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Homemaking

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

How to Make Scandinavian Star Ornaments

I’m having so much fun making these sweet quilt-work looking Scandinavian Stars. I love anything  homespun or handmade,  so when I saw these online, I knew I needed to sit and make a batch. I used a few cute fabrics I found at Wal-Mart, but […]

The Beauty of Ordinary Homemaking

The Beauty of Ordinary Homemaking

I’ve been focusing my reading on home making recently, a subject which intrigues and inspires me and puts me at odds with the feminists in my life. Maybe I’m strange, but I love taking care of our home and the people who enter here. There’s […]

Cozy Home Challenge Part 4 {Make Dinner Special}

Cozy Home Challenge Part 4 {Make Dinner Special}

It’s Monday and time for another challenge. This week’s challenge is to make a special dinner or tea time for your family. Special doesn’t mean you have to cook all day. Special means thought and love went into the planning the details. I absolutely love […]

Cozy Home Challenge Week 2 {Front Door Decor!}

Cozy Home Challenge Week 2 {Front Door Decor!}

It’s Monday, time for another Cozy Home Challenge. First, the good news. The winner of the Gracelaced Book is RUTH MOORE. Congratulations! I’ll pop that in the mail for you! Today’s challenge: Decorate your front door. My sisters and I always say that if someone just […]

A Parenting Gem from Charlotte Mason, That Nearly Every Other Parenting Book Missed

A Parenting Gem from Charlotte Mason, That Nearly Every Other Parenting Book Missed

I’m re-reading Home Education by Charlotte Mason and I stumbled upon this nugget of mothering goodness that stayed with me for months and wanted to share it, as I don’t recall ever reading it explained this way anywhere else. (And let’s be honest, you’ve seen […]

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

Weeding Wisely to Increase Joy

I spent most of the day outside, tending my herb and flower garden while my 3 year old played nearby. It’s warm enough now to plant, so I bought a few herbs to replace several that didn’t survive the winter: parsley, mint, and basil. I spent […]

Construction update, spring decorating, and some favorite domestic quotes

Construction update, spring decorating, and some favorite domestic quotes

We are almost finished with our house renovations, and since this has been going on since last November, if I never see a shop-vac again in my entire life, I’d be okay with that. I absolutely love how beautiful my kitchen is. I still can’t […]

DIY Doctored-Up Dollar Tree Church Ornament

DIY Doctored-Up Dollar Tree Church Ornament

Wanted to share an easy craft I’ve been working on for Christmas. I love New England churches, so when I saw that Dollar Tree had these ornaments, I snatched up a bunch to doctor-up. I simply added twine, plaid ribbon from Michael’s Craft Store, and […]