What Should I Do With My Wandering Cat?

I hope you love cats. I guess a lot of people do, considering how many people own them. A lot of people love cute cat videos and kittens doing sickeningly sweet things like falling down when they are learning how to jump. I am not one of those people. I'm not heartless, okay? I just don't love cats....more
So glad it was a helpful idea.  You might try easing him into staying into the garage.  Maybe an ...more

12 Crafting Days of Christmas - Final Wrap-up

   Once again this year, I didn't post as much and I thought I would. Nor did I do the exact crafts that I assumed I would. It's kind of fun to look back and see what I wanted to finish though. Christmas is a crazy blur most years. Sometimes it's super fun, sometimes we get super sick, and sometimes it is just super busy. It's always crazy. Here is my final wrap-up so I can give my blog some closure after the holiday season.      Here is what I finished after my mid-madness wrap-up:...more

Focus Word: Hope

     This year I was challenged to find a word to focus on. The word 'hope' kept coming to me over and over again. I feel like God gave me this word for the year...but I don't know if I'm actually excited about that or not. To need hope is to be in a situation that requires it. That sounds like trouble to me. ...more

Quilting The Star Throw

     I am so excited that I can finally share this awesome quilt on my blog! My husband doesn't frequent my blog, but I just knew that I would share it before Christmas and then he would get on and see it. That would kill my element of surprise! He had no idea I was making a quilt for him and I worked on it in secret for at least 2 months, if not longer. ...more

DIY Steering Wheel Cover

     One of the projects on my Christmas sewing list this year was a steering wheel cover for my husband. I have a really hard time finding gifts that I can make for him. I don't know if it's just that I have my mind set on little kid stuff all the time, or that men are just really hard to sew for. Anyway, the original tutorial I found was here if you want to check it out....more

A Day in Our Sweet Little Life

     While I am not the best picture taker in the world, I love having pictures in my blog posts. I wandered over to another blog today, Journey to Josie, and the momma who runs it does a "first day" post every month. A whole bunch of pictures of what her family's day looked like on the 1st. I thought it was super cute, so I am jumping on the bandwagon.      However, I did not chase everyone around all day with my camera. I did snag a few sweet shots though, so here ya go:...more
mommiejennblogs Thank you! We are right back up to being in the 70s during the day even though ...more

Reading List for 2015

     I got this crazy idea in my head this year. How could I get to know my family and friends just a little bit better? How could I get inside the way they see the world; understand them better? Since I am a self-proclaimed book nerd that rarely gets to read anymore, I thought, "How about reading one book that was recommended to me by each person I know?" ...more
This is a pretty cool idea.more

Top Blog Posts From 2014: My Year in Review

     It's been a great year. As I sit and make up my goals for the year to come, I've been thinking about everything that has happened this year. We bought a house. We got a dog. We put our dog down. We got a cat. The Toolman learned how to read and how to count to 100. My baby started walking. I made my first king-sized quilt, and several small quilts. I started writing "for real" and making a little money. I blogged. Lots of other things, too. ...more

Joy Lives in Small Places

     It's easy to fall into this negative way of thinking: I don't have enough (insert item here), I wish I had (insert item here), everyone else has (insert item here) but me. My life sucks. It might be an easy thought pattern to get into, but it will destroy you. It will eat away at your joy like a cancer until there is nothing left but bitterness. I've seen it too many times. I choose joy. ...more

12 Crafting Days of Christmas - Mid-Madness Wrap-Up

     The days are ticking by...5 days until Christmas! Anyway, as it was last year, I have but a few days left to finish crafting and it will not be nearly enough time to complete what I had planned. So, here's my mid-madness wrap-up. If I don't remind myself of what we've completed in our home this month, I will continue to stress out over what still needs to be done.  Here's a peek at our mania Christmas-y goodness....more