Daisy project and template


Confession: I love parties. Especially parties celebrating new stages in life—birthdays, graduations, first babies, true love. Last month I was privileged to help with a bridal shower for a friend: planning games and gifts, decorating for spring, and baking pretty cupcakes. Here’s one little idea I thought you might enjoy adapting for a party of […]

April 6, 2014

DIY: Square cushion corners

Creations, Something from nothing

Confession: I used to think that I was good at finishing projects. When my friends said “I have GOT to get some of my current projects dug out of my closet and finished before I start anything else,” I just smiled. Aww. Poor chicks. [cough] Two years ago I moved to a fixer-upper and did […]

March 18, 2014

White butter

Creations, Food

Today I made my first butter ever. I am absurdly proud of this little pat. I blended and rinsed and squeezed and rinsed. Well well. And it tastes not so bad as I thought, after the smell of the ripened cream prepared me for the worst. But it’s doughy white. Like Ma in Little House […]

March 13, 2014

Pumpkin praise

Celebrations, Creations, Something from nothing

Don’t even get me started on pumpkins. I love pumpkins: at this time of year, almost more than any other shape and color. What daffodils are to spring–a concrete encapsulation of the entire point–pumpkins are to fall. Round, rustic, simple, vibrant, fertile, textured, real. And it’s Thanksgiving. Here’s an idea for what to do with […]

November 25, 2013

Winner of chestnuts

Celebrations, Creations

Aaand we have a winner!  Rhoda says: November 8, 2013 at 8:35 am I would love to taste chestnuts again. Haven’t had any in quite a while. Congratulations, Rhoda! *** Winner chosen by random.org. Any complaints, curses or catcalls please see the management.

November 12, 2013

How to paint a checkerboard


Today I’m going to show you how to make a simple checkerboard and set of checkers with a little wood and paint. You will need: One 12″ x 12″ piece of wood or plywood A 12″ section of dowel, 1-1/8″ or 1-1/4″ in diameter Access to a power saw of some kind Four colors of paint: […]

August 13, 2013

How to make a fabric purse

Creations, Something from nothing

One of the joys of attending Family Week at SMBI was agreeing to organize a craft class for all the children ages 6-12. Ryan and I spent considerable time planning and preparing, then he took charge of the boys (18 of them) and I of the girls (28!). For one hour each day, four different […]

August 12, 2013

Ladybug craft

Creations, Something from nothing

Confession: I think housecleaning is a waste of time. I have several friends and family members who really enjoy it, and I cannot tell you how much I admire them. I wish I could get inside their minds for just a bit and see what they’re thinking about while they do it. There’s a trick there […]

June 17, 2013

Black belt loops and baloney


Confession: The dress pants I bought for my son Aarick at Walmart, though perfect in size, style, and color, lacked a crucial feature requiring Post-Market Modification. I bought them knowing this. But it still took me right up until an-hour-before-his-school’s-spring-program to get down to business and modify them… No belt loops. I could not find […]

April 24, 2013

Denim redemption

Creations, Something from nothing

Confession: My boys go through blue jeans like most people go through Kleenex. Before I was a mom, I thought denim was one of the more durable fabrics. I am rethinking this. I’m considering starting a new trend: patches on knees. I’m not sure it would go over well, but it would be worth a […]

February 20, 2013