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Fall Kids Books and Quilting

Each night we read for about 20 minutes, it’s Vivian’s homework and I look forward to that time each night.  In the beginning I was reading to Vivian and now she is reading to me.  This has to be in the top five of the list “cool things to watch your kid learn”.  I decided I did not want to read the same princess book every night so I go to the library once a week with the little ones while she is at school.  I load up with some books and then use those when we do our nightly homework.  We have found a few really great books for the fall…here they are:

Apples to Oregon












Thank You, Sarah












Leaves Fall Down









Millie Waits for the Mail (not a Fall book but still pretty cute)












Material, thread, scissors, a ruler, a seam ripper, a rotary cutter and a book from Audible.com…right now these are some of my favorite things after my little ones are in bed.  RisaAnn Designs started a weekly Wednesday post on quilting.  Check out this past Wednesdays post here.

Have a great week!

xo Marisa


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A New Normal

Hi!  It’s been awhile…I have not had many moments to spare but miss blogging, so I am carving out some time while something piles up around here, lately those piles have been lots of laundry!













There are so many times in the last few months I have wanted to jump on here and post something I read or something I saw that I wanted to share.  It ends up being a fleeting thought and someone needs mom.  So, I decided posts don’t need to be super long all the time.  Instead they can be shorter and more specific so I can post more times…to sum it up less but more.



Since adding our little Axel in May things have been different around here.  Yes busy days filled with kid, toddler and baby things but I just could not put “it” into words.  Over the last month I have read the phrase “A New Normal” so many times that now I think I have found words for “it”.  The first time I read the phrase I had a moment where I thought that is it we have a new normal.  Not we are super busy, not things are so hectic but rather this is our new normal.  Yes, hectic for one not use to having kids running around, or three kids in diapers, or four kids that all want to sit on the same lap all at once, but normal for us as we move along this journey in life.  I could call it crazy but I would rather call it our new normal.  I love our new normal even on the days when things get tornado-ish around here!













Working on a super quick sewing project, the infinity scarf.  I made a few this week for my sister and want to make more!  There are lots of patterns and tutorials out there used this pattern to get going but I have since altered by adding my own touches.













The Happiness Project is a great book I am reading…Thanks Corey for the recommendation!  I am really enjoying this quick read.  The author is not unhappy she just feels she is not living the happiest life possible.  Some very insightful conversations and she has done her research too!























Happenings & Updates


Things are winding down as we wait for our baby boy to arrive and my nesting phase is slowing down.  The hospital bag has been packed, the car seat is ready to go, the garage has been cleaned out, most closets have been organized, and his room is ready except for pictures, which should be hung this weekend.  I have also decided in my nesting craze to change out our nightstands and add a couple of pictures to our bedroom.

Sewing Update:

I finished up the ribbon blanket last night and hopefully this weekend I can make two matching blocks.  A very creative and dear friend of mine mentioned I should put a bell inside the blocks to make noise.  I think that is a wonderful idea so I will pick some of those up.  The quilt is next up on the list and my goal is to get at least the front of the quilt done before he makes an appearance…if not my Plan B is to have it done by Christmas time!

Squares laid out from Moda, Circa 1934, Charm Pack.  Time to sew!








Finished front of ribbon blanket.








The back is a soft black minky dot fabric.









Book Update:

Our next book club is toward the end of this month and I am hosting.  I am excited to have everyone over and enjoy one last evening with friends before life gets a little more busy.  The book we are reading is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  I started it this past weekend and I am enjoying it.  The storyline is good and it seems to be a quick read so far.











I am doing a bible study by Renee Swope based on her book A Confident Heart.  Each week you read a chapter and she writes a blog post about the chapter.  The reading is easy and the scripture she brings up in the book is great.  My favorites so far are Jeremiah 17:7 and Isaiah 49:23.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. NLT

…Those who hope in me will not be disappointed. NIV











iPhone/iPad Apps post will be out in the next few days!




Sewing on My Singer Stylist

It is out of the box, I have played with all the bells and whistles and I broke it in by making some fun things for the kids!  Thank you, to my sweet husband for my new sewing machine!  I love it!








I made Big V an adorable purple skirt from Infarrantly Creative.  I thought it was pretty great that I could complete it in one night and surprise her with it the next morning!  She wore it this week with leggings and I have to say it was pretty cute!  She requested another one, this time pink, and it is half way done.  I had to stop sewing so I could catch up on some posts here!








I also made some cute burp cloths for our little guy that will arrive in May.  They were easy and turned out pretty cute.  I found them through Pintrest at A Bit of This and Bit of That, which linked me to A Chelsea Morning for the tutorial.

Ready to cut material, wash everything and then iron all pieces.








Everything is cut, washed, ironed, now time to sew.










The finished product.  Very easy to make and fun!









Tomorrow’s birthday: Dr. Seuss

This I have learned is a big deal with preschoolers…so tomorrow’s post will be all things Dr. Seuss!


Blessings to you!




Just A Minute, Sewing and Links

Hello!  Wow I can’t believe it is Friday…the week has flown by!

I saw this video and thought it was wonderful and encouraging for parents.  I may have to add this book to my book list, Just A Minute by Wess Stafford.

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My first two sewing projects are complete and I realize I really enjoy sewing!  I took a break from sewing this week to finish up the scarf I am knitting for my brother and to catch up on some stuff around here.  I can’t wait to get my new machine (since I have been borrowing one) this weekend and start my third project.  Below are the first two projects I have done and links to where I found them.  Enjoy!

Microwavable Rice Heating Pad from Sew4Home

Sew4Home gives step by step instructions on how to sew this craft.  It really was pretty simple and adding lavender essential oil to the rice makes it smell wonderful!  This was a good first project to tackle, not too difficult and pretty quick to make.










The finished product with the rice and essential oil.
























Ready to give as a gift!  These are great presents and there are so many fun fabrics to pick from.








Baby Swaddle from Fabric by Fabric One Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects

Since I am expecting a boy after three girls we can no longer recycle the pink.  So, I decided to make something for our little guy as we await his arrival.  The pattern was included with the book and the step by step instructions were great for me, as a beginner.  There were a lot more steps to this one than my first project, but they were relatively easy to follow.

Preparing to cut the material from the pattern.








The cut pieces…the main portion and the swaddle ties.








The swaddle ties sewn together and the details.
















The finished project!




























Material for the next swaddles.










Next Post:

  • The finished product for the scarf I am knitting.
  • iPhone/iPad Apps that I love…plus I have recommendations from four others that all have very different careers and tastes so the list is pretty all-encompassing.

Have a great weekend…may you be blessed and refreshed!


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John 17, Crafts and Links


Wow it’s been a whirlwind few days.  Feels good to be on the computer typing out a post and slowing down for a bit.

John 17

I came across a really neat scripture this morning that I have not read before.  I pondered it for a few hours and it came up in my mind throughout the day, so thought I would share.  It is from John 17:20.  In John 17:6-19 Jesus prays for His disciples.  In John 17:20-26 Jesus prays for all believers.  I did not know this was in the bible before today.  I know he loves us and forgives us and all that stuff but I never have read before that he prayed for us.

In John 17:20 Jesus says:

I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony.  NLT

My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.  NIV

NIV Faith in Action Study Bible Commentary for John 17:20-26

Jesus now prayed for his future followers – people he hadn’t yet met, men and women across ages.  He prayed for their unity – not based simply on common beliefs or behaviors, but rather a unity found by participating in the very life of God.  Because Jesus would be in them through the Spirit, they would become participants in the oneness of the Father, Son and Spirit.  That radically different kind of unity would cause the world to believe.

Also in this commentary:

In his longest prayer, Jesus asked God to glorify him in his final days and to bless his followers.

NIV Bible Commentary by John H. Sailhamer

As Jesus was now about to leave his disciples, he prays for their protection in the world (17:6-12) and their continued joy and sanctification (vv. 13-19).  And Jesus looked beyond these disciples to their disciples and prayed on their behalf (vv. 20-22).  His central concern was that these future generations of disciples would continue in unity and love for one another (v. 23).

So very neat to know that before Jesus left this world he prayed for us!  We are all united and we are all disciples.  I think of my kids and how I influence them and how they look to my husband and I for guidance, love, and just about everything else right now.  It brings to my mind a question…What kind of disciple am I being for them?  I am called to be a disciple and I wonder what example I am showing and what I am teaching?  Makes me think…



So, I love crafty things.  I always have, I just am not super creative.  Give me a pattern and I am set, but wing it and I am lost.  I am the same way in the kitchen…I need a recipe to work from or it will be a disaster!  I love to knit I have been doing it for about 5 years now and I so enjoy it.  I currently am making a scarf for my brother…it is taking me longer than expected (his birthday was in December!) but it’s coming along.  I will post pics of the finished product but here is one to show the status now.  It is a design from Noro: Meet the Man Behind the Legendary Yarn*Knit 40 Fabulous Designs.  It uses Noro yarn in Silk Garden and Yoro.  This is the third one I have made and each time I have picked a different color scheme.  I just love Noro yarn it is so pretty!









I am getting into sewing…I figure if I am going to learn something new I need to do it before our baby boy arrives because then I will have no time to learn anything for a while with 4 little ones!  I have researched sewing machines, read about how to sew on one, and bought all my goodies at the fabric store.  I am currently borrowing my cousin’s machine until I decide if it’s something I will enjoy.  After one time using the machine I have decided and I love it!  I tried it out for the first time last night and it was fun.  Now to find a good deal on a great machine!  My poor husband was the only one around to view all my stitches.  After every practice row I had to get up and show him what I had done.  I have the material for my first two projects and I have a folder on my computer with a bunch of “one day I will do this” projects.  Here are a few pics and links from my practicing last night and of the projects I want to do.

The machine I am borrowing.









My first stitches!











My first project link can be found at  Sew4Home.  It is a great website and the projects on their site are step-by-step.  This seems pretty straight forward just sewing straight lines.  Will see how it turns out!


My second project is from a great book I found on sewing.  Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects.  I thought making something for the new baby would be fun and this seems pretty easy to try out.
















Other projects I have found that look fun to try:


Lattice Cowl from Learn-to-Knit with Katie at Etsy.

Mallory Cowl for little ones from www.luvinthemommyhood.com


Autumn Tunic Tutorial from www.luvinthemommyhood.com

Scrapbusters: Key Fobs from Sew4Home.



Great book on praying for your husband: Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian.  I particularly love her Power of a Praying Wife Book of Prayers because it is small, compact and lists out all of the prayers from her book.  I bought this right around the time my husband and I got married and I have used this over the years.  She also has a lot of other wonderful books to choose from.


Brain Pickings will keep your mind moving.  As stated on their site: Brain Pickings is your LEGO treasure chest, full of pieces across art, design, science, technology, philosophy, history, politics, psychology, sociology, ecology, anthropology, you-name-itology.  I thought it sounded fun and informative…not your basic read but keeps your mind going with good info.


Prudent Baby is a fun site I started reading and it is filled with a lot of fun crafts.  Check out this one for Valentine’s Day!


MOB Society – For Moms of Boys, By Moms of Boys.  This came through on an email and I  thought since I am having a boy it would be fun to read their postings.


Have a great rest of your week and enjoy!



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