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We are learning about the Brontë sisters right now and one of our favorite aspects of their lives are the imaginary worlds they created—complete with handmade books. Very, very small books. I jumped out of my chair when I happen...

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Lydia had a blast at her week-long day camp at Trackers Earth last month. She promptly taught her two older sisters how to finger knit. She learned a few other things, too. She milked a goat, made cheese and butter,...

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Sadie is very into stats and lists filled with lots of characters and detailed information. She has made her own trading cards and they are so creative and have such a wonderful handmade charm, I was almost reluctant to show...

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We got some babysitting last sunday (thanks grammie!) and drove to SE Division and parked and just walked around. There are so many restaurants there we figured someplace would have a table. The American Local was right ahead and I...

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We finally got some more bookshelves in the living room. I keep trying to get a handle on our books, but it's hard. I'm not even going to discuss my craft/sewing book collection right now. With the extra room, I...

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For Lydia's 7th birthday, I needed a easy outdoor craft. And hooray for pinterest, I found this tutorial on dyeing fabric with sharpie pens. These turned out great and the girls loved making them. What we used: Sharpie pens (I...

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My in-the-know foodie guru was showing photos of her meal at Cheese and Crack Snack Shop and I was so intrigued. What is this, on a metal tray? Measuring spoons of marionberry jam, fromage blanc, chocolate ganache, dijon mustard, honey...

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Every year we have a big 4th of July party with my extended family and this year my Aunt gave us three shirts to decorate for a group photo she wants to take of all the kid cousins. These were...

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We lucked out with the weather last week at the Oregon coast. We stopped at the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, which was so picturesque and interesting. They have an interpretive center and a guided lighthouse tour which was excellent. On Agate...

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We were trying to list all the books we read aloud as a family in the last year and couldn't believe how many there were—and how many we forgot. We also tried to list the ones we listened to as...

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Occasionally, I like to get a vietnamese iced coffee. It's usually too sweet for me so I have to be in the right mood and also willing to pay $3.99 for them. I find this irksome because that's more than...

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We were inspired to make some blanks books and fill them with poems after learning that Emily Dickinson would take notes throughout the day and then later, copy her poems onto small pieces of paper. She would then sew these...

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We just returned from an amazing week on Orcas Island, in Washington. It's not all that far from Portland, but a lot of travel time. A drive from Portland to Anacortes, then an hour ferry ride. We didn't miss the...

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Crack-ups and chaos were the theme when we performed a play of Greek Mythology stories before we moved on to our next learning topic, Emily Dickinson. Greek Mythology was a big subject for all of us. We stayed on it...

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I got the Sajou catalog and have been poring over it with lots of sighs and oohs. I received a few items for my birthday, a tape measure and a needlebox—both of these are so nicely made. The boxes they...

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For Mother's Day (and again for my birthday) I received some chocolate from Pete. He bought them at Cacao in Portland, a wonderful little shop selling fancy chocolate bars and delicious drinking chocolate. I loved everything shown here. I am...

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I finished the kit from Tristan Brooks Designs a bit back and have it up on our needlework wall. It was a great project. I have since started another crewel work project and then got agitated and took a break...

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On the sidelines Shark-pug A Ghostbuster with Slime A pug as a Tauntaun The Hulk A small Minion We went to the Oregon Humane Society 2014 Pug Crawl last weekend and it was amazing. The costume theme this year was...

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It was such a fun time seeing Grammie (my mom) show off her quilts to family and friends at Modern Domestic yesterday. The sun came out and so many people came to see her work. She realized, when thinking about...

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I am so excited that Grammie has a quilt show coming up! Grammie has been quilting for so long, for herself and professionally, and this is her first show. She has showered her family and loved ones with quilts over...

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After countless readings of the Greek Mythology book by Michael Townsend, we bought Where Do Presidents Come From?: And Other Presidential Stuff of Super Great Importance . I can't say enough great things about his books. They are so funny,...

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I started another crewel kit I found in my stash of supplies. This one has been so much fun. It's made by Tristian Brooks Designs and it comes with everything you need except the hoop. I love being able to...

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We had 3 amazing days last week, one was in the low 90˚s and the other two were in the 80˚s and the town went crazy. Now we are back to rain and the mid 60˚s and have forgotten all...

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I finished my first crewel work project a few weeks ago and I have fallen hard for this type of embroidery. This kit is by The Crewelwork Company. It's called Secret Squirrel, and sadly, is hard to find and not...

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I have known Blair Stocker a long time, since our earliest days of blogging, and am so happy to have receieved a review copy of Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love...

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Delia finished her first needlepoint recently. She was happy doing cross stitch but when she saw me try needlepoint, she was eager to start. She chose this pattern from a book and picked out her own colors, and off she...

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We spontaneously made some chocolate cereal nests yesterday. I had 3/4 of a box of very unpopular shredded wheat cereal, unsweetened, and didn't want to get rid of it, so I melted a bag of chocolate chips and stirred it...

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We went to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm over the weekend and the tulip fields were amazing. There were plenty of other activities as well. You can go just for the tulips (parking is $10) but everything else—the food and...

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Dinner at Tilt with the Ladies. I can still feel my biscuit sandwich a day later. The pies were very good. I streamed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with the Bee Gees, while I was sewing for the girls'...

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I finished my first needlepoint project and am so happy with how it turned out. I used a pattern from this book and just stitched until it felt done. The frame is 8" x 8" and the mat opening is...

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