Showing posts from October, 2011

Coffee and Laundry piles and a New Camera

Here is an inspirational note that my 8yr old daughter wrote to me, She was inspired while laying in the middle of a LARGE pile of clean, unfolded laundry watching me wash windows!!
To: Mom This afternoon when you were washing windows I said that it mostly gets dirty on the inside. That's kind of like us, we mostly get dirty on the inside with sin. But when we ask Jesus to come live in our hearts and forgive our sins he washes them away with his blood just like you washed away all the dirt on the window. love, Staci

Here is the Beautiful 8 (almost 9) yr old. proudly holding a mug of coffee (err sugar and cream with a BIT of coffee) that her Daddy made for her. Yes, she's too young to drink coffee... But when Daddy brews it just to make his daughters feel 'grown-up' I can't say no.
I dropped and broke my Sony Cyber Shot camera a few weeks ago. I used it almost daily for 4 yrs. I was sad when it broke and felt lost with out it!  I borrowed a Nikon point and shoot from …


Christmas has become such a controversial issue.
I want to celebrate Christmas the way they did in the 'Little Women' movie. A PLAIN, SIMPLE, CARING, CELEBRATION  centered around the birth of our Saviour. I don't want to Worry about wether to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays,
I want to spend Christmas with a generous sprinkling of Family and friends. A pinch of meaningful, from the heart gifts, And a large dose of celebrating my Saviour's Birth.
Have I started my Christmas shopping yet?? Yes, A few gifts here and there. Stashed away in that secret spot!!
But here is Hadassah, magazine shopping. She was talking and cooing to the Bitty Babies!
Don't forget Etsy is a wonderful place to find unique gifts for your loved ones!
Like this for my preschool son!
or this for my toddler daughter! So much better than plastic!
Or this for my tween girls!
Don't forget about the 'Ready to Ship section in my Shop for Gifts!

 these owl shoes are ready to ship!!

And th…

How to apply Lip Gloss (when you're under 2yrs old)

All girls know how to wear Lip Gloss. I think a girl might be born knowing how to apply lip gloss.
But then again maybe it's because she's her mother's little shadow and learns from a time she's a baby in her bouncy seat setting on the bathroom floor taking lessons on applying make up.
This is where I found Hadassah the other day. My heart skipped a beat because of her being ON the vanity and the floor being tile. My instinct was to grab her and set her down but then my heart skipped another beat as I looked at my BABY applying lip gloss like a pro.
Carefully climb onto the vanity to be able to reach the lipgloss. Using all your fine motor skills, unscrew the cap.
Genoursly apply the lipgloss to any skin even remotely close to your lips, This ensures plenty of flavour to lick off in the minutes following application.
Charm the world with your sweetness!
Just in case you are not a fan of HaddyGrace FaceBook here is whats new in my Etsy Shop.
 baby girl owl shoes make t…

How to Make Fleece fitted Sheets

Staci and her Owl n lolipop tree fleece that she chose.

When Daddy calls home from work and says he'll be an hour late my heart sinks.
 But then I realize that Dinner is ready and waiting, The house is cleaned up for Daddy's arrival, and the kids are busy playing. This means Quality crafting time!!  And I have A pile of fleece just waiting for me to dive into!!

Here's how to make your own fleece bed sheet:
Wash and dry your fleece on normal cycle to pre shrink it.
You will need: (For a single bed) 2.5yds of 55in wide fabric (I used Blizzard Fleece) Jo-Anns Fabric 2 yds of 1/4 inch elastic matching thread The tricky part about full and queen sheets is that no one wants a seam right down the middle of their bed.. so we will put the seams at the side of the mattress using a full piece with no seam over the TOP of the mattress.
For a full Bed: 4 yds fleece. 2 2/3yds of 1/4 inch elastic matching thread Cut 95 inches of your fleece. (this will be the center of your sheet with n…


I love Fleece! I love the way it turns an ordinary project into something that gives you warm fuzzy feelings! I really love how it keeps one warn thru these long cold midwest winters!
Before you laugh at me and my warm feelings for fleece fabric let me tell you about living through a Cold Iowa winter in a 100 plus year old farm house that sits on top of a hill.
When that cold wind howls from the North and our house starts shaking and suddering with fright, It doesn't matter how many layers of plastic or insulated drapes one has over those rattling windows, We all shiver in our beds!
Your nose feels like an ice cycle when you wake up, only your nose tho because the rest of you has been buried deep under mountains of blankets for the last 6 hours. But the BEST trick to staying warm in an unheated  upstairs when the outside temp is 30 below???? FLEECE SHEETS!! This WORKS!!! (I have refrained from putting a thermometer upstairs because I don't think I really want to know how cold it get…

Easy Skirt Tutorial

Fabric and Scraps, They are EVERYWHERE in my house! Mitchell and Hadassah's bedroom is where my storage closet is and most days the mountains of fabric and and scraps interfere with normal nap routines..

 Another thing... theses aren't mountains of neatly folded, and sorted by color! Nope, these mountains have been hit by inspiration, The kind of inspiration that hits so fast and hard that there is no time for organized searching but rather a wild dive into the storage closet to find that perfect fabric!!

 So when I read a post about using your scraps, Inspiration hit! Yes that wild kind of inspiration that turned my storage closet into a jungle as I searched for just the perfect scraps!!
 This Scrap tutu is so easy!! You need Zero sewing skills!! 

The skirt I made for my 21mo old, 24 pound daughter.
 I used 15 inches of 1inch elastic. ( the elastic will stretch as you go.) Use longer elastic for larger sizes. Sew the elastic into a circle, making sure to tack it well. ( If…

Bittersweet Indian Sumer

Generally speaking, Goodbys are Sad, our hearts grow sad at the very THOUGHT of saying goodby to a beloved friend.
BUT what if... What if we started seeing Goodby's as a finale sweet chance to hold a dear friend close for ONE more time. What if we saw it as the chance to say those words that need to be said before we part,(I LOVE you) A chance to make things right, and Just hold each other close for a brief time!
Wouldn't goodby's be more sweet than bitter that way??

All that said, Here's how we are trying to have a sweet goodby to summer. 80 degree weather is the perfect oppurtunity to hold Summer close for one last brief moment. To tell Summer how sorry we are for not appreciating her every moment. Tell her how excited we are to see her again!
With the trees arrayed in these colors, it's hard to be sad as we say goodby!
Fall broccoli plants that have TINY broccoli heads in them.. We are praying for a few good heating degree days so we can put brocoili into the f…