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A Roll in the Park and the reaction of bystanders

We went to the park the other day, right before a Boy Scout meeting.

 I thought it would be a great way to burn off some energy.  The kids put on their helmets and rollerblades and started down the path…

They got a little ahead of me – and when I caught up to them – they were halfway up this “mountain”.


There was an older couple that stopped to watch the kids playing.

The man thought the kids were hilarious and he kept laughing… the woman, on the other hand, kept giving me dirty looks of disapproval.  She was so disgusted with my children and I that she huffed away, leaving the man behind (who, by the way, stayed until after the children rolled down the hill and then gave the kids a round of applause).

I was surprised by the diverse reactions of these two people.  I felt the woman judged me quite harshly as I was only allowing my children the freedom to play and explore a hillside… they even had helmets on!

By the time they all had finished rolling down the hill, all four children were filthy!! and Simone had a giant hole in the back of her jeans!!


We did a quick dusting off of the clothes and did an impromptu trip to GoodWill where Simone got a very stylish pair of turquoise Lucky Brand jeans for $2

And Eddie had a great time at the Boy Scout Meeting where became an official Scout!


A Fairy Wing

Simone just came running into the house to show me that she found a FAIRY WING!


Yes… I teach my children about the true wonders of life ❤️

* I am currently reading the book series FableHaven by Brandon Mull aloud to my children… A truely magical story!! 📖

Vintage paper dolls

Simone woke up late this morning….. And was quite jealous that the boys had already played a video game with their father.

I figured I should pull out a mother-daughter activity…. And I had the perfect thing!

A book of Shirley Temple paper dolls and clothes!

We have been enjoying a morning of cutting and dressing up the dolls ❤️

Simone was very excited about the paper dolls because Laura from Little House on the Prairie played with paper dolls too.

Prairie Hat

Simone got this adorable vintage prairie hat at a garage sale –

(We met the lady that made the hat (and dress) for a dance about 40 years ago!  We also bought the dress, but Simone is saving it for Halloween)

Since she is currently reading the Little House on The Prairie series, she has been working on a MineCraft world that involves all the places that Laura lived.  Simone was so excited to wear her hat as she played!

Total immersion into a great book 🙂

My child-friendly sewing space

Hooray! The emails and letters are coming in… Asking for us (it’s a family affair around here) to register for various craft fairs 😊

It’s the motivation we needed to get back into sewing mode!

First– I had to move the sewing machines into a better place.  I have a super cute sewing corner – but there isn’t enough room for us all to sew at once! (click the picture to see the full post)


So…. I moved the sewing area upstairs to the boys’ room!

(They happen to have the biggest room in the house – but they never play in there because they would rather jump on the living room couches!)

There is plenty of room for children to sew and create ❤️

A wild birthday

Happy Birthday to me!

Yes, I took a selfie… I was camping and didn’t have a mirror and I wanted to see what 35 looked like!

So… rumor has it I had a “WILD” party!

That’s because I did… I spent a few days in the wild – camping with my family 🙂

There were bike rides, river swimming, rock climbing, a float trip, campfires, star gazing…

a whole lot of wild fun!

All these bikes are second hand bikes

I invite all my (wonderful) readers to read about the wild adventure on my other blog where I write about our journey to become a wild family.

I am reading this fabulous book called How to Raise a Wild Child: the art and science of falling in love with nature by Scott Sampson.  It is an inspirational book that is encouraging me (and my husband) to get the kids outside and become wild (nature loving) children… however it is more than just throwing our kids outside and locking the door (LOL) – it’s about changing our attitudes as a family to love, understand, and respect the Earth 🙂

 – which is why the blog is called Becoming A Wild Family . (click here to see the blog)

…And this KindCotton post wouldn’t be complete without… vintage luggage!

Sewing minecraft gifts

Minecraft is a favorite video game in our house and has been for years!

I can’t play it or even watch the screen for long because it makes me dizzy, but I do like that all the kids can play it at once!

I wanted to share two simple Minecraft themed sewing projects…

Minecraft Creeper Pillow – Easy


  • Green material (I used fleece)
  • Black material (I used felt)
  • Chalk
  • Ruler or other straightedge
  • Needle
  • Thread (green and black)
  • Stuffing (you can reuse the stuffing inside an old pillow)
  • Sewing machine optional


  1. Cut the green material into two squares – size depends on how big/small you want the pillow to be
  2. Sew the squares together (inside out) leaving a hole a few inches wide
  3. Turn the pillow right side out
  4. Stuff the pillow
  5. Stitch the hole up with green thread
  6. Look at the creeper’s face (sorry I don’t have a template) and draw the eyes and mouth on the black material with chalk and ruler
  7. Cut out the eyes and mouth
  8. Hand stitch the eyes and mouth into the front of the pillow with black thread 

Ta-Da! Creeper Pillow finished 💚

Minecraft Doll- Intermediate



  • Green material (I used fleece)
  • Black material (I used felt)
  • Chalk
  • Ruler or other straightedge
  • Needle
  • Thread (green and black)
  • Stuffing (you can use the stuffing inside an old pillow)
  • Sewing machine optional


  1. Use the chalk and draw a human shape on the backside of the green material and cut it out (pin it together)
  2. Sew around doll (inside out) leaving a hole in the top of the head 
  3. Turn the doll right side out and stuff 
  4. Stitch up the hole in the head with green thread
  5. Use chalk and a ruler to draw the eyes and mouth on the black material
  6. Sew the eyes and mouth onto the doll face with black thread

Ta-Da the creeper doll is finished!!

Give as a gift or keep and play with!

The creeper doll makes a great reading buddy!