Teens with a Passion for Pinterest: A Good Thing?

Whenever a new social network becomes popular, teens usually help boost its popularity into the stratosphere, and suddenly we modern parents have something else to worry about.  First we had to learn about MySpace and "chat rooms", then we were attending school seminars about Facebook, then it was Twitter, and now...Pinterest?...more

My Kid Had the Lemonade Stand. Why Am *I* So Exhausted?

We sure do a lot for our kids. And by we, I mean you and me and everyone out there. At least I hope everyone out there is doing a lot for their kids. I have one kid, so it’s “technically” easier than most. I can’t imagine having two to juggle, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have a blog at all if I had three or more. I love being a Mom, but MAN it’s exhausting. ...more

Flinging Flannel: The Day Daddy's Pajamas Went to Poop!

Today I did some mending. My Dear Husband saw me with a needle and thread (I'm hardly the DIY type) then disappeared upstairs and returned with a pair of lovely green and blue plaid pajama bottoms. There was a hole bigger than his bum in the crotch of these pjs, but he insisted that loved them and couldn't bear to part with them. Could I fix them? But no, I could not. As I mentioned, I am not much for these types of projects But something bloomed inside of me today and I had an idea....more

Cabin Fever. What Would Laura Do?

When I was G's age, 9, I was obsessed with Little House on the Prairie. I remember sporting a thrift store bonnet all over my neighborhood in the Bronx, and my mother looking pained, saying "You know that's for a baby, right?" It was partly her fault. Having little, making do, aligned with the Chinese immigrant experience. My mother would make glue out of a little bit of rice, dolls out of scraps of cloth....more

Tiny Pincushion Tutorial

The children and I have been working on a lot of projects -- mostly sewing, beading, and some papercraft. Here is a brief tutorial for a tiny pincushion made with a bottle cap as the base. You can whip these up in about two minutes! Very addictive to make. ...more

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Button Fleurs

Button flowers are a great way to reuse random buttons, beads, and art supplies. All you need is some green florist wire (make sure it's thin enough -- bring a button with you to test). ...more