Saturday, December 31, 2011

art-paper-scissors :: recycled paper owls

a little project to help make
thank-you notes more fun

download & print this owl stencil template

you can find all my art-paper-scissors lessons

Thursday, December 29, 2011

:: ornament ::

many christmases ago, this hung on
grandma grace & grandpa weldon's tree
in goshen, indiana.

it is my dad's, and it is my favorite.

every year,
after the kids have finished hanging
all the other ornaments,
we ceremoniously hand this one to my dad
and he finds the perfect spot for it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

:: holiday glimpses ::

it was merry.

Monday, December 26, 2011

♥ me & my mom ♥

i love her.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

:: comfort & joy ::

:: merry christmas ::

Saturday, December 24, 2011

art-paper-scissors :: handmade holiday workshop, week 8

something quick and cute for christmas eve

make a whole village

merry christmas eve!

Friday, December 23, 2011

:: new angel ::

see the one with the star?
she's new.
from here

Thursday, December 22, 2011

:: little slip of paper ::

i have been quietly mourning the loss
of a precious little slip of paper,
for nearly two months.

in my exhaustive search for it,
i emptied our giant 95 gallon recycling bin
piece. by. piece.

today, as i was cleaning my office, i found it.

emily made this cherished little drawing
thirteen years ago.
she was four years old.
when she gave it to me,
she said, "i made it myself."

i carried this in my wallet for years.

i love it so much.

i love the little-orphan-annie eyes.

i love everything about it.

and now,
i love that i don't have to miss it anymore.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

:: present-wrapping inspiration ::

::rainbow yarn source::

::jump rope source::

::red snowflake source::
{i'm going to try this with these snowflakes}

::fabric wrapping source:: 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

:: marian cheers ::

today was marian & ned's last day of school.
they don't go back until wednesday, january 4th.
so, early this morning {like, 8 am},
eagle middle school had a holiday

they really did a great job,
and had lots of fun out there.
i was SO proud of her.
{i welled-up with tears, so proud}

go colts!
go marian!

thank you, emily, for being a good big sister 
& getting up at 6 & curling marian's hair
& watching her performance with me.

Monday, December 19, 2011

:: ned knits ::

over the weekend,
ned watched me knitting
{a gift for someone special}
and asked if i would teach him.
with my help, 
he knitted a little scarf for bunny
sweetest. thing. ever.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

:: she's home ::

and she brought our favorite cheese
{and, don't worry, mom, we're saving it for christmas}
{thanks, emmy}

Saturday, December 17, 2011

art-paper-scissors :: handmade holiday workshop, week 7

looking for a
last minute gift idea?
something cool & eco-friendly?
grab your hat & mittens and come make a
you could make one of these
in the time it takes to sing
a christmas carol.

i'll even give you a neat idea
for gift wrapping your scarf.
come check it out

peruse my art-paper-scissors archives

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

:: ned's desk ::

right after school started this year,
our dear friend at the library,
~ miss ruby ~
{she was ned's VERY first teacher at miss ruby's storytime}
asked me if ned might like to have
her daughter's vintage school desk.
{her daughter is all grown up, now}

ned said, "yes, please!"

this was perfectly timed with ned's
very first week of first grade homework.
sweet serendipity.

the desk is a beautiful combination of
beauty and function,
hardwood and steel.
its metal parts are painted blue,
ned's very favorite color.

he LOVES this desk.
i love that it is oh-so-stylish,
holds his homework & library books,
and gives him a perfect spot to
do his math & spelling papers.
{the desk top can adjust to be flat or angled}

thank you, miss ruby!

here's a little photo of ned, age 3, at miss ruby's storytime.

here he is at age 4, going on a bear hunt.
{there's miss ruby in the center}
we were regulars.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

:: date night ::

last friday night was date night
for me & my little guy.

long ago, i bought a family pass to the
and after more than 3 years in the making,
they are finally up & running.
they officially open this friday {dec. 16},
but last friday was a members-only event.
we were in attendance
{ned is touching a baby shark in the shark nursery}

then we headed downtown for dinner
at one of our favorite places,
{very fun & very packed ~ not many first graders in this crowd}
they make a huge effort to buy
locally-grown produce, and our csa
is one of their suppliers.
and they make amazing mac & cheese.

good times.

Monday, December 12, 2011

:: christmas goodness ::

i'm finally getting ready
because he's coming to town
ned asked santa for a rubik's cube.
mrs. claus said she thought 
he was near the top of the nice list.
that should help his odds.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

i can't believe i'm doing this...

marian has a friend over today.
it took all i had to rent this movie for them
but, guess what?
it's good.

i have ON PURPOSE not learned
any justin bieber songs.
but i think this movie about his 
do-it-yourself rise to superstardom
has maybe won me over.

bieber fever?
not even close.
but he's really, really adorable.

this is my favorite part
{he reminds me of another irreverently goofy little boy}

p.s. i should also confess that, earlier this week,
i bought some of this as a birthday gift
the tiniest size, because it's spendy.
does it surprise you that it smells really good?
or that the only places to buy it at our mall
were macy's & sephora?

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