Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Blessings!

May your heart be filled with hope and joy.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Guess Whooooo is Having a Big Birthday!

My little sister.  Happy Birthday Linda!  I made her this little birthday book for the special occasion and whipped up this cute little little owl.   The back is from an old polka dot chenille bedspread.  The front fabric is some retro fabric I had in my stash... just her style!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sew Happy!

This little table runner is for, Laura, the newest member of my family.  I fused the ribbon on to keep them from shifting.   Whew, I was not sure this would come together okay.   On to the next project.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Treasure Hunt

Years ago a relative was giving away some china left to them by another relative.  I took them home and they got tucked in the most obscure corner of an old addition on the back of my house.    This morning, I crawled under there on hand an knee (yuck) and drug out the boxes to peek inside.  It had been a long time and I did not vaguely remember what they looked like.

Each piece is wrapped in brown and brittle old newspaper, but the dishes inside look like new.  I have not uncovered all the pieces, but there is a little bit of about everything!  The back of the dishes are stamped Royal Joci, and hand decorated with 23k gold.   They wouldn't get big money on Pawn Stars, but they sure are fun.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Back to My Craft Roots

Sew!  As usual, there are just too many fabulous things on my list to make lately.  My first project was a long overdue pillow in a quilt for my daughter.

Today I finished my first rag quilt ever.  It is for someone at work.  I will definitely be making more rag quilts in the future.  Cut, cut, cut...snip, snip, snip!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hope Lights the Way

"Hope" is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all
-Emily Dickinson
BCS 4 years and counting! 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

ATC Time

The past few months I have given my paper crafts a bit break and have been sewing.  My mom taught me to sew when I was a young girl.   Over the years no matter what new craft or hobby I obsess with  engage in, I always kept my sewing machine in a ready state.

My favorite local store has a July ATC swap.  It gave me the perfect opportunity to use one of my new favorite pictures found somewhere on the web.  My roller skates were my second love, but very close behind my brother's wonder horse!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

An Offer I Couldn't Refuse

A sweet cyber friend who was my first craft swap partner ever invited me to participate in a fun swap. Of course I said yes!  I headed to my craft cave,  dusted off my supplies, and was paired up with a very nice gal... Nan from Bubbles of Joy

Above is a picture of the fabulous canvas Nan made for me.  The colors are just perfect.  My new favorite color lately is any shade of aqua blue.  The canvas is a dreamy cream with a touch of pink.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Vintage bluebirds, butterflies and a sweet little girl.... what's not to love?  Thank you Nan!

For Nan, I tried to use colors to match her craft room...teal and red.   I painted my little canvas red and loaded it with things I hoped Nan would enjoy along with some of her favorite memories.  The queen in the middle is an old childhood friend... Midge.  The cute little butterfly is her mother.  Nan is on there too wearing a party hat.  I sure had fun making this for her.

A big hug and thank you to Joyce for putting this swap together.

Monday, April 9, 2012


My new favorite little girl photo. What a hoot!

Monday, March 26, 2012

My Finest Vinyl Linen

Today I took a big step. While looking through a wooden chest to find tablecloths to use for my bunko group tomorrow night, I realized what a large collection of vinyl table covers I have collected over the years. The ones in the picture are only the tip of the iceberg.

It is not as if I don't have some very nice cloth ones to use. If fact, I have quite a few very lovely ones. So why am I not using them?? Am I afraid of getting a little spot or two on them? Yikes!! This oddly makes me feel like a little old lady. Is there is such a person as a vinyl hoarder?

Worse yet, I am having trouble parting with my plastic ones. It is time to let go!