G’s Super Mario First Birthday Party

It’s been almost a year since my daughter’s first birthday, but I figured I’d write a post about what we did in case it inspires anyone else. For G’s birthday, I wanted to keep it pretty simple. We invited a very small number of friends and family and met up at a local park. I…

Simplicity 3859

Girl’s dresses (Simplicity 3859)

I recently made a couple dresses for G using the same pattern, Simplicity 3859. I don’t have a whole lot to say about this – I’ve used the pattern before and it’s pretty straight-forward. I made both dresses in larger sizes, so G will have to grow into them. Once she does, and if I…

Garden update, spring 2016

It’s been a few years since I’ve done a garden update, and lots of things have changed. In 2011, we planted some mockoranges and hydrangeas (Strawberry Vanilla and Little Lime varieties) along our back alley. Then, in 2012, we added a bunch of creeping phlox to the mix (Emerald Blue and Red Wing varieties). Happy…

Royal Star magnolia

Ann Magnolia and Royal Star Magnolia updates

Back in 2012, we planted an Ann magnolia tree in our backyard. In the last four years it has done well. It hasn’t grown much, but each year it puts out a few more leaves and flowers. Below are some pics of it over the years, starting with the most recent (2016) pics in the…

Growing a Japanese Maple in Minnesota

Last fall, my mom found a Japanese Maple tree at a local store for $7 and picked it up for us. Japanese Maples aren’t zoned for our area (Minnesota is just a little too cold), but some local gardeners have had success in growing them. So we decided, what the heck – we’d give it…

Toddler’s Felt Christmas Tree

A few years ago, I saw a really cute felt Christmas tree someone made for their toddler. I stumbled across the pin again earlier this year and thought I’d try my hand at making my own version. The only catch was that I didn’t want to spend more than $20 on supplies. I actually succeeded…

Tiki 6

There wasn’t much time for tiki carving in 2014, mostly due to another project that was fairly all encompassing (more on that to come). Tiki number six came from a basswood that came down in the previous summer’s big storm. I was doing a timber staircase construction project at a local nature center and, after…