Let’s Talk Pecan Pie

  So let’s talk pecan pie. It’s a classic dessert that can be a little daunting if you’re not familiar with baking this delicious Southern favorite. Well, for that matter it might be a favorite of folks up north or even out west, but I’ve never eaten pecan pie in those places so I wouldn’t know. […]

Advent “Wreath” in a Box

One of my favorite observances this time of year is the Advent wreath and the weekly candle lighting that leads up to Christmas. This year I decided to incorporate this idea into our home and created an Advent “wreath” in a box.

Pinecones and Pompons Kid Craft

To make this super easy Christmas kid craft all you need are some medium-sized pinecones, small colorful pompons and some basic craft or school glue.

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“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead
has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”

-Shira Tamir


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    Dash of Spring on a Gray Fall Day

    I need to get my card-making mojo back because this simple sketch took four tries to produce something that cut the mustard. Sometimes that happens when I have fewer constraints. Somehow it’s harder to focus on one idea when the sky is the limit. Still, I managed to create a cute little spring inspired card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketch challenge, which helped ward off today’s gray sky blues. I used Simple Stories’ Vintage Bliss 6×6 paper stack for this card and flipped the sketch on its side. I used two different scallop punches for the accent pieces, tied ribbon along the top and, of course, inked all the…

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    Heart-Shaped Cut Out Card — A Plan Comes Together

    I’m back this week with another card creation, and this time I combined an original cut file with a Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I love it when a plan comes together. As soon as I saw this week’s challenge sketch, I knew I wanted to create a heart-shaped cut out card and that’s when I got the idea to create a whole card base in Illustrator, convert it to a svg cut file and let my Cricut machine do the rest. The base was made with pink card stock and the cut file below, and the other patterned papers are from the Pebbles “yours truly” collection. I hand cut a…

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    Sketch Challenge Salute to a Special Teacher

    Another school year is finally winding down and that means we have to cram in all sorts of spirit weeks, field days, special celebrations and, of course, teacher appreciate day. I have a suspicion that a lot of these events are probably just fluff to get the students and especially the teachers through the final weeks of school, but I can definitely get on board with teacher appreciation day (or week, if you are in our district) because the thought of having 25 of my sons in one small square-shaped room for any length of time is just plain exhausting. . . and I think he is actually a good…

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