Wednesday, July 22, 2015

My Blog Is Moving

It's time! Ben has helped me get everything in order and I am officially moving over to Wordpress. My new address is I'd love to have you follow me over there—please change your readers to my new address if you'd like to stay updated on my new experiments!

If you have any problems, Ben has offered his tech support via Twitter. He's the best.

See you over there!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Experiment Continues

Hello again! I'm back to blogging after a 2-year break. Of course, lots of things have happened during that time. We have another daughter. That's certainly a big change!

But as far as this blog is concerned, my creative interests have not diminished one bit since my last post in April 2013. And that is where I am going to pick up again. Working on our home, decorating and interior design, recipes, photography, child-rearing, being a suitable helper to my husband as his business grows and I stay home with our two littles...these are my interests, passions, and the things that make up my life. This is my place to experiment and experiment some more. This modern chemist is back in the lab!

A few housekeeping things. I am now officially 31 years old and have come around to using capital letters. I am an adult. I will capitalize. Also, I'm not sure if I'll stay with blogger. Ben is quite the technology guru and is helping me figure out ways to make this blog run more smoothly. But I'll keep you updated if the web address changes.

And finally, thank you to those who have encouraged me to keep doing this. As a "words of affirmation" girl, those comments have meant more than you know.

Monday, April 1, 2013

q & a and easter delight

question: what do you do when one of your favorite cardigans gets a hole in it?


answer: stick it in your scrap fabric pile until inspiration strikes. and when inspiration strikes, cut it up and make a flower for your daughter's easter ensemble.


well she's obviously very excited about it!

this project was super easy. just cut a pile of rough circles (i just eyeballed them) and then pinch each one, sew up the end, and stitch together until you end up with a flower. you can't go wrong. (if you need better instructions, i kind of used these, but i kind of didn't.)




but there was more to easter than silly flowers! we spent the morning worshiping our risen, death-conquering King Jesus at church and then headed over to the family gathering with ben's side.







the Lord is risen! the Lord is risen, indeed!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

amish friendship bread and things that happen in the middle of the night

i don't know much about the amish but their friendship bread is going to do me in. have you ever been given an amish friendship bread starter? it's kind of like those chain letters we did in middle school. except infinitely more delicious.


here's the short version: someone passes you a starter bag with ten days of instructions. most days are just squishing the bag, some days you add things (flour, milk, sugar). on day ten, you add more ingredients and split it into four parts in bags. adding more ingredients (baking powder, salt, etc.) you bake two loaves from what is left and give the four bags to four friends (or keep one for yourself if you want to do it again).


it isn't gluten free, so i gave one loaf to our neighbors and ate the entire second loaf myself (over a period of days, guys. i do have a little self control.). it is SO GOOD. i am on day six of my second batch and my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

i must change the subject. and that is my transition into things that happen in the middle of the night. back in october, i wrote about being up with jane at 4am. then, i figured it wouldn't be too long before she slept through the night. she still doesn't, but i don't want to talk about that.

instead i want to share a small middle-of-the night moment that meant the world to me——three small words from my husband. jane had been crying so hard that ben came up to check on us. i think it was around 1am? ben went back to bed, but i rocked and sang to jane to settle her down. i fed her and put her down to sleep. when i found my way back to bed, ben sleepily thanked me for loving our girl. then he said, "i trust you."

i fell asleep pondering and cherishing those words from my husband. for a wife to have her husband's trust is no small thing (proverbs 31:11) and trust can be lost so quickly. i am not tooting my own horn here. all is grace. but i am gratefully and publicly thanking my husband for his affirming words that spur me on to work hard in my domain at home to demonstrate my love and respect for him. staying at home with our girl is a great honor and his hard work to provide for our family makes it possible. i don't take that lightly.

OH! and in other news, jane is officially a daddy's girl. she says "dad" and "dada" from morning 'til night. not sure she has any idea what it means but i like to think she does.

we love you, ben!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

our little easter tree

have you been to the dollar store lately? that place is a gold mine!

i picked up a few goodies there the other day and saw a lot of easter decorations. i've never done much to decorate for holidays other than Christmas, but i think starting our family has made me want to do more seasonal decorating to start traditions and memories. and easter is an incredible celebration. Jesus rose from the dead! i saw these easter egg ornaments at the dollar store and was inspired to make a little easter tree.


i already had a white planter, and i trudged through the knee-deep snow to cut a branch from a tree in our front yard (this was by far the hardest part!). i scrounged for some styrofoam and used that as a base to stick the branch through and keep it upright.


i covered the styrofoam with some shredded paper i had saved from a gift (i knew right where to get it since i organized my wrapping supplies!). then i just had to hang my sparkly eggs.


yes, the branches are bare outside, but inside they carry glittery eggs! for one dollar this little tree sure brings some brightness into our home.



have you found anything awesome at the dollar store recently? do tell! and are you putting up any decorations in your home to celebrate easter?


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