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It was not on my mind to celebrate the holidays this year. Of course, my six year old son would have it no other way. . . and ultimately, I too have found joy in choosing to celebrate. I think back to when I was a girl, without all the added baggage that the holidays now have for me (to which I know so many people can relate). I remember simple joys: reflections of Christmas lights on my ceiling while I was falling asleep as a girl. Playing with my son outside in the snow for the first time, when he was just a toddler. Making paper snowflakes together.
Yes, you too can make a beautiful ornament for your tree for just pennies with leftover scrapbook paper. This fun and easy activity produces beautiful results. Get all the DIY instructions with this easy to follow, free online tutorial!
Oh, the joys of making paper snowflakes. They are beautiful and fun to make, whether you're 5 or 50. Simple or intricate, this activity is perfect for families on a snowy afternoon, or for something to do with your hands while you chat on the phone. Here's how to cut a six-sided snowflake that resembles the real deal!
Sometimes fabric makes the first impression and inspires the design. On a trip to Mood, I was taken with a beautiful tropical print Italian cotton voile. The beauty of the fabric itself was the genesis for a design worthy of its flowing, soft drape and vibrant colors.
What sewing tool should you buy to start out? Which tools are necessities, luxuries, and a waste of money? What I must have to sew.
What is grainline in sewing? Learn the difference between lengthwise grain and cross grain, what bias is, and why all of this matters to get great results in your garments.
How to make a beautiful, easy no-sew ribbon rose napkin ring for a special anniversary, Mother's Day, or Valentine's Day dinner.
In our modern, fast-paced world, sometimes we don't know the source of our stress. Technology can be a blessing and a curse. It has so many useful applications, but it still distances us from the raw nature of our lives. I find the antidote to many of life's troubles in something similar as my grandfather did: through work with my two hands.
While making salt dough ornaments with me, my son reminded me of one of life's most important lessons (for me!): stop taking myself so damn seriously!