. We'll see how long this one lasts!
A few notes, not that you were going to ask, just because I can actually remember right now! From bottom left, going clockwise:
- original art from Sydney displayed on a magnet board made with metal roof flashing
- a matryoshka doll from my grandma displayed on a shadow box shelf
- scrapbook paper in a shiny frame
- Sydney crossing a bridge last summer in Alexandria, MN
- Looking up a tree, last summer, Edward Lake, MN or was it Lake Edward?
- Fabric on embroidery hoop
- Lily pads at the lake last summer
- Sydney's folded hands at 3 days old
- An abandoned bird's nest we found in the yard this spring, displayed in a shadow box
- My sister's photography
- Patterned paper from Paper Source
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The story of the kitchen:
I've wanted my daughter to have a play kitchen for as long as I've had a daughter. We had one when I was a kid that my dad made and I have many great memories of playing with it. I've been scouring the Internet for great deals, but man those things are expensive! I knew it could be made, but my construction partner (my husband) was not really on board. After much pleading he finally relented after I gave myself a deadline - one week to find a second hand table to start with or I would give up the dream (until Christmas at least!)
We "installed" a faucet we found for $2 at a Habitat for Humanity Restore* and new knobs that turn, a towel bar on the side, oven knobs, a long fridge like handle for the cabinet and cut a hole for the bowl sink in the table.
The oven door I made from wool felt. It has a velcro door with a vinyl window. We thought for a long time about making a real door for the oven, but decided this was a much easier, cheaper, safer method.
So here is the breakdown:
$12 Cabinet (although since I was cleaning out the garage I think this shouldn't count)
$ 2 faucet
$43 for oven knobs, faucet knobs, towel bar, shelf, tension rod and misc. supplies
$ 3 acrylic high gloss spray finish (my black paint was eggshell so this gave it a nice shiny, cleanable finish)
$ 6 stainless steel bowl
$86 Total Cost (not including a whole Saturday and several evenings of labor)
Used black paint, silver spray paint, screws, plywood, fabric, felt, and velcro already on hand.
And...the finished product.
I love it! And thankfully so does Sydney. She was also lucky enough to receive some super cute accessories from a crafty friend and a crafty Nana!
A little funny story for you in closing...I purchased several plastic baskets for Sydney to organize her food, dishes, etc. in her kitchen. Monday morning I was trying to help her get everything set up. She insisted we leave one basket empty under the sink which I insisted was where her dishes should go. She informed me that was the dishwasher! Of course! Why would she think she should wash dishes in the sink - I never do! :)