Besides being a Princess Room, Ivy also wanted her room to be full of birdies! Who could blame her? Certainly not Cinderella.....;-) I found some charming rustic bird cages at my local craft store. I knew they'd make a great hanging accent but remembered that Ivy had requested birdies. I had a light bulb moment at the craft store and selected ...read more
As parents of young kids, we sure enjoy inviting over good friends and playing cards around the kitchen table after tucking the little ones in bed. Yay for adult time! Serving cocktails in jelly jars gets a bit old, but after pricing new glasses online, I decided to try my luck at Goodwill's second hand store and found a great set of highball glasses ...read more
I took a few moments to admire the Ravelry projects for our free Tumbling Bunnies pattern this week and was so impressed with the creativity and skill of the knitters out there. I wish I could share them all, but here's a selection of those who were kind enough to allow me to use their photos:
It's always fun for me to see the unique ...read more
Oatmeal packets are a popular breakfast item at my house and why not? They're nutritious and convenient.
Tear off the top, dump the contents in a bowl with a splash of water and zap it in the microwave. Instant breakfast!
With 4 kids and only 10 packets per box, I have to buy multiples to get my hungry gang through the week and these convenience ...read more
This chandelier was not always as stunning as it is today. In fact, it could only be described as something that could have been found in an old tavern or possibly hanging about in Dracula's castle. It's what greeted me in the entry way of our newly purchased home, and the dining room held an old, exhausted, broken ceiling fan with no lights. There ...read more
Good Gravy! After finishing my latest spin, my first on the turkish spindle, I looked back to see when I'd begun and saw that I've been nursing this spin along for nearly 6 months! I am powerfully happy to have it off my spindle! And yes - I learned a valuable lesson I can share with you regarding a turkish spindle.
The fiber was merino ...read more
When I sewed baby items for a living, I sometimes dyed my fabric using shaving cream and fiber reactive dyes. The swirly/marble-ized effect was so unique and pretty! Last year we had fun dyeing our imprinted Easter eggs with onion skins, but this year I wanted to try something completely different. It occurred to me that if my marbled ...read more
I remember learning to make piñata's in grade school and thought it would be a fun addition to our family's annual Easter get together. While very patiently watching it dry, my son Corey has asked, "Can I hit the piñata now?", at least 30 times .This is one egg that every kid would love to crack open! :-)
To make one at your house, you'll need:
1 ...read more
Cover your hard boiled or refillable plastic eggs in sleeves that resemble popular knit sock patterns. Stuff them with jelly beans to fill your baskets, or stitch markers and mini skeins to treat your knitting BFFs!
dd = double decrease = slip 2 stitches knitwise. Knit next stitch, then pass slipped stitches over knitted stitch.
k2tog ...read more
Every year just before Easter it's easy to find little suits, dressy shirts, sweater vests and hats. But my guys never thank me for buttoning them into stiff collars and lacing them into dress shoes. So this year, my sister-in-law, Carli and I set out on a quest to make my boys Easter outfits that are dressy without the formal. My boys and I were ...read more