Why Would You Get Up Early?

I was talking with an acquaintance not long ago and the subject of my creative habits challenge came up.  I mentioned that I have been getting up early each day in order to make time to paint/draw every single day this year.  The woman scoffed a little and said in a condescending tone, “There is no way I would get […]

How to Organize Embroidery Floss

                          I love to embroider.  Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved to create art with needle and thread.  I remember the first embroidery pattern I ever designed by myself: a giant Tweety Bird.  I was probably 12 years old and I planned to work on […]

Quick Lit: February 2015

Quick Lit: Short and sweet reviews of the books I’ve read in the past month.  What have you been reading lately? I’m always looking for recommendations! The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie Oh, Flavia de Luce!  I adore you.  The protagonist of this fun mystery is a quirky 11-year-old chemistry enthusiast.  I loved seeing things through Flavia’s eyes […]

Design Your Own Simple Family Valentines with PicMonkey

I adore sending (and receiving!) real mail: thank you cards, holiday cards, postcards.  Real, handwritten notes are part of my love language.  We traditionally send cute photocards to our family for Valentine’s Day, and I look forward to putting them together every year. There are tons of great places (Snapfish, Shutterfly) with predesigned cards so you can just drag and […]

FREE Printable Color-Your-Own Valentines

Say what you will about Valentine’s Day being a Hallmark holiday, but I love it.  We don’t do expensive gifts, but I always look forward to any day that I can go a little bit out of my way to show my family and friends that I adore them. These sweet little color-your-own valentines would be a great addition to […]

Our Homeschool Day in the Life (with a 1-, 6- and 10-year old)

I am joining in with Simple Homeschool today to share a day in our homeschooling life. We have a pretty solid routine in place with Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays being our more academic/at home days and Tuesdays and Thursdays reserved for extras and group activities. Because every day is a little bit different, I’ll be sharing one specific day with […]