Paper Tea Set from The Paper Doll Club!

I love this one.  Rosie, Paloma, and I love tea parties.  Over the summer, we inherited all of the leftover tea from The Baron York Cafe, a beautiful little tea room that used to sit in the heart of downtown Clarkesville.  It was a favorite spot for Randy and me, and is one of the…

Paper Doll and Song: Stargirl

This week, Rosie decided to make a “space girl,” so I was inspired to illustrate a character from a song that I wrote several years ago called Stargirl and Moonboy.  It is a sweet little love song that Randy and I recorded here at the house.  I play accordion, and he plays guitar, bass, and Irish…

Making Time for Quiet

My life is loud.  With five happy healthy children ages seven and under, a husband who is basically the personification of music, recording in the living room and making Irish whistles and bamboo saxophones all hours of the day and night–not to mention around 25 piano, guitar, and whistle students that rotate in and out of our…

Pitter Patter: The Story Behind the Song

I discovered coffee shops in college.  I never had very much money, but back then I could usually dig up $2 to buy a hot drink and rent a space at a little cafe for a few hours to think and write and declutter my brain.  I lived in a creative state, with lots of…

Make Something Every Day Continues…

I love the Make Something Every Day idea.  It might be revolutionizing my life.  This week, I spent three days cleaning out my scary laundry room (when I say scary, I mean SCARY, as any of {and ONLY} my dearest friends can tell you).  Not many people are allowed to look into this room.  I…

Make Something Every Day

Over the past two weeks, I have begun to realize how much it means to me to make things.  As a mom of four (soon to be five) very creative little people who are constantly cutting and pasting and drawing and creating huge worlds out of sheets and pillows and clean laundry, I spend a…

Living Conversation

I love words.  They are not perfect, because they aren’t really the things themselves:  the word “chicken” is not a chicken, it is just some scribbled lines on paper.  The word “angry” is not an emotion, it is just a symbol for the feeling.  The word “fragrant” is not the actual smell of gardenias, it…

15 Days of Handmade: Etsy Shop Reopens

Our etsy shop is back up and running!  Today I posted several new items–some hats, journals, and Randy’s awesome guitar string bracelets.   In celebration of the holidays, of friendship, love, and glue and paper, I am going to be posting a new item to my etsy shop every day for the next 15 days….

6 Quick Kid-Friendly Crafts Made from Recycled Materials

I recently finished my miniseries called How-To Tuesdays.  To make it easier to find these in my blog, I am just putting them all together here in one post.  Hope you can find something to make with your kiddos using things you have laying around the house.  These are quick, easy, inexpensive playthings that can…

Miracle of Miracles, and a Modern Metaphor for Faith

I am nearly in shock. I hardly know how to articulate what is going on in my heart right now.  We have seen a lot of miracles–large and small–in the course of our marriage and through the process of recording this album.  They have always been right on time, right when we needed them most….

Staying Creative While Raising a Family

Our fourth child, Remy, was born 15 days ago.  Life is starting to even out into a normal routine–although we are still eating off of paper plates and (thanks to dear, generous friends and family), I have yet to cook a meal for our family of six since he was born.  I am recovering really…

Journaling, or The Story of My Life

When I was in kindergarten, my brother found my diary.  I remember it distinctly, because he paraded around the house with it, reading aloud in his most theatrical voice, “I do not know (emphatic pause…) if I am in love…”  I was so embarrassed that I grabbed the book and threw it behind my dresser–which,…