There is nothing like using crafts as a coping skill! Sometimes, you need to. And that is just what the 3 littles and I did this summer. My oldest daughter, Alexis Grace, (17)(and the littles’ big sister), went away for 2 weeks!! (To a summer Catholic Collegiate program.) Now, for some, 2 weeks may be no big deal. But for us? HUGE? Remember; for me, my kids are not away all day, most days, at school. My children are all homeschooled. I’m not even remotely used to this. We’re together most all of the time, except for extra-curricular kind of events.… Read More
I’m so happy I now know how to make our own awesome lip balm! It’s all-natural, made right at home, and in our extensive experience and personal opinion, it’s the best lip balm we have ever tried. This one is Wild Orange; made with real wild orange essential oil! And all kinds of other nourishing stuff that is so good for your lips. It not only feels good, it leaves a nice gloss.
You have no idea how much we are a ‘lip stuff’ kind of family. 4 out of 6 of us anyway. “Where’s the lip stuff?” “Mama, can I have the lip stuff in your purse?” “The lip stuff is almost gone!” If we are running out, we start to panic a little.… Read More
For the past several months, about one night a week, a friend of mine comes over to play with me in the art studio. It started out because she wanted me to give her watercolor lessons. But ultimately, I never could get quite comfortable in that role, and expressed it to her often, because honestly, she has some real skills herself, very different from mine. And I just felt like I had much to learn from her! Still, she continued to call it her lessons, until finally she realized that if we just called it having some creative time together, I’d settle in. And I did.… Read More
I thought I would share with you a little bit about making your own cards, today. To be honest, I feel a little bit silly, because my sister is the real card-making whiz. And I’m, well….the one who most always forgets to even buy a card, and send it on time….to even those with birthdays in our families. I’m flat-out awful about it. They’ll tell you.
But, last year I challenged myself to make sure I get a card to everyone, and on time, for at least a year from that point forward. I think I’ve managed so far! I’ve even made most of them, myself.… Read More
Last year I designed some last-minute valentines for my kids to give to their friends, that go with a fun little ‘extra’, most of which can easily be found at a dollar store.
I think they are cute and clever. Although I have always said, “Nobody think my jokes are funnier than I do.”
This year I am offering them to you as free printables. Aren’t I nice? You will see that there is room for your child to write their friends’ names, after Valentine and before the comma, as well as a space for them to sign their valentine in the bottom right hand corner.… Read More
I have been working on some deeper – writing posts that should be published soon, so stay tuned for those. (You know how those freak me out, having to show my cards and all. I tend to be overly-private though, so trying to lighten up.)( Did I say this last year? lol) But today I am just sharing with you a craft project that was a true labor of love. Or….I should rephrase that: It was labor, in the name of love. This wind chime made with sea glass was a Christmas gift we all wanted to make for Michael’s mother/Grandma last year.… Read More
When the Christmas season arrives every year, and the cards start coming in the mail, what do you do with them? Do you just put them in a pile and let them stack up? Or do you like to display them somehow, for all to see? If you display them, how do you manage that? I bet you all have had some pretty creative ideas yourselves.
We’ve had a few solution ideas of our own over the years, for the Christmas cards we gratefully get in the mail. Way back, we just put them in a beautiful Christmas basket. That was kind of sad though, as we know many are really excited about their cards every year, and we’d hate for them to be hidden.… Read More
Dear Friends (and Family!)
Thanksgiving is just days away. Although we won’t all be gathered together in person, we like to think we all are in heart!
We ask that you remember all of those this holiday, who may be sad, lonely, ill, grieving, or otherwise struggling at this time of year, or this year in particular. Reach out to them as you can, or remember to keep them in your prayers in a special way.
As a gift of our thanksgiving for you, I designed this 8″x10″ display printable for you!
You can frame it, and display it anywhere you please, as a heartwarming message for all.… Read More
I’ve got one last Fall-themed project to share with you this season, before I move on.
You may remember I shared these happy Fall blocks in this post, in which I was giving you a little close-up tour of my Fall mantels. I mentioned that I had made these blocks, that they were more versatile than they appeared, and that I would share why when I got to that project post.
Well this is that post!
Here are the blocks already shown to you. They were created to look well worn, long loved, and a bit old.
Just how I like everything.
And shown here, are the blocks backsides .… Read More
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Hello my Friends!
Here’s something I bet you didn’t see coming!
I’m ridiculously excited to share this giveaway with you today!
I got together with some of my crafty friends, and we’re giving away over $250 of craft supplies, including a Silhouette! (Yes, it’s true!).
We’re so excited to share this with you… it is like an early Christmas present for one lucky reader!
You can be oh-so well equipped to be a crafting like mad by the new year!
Just look at what could be all yours .… Read More
I was going through some scrapbooking supplies recently, when I came across a handy little quote book. Naturally I took the opportunity to take a break from the big task at hand, to read through it, because I was sitting in the middle of an overwhelming mess. One of the quotes I came upon expressed some of the many little things I so love about the season of Fall, and I was immediately inspired to use that quote as a custom sign for my home decor. The quote read:
Scarecrows, corn rows, pumpkins on the vine.
Leaves curl, wind swirls, Fall is right on time.… Read More