From T-Shirt to Self-Tying Paint Smock 2.0

Since we are in the throes of Vacation Bible School prep, I decided to pull out one of my favorite VBS posts from my first days of blogging and repost it here today. I think it’s just awfully clever (yes, I say so myself) and has proven very useful. This  post was first published on August 6, 2013. Okay, so it’s not often that I have a completely original idea, so here’s one for the books. . . or the blog, or however the saying must go in today’s electronic age. It’s not like it’s an earth shattering discovery or anything,… Continue reading »


Pitching a Tent in the Great Indoors

You might be a redneck, or just testing out new camping cots; but any rate, yes, that is a full-size tent in the middle of my living room floor. My husband and I have been talking about camping with our four-year-old son for several months now and ventured upon an outdoor sale at the local sporting goods store that quickly resulted in a “test run” of our new sleeping arrangements. When my husband suggested we set up the tent to make sure the new cots fit, I thought he meant outside somewhere. Nope, here’s proof that we indeed camped in the great “indoors”… Continue reading »


Secret Subject Swap — Mike Rowe, Come Clean My Dreamcatcher

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 16 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. My Secret Subject is: Every so often a dreamcatcher must be emptied of the nightmares it catches.  Who does it and why? It was submitted by: www.someoneelsesgenius.com Hmm. . . this is a tough one. Mainly because I haven’t a clue when it comes to my dreamcatcher etiquette. While I am familiar with the design and basic concept of this… Continue reading »


Dancing In the Rain — Free Print

Well, it’s raining. . . again. The poor Midwest has seen so many clouds this past month that we’re all begging for just a few dry days and a little bit of sunshine — myself and my water-logged garden included. Of course as I was cursing the clouds this morning and rearranging my son’s Thomas track yet again, one of my favorite quotes popped into my head. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” While my current circumstances may not be quite what the anonymous author intended, it did make… Continue reading »


Cashing In on the Rain with Perfect Patina

This year’s rendition of the house number pots is going strong and the pink and white Impatiens seem to be loving their location on the new front deck. I also think the serious rains we had the entire month of May helped the moss grow up the sides of the pots. Just look at that patina! While I’m loving the look this year, it almost didn’t happen. I knocked over a pot while rearranging earlier this Spring and took a big ol’ chip out of the “3” pot. I was so sad and thought it might be the end of… Continue reading »


Rainy Day Caterpillar Craft

It rained here today. . . for the umpteenth day straight. But thankfully it was also MOMS Club® craft day at my house, which is always a good way to spend a few hours of the day (especially when I don’t have to leave home). Today’s project was this cute little pompon caterpillar that was also a former VBS project, so rounding up the supplies was a breeze. Here’s what you need: 5 medium pompons green craft foam sheet printable leaf pattern glue small google eyes flower stamen or light-gauge wire clothes pin hole punch scissors How to make your cute… Continue reading »

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