Creative Family Advent, 25 Days of Ideas for Savoring the Season

I love Christmas.  I loved it as a child, and I love it even more as a mother of children.  It is so beautiful to see their little faces come alive at the first sight of Christmas lights or trees.  Hearing them practicing their Christmas carols, thinking of the transformation that is about to come…

The Reason I Write

I wash the dishes a lot. (((When I say a lot, I may mean world record.))) Lately I have been listening to podcasts while I clean the kitchen, and I cannot tell you how happy I am to be in a season where my mind is really awake, and I am learning new things.  It…

Double-The-Puzzles: Family Art Project

Simple, sweet, easy-as-pie art project for kids…  Make a puzzle on the back side of your existing puzzle!  You can literally have double-the-puzzles, not to mention hours of fun for you little ones designing, drawing, and coloring your own one-of-a-kind puzzle. The how-to’s are very simple. 1. Put your puzzle together. 2. Flip it over….

Having Children: A Spiritual Journey

Over the last few weeks, I have been rereading old blog posts and speculating about my life.  The past year has been both incredibly sweet and difficult, trying to balance daily life with six young children with all the demands of three meals a day, the never-ending laundry, growing a home business, homeschool, planning for…

Best Friends, Girls, and a Bunny from The Paper Doll Club

Some sweet girls by Rosie and Paloma this week.  I think you will love all of the detail to color in Paloma’s girls.  She made a doll named Rosie that is very Valentine-y, complete with a heart sweater, box of chocolates, heart crown, and special bouquet of flowers.  Rosie has made a beautiful girl with…

Sweet Miss Meringue, The Apple Family, and The Strawberry Dragon

We have paper dolls from Rosie, Paloma, and Kells this week!  We started with a fruit theme, and from that, we ended up with a couple of adorable little Apple Families by Rosie and Paloma (I especially love their baby apples, don’t you???), as well as a Strawberry Dragon by Kells.  Do you think he…

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…

The Paper Doll Club: Sleeping Beauty, Sara, and Lilly Rose

This week’s printable are Sleeping Beauty dolls.  One is awake, and one is asleep.  Hope you enjoy coloring them, cutting them out, and playing!  You could cut the sleeping doll a bed out of colored paper, make her a paper pillow, and a paper blanket to pull up over her.  And if you like, you could…

The Paper Doll Club

Happy Monday, everyone!  Today, the girls and I have a little gift we’d like to send to you.  We spend a lot of time drawing, cutting, folding, and making things out of paper.  We decided that we are going to start a Paper Doll Club.  We are going to try our best to make paper…

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…

Being Home

I spend a lot of time at home.  About 85% of my life happens behind the closed door of our brightly-colored, overflowing-with-laundry, two-bedroom house.   My husband and I and our four children (ages 6 and under) share every room.  Our bedroom is the hangout spot during the day, the living room is where we teach…

How To Tuesdays #5: Glass Bottle Xylophone

This is the easiest project yet, and it has been the one that Rosie loves the most.  Here is a clip of her playing a song on the xylophone we made… I borrowed this idea from a really great book called Eco-Friendly Crafting with Kids by Kate Lilley.  She has tons of amazing ideas in…