Hands On

Years and years ago I was amazed by the process of getting a manicure with “tips”. Now the only tips I am interested in are steak tips. I think I was fascinated by the process of instant nails– but over time realized that I certainly didn’t need them and was pretty lucky to have nails… 

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Tools of Engagement

I had a remarkably fun weekend. An engaged friend AND my brother and his fiance came to visit, AND I realized that we might be able to schedule and plan for M’s long overdue baptism during our upcoming trip to the friend’s wedding. So add that to a Saturday Katie visit and we were talking… 

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A Nearly Accidental Garden

This spring we had a fence built in our backyard. What a tremendous relief. After just a few months with it I can’t imagine NOT having it. I love the general idea of wide open space and not having fences in-between neighbors in theory, but with a 4- and 2-year-old, their play dates and our… 

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Cheating Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

The other day on Pinterest I found a cookie recipe. It looked aaaawesome. But… there was an obvious shortcut to be made. Let’s look at my results first. Here’s a cookie. But not just any cookie. It’s sort of thick in the middle, right? That’s ’cause there’s an OREO in there. I can’t even describe… 

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Guest Posting at On the Laundry Line

Happy Thursday, blog world! Today I’m guest posting at On the Laundry Line, where Laura is assembling tutorials for her “Summertime and the Living is Thrifty” series. I’ve added my “upcycled t-shirt pouch” to the lineup. Some shirts are just too fun to pass up or pass on… but they can’t ALL make it into… 

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A Pile of Possibility

Thank you for all of your well wishes and prayers after my last post. All continues to go well. Every hour of every day of every week I am so amazed and relieved that Katie is still holding on in the hospital. Not only holding on, but maintaining an overwhelmingly positive attitude, despite the fact… 

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Just an Ordinary Day

There was this day in mid April. A day that was ordinary enough in my world. I’d been working on a tutorial that was just barely going to make it’s deadline for another blog. I’d finished the dress, put the little one down for her nap and was about to yank the dress onto the… 

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Alien Hot Dogs

Warning: There’s a lot that’s disturbing about this. I’ve recently gotten hooked on Pinterest. I wasn’t in any hurry to try it because I really don’t need anything new to keep me attached to the computer any longer than I already am, but… what’s not to love? It’s way easier than looking a list of… 

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Independence Day

Today my girls and I are celebrating the last major holiday for a while that my husband will be away. We’re in the home stretch of a long year of independence. By Labor Day we’ll be a family of four again. Hooray! We’re joining friends for a pool party this afternoon, and I’m taking mini… 

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