From the monthly archives:

April 2010

Making Stuff: Women’s dress to Girls Dress Refashion

by This is Carrie on April 20, 2010

When I go thrift store shopping, I like to look for pieces of clothing made from interesting and intricate fabric that looks like it already has a handmade element to it.  That’s why this women’s sundress caught my eye during a Christmas Break trip to Savers.  It’s made of beautiful pieces of lightweight cotton patchworked […]



Earth Day Celebration

by This is Carrie on April 17, 2010

There won’t be any balloons, streamers or beautifully wrapped presents, but I’m pretty sure that’s the way Mother Earth would want it. We’ll spend some more time in the garden instead, tending to our newly planted tomato seedlings and planting a few packets full of flowers by our porch, including Calendula, one of the edible […]



Conquering Big Red

by This is Carrie on April 15, 2010

This hill (which, I’m telling you, is far longer and steeper than my camera can seem to record in a photograph) is called “Big Red” and it’s been taunting me and my mountain bike for a few years now. I had NEVER made it to the top of this hill. And it wasn’t for lack […]



Happy Birthday Baby Brother

by This is Carrie on April 13, 2010

From your obsession with “cyclcycles”, to the way you love to have your sister paint your toenails, to the way you insist on eating Cuties, to the way you pout when you don’t get what you want, There’s almost too much to love about you. You’ve brought more cars, more bugs, and more dirt into […]



Making Stuff: Easter Skirts from Vintage Quilt Top

by This is Carrie on April 8, 2010

When I found a gorgeous, Dresden Plate pattern quilt top at my local thrift store a month ago, I knew immediately that it was destined to become Easter wear for the girls.  I’m not sure the age of the quilt, but the fabrics are from the 30’s & 40’s and it was completely hand sewn.  […]



Little Lizard

by This is Carrie on April 5, 2010

I think there are three kinds of relationships people have with nature. 1.  Don’t care. 2. Respect & admire from afar based on conservation and/or fear. 3. Appreciate and inquire through hands-on experience. I believe kids naturally fall into the third category.  As a mother, I wholeheartedly encourage this kind of relationship even if it […]



Heirloom Bloomer Winner!

by This is Carrie on April 3, 2010

Thanks for all you comments. It was so interesting to read everyone’s opinions on remaking and reusing heirlooms. Loved all the stories too!  Great ideas out there. Congrats to Jessica who won the Pink Heirloom Bloomers and Toni who won the Blue Heirloom Bloomers.  Remember you can always make your own using the tutorial I […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in Value, Van Gogh & Watercolors

by This is Carrie on April 2, 2010

During last week’s second grade art lesson, I introduced the element of VALUE- the relative lightness or darkness of a color. For a hands on and visual interpretation of value, I had the kids make fingerprint value charts with their watercolors. Then, I introduced Vincent Van Gogh, an artist whose use of value is readily […]



Making Stuff: “Resurrection Rolls”

by This is Carrie on April 1, 2010

We made “resurrection rolls” for the first time this year. Our recipe came from the book “A Christ-Centered Easter”, but you can find variations all over the web. With the book’s help, I was also able to plan a Passover celebration meal for the “Activity Day Girls” complete with many foods Christ might have eaten […]