Homemade Ewok Costume

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms {The Blog}. For the first time in the history of our family, we set a theme for our Hallowe’en costumes. The older boys wore costumes previously purchased that they were keen to wear again, (with the encouragement of their parents who could not believe they spent so much money on costumes.) […]

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Christmas Crafting with the Kids

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   This is something you can do today. If you open your pantry you probably have almost everything you’ll need, and the project doesn’t take long at all. We invited three families over and it took us less than an hour. Then they all scattered to play on the […]

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No Sew DIY Porcupine Costume

Cross-posted from Cherry Blossoms The Blog.   Do you need a last-minute costume? Maybe shipping is slow, maybe the costume is already ruined, or maybe, like me, this year has been short on time and energy and whatever else is required to get yourself organized. (And if you figure out whatever it is that’s needed […]

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Breadcloth, a photo by Proud Mum on Flickr. I started this project in July of 2009. Granted, I didn’t work on this project non-stop as we all know I’ve done other projects in the meantime. Nevertheless, I am happy to report that after two and a half years it is finally done! This linen cloth […]

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Homemade Christmas 2011

Last Christmas, when my mother-in-law saw the nativity set I made for my brother-in-law and his family, she called us several times to tell us how much she loved it and would I ever consider making another one? I told her flatly, “no” because getting that project done (and on time) nearly killed me. In […]

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On Project-Making

It’s important, if you happen to be a crazy person obsessed with being in over your head, to have two different types of friends. You need the kind of friend who can talk you down from the ledge when you’re taking on too much. You also need the kind of friend who will egg you […]

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2010 Snowflake

How did I forget to post it? I got an early start this year, I believe I started in October. It was a smaller snowflake than the previous years and my intention was to whip up a flurry for a white Christmas. I don’t think I made any beyond the original set in October. Sure […]

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Buche de Noel

  Once we cancelled our trip to Utah we realized we’d be once again alone for Christmas. We did what we do with every holiday that we’re here, we called up Paul’s uncle and said, “hey guys, what are you doing for [insert upcoming holiday here]?” They graciously hosted us for yet another Christmas dinner. […]

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Amigurumi (crocheted) Nativity

  Now that Christmas is over and the secret is out I can finally share this year’s project: I found this pattern years ago, and fell completely in love with it. This summer when I thought about which of Paul’s siblings we were giving to for Christmas I immediately knew that this was the gift. […]

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I Remember

I did not post on Remembrance Day, but I remembered.  I sent Little Red to school the day before with one of my childhood poppies pinned to his shirt.  I knew the chances were high that it would not survive the day, and I was ready for that sacrifice; the more important thing was that […]

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