Category Archives: Crafting



That is my word for this year.


I love how it rolls off my tongue.

I’ve been taking a course with a similar word in the title: Restoration. It’s awesome. You can check it out here.

I can’t tell you too many secrets about the course, but I can show a little of my work.

I carry these with me to remind me of Truth in my life.

If you’re stuck, trying to figure out who you were once, or who you were made to be, check out Melody Ross’ web site Brave Girls Club and check out her online course, Soul Restoration. It will start up again in April.

Ye Annual Gingerbread House

Every year we buy a gingerbread house kit from Costco. They’re awesome!

This year’s kit came with two buildings. So we have a Girls’ house and a Boys’ house.

Dare I say whose house I liked most? TeeHee.

Regardless, we all had a fantastic time licking our fingers 🙂

I Took the Plunge

If you know me in real life, you know my favorite color is aqua. I’ve always wanted to have an aqua-colored Christmas, but it just seemed too tacky. Not to mention all my Christmas decorations are red and green.

I’ve been freed!

This year all the magazines and design blogs are showing aqua and white Christmas decor. So I took the plunge. I got some gorgeous Martha Stewart aqua-colored glitter, and some styrofoam ball and trees, and I went plum crazy. It’s stinking cute, I must say. Here’s a little preview:

I have to admit I’m a little nervous about having some folks over this season. Will they think I’ve lost my marbles? Or that I’m just terribly tacky? Oh well, sometimes you just gotta let your heart sing the song it was made to sing–off key or not.

I’ve Got a Secret

I’ve begun working on some very special hand-made Christmas gifts. I can’t tell you what, because you might be getting one. So cross your fingers or say a little prayer, and you might find one headed your way.

Girl Schooling

When the boys are away…

the girls will play…

all sorts of girl games.

Little do they know they’re learning at the same time.

Do you see Ma sewing sewing by the fire? Do you see Laura and Mary and Carrie all tucked into their beds, listening quietly to Pa playing the fiddle? And can you find their good old bulldog Jack?

If you have young (or even not so young) girls, you’ll definitely want to check out the Little House Picture Books. I bought the complete set before my oldest daughter could even read, and I will save them to read to my grandchildren.

Oh, and by the way, the notions they used today were from their great great aunt Bun, my grandfather’s sister. So we even added in a little personal history!

We’re Tuckers and Hiders

We’re a pretty relaxed family. We try to keep things pretty tidy so we don’t feel overwhelmed by clutter. We like our “schtuff” to be hidden neatly behind doors and in drawers.

We recently began recycling and found this great rolling wire-basket contraption at Ikea for less than $20! It’s perfect for sorting and collecting all the things we’re sending off (instead of throwing away).

However, we didn’t like the cluttered look. I spent Saturday recycling an old table runner into a cover for the bin.

Isn’t it adorable? A few stitches and some hot glue went a long way here. Now we can recycle and maintain a clutter-free kitchen.

This is our first contribution to the recycling center:

Patience and Crafting

A year and a half ago we made colored glue from directions we found on this Crafty Crow post. It took lots of time and patience, but came in handy this month when we began our KONOS Patience home school unit.

We placed a page from the Dover butterfly stained glass coloring book under a piece of clear sturdy plastic and traced the lines with our black glue. We let that dry overnight and filled it in with brighter colors of glue.

Finally, a few days later when the glue had dried completely, we placed our butterflies on our slider. They bring a bit of spring into our home.

Soon I’m going to pull out my bulb dish and get going on white narcissus. Here’s a photo from our first year forcing bulbs. I can’t wait for spring.


Bring in the Light

I wish I could remember where I saw this idea. If you know, chime in please. I don’t want to take credit where credit is not due.

Glass Stone Mosaics for Children

We bought glass beads (with one flat side) and frames from the nearby Dollar Tree.

We poured a generous amount of white school glue on top of the glass of the frame.

We placed our stones on top of the glue,

and let them dry for a few days.

Eventually we’ll add little eye hooks and chain to hang them, but for now we hold them up in front of the window

or set them on the sash.

I chose these beads to match our decor because I’d like to keep them up all the time. For Valentine’s Day I think we’ll make some with vibrant reds and pearly whites. Easy, cheap and beautiful–that’s my kind of craft.