The Happyish Homestead

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas and Non-Christmas Alike


Here is my Christmas chalkboard.

You know what baffles me?

Chalkboard markers.

I don’t even get how they work.

They’re liquid and powdery all at the same time.

Like bananas, how are bananas both slimy and smooth?

I just don’t know.

I bought my markers at Michael’s, using a 50% off coupon, so it was like $6 for four of them.

They’re way better than regular chalk for this sort of thing.


This was my inspiration.


And I made this clothes pin bag.

It turns out that I didn’t love the apron that I made to hold the clothespins.

Why doesn’t anyone ever tell me when my ideas are bad?

Nothing about wearing an apron with 200+ clothespin around my waist in 100 degree weather pulling my pants down while I’m bending and reaching for four loads of laundry is a good idea.

My friend gave me this garment.

It was her brother’s nightgown.

(She’s in her late 60s.  A little less weird when said within the appropriate context.)

It’s flannel and has some cute embroidery.  I just cut out a circle and lined it with bias tape and then sewed the front, bottom, and arms closed.

I found the wood pink hanger at an estate sale for $.10.

Hope you have a good weekend.


Thursday, December 13, 2012


Quick Update:

You can buy the Christmas Legos on their website.

They're kind of pricey,

but super fun.

Here's the link: Winter Village Legos

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Decor

Bryce is out of town, again.

I’ve been busy the past couple of weeks finishing Christmas shopping and sewing gifts for the kids.

I saw this idea on Pinterest to make muslin draw string bags for the kids’ Santa presents.  Sorry, I can no longer find the source.

I thought it was a good idea so I didn’t have to wrap all the presents but they would still experience the anticipation of not knowing what was in the bag.

My mother-in-law gave me some old flour sacks that were Bryce’s grandpa’s from when he owned a bakery.

I just added a drawstring to them.

It’ll be easy to transport the gifts to Idaho that way, because they’ll all essentially be wrapped and organized.

I’m going to make muslin tags with the kids’ initials to put on the bags.


Decorating sugar cookies








The Lego Christmas Collection




I pulled that tree out of the dumpster from my neighbor’s house that got evicted.

I was pretty excited about it.

I’m sure you’re all busy with Christmas prep as well.

Hope you’re having a good week.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

So Far

We’re making sugar cookies.

In increments.

Because I have four kids.

And we’ve gotten five inches of rain in the past six days.

(Which also flooded a bit of our basement, apparently, if you have a new pump plugged into a bad outlet, it won’t work, and Christmas presents will get soaked.)

And they’re kind of bouncing off the walls.

So I’m stretching things out.



I made a fitted flannel sheet for Spencer’s bed.

I used my serger for the first time.

All by myself.

Then I high fived Bryce.

It’s like a real sheet.

Here’s the tutorial I followed.

I’m pretty excited about the possibilities.


Tonight I’m working on Spencer’s gift.

I’m making him a tent that goes on a card table.

I honestly have no clue if he’ll like it but I really have no idea what to else to make him.

Open to suggestions.