D.I.Y. Triangle Box

Dear Sis,

Today I made small holiday ornaments featuring Mr. Baby for some of the grandparents. I also had some chocolate gelt I wanted to package up as Hanukkah gifts. Small boxes were ideal for both, so I went on a hunt and found a helpful video. I’ve learned to do a few things by video, but I much prefer step by step pictorial instruction, so I’ve made some as a reference for next time.


Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock down to 7″ x 9 3/4″Score long side at 1 3/4″, 4 1/4″, and 7 1/4″Score short side at 2″ and 5″Cut away un-needed sections as depicted.Mark the center of each 3″ side flap.Score diagonal fold lines on both side flaps.  Cut 2 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ mat in contrasting card stock. Corner punch as desired. Adhere mat to right side of closure flap.Crease back diagonal scoring lines and adhere to back flap. Crease other scores. Fill as desired and adhere box at closure. 

Happy Crafting,



Holiday Cards 2017

Dear Sis,

After weeks of work, the holiday cards are finally complete! 

The design came to me backwards this year. I made the inside of the cards first.

I used vellum to create a frosty look:) Next, the snowflakes had to glued onto the vellum and the rhinestones stickers placed. Then, the vellum was glued to the inside of the cards with a dab of glue behind the snowflake. 

After making 165 relatively identical snowmen, I am board of snowmen! 

I’m happy with this year’s cards. It takes much longer to do a big project with a baby around:)




Rosh Hashanah Favors

Dear Sis,

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) is on the 20th! We are hosting a dinner for the occasion with our Landlady, Miss Julie and her husband. These are the favors:)


Small Containers Honey & Cellophane Bags to hold them

Sweet New Year Printable & Coordinating Card Stock

Yellow Marker (if you don’t have a color printer)

Paper Crafting Adhesive of choice

Thin Ribbon


Paper Cutter & Scoring Board

Scissors & Hole Punch


  1. Print Sweet New Year Tags. Color bees yellow, if you don’t have a color printer.
  2. Cut tags on cutting lines. Cut coordinating card stock in 5×3 inch pieces.
  3. Score at 2 1/2 inches. Adhere bee tags to card fronts.
  4. Fold, punch, write personal message, and tie to honey filled bags with ribbon.

L’Shana Tova,



Happy Valentine’s Day

Dear Sis,

Josh and I went to the Littles school parties today. Baby was quite a drawl in the first grade classroom. He was practically mobbed by kiddos. “He’s so cute!” they squealed while they pet his hair, or tested his strong grip. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!




Learning Origami

Dear Sis,

Josh’s mom sent us a package that greeted us upon our return home from vacation. The highlight for me was an origami kit. It made a day of doctor ordered rest much easier to endure:) I used my creations to make a handful of homemade birthday cards.

Origami Flower

These are supposed to be flower buds, but they look like newspaper sailer’s hats to me:)

Origami Duck

Origami duck… and ducklings.

Origami Luna Moth

Origami Luna Moth

Luna Moth




Birdseed Pouches

Dear Sis,

Today I am designing the birdseed pouches you want for the wedding. Let me know if we are good to start mass production in two weeks when I visit the cousins in Indiana:) I’m thinking 200 will do.

Pouch Side

Pouch Front

Pouch Back

Tools & Material

Assorted Cotton Broadcloth in desired colors & prints

Self-Healing Cutting Mat, Quilting Ruler & Rotary Cutter

Threaded Sewing Machine

Shower The Love Birds Printable & Card Stock

Paper Cutter, Tape Runner, & Hole Punch

Birdseed, Non-Acrylic Yarn or Twine

Cutting Instructions

Press fabric if it is not already wrinkle free.

Cut 2 (3 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch) pieces per pouch.

I find a self-healing cutting mat, quilting ruler, and rotary cutter to be most efficient, but one could also draw chalk lines on fabric and cut with fabric scissors.

Sewing Instructions

Placing 2 pieces together, with right-sides facing, Stitch with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, starting on one 4 1/2 inch side, pivoting with needle in fabric, to sew 3 1/2 inch bottom edge, and pivoting again to sew second 4 1/2 inch side. Trim threads.

Turn pouch right-side-out.

Making “Love Bird” Tags

Cut printed tags with a paper cutter. 

Cut an 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch piece of card stock into 1 doz. (2 1/2 inch) squares.

Adhere printed tags to card stock backing with a tape runner.

Punch a hole in the top right of each tag.

Filling & Securing Pouches

Fill pouch with 1/4 c birdseed.

Cut 9 inches yarn or twine.

Thread yarn or twine through punched hole in tag.

Tie pouch closed with a bow.

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Happy Crafting,