Monthly Archives: December 2011

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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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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