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DIY Dyed Clothespin Snowflake Christmas Ornaments

I’m so excited to be back with a new ornament tutorial, just in time for Christmas! I recently came across a tutorial where Rit dye was used to dye wood and I really wanted to give it a try. 373 more words


Dear J | Christmas Crackers!

Panic time!

I just realized that this is the last day that I have off work before Christmas while the kids are in school. This is a problem, because I still have three sewing projects for Daughter to start and complete, one for Son (having already given up on another), and I wanted to make new Christmas pajamas for the whole family. 289 more words

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It's raining, it's raining...

It’s just been raining for the past…forever. Okay, not even raining. Just…wet. Everything is soggy and sloshy. The bright spot? I get to slump around in my brightly colored wellies, and that does make me happy. 473 more words

CAPTURE :: starry night on the farm

I captured these photographs on a night last September when I was at home on the farm. The funny part is that I forgot about them until today, and I can’t even say what reminded me of them. 422 more words


3rd Grade Monochromatic Paintings

3rd grade students worked in a monochromatic paint palette to learn about the mixing of tints (adding white) and shades (adding black).  Since the focus was more on color and the mixing of paint, students used simple shapes for the subject matter.   100 more words


My 2014 retrospective

My 2014 retrospective

We are weeks away from 2015 and I feel like writing my recap right now instead of waiting on Jan 1st.

2014’s been extremely good with only one brief period of economic uncertainty that quickly resolved itself so well, I almost forgot it happened at all. 509 more words