The Four Year Bishop Dress

The Four Year Bishop Dress

Four years ago my neice was three. Inspired by our southern home I decided it would be fun to learn to smock and to make her a little Bishop dress.  So I got right on it and took a class at a local quilt shop. I actually enjoyed the process, even though my hand cramped up a few times. Sometimes in the evenings it is nice to have a little project to work on here and there; I suppose that is why people take up knitting and such. After learning the basics I tackled the Bishop dress and finished up the smocking. It took countless hours and I know I began to doubt I would finish before my neice moved into the next size. Some friends and I even joked that maybe I would finish in time for my unknown future little girl. Turns out that was rather prophetic. My darling...

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Success!!

Success!!

Today was hair day. One year of trying. Two hours, ten minutes of intense braiding. We have cornrows.

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‘member that time we went down that blow up slide?

H, h, c and e slide. Celebrating E4′s birthday!

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A Crown for the Birthday Boy (Tutorial)

A Crown for the Birthday Boy (Tutorial)

Tomorrow is e’s 5th birthday! And in typical fashion, everything is fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants and I decided to make him a birthday crown tonight. Since reading Amanda Soule’s book and seeing her cute crowns, I’ve always wanted to make one. Did I consult her book tonight? Nope. Just forged my own way. Ahh…well. I thought I would write it down for you and add some photos in case you have ever wanted to make one, too. It really wasn’t hard-the most time consuming part was the handstitching at the end, which isn’t necessary, but I thought it finished it off in a nice way. First, I cut out three crown shapes out of regular felt. Now, I would have loved to use wool felt but I don’t have the budget for that and since I...

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Bread and cookies

Bread and cookies

Ok, this is turning into the whole wheat chronicles, I know, but I’m sure it will wear off soon. Today’s treats: fresh hot bread and cookies (we made those last night).

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Paffles!

Paffles!

So we broke our streak of p-foods. But these waffles are good! We were all pleasantly surprised how excellent these hard whole wheat waffles are!   UPDATE: I used this waffle recipe, with the 100% whole wheat variation, and substituted maple syrup for the sugar.

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What “p” food shall we have next?

What “p” food shall we have next?

Warning: guest post. So H has decided that I (j) should write this post about … drumroll … our latest investment. Now. The term investment is a bit of a joke ’round these parts (our home), because of its utter misuse by H. She will come to me with the most sincere of looks, usually some sort of advertisement in hand, to tell me of the latest thing she’d like to have. And it’s always presented as an investment. “J, I really think we should invest in (such-and-such).” And that such-and-such might be anything from air freshener to bird seed. She used to truly misuse the term; now it’s pretty much just a household joke. It’s a good laugh. So, all that to say … … this one really is an investment. It...

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