A unique mix of crafts, nature, homeschooling…life.


Thoughts on the camping album

I started working on the camping album. Here are the first couple of pages and some of my ideas on the process.


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Devil’s Lake camping

We are just back from another camping trip. This one was up to Wisconsin’s Devils Lake.


saying goodbye to 2peas

Two peas in a bucket is shuttering it’s doors after over a decade as the go-to place for scrapbooking on the internet. Here’s my goodbye.

  • journaling card

    journaling card

  • title card

    title card

  • decorative card

    decorative card

a different layout (for me) and hello freebie

Here’s my first project life-style creation. I’ve included a freebie “hello” digital file.

  • my little sweet potatoes

    my little sweet potatoes

  • city view from the new park

    city view from the new park

  • waterfall at the park

    waterfall at the park

  • Swallowtail in the back yard

    Swallowtail in the back yard

summer fun

Summer activities are heating up. We are busy but having fun, too.

  • Peonies galore

    Peonies galore

  • more peonies and other gardens

    more peonies and other gardens

Peony Garden at Allerton Park

I’ve tried for many years to make it to the peony garden at Allerton park during the peak of bloom. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers, if not my favorite. I’ve posted about my obsession here and here. To be so close to a world class peony garden and to never experience it has […]


re-linked digital files

I’ve decided to try a test run on digital downloads. I’ve been watching my stats and lots of people are wanting them, so here’s the most popular for you to grab.


on Mother’s Day expectations…

I’ve always disliked Mother’s Day. I grew up feeling pressure to tell my mother how great she was. I usually ended up feeling guilty that I didn’t appreciate her more.


8th annual Bead Soup Blog Hop

  I scored none other than Shari Replogle from Play with Paper as my partner this year. Color me happy! I love Shari’s work and have been a fan for a long time. I was thrilled my the soup she sent me: Get a load of all of the goodies! I love the plethora of […]


the yard sale on NSD

This weekend I had a yard sale for the first time. What a task! I followed up with a couple of scrapbooking layouts for National Scrapbooking Day…

  • dandelions and burdock root

    dandelions and burdock root

  • the tincture

    the tincture

  • palest violets

    palest violets

  • almost ombre violets

    almost ombre violets

  • 2 cups worth

    2 cups worth

  • making the syrup

    making the syrup

  • cat yawn

    cat yawn

making use of the wild stuff: Spring!

I’ve been a widcrafter for many years. This year I started with dandelions, burdock, and violets, of course!

  • My multi-page solution

    My multi-page solution

  • Nice little page

    Nice little page

Seeking supplies and other scrapbook ponderings…

I’ve been keeping up to date on my scrapbooking. It’s super easy when I just print off the weeks worth of photos and add them to the little page dividers in my memory planner.


How social do we need to be?

I haven’t mentioned much about homeschooling in awhile. I guess I would need to post more often in order to do that. Here we are in our second year of homeschooling in town. We have just finished up a few group activities and are getting ready to start some new. This is a great time […]


What I’m doing right now: April 2014

  Figuring out a new phone. I bought the new Samsung Galaxy S5. I was an iPhone person for many, many years and learning the android system has been an interesting challenge. I’m loving some of the freedom. I get caught on the interface when I’m in a hurry. Sometimes I get frustrated. But I […]

  • cutting the cake

    cutting the cake

  • the happy couple

    the happy couple

a steampunk themed wedding in a greenhouse

When a friend of mine announced her engagement a few months ago, I offered my services as a photographer.

  • vintage tin earrings

    vintage tin earrings

  • smith little torch

    smith little torch

earrings and blowtorches

I made some ‘prototype’ vintage tin earrings that dangle a bit.

  • Gems and minerals galore

    Gems and minerals galore

  • Beads and cabs everywhere

    Beads and cabs everywhere

Road trip to Indy

A friend contacted me about going to the Spring Indianapolis Bead, Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show. It was a last minute trip and I jumped at the chance to go. We brought Alexander and her youngest son on our adventure, too.We made a day of it and had a blast. I scored some great goodies. […]