She's here!!!!


I havent named her (yet) but I have already changed her clothes, played with her hair, and started designing a house. I have also scored a great set of vintage fabrics just begging to become doll dresses.

Resolutions and such to be posted tomorrow! Have fun all this New year's eve!

My gift to me!


Can you tell what I have on the brain? I have wanted a Blythe for a few months now, thanks actually to this post. It was all I did for days, searching eBay trying to find a deal and I did. I spent under $65 so I am happy because most now seem to be anywhere from $100-$200 and I cant justify that. I have teeny tiny clothes now floating around my head. First though I need to finish up a few gifts for a special person and her kiddos so I am going to take a few more days of relaxation and will get back to posting regularly after the New Year. Have a great time out there and be safe ringing in this new year!

Merry Christmas to All


1. Avi's Christmas Stocking - Elf Shoe Style., 2. tree ornaments, 4. Paper Ornaments and Boxes, 8. Crafty Goodness 12 Day of Christmas - Sent, 9. Our bedroom at Christmas, 10. sbauer_ornament, 11. Christmas bento, 12. 2006 Holiday Ornament Swap, 14. Mini GoodyBag Ornaments, 16. Baubles *Merry Christmas*, 17. 0, 19. ornament inspiration, 21. Christmas stocking, 23. vintage christmas ornaments, 24. yet another

I have no pretty pictures of my own and its times like this that flickr is my best friend. I have lots of crafting and not enough time. So I am signing off for the rest of the year, I may still pop my head in to say hi here and there but it will be pretty silent on this end until after the new year. Then I can show off all my hard work and share some of the big plans I have for this up coming year (so excited let me tell you!).

Here’s to all of you that read everyday and those that have just stumbled across my humble little dwelling. Merry Christmas to you and yours and here is to a great New Year!!!

The home stretch


I am happy to report that I got many of my major gifts almost complete. I quilted all weekend and all that I have left to do is the bindings yea! Now on to easier things. Can you tell what I have on the brain? Time to do some appliqué shirts for the kiddos in my life. I am having the hardest time with the little boy’s shirt I want to make. I want it to be “boyish” and most of my fabric is “girlish” I’ll figure out something.

I am happy to say I am now treading water in the gift making world and no longer drowning though I have a lot more to do I at least have my wits about me and a decent pace set *smile* Here’s to the home stretch and a very crafty week!
**Credits are given on my flickr account**

Feeling the holiday cheer?

We (I) out up our tree last weekend while Leila napped. This week has been the week of teaching the skill of looking not touching. Well, actually it been the week of wait until Mom’s back is turned to take off another ornament and give it to the dog to eat *sigh* None the less the tree has put me in a happy mood. I went very “untraditional” this year.

The tree is a white tree with bright ornaments. My favorite thing though are these amazing wood ornaments I found. I got them at an estate sale this summer, there was an entire room FULL (and I am not even exaggerating) of them boxes and boxes of them were laid out. I held myself back and only bought 20 or so. I wish I would have bought another 50 seriously they are so dang cute! I blame it on the fact that I bought them in the sweltering heat and Christmas was the farthest thing on my mind. Next year I plan to make my own to add to the collection.

This weekend. I am sewing my little (big) butt off. Here is to 11 days to go (eek!). This weekend for me is now or never since next weekend is our holiday get togethers. Here’s hoping for a long and productive weekend.

Christmas Meme

Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Wrapping paper all the way (those ask me this question two years ago and it would have been the opposite!)

2. Real tree or Artificial?
I prefer a real tree but we have a white fake one this year which I am partial too as well. I love the smell of a real tree and I absolutely LOVE laying underneath and look up at the lights. With an artificial tree it is just not the same in any way.

3. When do you put up the tree?
This past weekend (photos to come soon)

4. When do you take the tree down?
Sometime in January.

5. Do you like eggnog?

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Getting a Fleetwood Mac CD, weird I know.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?

8. Hardest person to buy for?
My Dad, he has everything he needs and anything he wants is techie and I am HORRIBLE at picking that stuff out.

9. Easiest person to buy for?

10. Mail or E-Mail Christmas Cards?
Mail, but I never do! LOL I love to get them.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
No idea. It’s the thought that counts.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Love Actually.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
A month before normally.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
I plead the fifth.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Cookies and Fudge

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
White lights. Though I have a love of the big old vintage colored lights. My parents have a set and I love to look at them.

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Taylor Swift- This Christmas

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
I travel all over the state to visit family.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?
Probably not. I can barely remember my age how am I suppose to remember all of the reindeer?

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
I have a teddy bear up there this year!

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas Eve

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
Crowds and the materialism it brings out in people.

23. Favorite ornament theme or Color?
Mine is kitschy this year, who knows what it will be next year!

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
Crafty things mostly. If money wasn’t an object? A digital SLR, a website, and a house of our own.

No Tagging here, feel free to play along if you like! Merry Christmas!

15 days to go!?!?!?!?


My to-do list is growing not shrinking, how does that happen?

Looks like I am going to be cursing under my breath the night before Christmas. My gifts will be made in angst and not as much love as I had hoped! Oh well, I do this to myself EVERY year.

How are your gifts coming along? Mine are still ideas in my head and a few are at least having been cut out just waiting to be sewn up.

See how tired this baby looks? Yep that is how I feel too….

It doesnt take much


Here is evidence that give a child a pot and some water and there is hours of fun!

Maybe I should reconsider just giving her a box for Christmas. God knows she will enjoy that more probably than any toy I get her!

(psst you like the dress its a hand-me-down all out retro dress!)

Stop Rushing

I rush things. I have always been that type of person, I want things now, I want the end result I don’t want to mess with everything in the middle. I am that way with crafting I hate the prep I love the results. Though what is most disheartening is I find myself doing this with Leila growing up. When she was first born I couldn’t wait until she sat up. Then it was until she crawled, until she walked, and now until she can talk. I don’t know why I rush these things. I honestly always keep trying to get myself to live in the moment to cherish those special small moments that go by with a blink of the eye.

The hardest time to do this is recently during those “bad” days when Leila is becoming her own little person who is frustrated at something and can’t express it yet, she screams at the top of her lungs, an ear drum piercing scream. I remind myself though that she is only small once and enjoy every minute of it, because before I know it she will be a teenager screaming again and I will have to tell myself to breath and enjoy it because she will only be a teenager once. But enough of that I don’t want to think THAT far ahead.

This past weekend we had a good dumping of snow. Leila was alright with it, she didn’t scream when we put her down to walk though she did grunt at the snow when she couldn’t walk normally due to drifts. I love seeing her all bundled up, waddling like a little penguin!

Oh and Kelly-Pup she absolutely LOVED running around and in the snow!

Handcrafter’ Holidays Meme

Sew Mama Sew is having a Holiday Meme and I wanted to join in on the fun!


Do you have a favorite gift that you love to give?

Humorous t-shirts. I have a warpped sense of humor though so I am careful who I give these to and how far out there the humor goes. This year I got my daughter this.

If you’re making gifts this year, what are you making?
I did a whole long post so I am just going to link to it. A lot is all I can say!

Do you have any good stories about handcrafted gifts you’ve given or received?
Last year my dad was giving me a hard time that I had stopped knitting once I started sewing, so I told him I would knit him something. I don’t think he believed me but the look on his face from christmas last year was priceless when he opened up his present and there was a scarf.

Do you have any great gift compilation ideas (a grouping of gifts just perfect for certain recipients?)
I love creating “themed” gifts. Here is a good one: make a simple throw blanket (just sew up two pieces of fleece) throw in a oldie but goodie DVD, or maybe a year subsricption to Netflixs, a mug, some hot coacoa and some kind of baked good (brownies, cookies, etc) and you have the perfect night in gift pack!

Name one thing on your personal wish list.
ANYTHING on my Etsy favorites list, it grows daily (sometimes hourly)

Do you make and sell things that would make fantastic gifts?
Sure do!


What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
We have a young family so traditions are just starting to grow though I have started baking everything from scratch so I hope that becomes a tradition.

What do you love most about the holiday season?
The feel of it, it’s a good combination of the smells, the sights (I love christmas lights) and just the “good will towards men” vibe.

What do you like least about the holiday season?
The mall, so I don’t go near there!

What is your favorite holiday food?
My grandfather makes a traditional slovakian meatball that I wont even try to spell out and it is just amazing. Every year we look forward to them. Everyone in the family has tried to replicate his recipe but no one can make them as good as grandpa.

Do you have a great recipe to share?
Its not a holiday recipe for sure but I make a mean meatloaf and I love to have it during the winter months.

What a difference a half hour can make!


Before: On a quick walk over to my neighborhood quilting store.

After: 30 minutes later!

Holy cow what a difference a little time a lot of snow can make.

Good thing I had my brand new hat on!

(Made by this lovely blogger. Here is her store)

Cheers to staying warm and LOT of winter/snow photos to be shown this week.

A New Challenge


So after a month of daily blogging (minus 2 days away from civilizations) I am ready to give myself a new challenge. I am giving up TV. For a week. Cold turkey for a week is a great enough challenge and if I succeed this week I will try for another week. Here is the background on my life. The TV was always on, even if we weren’t watching it, it was on for the background noise. I didn’t have one in my bedroom growing up (thank god) but I do now (Shame on me). So the TV is being turned off. I don’t want Leila to grow up with that dependency of TV I have. This may be the easiest or the HARDEST thing I have done to myself in a long time. (Like when I gave up chocolate for lent one year, that was tough!)

On a side note, I would be the only one I know of who would create a mosaic of broken TVs but it just goes to show, you can find ANYTHING on Flickr, all you have to do is look for it!

Snow Day


Snow day checklist:

Hot beverages
Hot Cocoa (check)
Chai (check)
Tea (check)

Yummy treats
Brownies (check)
Crepes (check)

Warm Blankets (check)
Pile of fabric (check)
Loads of Christmas projects (triple check)

Heres to a warm, stay at home, crafty weekend to you all!

An ode to my BFF

I think a person is lucky in life if they are to find another soul who gets them in and out in everyway, a person who knows your flaws and loves you for them. I know people have searched their whole life for such a connection. I am thankful that I was able to find that other person so early on in life. BFF and I met working in retail of all things, we were friendly and nice but it wasn’t an “instant” connection per say. We got along had fun working together and gradually started hanging out. Our actual can’t live without this person in my life came in the time that BFF was pregnant and had her first child. For a year I was driving every weekend to hang out with her, her husband, and her beautiful baby girl.

Here is something that I knew before we became attached at the hip I knew that she and I were too much alike NOT to become close friends. Our husband’s (at the time we met boyfriend/fiancé) birthdays were the same day, our backgrounds extremely similar (small towns), similar life experiences. I knew that too many things fit just right that I prayed that we would become great friends, I am glad to say that pray was answered.

We had a falling out; it was the longest year of my life as well as the loneliest. Thanks to her being braver than me we reconciled and the past is just that, the past. We have learned from it and damn if I ever let that happen again.

She is my guinea pig on all of my projects; she has always gotten hand made items from me. She is my biggest cheerleader in everyway. I know that if I am unsure of myself she will be in my corner cheering me on. She believes in me in a way a parent does for their own child, effortlessly and whole heartedly. She is an inspiration to me. She is an amazing mother and I look to her for advice and a shoulder on those hardest of days as a mom. She enjoys the same things as me and we could spend an entire day antiquing. We just get each other.

We live a decent distance away from each other but we always make time to see each other. Right now it is about once a month whether she comes down to visit or we go up to her home. I am not much a phone person but when we do get a chance of some sort of silence (hard with three kids between us) we do chat and laugh on the phone. Emails and cards are sent. I keep in better contact with her than anyone in my family but it makes sense because she is my family. You can’t pick your family, but you can pick your BFF, and they become family if you are lucky.

Now I just hope she is still my BFF after I have posted these goofy photos of her! (She said she has no shame, I just want to see if that is true! *smile*)

**If you cant tell these photos were taken after a little too many drinks were drunk. That girl sure knows how to throw a party!**

Homemade Holiday

I took the pledge, I have started to plan, time to create the list so I can keep myself on track. For those friends and family who read my blog I am not going to list who each item is for but I am just going to list all of the items I am planning to make.

3 different set of dishtowels, using Shim & Sons as inspiration
3 different set of pot holders, using Japanese craft book as inspiration
1 apron
1 linen scarf
4 table runners using this pattern
2 note takers using this pattern
1 log cabin pillow
2 softie cats using this pattern
1 softie doll using this pattern
1 softie robot using this pattern
1 softie elephant using this book
1 set of felt food
1 dress (child)
1 shirt (child)
1 skirt (child)
1 quilt, using this site as inspiration (ordering the Bento Box pattern)
1 softie dump truck, using a vintage craft book as inspiration
1 hat w/ ear flaps

Holy crap I have a lot of sewing to do!!!! Time to look at my fabric stash and determine what fabric I need (some colors I JUST don’t have like purple, weird I know).

Dog Toy?


This year I vowed that all of the toys Leila will receive for Christmas this year will be either made by me or by other independent artists. I am hoping to get her a few wooden toys but here is my problem. My dog loves to EAT wooden toys. She has already destroyed one wooden puzzle and a handful of wooden blocks. I know the problem could easily solved by just making sure that the dog cant get at the toys however when you have 18 month old who is basically a walking tornado it is hard to keep track of all of the toys, also the dog will take the toy from Leila and run off with it at the first chance she gets! My dog is not your typical dog, she is a rescue dog from multiple homes all of which we think she may have been abused at. She is a Beagle and doesn’t take commands easily. She knows when she is bad and gives the biggest sad puppy eyes but then goes and does the same dang thing. I seriously think she has short term memory loss but that is just what I tell myself to not blame myself for not getting her to obedience training when we first got her. She is now probably 5 years old (just a rough estimate) and I don’t know if ANY training will save her from her destroying issues. Oh and we have tried so many toys on her that are “dog friendly” none are good enough she much prefers a pen, a power cord or a wooden block.

But with a face like hers I cant stay mad for long and just sigh and hide all the toys from her the best I can!

Christmas Decorating

I have a lot of ideas this year for decorating for Christmas. My husband is a scrooge always has been it is hilarious we are the complete opposite when it comes to holidays. He would rather I didnt even THINK about christmas trees let alone put one up so, instead of going traditional I bought a white tree. Its not up yet (since I dont know where I want it to go) but it is in the back of my mind. I think I will go decorative wild next weekend I should at least wait until it is ACTUALLY December. So in the mean time I am prepping and cruising the internet for great diy ideas so here we go a whole bunch of links. Hope you enjoy!!!

Love this card wreath idea.
This wreath (the first one) SCREAMS crafter
A great way to use paper to create an ornament
Another paper ornament
I love these softie trees
Oh and this button tree
And one more wreath with buttons this time
Finally this post just made me crave a bright not so traditional decorative scheme

So how are you going to decorate your home? Traditional, DIY, in the middle?



I missed two days of posting. What is a girl to do when she is out in the middle of the country with no working computer, a warm fireplace, hot coffee and the company of family? She doesn’t worry about posting and just enjoys life. This posting everyday was rather stressful for me and came at the worst time possible. I will probably post everyday in February like I did last year. I know it is a cop out since it is the shortest month, ask me if I care (I don’t). A wise friend of mine was in the same situation and took it in the best stride possible. Blogging for me is sharing my life and my journeys. But if I am worried about blogging I am not living and that pretty much defeats the WHOLE purpose of this blog. So no more I no longer will feel guilty if I miss a day or two of posting. (Or a week if that is what my life calls for)

This weekend I watched a lot of movies, visited with family and friends, helped out my grandma (who is now dubbed the bionic woman with her knee replaced), and did a little bit of crafting. I am currently working on my ornaments for the holiday swap and I am really happy with how they are turning out.

I am happy to say that the store update also went off without a hitch (though it took up all of my Sunday, which meant no cleaning oh well) and now I am off to start Christmas gifts and decorating!



I am thankful that I get to share my days with amazing people around the world. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Eat lots of yummy food and enjoy those you spend this great holiday with.

Posting just to post

Gosh this whole post all month is wearing me out! It was once again a bleak dreary day. Seriously we are covered in a dark grey blanketed sky with mist and fog. Ick. It is starting to get to me mentally. Good thing there is only a three day work week otherwise I would have to take a mental health day!

So once again a boring post I have a feeling that is how the rest of the week will be. Plus just to forewarn anyone who is still reading this (there are a few of you still out there right?) I will be at my parents this weekend and they live so far in the country that dial up is all they can get so very brief no picture posts will be made on Friday and Saturday most likely.

I feel drained, and it's only Tuesday!

Bleak day


Today has been foggy, bleak and dreary. So no photos of product (boo) so I am thinking I won’t be able to do an actual update for my store until after the holiday. I am thinking the update will be on what is dubbed the biggest shopping online day which is the Monday after Thanksgiving. So as of right now the tentative update day will be Monday November 26th.

So enough about business on to the photo of my funky trees.
I am bit by the holiday bug but these weren’t actually made for that reason. These were made after 24 hours of no sleep and wanting to have something holiday-ish for my table at the trunk show. They didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned in my crazy brain but they turned out pretty cool for me. Granted they look like a five year old did them but hey, I like that. I am going to try one more time later on in December to create another set so that I can pull them out year after year. What will happen to these proto-types? I think they will go to my work desk, they cheer me up even on the bleakest of days.

Craft Show Recap

Friday night I did pull an all nighter. I did take a small nap from 10-12 Friday night but otherwise I worked through the night and all day Saturday. So was it worth it? Yes and no, I only sold one item, but it was better than my last show (sad I know!) but I did get to meet awesome crafters/artists from around the area. I also met someone who in my sleep happy state at 9 pm Saturday night I claimed was my kindred soul! (Hi Rose!) so for me the lack of sales made up for the great time I had.

Tomorrow I hope to have pictures for you all of at least SOMETHING sleeping until 3pm on Saturday really gives you crap sunlight and my battery is dying so I am basically saying the odds are against me!

This whole craft business is a learning experience but I am not giving up by a long shot. Many people gave me wonderful comments, petted the fabric on the purses (that is always a good sign) and took business cards. Purses are a hard item to sell at a craft show I think but I just have to find the right show and go for it!

Because of my large stock I will be having a HUGE update on my shop later this week or right after Thanksgiving depending on when I can get photos so I will keep you all posted when I know.

This isnt a pitty post, or rather don't take it that way. I had a great time and wouldn't of had it any other way! You win some you loss some and I am ok with that.

I survived


And now I am going to bed. I will recap tomorrow when real sentences can actually form in my head.



Here concludes color week.
We have hit the home stretch for the trunk show.
Here is to a night of warmth, coffee, and a WHOLE lot of sewing!



Sorry about the lackluster photos for this week. I recently changed my work schedule and there is NO light when I get home. While my co-workers already think I am a little kooky, taking random pictures in the parking lot would push me over the edge to down right crazy!


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