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Snow Globe

I have Matthias and two friends here every week working on a scrimshaw project so I decided it was time for Taite and her friend to do a fun project too… Very unfortunately that sentence was written last Christmas. Martha Stewart … Continue reading

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Celebration of Life

This busy weekend Taite packed up and went to visit a friend. This friend goes to s-c-h-o-o-l, a real school. Taite has never stepped foot in a school until Friday. That evening she would be at a dance- a school … Continue reading

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Looking to Fall

It’s time. Fall will be here soon. I love fall decor. I wanted fall decor for my dining room. Our table- without the extra leaves- is 10 feet long. It’s hard to find a table cloth that long. And I … Continue reading

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Dumpster Diving at Goodwill!?

Good things seem to happen when I haul a load of junk of to Goodwill. I often end up replacing my box of odds and ends with some amazing treasure. Like my glass table. Or my glorious rooster. We drove … Continue reading

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Domestic Arts

Taite has had zero training in handiwork. I decided this summer she should learn something. She is learning to embroider. Taite can Irish dance, hip hop dance, play the piano, read- a lot… and massacre her dad in a game of … Continue reading

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Finger Painting BIG

I have some ideas for making a big statement on a large canvas with only a little talent. I think this would make a terrific kids’ project with a huge canvas and some oil paint. Or maybe just have a little … Continue reading

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Something New

I mentioned last time that we were selling the first house we bought in DC.  Fear not, there is another project in the works.  The walls and ceilings have already begun to come down, but here are the before pictures.  I’ll … Continue reading

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Breakfast Nook -Before and After

That top picture was the breakfast nook when we first moved in. It had shelves that were cute, but also clutter collectors and a funky little table that only allowed two people to squeeze in. So last year we ripped … Continue reading

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Scrimshaw

The art of scrimshaw has been around at least as far back as the American Revolutionary period.  It is the art of etching a picture onto a whale bone and then inking the bone to bring out the etched picture.  … Continue reading

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“It’s Four Seams and You’re Done, Mom”

Meghan said I should make a pillow out of some gorgeous fabric. I cringed, “I hate sewing, and there are a lot of pillows for sale most everywhere. I most certainly do not need to make any” “Mom, it’s four … Continue reading

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Stick Horse

Valiant’s birthday is coming up and there is nothing in the world he loves more than ‘worses’, so I thought I would make him a stick-horse. We’ll see if I can turn this into a favorite childhood toy.  I still … Continue reading

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My Leather Sofa Repair

Somewhere in the last number of years and the last thousand people in our home, somewhere along there, my leather sofa received a big ugly gash, kinda like a knifing.  And nobody’s fessing up.  At first it didn’t look too … Continue reading

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Felted Soap

  Here’s a great project for any time of the year, for adults or kids. My mother-in-law has been making gorgeous soap for a while now and came across the idea of felting soap. Basically you are creating a washcloth … Continue reading

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Mouse Pad

  If you are at all like me, I come across fabric I just love all the time.  I hold it and think long a hard about  just what it is that I would do with it .  And thinking … Continue reading

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Christmas Place Card Children Can Help With

With at least twenty-one people gathering for Christmas dinner, it’s just nice to know where you’re supposed to sit.  These ideas could easily allow for little helpers to pitch in. Some of the photos have links to the site for … Continue reading

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Christmas Gift Idea

I thought you all might like these French bread bags and if you have the teensiest bit of sewing knowledge they will be a cinch to make.  It is another way to make and and another use for the bread … Continue reading

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White Linen Bread Bag For Gift Giving

Our family is a big fan of fresh baked bread…  straight from the store.  Serving it in a linen bag is a lot cuter than paper.  And a white linen bread bag is just the thing to add to a … Continue reading

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Homemade fire starters

You thought I was nuts when I started making homemade laundry soap. Well, you were right. That stuff kind of sucked. But I have a new, totally worth-while, homemade project that will not disappoint. I’ve been happily using homemade fire starters for … Continue reading

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Anticipating Halloween

  Because darkness can’t come soon enough at this house on Halloween day, I got together a little craft for the kids and think your kids might enjoy it too.  For the project you just need graph paper and colored … Continue reading

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Home is Wherever I’m With You

I loved this the first time I heard it on Jason & Aileen’s wedding site (over a year ago!)  I still like it. Home is Wherever I’m With You- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjFaenf1T-Y[/youtube] It gave me an … Continue reading

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