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February Sewing: Black, White, and Red Potholders for Us!

I’ve made a lot of potholders over the past few years – I started out with these simple, bright ones (also, my first quilt binding!), moved on to some crazy-quilt patchwork ones (way too time-consuming but beautiful too!), and made … Continue reading

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Life Hack: Make Your Clean Space Attractive Enough to Motivate You to Keep It That Way

I love how our dining room table looks when it’s clean. Chairs pushed in and totally clear of clutter The vase was a Christmas present from Nik’s brother and sister-in-law.  I love the structural beauty of it so I leave … Continue reading

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When Principles Meet Nostalgia

Nik and I have some fairly strong convictions on what kind of toys we want to have in our house.  I blogged about this more extensively in this post.  Specifically, we decided that we didn’t want to have any plastic … Continue reading

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Trimming the Tree

This year, Ellie discovered how fun Christmas can be! a baby bus! hmmm…which one to put up next?

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My Other Love: Cardmaking

Although sewing is my current major creative outlet, I’ve loved the craft of paper card making for a long time.  I particularly love finding old books to cut up for cards.  I made a card on Thursday that I loved … Continue reading

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Project Organize: Day 4 – Ellie’s Books and Toys (continued)

Continuing with my organizing theme for the week, today I’ve managed to box up all of our books that we aren’t using right now. That has left a very bare bookshelf. Now I just have to get working on making … Continue reading

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Project Organize: Day 3 – Ellie’s Books and Toys (a la “Simplicity Parenting”)

Continuing with my organizing theme for the week, today I am beginning to sort through and organize Ellie’s books and toys. Here are the toys that we have for her: There are a couple other little toys that we keep … Continue reading

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