Books are Beautiful…Reading is Spectacular!

It’s articles like this that reminds me of how dedicated my parents were in making sure I loved books and that I had every possibility of becoming an early reader. They read to me every night beginning when I was a baby through my elementary years.

I knew when I had children we would be surrounded by books! Here are some favorites…


We fell in love with Biscuit during Paige’s Kindergarten year.


Cody loved Clifford and My First Little House Series. Paige was a Pigeon fan! Jenna enjoys these books. The American Girl book, Danger at the Zoo is one of my favorites. I enjoy these books as much as the kids do.

If you ask a child if he or she likes school or wants to count or sing their ABC’s and they reply with a yes, there’s a good chance they’ve been raised in a home surrounded by books and the sound of reading. It’s never too early to start, read to those babies as soon as they are born and never quit. You won’t regret it!


J Is For Jenna ~ A Tutorial {sewing}

This project was inspired by this pin. I’m all about teaching Jenna her letters and sounds, this is perfect! Like all my creations it had to be simple, the fabric is always the star! None of my projects look alike, never duplicated, I’m not even sure I could but I know I wouldn’t enjoy crafting any other way. So, Jenna will eventually end up with a random bunch of letters that will be cool for her to play and learn with.


You will need two pieces of scrap fabric, any size, not too small or you will end up pulling your hair out trying to sew it together, freezer paper, interfacing(any type)is optional, fiber fill.

Trace your letter design on the matte side of the freezer paper, cut it out and cut one each out of the fabric scraps, one on the wrong side and the interfacing. Iron on the freezer paper to the fabric(remember, one will be wrong side up), slick side down, cut your letter pieces. If your interfacing is fusible you will need to pin the freezer paper pattern to cut it out. Sandwich them together, pin(I know, it’s a pain but you gotta do it)and zig zag stitch together. Remind me to fire my cleaning lady, that machine is dusty! ­čśë *I don’t have a cleaning lady…that would cut in to my fabric budget!


Of course, leave an opening about 1 1/2 inches long for the stuffing. I then went back around with a straight stitch on the inside edge of the zig zag. Again leave the opening unsewn.


After stuffing the letter stitch the opening with the zig zag and straight stitch. It might look rustic ie: messy but it’s real life, don’t strive for perfection.


All done!


It was well received ­čÖé

Jenna Nicole wanted me to share her favorite YouTube Video all about the letter J!

Exodus 35:31-32 ESV

And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold and silver and bronze,