tissue paper birds


Here is a craft project I tried a few days ago with Saya and a friend. They are flying tissue paper birds. Each one is made from four popsicle sticks, a thin dowel rod, tissue paper wings, and a bit of cardstock for the tail. We decorated them with sharpie markers.

I was planning to use wood glue, but the kids were too impatient to wait for it to dry, so we used a hot glue gun for gluing the wood pieces together, and just a regular glue stick for gluing the tissue paper in place.

We had fun playing with them when we were finished.

stitching by hand


I love stitching by hand. It takes a lot of time and I always wish I had more time. I am finishing a quilt I started a long time ago, and I am making bracelets for a new shop that is opening. I also have bracelets in my etsy shop. You can use the coupon code newhouse15 for 15% off.


tree slice wreath


Summer days are long. I always try to talk Saya into painting with me. Yesterday she wanted to, so we made this tree slice wreath, and then moved on to painting on paper.

saya makes a softie

sayasoftie1.jpgsayasoftie2.jpgsayasoftie3.jpgsayasoftie4.jpgSaya made her first softie today. She did all of the designing and cutting out. I helped her a little with the sewing. I think it’s so cute.


doll set giveaway



You can win this handmade doll, liberty print shirt, cotton skirt, star cape, rabbit ears, flower headband, and butterfly wings. Plus a hand stitched linen zipper pouch that you can use to keep the doll’s accessories in.

To enter please visit my etsy shop and pin or share something that you like. Then leave a comment on this post. I will leave the giveaway open until July 31st.

I’m also offering 15% off of everything in my etsy shop through the end of July. Use coupon code newhouse15.

handmade dolls and banner




I’ve updated my etsy shop with handmade doll sets and a banner. You can click on the photos to take you to the shop listing. I’m going to launch a giveaway soon, so check back later today for details.

botanical art


Thank you to Meg Allen Cole for featuring one of my projects in her HGTV post about botanical art!