A little sewing...

.. of some pencil rolls for upcoming birthday and Christmas gifts.

Inspiration from Amanda Soule's book, The Creative Family. Hers were done with felt, and were much bigger. I stared at her pictures and instructions, experimented a bit, and created my own pattern, choosing fabric instead of the felt. I'm really happy with how they turned out, and I'm glad to have some gifts checked off my list.

Next up: I'm going to make some of these for our children to carry to church, for their "notetaking" during the sermons. [Thank you, Hilary, for the link and inspiration with your own zoo wraps!].

Oh! The other thing we made today at our Keepers Meeting were napkin rings. Ella's are shown here on our windowsill, all lined up for their next use. I found the idea here, and they were really easy for the girls to make, and turned out cute, too.

In other news, we just buried Missy in our yard, beneath the lilac tree. We're amazed she survived these past two months, but she died last night. Ella has been emotional- on and off- but is doing okay. Isaac spent last night planning out the funeral, and listing off all the people we should invite. [The last funeral we went to was Great-Grandma's, and I think Isaac was envisioning flowers, a pastor, and hundreds of people crammed into our back yard to say goodbye to Missy.] We explained that it would just be our family, and thankfully he was only momentarily crushed.

I've just-today caught the cold everyone seems to have right now... my throat hurts and my voice is about gone (good for my goal of not raising my voice at the kids; I can't possibly do that today! Maybe that's God's way of helping me; He figures I'm a helpless cause without some severe intervention. ~smile~) I'm looking forward to some hot water with lemon and honey, a hot bubble bath and a restful evening; which will include a rematch of a game of Settler's with my husband. He's won the last four (?) times we've played, and I'm not happy about it.

Hope you all have a wonderful evening!


  1. Actually, if my memory serves me correctly, you did win Settlers about three times ago, interrupting my streak of about seven straight victories. Good luck.

    Oh, and while I'm here, let me just say that I really, really like you.
    - Mark

  2. I love your sewing/craft projects...they are gorgeous! So creative and lovely Stacy!

    Sorry about sweet Missy...that is so sad.

    Try some cider vinegar and honey for your throat. Mix equal parts in a clean jar, stir, take a spoon as often as needed...store in your refrigerator. (always use a clean spoon so no bacteria grows! yuck!) We swear by it here!

    Praying you'll feel better quick!

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

  3. So sorry about Missy....it sure wasn't for lack of effort on Mark's part!! His compassion was "above and beyond"

    And so sorry that he is beating up on you in Settlers. He is surely taking out the aggression he feels about the Colts beating his Steelers.


  4. I love the napkin holders! They are super cute.

  5. Poor Missy. It sounds like she was well cared for and well loved during her little life!

    I like your fun crafts, Stacy!

  6. Hi Stacy :) Your pencil rolls are so cute! I love the colors and patterns.

    The notebook & pencil holder project is adorable! Be sure to show us if you make some. Love, Q

  7. First time visiting your blog. Very nice to have found it.

  8. They're beautiful! Great colors. The pencil wrap has been on my to do list for so long. When in your day do you get a chance to do this? Nap time?


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