Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Final Gardening/Yardwork Update in 2011: How My Resolution Worked Out

As some of you may remember, back in April, I resolved to do at least a half hour of yardwork per day, every week through October.  I did this very consistently through August but then had way too many other … Continue reading

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December Sewing: Joanna and Vic’s Blessing Book

We hosted a co-ed baby shower for our friends, Joanna and Vic, back in the middle of November.  The shower was  a really fun team effort. Sharla made amazingly beautiful cupcakes. Elaine brought delicious pumpkin dip with apples. I made … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2011: The Checkers Cuddling Quilt for Noah, Selah, Jonas, and Ezra

As a joint present for my niece and nephews, Noah, Selah, Jonas, and Ezra, I made them a checkerboard quilt with checkers (loosely based on this tutorial).  I used a pair of my old pajama pants as well as three … Continue reading

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A Roll Recipe (In Case You Need One For New Year’s Dinner)

I made these rolls for Christmas dinner.  I wanted fancy rolls to compliment ham and so decided to make these.  The recipe is from Gourmet from a couple years ago and the rolls are oh so delicious! Orange Pumpkin Cloverleafs … Continue reading

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A New Lens and New Socks

A fancy new lens* (Nik’s present from his mom) + fun experimenting with that new lens = lots of fun pictures of Ellie, me, and my new socks (my Christmas present from Nik). *My description of the fancy new lens: … Continue reading

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Reading With Mama

We love Barnyard Dance! Stomp your feet!  Clap your hands!  Everybody ready for a barnyard dance!

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Handmade Christmas 2011: “Scrap Wrap” for Nikki

I made this “Scrap Wrap” for my sister-in-law, Nikki.  Again, I used a variety of fabrics, including the same light gray and black/white wools and black corduroy as in my mom’s scarf.   I also used a raspberry wool sweater, which … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2011: “Scrap Wrap” for Mom

I made this “Scrap Wrap” for my mother from the book, Denyse Schmidt Quilts: 30 Colorful Quilt and Patchwork Projects.  I used a variety of fabrics with different textures including two kinds of wool (light gray, black/white herringbone), corduroy (black), … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2011: Glasses cases for Grandpa and Yiayia

For my dad and Nik’s mom (Grandpa and Yiayia), I made cases for them to keep their glasses in.  These cases are easy to make and take very little fabric.  Before next summer, I am planning on making some for … Continue reading

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The Year of Books: My Top Four Favorite Books of 2011

Here are my absolute favorite books from 2011, as part of my series, “The Year of Books.”  The reviews are what I wrote at the time I read them (edited slightly for the blog).  Although I’m calling these my favorite … Continue reading

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