Monthly Archives: December 2011

Handmade Christmas 2011: Art for Two Little Girls

For my nieces Addie and Alex, I sewed a colored pencil roll for drawing fun! I started by putting the pencils in spectrum order and then I matched the pencils to fabric. After I cut out what felt like a … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2011: Pancakes for Andreas and Alex

Nik’s brother and nephew, Andreas and Alex, often make pancakes together on the weekend.  So we decided to give them a joint present with a pancake theme.  Along with blueberries, maple syrup, recipes, dry ingredients, and measuring spoons, we also … Continue reading

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The Year of Books: I Love Learning (About Almost Anything)

Here are my favorite seemingly unconnected (except for my love of learning) books from 2011, as part of my series, “The Year of Books.”  The books with extended reviews are the ones that I rated as “5”; the ones without … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2011: Doll Quilts for the Two-year Olds

I had a lot of fun making these doll quilts, pillowcases, and pillows for Kaitlyn and Grace.  I used this tutorial for the quilt dimensions and pillow instructions but I designed the quilts myself.  I actually had bits of the … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2011: Color Book, Times Two

Ellie has a cousin, Luke, who was born three and a half months after her.  I decided to make them both color books!  This was the third year in a row that I have made these books.  Two years ago, … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2011: The First Christmas Birdies

This year, I gained three nieces and so I decided to commemorate that fact with matching Christmas presents!  I made them little bird ornaments, using this tutorial [slightly modified]. I added each little girl’s first initial to a wing so … Continue reading

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The Year of Books: Parenting/Marriage

Here are my favorite parenting/marriage books from 2011, as part of my series, “The Year of Books.”  The books with extended reviews are the ones that I rated as “5”; the ones without reviews, I rated as “4”.  The reviews … Continue reading

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For Unto Us A Child Is Born!

Merry Christmas! We love you all! Love, Nik, Laura, and Ellie For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, … Continue reading

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The Year of Books: Sewing/Cooking/DIY

Here are my favorite sewing/cooking/DIY books from 2011, as part of my series, “The Year of Books.”  The books with extended reviews are the ones that I rated as “5”; the ones without reviews, I rated as “4”.  The reviews … Continue reading

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