Three Cheap and Easy Costumes for Kids

I have a few requirements when we begin contemplating Halloween costumes each year: 1) They  need to be reusable. I want to be able to throw them in the dress-up box and be able to use them for years to come. 2) If I have to buy components, I want them to work as regular clothes in the future. 3) […]

Chunky Crochet Blanket pattern

I normally prefer knitting to crocheting but when the time comes to make a bulky afghan, I firmly believe that crochet is the way to go.  This pattern is very simple and perfect for beginners. (Or, in my case, not-so-beginners who can only do very simple projects while riding in the car or they will get carsick.)  It works up […]

Swirly Pumpkin Embroidery Pattern

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year.  I adore crisp, cool sweater weather.  Hot chocolate, homemade soup and caramel apples make my heart go pitter-pat. More than anything, I love using pumpkins and other natural elements to decorate our home. Every year my pumpkin decor collection grows a little bit. So it’s probably not surprising that I am smitten […]

Shower the People You Love With Love

I grew up listening to the incredible voice of James Taylor.  I have countless memories of singing along with my beautiful Mama as we drove in the car.  A long-standing item on my bucket list was to see him in concert.  I was absolutely delighted to check that experience off my list last fall, in the company of my amazing […]

Project Life: August 2014

I am new to Project Life, but I’m totally smitten with this simple way to perserve photographs and memories for our family.  I am joining up with The Mom Creative today to share my most recent Project Life layouts. My style is definitely simple; no flashy embellishments here. I love to share our stories and photos as efficiently as possible. […]

Flower Wreath Embroidery

I drew this flower wreath as part of my Sisters embroidery pattern, and I loved the simplicity of it so much that I decided to make it available without the quote as well. You can fill it with anything your heart desires: a quote that inspires you, your daughter’s name, and important date or whatever else strikes your fancy. It […]

Families Are Forever Embroidery Pattern

I wanted to commemorate our beautiful adoption experience in a tangible way, so I designed this embroidery pattern to be a visual reminder of the miracles our family has experienced. I love the way the color changes in the variegated embroidery floss add depth to the satin-stitch letters.  This little piece makes me happy every time I see it, which is […]

Camping Love Embroidery Pattern

When I was growing up, the majority of our vacations were spent camping.  Actually, even now the majority of our vacations are spent camping.  We are a camping family, and I love it.  I love watching my kids play in the dirt with rocks and sticks as their action figures, I love cooking over an open flame, I love waking […]

Handprint Quilt

Someone we dearly love has been through the wringer lately, enduring cancer treatments. He and his wife are facing a trial I can’t comprehend.  As someone watching from the outside, it’s difficult to know what to do to help.  We think of them often. We pray, we send positive thoughts their way.  We bring food in an attempt to lighten […]

Knit Together

During the weeks leading up to Elijah’s birth I was terrified the adoption would fall through, for good reason (and another and another).  I wanted to make something for the baby but was anxious to start, in case we lost him. I needed something easy, something that I wouldn’t have to think about or which could potentially add more frusration to my […]