she and whim


I have decided to post some of the other quilts I’ve made in the past. I created this one for my youngest after his birth, and it’s the first quilt I ever made. It’s a small snuggly baby size because he was a newborn – and because I wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing! :) But I love how it turned out and hope he saves it for always and remembers how much I love him.








I mentioned several posts ago that we bought stainless steel tables for our craft table – a.k.a. dining table – because I was done with the previous plastic-covered, hidden table. It has been the best decision ever! Sharpie and paint wipe up like a breeze! Here’s what our table most often looks like after the kids and I have been at it.




And here are a few of the masterpieces that have been created recently…




R2D2 and Star Wars spaceship…




the beginnings of C3PO…




Truffala trees from The Lorax…




clay day…




and for the finale – Angry Birds! Do you see this silly 3-year-old’s detailed pigs in their fortress? :) ha!


This is my most favorite place in the house. And I love sharing it with my 5 favorite people.






ACTS 2:24

Get out your snip-snaps! I hope your scissor skills are terrific now because you’ll need them for the Easter verse I just designed.

Acts 2:24 “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held by its power.”

And this year I hid each word in Easter eggs for the kids to find. They loved it and it made it easier to keep track of the words! Somehow we seem to loose one every time. :) I really like this verse for Easter, and last year’s is super too – Matt 28:5-6. Love!










Last Easter the kids and I made these little eggshell holders with sprouted seeds for gifts.




They really enjoyed planting in the tiny eggshells and watching the seeds sprout. I liked that they were practical, biodegradable and super-duper cute. :)





Just rad.





I could watch this ALL DAY! Everything about this is all that I love.





Last year we made Valentine garland that took minutes to make.





Using needle and thread, alternate pom-poms and paper heart doilies (threading through the large holes in the doily). There’s no need to glue them in place, and they’re easily spaced after hung. I loved it so much last year I didn’t want to take it down. I’m so glad it’s February and we have it back up! :)




We love to celebrate advent. And part of that includes the shorts opening a treat each day until Christmas. I used to go the store bought open-a-window-and-get-a-chocolate route, but little guy can’t eat chocolate so that got scrapped, which is good because it made me think about making the daily content more than candy.



Last year I made cards with verses from creation to Christ’s birth and put them in little envelopes for each day. I made four sets, one for each short. The envelopes were too small for a treat so I handed them out – kinda bummed about that part, but joy to the world, life goes on. This year Spark and I made bags for the four of them and we’re hanging them on the back of their kitchen stools! So I’ll fill them each day with a treat and daily card with envelope I made last year. Spark is very excited about that part, so helping was fun. :)


And if you’re interested in making a super simple asymmetrical drawstring bag the steps are below:



1. Cut two 8″ squares of fabric.

2. With fronts facing, sew one side and bottom of the bag.

3. Double fold the top of one piece of fabric (approx. 1/4″ wide and a 3″ long) to make a hem for the ribbon; finger press; sew close to the first folded edge, running your stitches towards the raw edge of the fabric (you can also see this in Step 7). Repeat on the opposite facing fabric.

4. Press the start of a hem along the top of the entire bag (approx. 1/4″)…

5. Fold and press the rest of the hem (approx. 3/4″) making sure you’ve left enough room for your ribbon. (My ribbon was 1/4″.)

6. Sew the bag’s top hem close to the first fold.

7. With fronts facing, sew the remaining side of the bag closed from the bottom of the ribbon hole hem to the bottom of the bag, making sure to sew inside the Step 3 hem and straight down the side.

8. Put a safety pin through one end of a 24″ ribbon.

9. Feed through the top hem of the bag. Tie a knot where the ribbons meet and trim.

10. Fill with goodies!



Merry Christmas! :D







The turkey’s been gobbled! Hope you’re stuffed from Thanksgiving, too.

We made a Thanksgiving wall this year. I cut leaves from varying shades of reds, yellows, and oranges, and we all wrote what we’re thankful for on each one. One of our favorites was Spark’s: I’m thankful for candy. And I wish for a candy sandwich. :D It was super easy to make and I like how they’re swirled up the wall for fall. We’re saving them and adding to it next year.



Sweet girl and I ran our local Turkey Trot this year too. I love that she loves to run! It was her first race, and we had such a great time running it together. It’s one of those moments with the shorts I’ve been looking forward to. So thankful!



And have you read One Thousand Gifts? My BFF gave it to me and it’s an excellent book about imitating Christ’s thankfulness. It’s an any-time-of-year book, but I kept thinking of it through Thanksgiving.



And on one of my paper leaves I wrote that I’m thankful for this Little Indian, the silly turkey. ;)









We’ve enjoyed coordinating costumes for Halloween as a family for years. We also dress up in themes that the shorts are loving at the moment, and this year the youngest is all about Disney’s Prep and Landing. Have you seen this cleverness? It’s the only show he requests and watches it all year long, so it was the obvious choice for Halloween – and what’s more fun that Christmas in October?! (Did you guess it from my previous post? My little coal elf was a big helper making his costume.) When we trick-or-treated the shorts yelled MERRY CHRISTMAS! to each surprised neighbor. ha!

We also did: pumpkin carving, church carnival funnel cake, hay ride (with some crazy guy pretending to eat the goat feed – best dad ever!), Spookly pumpkin for school, and put up our annual bat decorations we made. We love those bats and are sad when we have to take them down. They scared the UPS guy which made them even more enduring. :) And at the end of the evening, I was turning off the lights and found Collee’s sign on our matt  – Happy Halloween! Sorry no candy. Closed.” Love.



And here’s a glimpse of the elf magic :) Jingle BAM!





wife + four littles =
creating, michief,
yummies, parties,
wisdom, wonder,
outdoors, ruckus,
whatever other
whims we conjour.