Yes we Catan! Tournament, party, and sewing hexagons

Yes we Catan!  Tournament, party, and sewing hexagons

Are you familiar with Settlers of Catan?  Hubby and I LOVE the game in all of its variations and are blessed enough to have several friends who enjoy playing, too. With some inspiration from tournaments we have attended (if you look waayyy back in the blog archives you will find photos of hubby and I…

Handmade Holidays 2014

Handmade Holidays 2014

Happy New Year! After an ambitious start, where I had the house decorated and Christmas presents made and sent away to family EARLY, the rest of December seemed to have passed in a whirlwind.  Can you relate? Between directing the school play, keeping up with my busy Kindergarten classroom, and finishing sewing orders, I ended…

It’s Giveaway Day! Win a PDF Pattern!

It’s Giveaway Day!  Win a PDF Pattern!

We have a winner!!  Congrats to Kristy!! Welcome to all visitors from Sew, Mama, Sew!  If you aren’t visiting from Sew, Mama, Sew you will want to go and check out all of the amazing giveaways offered today! I know you have lots of great giveaways to check out, so I’ll keep this short and…

How to Make Paper Trees For Scrapbooking and Cards

How to Make Paper Trees For Scrapbooking and Cards

These little paper trees are quick and easy to make and make cute handmade Christmas cards or scrapbook embellishments. All you need is some scrapbook paper and some circles to trace and you are good to go!  If you have a fancy paper cutting machine or circle cutters you can use those, too.  Just skip…

How to Turn a Thrift-Store Shirt Into Useful Fabric

How to Turn a Thrift-Store Shirt Into Useful Fabric

I love thrift store shopping. I love the great prices and the thrill of finding something unusual or unique. I also love that my purchases are not only easier on the planet, but often in support of worthwhile causes. And thrift stores can be a great place to find fabric for sewing projects. Blankets, quilts,…

Everything You Need for a Handmade Christmas

Everything You Need for a Handmade Christmas

The Christmas season is quickly approaching. For those of us who long for a holiday filled with homemade decorations and handmade gifts, it’s time to get crafting! I was one of those kids who started listening to Christmas music in July and had my Christmas cards finished before the first snowflake fell. Years later I…

My First Sewing Pattern

My First Sewing Pattern

For the past two years I have had an item on my to-do list that never gets checked off.  That item is: create a PDF sewing pattern. As of today, that item is now checked off!  After months (er…okay…years) of percolating I finally took the plunge and just did it!  It was perhaps just a…

Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Summer Garden Blooms

Everything’s Coming Up Roses – Summer Garden Blooms

One of the fun things about moving to a new house is that you get the surprise of finding out what the previous owners planted in their gardens!  Each new bloom and emerging plant has been like a wonderful gift. Now that summer is fully upon is, everything seems to be bursting into bloom.  Not…

Fudgy, Gluten-Free, Honey-Sweetened, Brownies

Fudgy, Gluten-Free, Honey-Sweetened, Brownies

Ever since I started eating chocolate again, I have been on the search for a healthy brownie option.  Not that I don’t love traditional brownies, because I certainly do!  But I know all of that white sugar and white flour is not the best thing for my body, so I began to do some recipe…

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