About Me

I'm a wife and a mother of four children. I have been married 18 years and we have three girls, ages 14, 9, and 7, and a boy, age 12.  They keep me on my toes and I love to make things for them and for our home.

I love to read! I ALWAYS have a book on my nightstand waiting for me at the end of the day. It's the perfect way for me to unwind.

I love to bake! This is something that I've learned from my mother and she learned from hers. I hope to pass that legacy on, not just to my girls, but to my son as well. My oldest two is quite capable in the kitchen. The younger two also love to help crack eggs, dump in ingredients and stir.

I love to create and learn new things!  I'll try just about any creative endeavor. Sometimes things don't quite pan out the way I expect, but I learn from my mistakes and keep trying. Some of the things I'd like to learn in the future are leather working and better photography skills.

I love gardening! Now this is not something I thought I would ever say as a teenager. Mostly what I like is the satisfaction that comes from hard work.

I love canning! I love being able to preserve food in the summer and fall months to be able to use during the winter. It's something that has been done through the ages, but our generation is losing that skill, since it is so convenient and sometimes even more cost efficient to buy food from the store. {Don't get me wrong - I buy tons of food too}

I love sewing! One of my favorite things to do for my girls is to make them dresses. Some of the dresses I started out with might make you laugh. But as with everything else, with practice you always see improvement. I've learned a lot about sewing over the years, beginning with my mom teaching me and then just trying to figure things out on my own.

I love building things! My dad built cabinets for a living, we would always help. I also took wood shop classes in high school. I've built up a small collection of power tools and love to tinker around in the garage and build things for my home.

I love making my house look nice! That might mean making a new craft to display, or just picking up all the toys and clutter off the floor. You will never see my house in a magazine, but I like to think I've added some nice touches to give it a homey feel.

I love to make jewelry!  This is a fairly new hobby for me. It's not as hard as I thought it was!  I love the challenge of learning new jewelry techniques and figuring out designs for new jewelry pieces.


I have an etsy shop called Bits of Sparkle and Lace where I sell handmade menu boards, chalkboards and jewelry.

I'm a Mormon! This means I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You can find more information at mormon.org. I'm always open to questions about my religion.

I you have any questions, comments or helpful advice I would love to hear from you.
You can e-mail me at rchlnielsen@sfcn.org