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Fleece-Lined Freedom

December 1, 2016 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

This time last year (December) I was pregnant, which was such a foreign feeling. The thought of spending the holidays with a little one was something I could barely wrap my mind around. Now, I can’t imagine my life without our tiny girl. This first year has been a joy, and it has meant so much to make Rosie a personalized mobile, headbands, teethers, etc. With cold weather just around the corner, a cozy poncho was in order. Turns out most vendors don’t make winter coats for 9-month-olds, and ponchos are a lot easier to just throw over a car seat anyway. Plus, I’m pretty obsessed with how cool she looks in it.

Folding Instructions











  • 1 yard linen fabric
  • 1 yard fleece fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread to match fabrics
  • Scissors


  1. Cut felt fabric to 1 yard x 1 yard
  2. Fold felt fabric in half, twice, to form a smaller square.
  3. Fold corner-to-corner to form a triangle shape.
  4. Using your scissors, cut a slight circular curve through all layers of the fabric.
  5. Unfold into a near-perfect circle. Lay on top of the linen fabric, and cut out the same shape.
  6. Measure the size of your child’s head and cut out a circle that size in the center of the felt fabric.
  7. Cut out a slightly larger circle out of the center of the linen fabric.
  8. Hem the linen fabric about 2 or 3 inches in from the large circle, and about 1/4 inch from the small circle.
  9. Lay the linen fabric centered over the felt fabric, and using a sewing machine, sew the two pieces of fabric together.
  10. Cut into the visible felt fabric about 2-3 inces, all the way around, to create a fringe.

This article was printed in the Winter 2016 edition of Family Guide, an Omaha Publications magazine.

No Book Smarts Needed for These Bookmarks

January 9, 2015 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Ah, January. The season of…nothing. Blistering winds and lingering darkness traps us inside, wanting nothing to do with the tundra-esque conditions outside.

So what do we do? We hibernate. Light a candle and crack open a good book. Currently, I have my nose buried in Blue Like Jazz for the third time. Unfortunately, the parking ticket that is being used as my bookmark is not exactly setting an inspirational mood.

I strongly believe that, whether you have a little or a lot, you should love each and every item in your home—including your bookmarks. The Free People blog has always been a favorite of mine. I remember seeing a post last winter about creating bookmarks out of random household items and elements. So this week I decided to give it a shot.


  • Small twigs
  • Yarn
  • Feather
  • Spray paint
  • Craft string
  • Dried flowers
  • Heavy duty paper
  • Modge Podge


  1. For the first bookmark, I gathered some handmade paper I had at home. Since the paper was so thin, I attached a few pages together with the Modge Podge adhesive, and cut out a simple shape.
  2. After spreading another layer of Modge Podge on top of the paper, I placed some dried, pressed fuchsia flowers into the adhesive and covered them with another thick layer of Modge Podge.
  3. After letting the bookmarks dry for a couple of hours, I poked a hole in the top of the paper. String through anything you want: Yarn, craft, string, leather, or whatever fits best for you!
  4. I chose to spray paint the twigs I used for the second and third bookmarks. You can forego this step if you would like to keep your bookmarks more rustic.
  5. For the second bookmark, I cut some old yarn in various lengths and dyed them with different strengths of coffee and tea.
  6. While still wet, I tied each individual string to the gold twig without paying too much concern to the lengths or inconsistencies of the yarn. The point is for this to look organic and for the yarn to hang outside of the book when closed.
  7. The third bookmark is the simplest. I simply held some dried flowers up to the gold twig, and wrapped and tied some craft string around it. I tied a feather at the end of the string to give it a definite ending, and voila! You’ve got yourself a bookmark.

You can choose to make any one, or all three of these bookmarks. They are relatively simple, but each beautiful in their own way.