Monthly Archives: December 2014

Handmade Christmas 2014: A Baby Bird For A Brand New Baby

As is my custom with my nieces and nephews, I sewed a little baby bird (using this tutorial) for my newest niece, Annika, who was born the middle of November.  This is the first time I’ve had the chance to … Continue reading

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October/November Sewing: Hooray for Katie and Baby Annika!

Ellie and Mark gained a new cousin when Baby Annika joined my brother’s family in November.  I have four siblings and I’ve now made five diaper bags, one for each family! (Here’s ours, Eric and Meggan’s, Jon and Leah’s, and … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2014: Hot Pads of Apology

Last summer, while visiting my family in Alaska, I was taking something out of my mom’s oven and somehow managed to drop one of her hot pads on the electric heating element on the bottom of the oven.  Soon, there … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2014: Mark’s Color Book

I don’t know if anyone has actually ever used the color book tutorial that I wrote about 18 months ago.  I however, was really grateful that I’d done it because I used it myself when sewing this for Mark! I … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2014: Retro Christmas Tree Lights For My Siblings

Continuing my “Christmas ornament” theme from the past couple years of presents for my siblings, this year I sewed everyone a string of retro Christmas tree lights.  I even managed to sew a string for our tree too! Thanks to … Continue reading

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Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you! He is the Messiah, the Lord!

Merry Christmas!! We love you all! Love, Nik, Laura, Ellie and Mark “Hurry! Hurry! Have you heard? A child was born tonight, And every creature large or small Is precious in his sight.” from Hurry! Hurry! Have You Heard by … Continue reading

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Handmade Christmas 2014: Look! Two Presents for Ellie!

Thanks to all for your kind thoughts and prayers for me about my recent sorrow-filled post.  I probably shouldn’t allow myself to press publish when I’m tired and sad. I’m feeling much better now and the past couple days have … Continue reading

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Happy “75% of 10 Years” Anniversary to Us!

On a lighter, happier note… The other night I happened to mention that on 12/23, it would be our 7.5-year anniversary. Nik, being the mathematician that he is, pointed out that this means we are 75% of the way to … Continue reading

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And So, As It Turns Out, I Can’t Do It All

The past four and a half months have been unusually busy for Nik and me.  I participated in a major project at church, which consumed just about every minute I could spare at the computer (including the evening hours when … Continue reading

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And So, Alas, My Son’s Mullet Is Gone (but at least my mom is the one who cut it off!)

As Nik liked to say, Mark’s hair was “business in the front and party in the back!” for many months.  We trimmed his hair a bit in April but Mark really hadn’t ever had a real hair cut.  And, as … Continue reading

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