Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess. I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne - a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap.
Nostepinne's can be as ...read more
Have you ever heard of a vegetable spiralizer? Me either, until today when Mom introduced us. I'm normally not a huge fan of kitchen gadgets. They pile up so easily, falling into disuse and crowding my cabinets. But the Spirooli, (the brand I got to play with today), has now made my list of must have's. This tool slices effortlessly ...read more
One good thing about my son being in year round schooling is that I have more time than most parents to think about what I can do for a teacher appreciation gift. Connor’s year of Kindergarten is coming to an end this week so it was time for me to get the gears turning. I wanted to make his teacher something that she could actually use, and something ...read more
There are just 3 things you need to know about Earl.
1- He is my best friend's Dad
2- He makes hands down the best brisket
3- He shared his recipe with me and now I'm going to share it with you.
Why be selfish with a recipe which can only be described as love on a plate?
Brisket is a cut of meat from the breast or lower chest of a cow. ...read more
Spinning with beads is such jazzy, dazzling fun. All those pretty glass baubles catching the light and making your handspun extra special! I get that you can string beads onto thread or yarn and ply it with handspun to get the effect, but always wondered how you'd accomplish it with singles.
I recently investigated and gave it a trial run. It was ...read more
The weather is getting so nice here in Northern Utah, it only makes sense for Emily and I to put away the sewing machines and play out in the garage for a bit. Emily was inspired by the recent cute growth charts she'd spotted on pinterest, and came up with a modern twist on them to go with her decor. I admired her finished chevron wooden ...read more
We hope you liked Cindee's cute Old Chair redo. It must be the nice weather because Cindee, Carli, and I have all begun furniture redo projects lately.
Repainting furniture with chalk paint has been a big trend on Pinterest. I have heard that chalk paint will stick to everything and that it provides a durable finish. In fact, my neighbor repaints ...read more
Summer is quickly approaching which means the farmer's markets are opening and delicious fruit is hitting the local markets for a much more reasonable price. This fruit salad is to die for!!! It is simple to put together and is sure to please EVERYONE, even the pickiest toddlers.
You will need: fruit, limes or lemons, honey (agave or sugar ...read more
When it comes to spinning - experimentation is the rule for me these days. I've been taking the time to explore different methods and to play with color. I've had some help and inspiration with a new spinning resource: PLY magazine by spinner extraordinaire - Jacey Boggs. This is a compendium of spinning know-how that has sent my little ...read more
It never fails - 9:00 pm and my kids tell me they have run out of ziplock bags for tomorrow's lunch. Same at your house? Enough is enough - I decided to try my hand at making reusable snack bags. Today is the day I free myself from throwaway plastic bags and join the reusable snack bag revolution! <grin>
Materials you need for ...read more