The Diaper Only Photo Shoot {how to}

Hello!  I have a fun little post today that I hope will inspire you to take my most favoritest pictures ever–diaper only pictures.  What is it about a baby in just their diaper?  Really, I can’t get enough of it.  I love it when my kids are running around in just their diapers, and, let’s …

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Layered Embroidered Name

Hello, hello!  I’m back with (another) embroidery project.  This one uses statin stitch to make a memorable hand-stitched wall hanging.  I originally shared this over at One Artsy Mama, but am excited to share it here.  I made this for my newest nephew.  There are just three basic steps: Trace, Stitch, Trim. Supplies: Fabric for background …

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Our Lady Light Catcher

I am thrilled today to be teaming up with a wonderful group of Catholic bloggers.  One thing I really need to work on is bringing my faith more into my work on this blog.  I love my faith; my marriage and family are based on my faith…but I am terribly imperfect and I can get …

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10 Tips for Taking Action Shots of Kids

Hello!  I am back today with another series of tips for taking photos of children.  Once again, I am not a professional photographer.  I am just a mom who dotes upon her children and wants to have the best possible pictures of them.  Really, I’m just a mom–because by definition a mom wants the same …

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DIY Souvenirs: Wire Wrapped Stone Pendants

Hello and welcome back!  I have one more DIY souvenir from my European travels to share with you today.  I already shared this project to remember my trip to Prague.  After Prague we went to Vienna, but were only there briefly.  After that we headed to Edinburgh for a friend’s wedding.  This souvenir is from …

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Sacred Heart Pie

I am lucky enough to come from a very talented and creative family.  My older sister Ruth often stops by with great DIY projects, my mom has a fabulously Catholic blog where she shares her faith and her pictures, my son Gus was here yesterday sharing an art project and today I have another one …

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A Child’s Painted Crucifix

I have a few guest crafters that pop in once in awhile to help me out.  One of those guests is my sister, Ruth, who has contributed some serious DIY projects like this and this.  My other guest crafter is Gus. He just turned 2 years old.  He loves wheels and he loves messes.  He …

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Satin Stitch Cross

Churches are among some of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  In particular I love stained glass…the way light shines through it, the various colors.  My husband’s family parish has some of the most unique stained glass I’ve ever seen.  Entire portions of the wall are stained glass, only without the usual images or …

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Shrines for Our Lady

Since the month of May is Mary’s month, the kids and I created a project that gives her a special place in each of their rooms.  We created little shrines out of popsicle sticks! Mary has always been an important part of my faith and prayer life, but so much more so since I became …

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Embroidered Portrait with Felt Flowers

Here is a post I did over at Sugar Bee Crafts a few weeks ago.  I have this hanging in my baby’s room, and I just love love love it.  Hope you do too! Today’s project is a simple portrait with felt flower accents.  Before we get started I wanted to say something about the …

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DIY Photo-Transfer Prayer Book Bag

Holy week is a very important time for me, and I hope that you feel the same way.  I’ve only seen The Passion once, and yet the images I can still recall from that single viewing have fueled many mediations.  I hope that this year I can once again truly enter into the Passion with …

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Last Minute St. Patty’s Day Shirts

Why does it feel like I am doing everything last minute?  Probably because I am!  Last night I whipped up these shirts in less time that it took my husband to give the kids a bath!  And look how cute! Well, if you are like me, and do things last minute, here is a quick …

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EASY Watercolor Portrait

Hi!  Although it doesn’t look like it, this is a very easy watercolor portrait that ANYONE can do.  Seriously, you have to try it! I don’t like to have favorites, but I think this just might be my all time FAVORITE project that I have ever done.  I feel this way for two reasons:  First …

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Lenten Nail and String Art

So, it’s Lent.  I have a love/hate relationship with Lent.  I love that it is a special time, set apart for self-denial, reflection, prayer and renewal.  Unfortunately I also struggle with Lent for the same reasons.  I love the thought of simplifying my life and meeting God in the quiet–I just continually fall short. I …

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Lenten Vigil Candle Holder

Before I get started on the project I’d like to introduce my guest crafter: my niece Mary.  She is an amazing “up and comer” in the crafting world…and she happens to be loosing lots of teeth at the moment.  She is, without a doubt, my favorite crafting buddy and she was sweet enough to help …

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Denim and Felt Floral Hoop

Happy (almost) Friday.  It has been a good but a long week here.  Not only is it bone-chillingly cold (I live in Minnesota and it is so cold here that they cancelled school—and remember that’s in Minnesota where we are used to the cold.  -40 wind chill!) but the week has also been long because …

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On the topic of life…

If you are looking for the latest link party, click here. I’m a simple person, and my understanding of things are, often times, simple.Since today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I thought I would take a minute to share why I am pro-life. Here are two pictures of the same life: Ultra-sound picture …

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