Need a little post-holiday pep in your step? Done!

Charlotte, NC – Is your day-after-Christmas feeling a little day-after-ish? Here’s an idea to brighten this day… um, literally. The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, NC (just outside of Charlotte, NC). Even having lived in Charlotte for years, I had never visited this spot. It was while I stopped into the Matthews Police Department to learn… Read more »

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Christmas Adventure

Charlotte, NC – Something about twinkling lights and horse-drawn carriages that I can’t resist… especially at Christmas, and this Christmas in particular. Away from the News, away from worries of our own, we traveled only a few miles to arrive at a place that conjures up a very  special Christmas spirit: The Billy Graham Library,… Read more »

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Sweet Dress-up for Christmas Eve

Baby Q. will be turning one this week! That milestone is all at once happy (he’s a big boy) and sad (where did my baby go?) But there is something in my closet to soften the blow for Mommy. I started sewing clothes for C right around his first birthday. So Baby Q has a… Read more »

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Sewing Up Christmas for a Boy!

It can be hard to come up with ideas when it comes to sewing for boys. Here is the first Christmas outfit I made for little C. when he was closing in on his second birthday. The applique was done with a regular sewing machine. If your machine has a zig zag stitch then you… Read more »

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The Benefit of the Busy Travel Season

Whether you are visiting family far away or staying close to home, you can still enjoy this silver lining of crowded airports, full of passengers flying everywhere. Pack lunch, load your kids into the car and head to the nearest private airport. It’s tailgate time. If you can find a private airport adjacent to the… Read more »

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A Holiday Miracle Within Your Grasp!

Having noticed how much my soon-to-be 3-year-old enjoyed helping his daddy fix things around the house, I thought, “Wow, I should get C a tool bench for his birthday.” Soon, I settled on the perfect one made in France… completely of wood. Surely that’s better than adding another cheap plastic import to our toy collection…. Read more »

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A Fall Coat for My Littlest Pumpkin

This pattern whips itself into a jacket in a matter of hours. It’s the Casey Jacket from Children’s Corner, inc. I’ve been carrying around this fall tree fabric for about three years! I was not sure if it should be overalls, pants or a backpack. But suddenly, while I was pregnant with sweet Baby Q,… Read more »

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In Search of Settlers…

We are spending a lot of time reading about Thanksgiving, talking about the settlers and native americans, and I realized that all of it is going completely over my little one’s head. He gets the turkey, the pie, and family… but as far as why this feast came about… crickets. So I headed to Old… Read more »

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