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How to Make a Soft Book

On a previous post, How to Make an Action Figure Sleeping Bag I told you about Gage’s love for all-things-Iron Man. Add to that Spider Man, Thor, Wolverine, Captain America, and The Hulk.

Not thinking, I accidentally left out a piece of the fabric[...] read more

How to Make an Action Figure Sleeping Bag

So … my grandson loves Iron Man. I would prefer him to still be content with Mickey and Minnie, but he’s moved on, and in a big way. Almost every day, he asks, “Can we go to Target and look at Iron Man?” This, while clutching[...] read more

Rainbow Rice Bin

When my daughter, Tera, was a little girl, she had a boatload of Barbies in her castle-themed bedroom, and a pink Barbie jeep. She had several big, expensive porcelain dolls — all gifts from her grandmother. She had a growing collection[...] read more

Photographs & Memories : A Toddler Gift

From the time Gage began to speak, he loved to stand in front of our refrigerator and try out his new skills. “Mama! Da!” he would say, pointing to the pictures I’d hung there. But he wasn’t content with just showing off his[...] read more

Flannel Rag Quilt Tutorial

A few years back, I offered to teach the women at our Home Skills Fellowship how to make a rag quilt. I hoped at least three or four women would be interested, but twenty showed up, and of those, half had never sat at a sewing machine before. But that[...] read more

Chalkboards … Everywhere!

I'm in absolute chalkboard heaven.

About a month ago, I stumbled upon Martha Stewart's recipe for custom chalkboard paint. I'd seen black and green chalkboard spray paint at the craft store, but chalkboard paint in any color of the rainbow? O, could it be true? Martha generally tells the truth, except for those instances when she's trying to convince us that gold leaf-brushed cookies are edible and delicious. Anyway, I wanted it to be true, so I scribbled a quick list, flew to Home Depot and Michael's, and have been cranking out chalkboards in spare moments ever since ...

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