Abandoning Projects

There was a time when I held the belief, "If you start a book, you finish a book". I'm sure this came from 18 years of schooling when teachers and professors picked books for me to read, and, if I wanted to do well in school, I had to read the selections even if I thought the books were rubbish. This was closely followed by years of belonging to book clubs where I read the books other people suggested. You would hear comments like, "I know it's long and tedious, but the end will make you glad you read it." So, not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings, I diligently read through books even if I thought they were rubbish.

Eventually, my philosophy on reading changed. Two major notions brought about this change. First, life is short. Second, there are more wonderful books out there than I could make my way through in 10 lifetimes! Conclusion... I now only read books that I enjoy cover to cover. Does that mean I think every book I read is fantastic? Of course not. There are books I read that I wouldn't recommend to my friends, others that are certainly...Read more

Meet Our Sponsors :: November 2014

We would like to take a moment to introduce you all to our awesome sponsors. We invite you to spend a little time this morning and stop by each of their sites, if you haven't had a chance to already. They each offer wonderful products that we know you will enjoy.



A Child’s Dream is a family-operated business with a big heart and commitment to providing outstanding service and quick order turnaround so you can get busy crafting and creating.

We offer irresistible supplies for natural art, crafts, and creative wonder all in one colorful shop. Our collection is Waldorf-inspired and includes an abundant array of 100% wool felt, felting wool and natural fiber doll making supplies including each of Joy's Waldorf Dolls’ doll making patterns and kits along with pretty much everything else you might need to sew soft and natural dolls in the style of your own choosing.

At A Child’s Dream you’ll find a complete assortment of wood peg dolls and all the materials for making the sweet wood...Read more

Nativity Applique Block

I can't believe how quickly time scurries by... Four years ago we shared our Advent Celebration with our readers. It is a four week long program and each week we focused on a different theme: Week 1 - Gift Giving from the Heart, Week 2 - Symbols of Christmas, Week 3 - Celebrating with Family, and Week 4 - Birth of Jesus. I never completely finished Week 4, and I know at this time of year I start getting emails asking me if I would. So, finally, I am finishing our Advent Celebration. If you are interested in checking it out to use with your family, you can read all about it HERE. Over the next week I will make sure all the links work properly and I will finish all the tutorials for Week 4. 

Each week has an applique block that goes along with the week. Today, we are sharing our Nativity Applique Block.  Like all of our appliques, it was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. These year we hope to turn...Read more

My Craft Room Tour


It's always fun to get a peek at other people's crafting spaces. I am so very fortunate to have a whole room of my own. Here's my craft room. It is in our basement. I opted to leave my ceiling unfinished and spray painted it white. This gives the room a lot of light and makes the room feel larger. 

One of my walls has bookshelves that span the entire wall. You will noticed that they are totally filled. Oh, the joy! The wee ones come over and I usually have all of the supplies necessary for any craft they want to do.

Around the room, I have little things here and there that just make me smile. This beautiful needled felted fairy was a gift from Daria Lvovsky.  I am working on collecting other people's work for my walls, too.

I have a large bulletin board that I kept from the days when I ran a preschool. Not only do I use it to display the children's work, it's wonderful to pin up design ideas and patterns I am...Read more

February Baby Sweater

If you have been knitting awhile you have probably heard of Elizabeth Zimmermann. If you haven't heard of her already then you are in for a real treat, and trust me you will encounter one of her patterns at some point. She is the universal grandmother of knitting for modern knitters. Her books are written in part as a "how to knit" and in part conversational as though you were just sitting down for a cup a tea with her. Limited pictures, poor text formatting, and a general "oldness" add to the charm of her books. If you are just looking for a pattern book, filled with colorful, glossy photos, keep looking. If you want to sit on the sofa and knit with someone who has been there, done that, check out an Elizabeth Zimmermann books (many will be available at your library).

Today I would like to take a moment and share my latest finished project, the February Baby Sweater on two needles. The pattern is from Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac. I love this little sweater and wish I had made it for my wee ones when then were...Read more

Prairie Point Junction October Give-Away :: $30 Gift Card

Comments are now closed. Congratulations Carol C! Please contact me within three days to claim your prize.

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Sponsor: Prairie Point Junction Home of Wool Felt Central

Give-Away Date: Sunday, October 26, 8am EST – Monday, October 27, 8am EST (This Give-Away is 1 day only!)

Number of Winners: 1

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