Category Archives: Hobbies

Free Sewing Book

by Lori Ann

“How to Sew: Basics” is free on Amazon right now! Don’t have an ebook reader? Read this post for free alternatives, like using the free Kindle program on your laptop or phone.

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10 in March

by Lori Ann

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I haven’t had much time on the computer lately but have a read a few articles I’ve bookmarked to come back to:

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Memorable Traditions

by Lori Ann

Welcome to the December Carnival of Natural Parenting: Let’s Talk Traditions

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Christmas Sheep

I was challenged by the Carnival of Natural Parenting Question this month: “From holidays to birthdays, long weekends to family vacations, what has your family done to make special occasions memorable?” As Mama to a young new family, I’m very conscious of the habits, routines, and traditions we’re establishing every day as well as each holiday.

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Redwork Embroidery: Link Roundup

Redwork quilt

photo by medea_material

I loved the redwork embroidery on a pillow in one of my favorite craft books, Handmade Home by Amanda Soule. I wanted to find a similar pattern with a “motherly” theme so I headed over to the site she got hers from, PatternBee. I searched the web as well (and snagged 10 swagbucks while I was at it!) and found some great resources I thought I’d share for anyone else interested.

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Intarsia Knit

by LoriAnn

hopes-christmas-presentI was so distraught to pick up Tigger’s Christmas present (which I began while pregnant) and have not a clue as to proceed! I’d forgotten which cast-on I’d settled on, how to wind the multiple colors required, and everything else required for intarsia (a style of multi-color) knitting!

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Shopping Girl?

by LoriAnn

I’ve never thought of myself as much of a “loves-to-shop” kind of girl; I especially dislike clothes shopping. I DO, however, really enjoy shopping consignment and thrift stores, used book stores, and yard sales. Something about getting a really good deal, and interacting with small business owners, makes shopping suddenly okay.

Sadly, I have yet to find a consignment, thrift, or used book store, and have only been to one yard sale, in China. The good news is that my town is FULL of small shops, run by individuals and families, which is a lot of fun. Snack, craft, and stationary shopping are my favorites. But when I have extra spending (i.e. birthday!) money and CAN’T buy something here, I turn to the internet.

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Lotsa Books

by LoriAnn

I had a great birthday! I got a library’s worth of books, some specifically for my birthday and others in well-timed care packages. Some are print, some eBooks, and some audio. I’m enjoying them all! More details on the MamaWit Bookshelf and at the end of this post.

Also for my birthday, we enjoyed a new tradition of baking my cake together the night before. My birthday pick was the Applesauce Spice Bread in a round cake pan, sprinkled with powdered sugar! Baba cooked lunch & dinner, my favorite: Thai food! (I’ll let you know if he posts the recipe online… he’s working on writing a blog about life in China!) And, Tigger napped well several times, so I got lots of chances to enjoy a bunch of magazines sent by my aunt plus my new books: in paper, via my iPod speakers, and on the iPod touch Kindle reader!

I guess I won’t need any new books for awhile… oh, but wait, I just used my birthday money to order two more!… and then I downloaded 6 limited-time freebies onto my Kindle for Mac reader… well, what can I say; I love to read!

Click to read more if you’d like to see the (huge!!) list of books I got; one’s available for free on any Kindle reader! There’s also a note at the end about joining me for a group book study online, for any Mamas who are interested in growing in their Motherhood.

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