Iowa Butter Cow Print

I recently finished another state themed block print – this time in homage to our current state of Iowa.  We don’t have a catch phrase like y’all to work with, so I went with something the state fair theme.  I know that plenty of states have state fairs, but I promise you, they have NOTHINGContinue reading “Iowa Butter Cow Print”

DIY Stamped Towels

One recent sunny Saturday morning before Christmas, Greta helped me make these stamped towels.  With minimal prep and basic supply list, they are an easy morning or afternoon project for all ages. Supply List:– white cotton dish towels (pre-washed and dried)– fabric paint or acrylic paint thinned with water– plastic tray or plate for palette–Continue reading “DIY Stamped Towels”

Buttermilk Waffles

These waffles are my go-to waffle recipe for many reasons – they are better than store bought by far, they are light and fluffy,  and they can be dressed up in a variety of ways.  In years past, before being a mom, I made them for Christmas morning breakfast a few times.  Now we saveContinue reading “Buttermilk Waffles”

Thank You List PDF download

Every year at Christmas, I write down the gifts I receive in hopes of staying organized when it is time to write thank you cards.  I inevitably lose my list at least a couple times.  This year, I am trying a new approach with a list printed on nice card stock.  I plan on makingContinue reading “Thank You List PDF download”

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blossoms

I recently made these cookies for the holidays – the nice thing is I was able to share them with three sets of gluten-free people.  Having friends, family, and colleagues who are gluten-free means experimenting with different recipes and ingredients frequently.   For this recipe, I used the Bob’s Red Mill all purpose baking flour.Continue reading “Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blossoms”

DIY Origami Paper Garland

A friend of mine gave me a package of lovely origami paper this summer and it’s taken me this long to do something with it.  We finally managed to get Christmas out of the boxes and up around the house this week.  Now that we are in a new house, I have to reconfigure allContinue reading “DIY Origami Paper Garland”

Easy DIY Holiday Card Display

For years I have been using this ribbon to display my holiday cards – I always keep it in the dining room of our home so that the cards can be enjoyed throughout the season.  It is fun to watch the photos and images of the holidays fill up the ribbon.  This is the yearContinue reading “Easy DIY Holiday Card Display”

Alternative Wrapping Paper

 This holiday season I have been making a point to create and use alternatives to wrapping paper.  When we moved to Iowa, I gave away much of the wrapping paper, deciding it was one thing that did not need to make the 1,000 mile journey.  I bought a roll for the kids’ paper, but forContinue reading “Alternative Wrapping Paper”