Sunday, December 26, 2010


Being the fashion diva that I am, I just love designer clothes…you know, to wear to the grocery store or to drop my Daughter off at dance. Nothing like a special hair-do or designer jewelry to perk up picking my Son up from marching band!

Seriously though, I have never been a huge fan of the whole “fashion collections” hullabaloo. I did just stumble across something that I am finding, though absolutely not practical for me, is none the less fascinating and lovely.

While blog hopping I ran across this:

“This” is the “Chanel pre-fall 2011 Byzance Collection.”

Chanel Pre-Fall 2011

If only this was a “V” neck:Chanel Pre-Fall 2011

Here’s a lovely “classic black” dress:Chanel Pre-Fall 2011

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Now just because I can’t see myself wearing the lovely Greek looking clothes or jewelry doesn’t mean that it is all too fancy for my daily life. Take a closer look at those GORGEOUS shoes!!! I can definitely see myself wearing those with summer clothes! In fact, I MUST have shoes like that! I LOVE them!!! Of course I won’t be buying these as they range from $130 to $300, but I do like these styles:

Paul Green 'Estavan' SandalStuart Weitzman 'Donuts' SandalJeffrey Campbell 'Emma' Sandal

These were the most reasonably priced ones I found at a mere $80:

Seychelles 'Araxi' Sandal

I’m sure, though, this spring and summer there will be plenty of knock offs in the stores. Can’t wait to see them!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

What I Want...

...for my birthday today is a new blender!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rudolph & The Grinch…

Earlier this week my Daughter was in a Christmas dance recital.  The girls did a really good job considering they didn’t start rehearsing until mid-October.  Little Miss M played Cindy Lou Who in The Grinch and the Doll in Rudolph.  I won’t subject you to the whole thing, but thought I would post my favorite part from Rudolph. My Daughter is the one in the dress:

Friday, December 3, 2010

Some Gifts…

…I made for my Mom for her Birthday:

A wool felt candle mat024 

A Christmas ornament


A wool felt gift tag that I embroidered a message on the back of


Baby Girl made her the cutest pencil organizer and she did it all by herself!


I think it was a very nice birthday celebration!  We had a wonderful dinner (made by me) of lasagna made like my Grandmother used to make it, salad, bread sticks and a lovely pineapple upside down cake for desert.  A very enjoyable day!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Thanksgiving Mantle…

Little Miss M and I decorated our fireplace mantle the other day and I thought I would show it to you!


It’s kind of hard to see how pretty the pumpkins are.  They are covered in beads and so the camera doesn’t really like taking pictures of them! I crocheted the turkey a couple of years ago and have since lost the link to the pattern, sorry!

The welcome autumn banner is a really nice freebie offered by Gwen from Gwenny Penny. It was a super easy, fun and quick project for the Divine Little Miss M and I to do together.

Can you believe that Christmas is only 5 weeks away! It’s coming up WAY to fast for me!  I don’t have anything done (let alone started) that I was planning on making!  Guess I better get crackin’!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Giveaway…

Over at Retro Mummy!


She’s giving away a fat quarter of each of the pictured fabrics!  14 fat quarter’s in all!  How awesome is that…and I absolutely love this fabric!  Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming…

To tell you about something awesome! Have you ever been over to Meyer Imports? They have the most gorgeous German glass glitter as well as some other lovelies. Their glass glitter is so vibrant! They also have this really cool product line called “Earth Flakes. The Earth Flakes are little bits of cork, pebbles, grasses and wood shavings you can use to embellish your little bits! I can see where these would come in handy if you were a miniature enthusiast.

Big red gnome test pic

Well, Meyer Imports is running a special deal this month! Any order placed during the month of November get’s these little cuties included, for free, with their order! How awesome is that? The people over at Meyer Imports decided to take it one step further! Anyone who blogs about their offer and shoots them off an email with the link to the post provided gets to have these little darlings for free!!!

Well, I love free…and my Mama didn’t raise no dummy! Go on over and check these guys out! You will be amazed by their products and I have read on more than one blog, from people who have ordered from them, that they are efficient and really nice people too!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Christmas Ornaments…

I have been planning for a while now to try my hand at making some round “quilted” Christmas ornaments. I first saw one of these round ornaments on the Graceful Designs blog, which sadly, hasn’t been active all year. This is the image she used that caught my breath:

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Isn’t this a lovely springtime Easter-y ornament?She offered this link (uses three different fabrics) to directions. After trolling around, I have found one that is illustrated over at Crafter without a Cat (uses two different fabrics).

More trolling and here are some pictures of my favorites around the web. If you like one, click the picture to be taken to the designer. If you don’t want to make one of your own, you can find instructions on how to purchase them on the websites. There are also a bunch available on etsy. Have fun!!!




Candy Cane Stripes

Country Hearts Tapestry

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Just Spoolin’ Around…

So, I’ve had these little spools forever! They originally belonged to my Dad’s…Uncle’s…Wife. I’ve kept them in my box, in my bead cabinet for years knowing that SOMEDAY I would find a use for the stinkin’ cute little things!spools

The other day, while trolling around on the internet (I’m very good at wasting my day trolling on the internet), I came across this:

Eureka! A spool advent calendar! I now have a good use for my spools! I am always looking for a simple project to do on Thanksgiving Day with my Mom and Daughter. This fits the bill perfectly!

Of course I had to try one out to see how it would fit. I printed the free “labels” at half size to accommodate the smaller spools, trimmed the length of the paper about 1/2” and it worked like a charm!spool1

Now I just have to find the perfect beads and some cording to finish them off. I might use a little gold paint on the edges too…that would finish them off nicely!

If you too want to see all the great spool advent calendar ideas over at “Just Something I Made” and make your own click “HERE!”


Cathe has updated her project from last year and suggests that you can make them into kits to give away! Check out her new post with new downloadable graphics HERE!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake…

If this had been the cake Marie Antoinette was talking about, well, she never would have lost her head!

Thanksgiving Turkey Cake

It’s everything good about Thanksgiving dinner! Here’s the link to the recipe:  CHOW

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Here Kitty, Kitty…

This is one of the coolest things I have seen! A friend sent me the video and I just had to share…it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Computer Time and Giveaways…

Today, I’m a happy camper! The last year and a half I have been working on an old laptop that I purchased several years ago and has less than stellar performance. I HAD a really nice desktop computer that I bought myself with the sale of a beaded purse that I made. Bad me, back then, I decided that it needed a better graphics card so I could play more graphically intensive games. So long story short…I killed my computer!

Fast forward to now, my oldest son decided I needed to get my computer up and running. So he ordered me some new parts, my hubby put them all together since my oldest is off at school again, and my #2 son spent a lot of time working on the operating system. Now I have my wonderful computer back!!!! I forgot how fantastic it is!

I can’t thank the men in my life enough! They are absolutely awesome!!!

On Friday, the Fall into Fall Quilt Bloggers Giveaway started. It is a huge giveaway being participated by more than 150 bloggers and businesses. I will be updating on this post about some of the participants so keep an eye here for some links!

Hop on over to Micki's blog Irish Muses. She has TWO things she's giving away! Spend a little time there too, I have been going to Micki's blog for a long time now and really enjoy her posts!

Stop by Grey Cat Quilts, she is giving away a lovely mini quilt made of my favorite...batiks!!! It's stunning!

Little Bluebell is giving away a Wonderland Momo honeybun...who doesn't love honeybuns!!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

There’s A New Kid In Town…

well…a new BOM anyways! It starts on October 1st and ends on November 26th. There will be 9 free embroidery patterns in all. Won’t you join in? All you have to do is click on the link in my side bar. Here is a little sneak peek at a few of the designs we will be doing:


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…I hear jingle bells…do you???

Monday, September 27, 2010

Have A Drink On Me…

I’m not quite sure how it happened. I swear I’m not old enough…really! If you have your own, no matter what you do…don’t blink or you’ll miss the trip! It’s official…my “baby” is 21! They sure grow up fast, don’t they!

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He’s also HUGE! He’d make a great Viking with all that red hair and the fact that he’s built like a football player! Genetics not withstanding, he IS part Norwegian, he has a softer, funnier side:

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He was indulging his little sister!

In the spirit of his 21st birthday I thought I’d share a Strawberry Margarita Shooter from Bakers Royale that I found via Craft Gossip. Doesn’t it look yummy?

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shooters

Monday, September 20, 2010

I Did A Little Shopping Today…

Due to the circumstances in which my family and I have found ourselves, it has become necessary for me to be much more frugal than I had been. I recently found a blog called Money Saving Mom that helps you know the best deals to get out of Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS drug stores. Now, I don’t have a CVS nearby, but I do have a Rite Aid and they just opened a Walgreens in my town too!

I did my research, clipped my coupons and away I went this morning with my list clutched in my eager little hand. There were a couple things not in stock, and I made a mistake picking up the wrong thing in one instance, but over all I’m pretty happy with my haul of goodies! Here’s what I got:


Three packages of diapers (my Niece is expecting twins), two deodorants, two tubes of toothpaste, three boxes of kleenex (the big ones), three cans of soup, a mouthwash and a heat pack. Paying full price all these items would have cost me $60.02. My end price for all these goodies? $18.09!!! Pretty darn good, huh! Just one bag of the diapers at regular price is $12.99! Mind you, this price is after coupons (store and manufacturer), sale prices and rewards, but it’s still awesome!!!

Speaking of my Niece, who will be receiving the diapers as part of her shower gift, I picked up some material at Jo-Ann's today to make receiving blankets and burp cloths with. She will be having a boy and a girl so I thought this material was absolutely perfect!


Won’t they be darling! I’ll be sure to post a picture when I get them done. If you are interested in a couple of links to make something like I am, here is one for receiving blankets (I make mine similar to the first one, but I tie them with yarn) and here is one I have made and absolutely love for burp rags.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Little Sewing…

So, I have been a bad Mommy. My Daughter got this sewing machine over a year ago and I just now let her start learning how to use it. I just wasn’t ready for sewn fingers, and I didn’t feel she really had the skill or patience or attention span for it. She’s now nine, and was ready, in my opinion, to start learning.

Here she is sewing her very first seam:


Here she is almost done with the first half of her project:


…and here she is with the first half of her project, a placemat, done.


She did a great job…seams are a bit wonky, but it IS her first time! On Tuesday we plan to finish up the project…Mom can only take it in small doses (took about an hour for this part).

I have learned one valuable lesson from this. She is using a “Pixie” sewing machine by Singer. It’s worth investing in a “real” sewing machine. Although the Pixie does work, I think it is better suited to paper sewing. I can see that I will be moving her up to my machine before too long.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Tap, tap…is this thing on???

I can hardly believe it has been two months since I last posted. It has been kind of tough around here with everything that my family has been going through. It's definitely gotten me down. It's time to stop wallowing now, though, and get back to the business at hand.

What is the business at hand you may ask (that is if anyone comes here anymore)? Why crafting of course! What a silly question.

I have been crafting, the problem you see, is that I haven't been taking pictures of said crafting. I would say it is past time to get my photography butt in gear! I promise to start posting some picture of my endeavors very soon.

In the mean time, here is a great  e-book for you all to check out. It's Mary Powers' inspired ideas. It has lots of darling projects and fantastic photography and best of's free! I found the link via Stitch School, thanks Janet for the link!

Just click on the picture and you will be on your way!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Sister Gone...loss

I am so sad. Broken hearted. I feel heavy, like I could sink into the seat I am sitting in. My step-sister, less than a year older than me, whom I grew up with from the age of 8... is gone. She finally could no longer handle the fight she was engaged in with cancer. She has been seriously ill for two years now. A few years ago, she had breast cancer. Went through the radiation and a masectomy. It came back. Now, her family must go on without her. It's a terrible loss. She has three children and a husband left behind. My heart is the most heavy for her youngest, only 9, like my own daughter. How can she even begin to understand the enormity of it all, let alone deal with the loss of the most important person in her life. It's tragic.

I remember when we were both pregnant with our daughters. Kathy was a month behind me in her pregnancy. She called me before she told anyone upset. The last thing she wanted was to be pregnant again. She had two other children, almost grown. I remember telling her that things happen for a reason and that her new child would bring her joy. We talked for a while about it. I told her we could make it fun, being pregnant at the same time, together. I think I made her feel better about it.

My step sister and I were not really close. Due to family drama's there was always a little bit of a wedge there. It wasn't personal towards just was what it was. That often happens with blended...broken...families. Still, she and my other step-sister were and are the closest thing I will ever have to siblings. Just because we weren't always that close, doesn't make my loss any less. I grew up with her...though in different households. I share so many memories, experiences, history with her. I will truely miss her more than I can say.

Kathy was what I call a gentle soul. She had a sweet disposition. She was quiet, but not a shrinking violet by any means. She touched so many people with her gentleness.

I am so sad at her loss. There will be such a large hole left in our family.

Please pray for her family in their time of need...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I “Felt” Like Showing You Something…

I know I haven’t been blogging much lately. I just haven’t really been in the mood. I have been crafting though. I thought I would show you my newest finish. It’s a wool felt lamp penny rug. I love the way it turned out. I used beads to accent the middle and sort of “made up” the stitch I used with them. I’m sure I didn’t really make it up…there’s nothing new under the sun! :-)

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I also wanted to tell you about a wonderful week long giveaway over at Jane’s Fabric’s and Quilts. Jane is such a nice lady and having a wonderful celebration, why not pop over there and sign up!

See you soon!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Dog Has Kittens for Lunch...

This is the neatest video!

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Fun Sew-a-long…

Bag and Accessories

Kelly over at {MAKE} is have the cutest sew-a-long! I’m going to join in…won’t you too???

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Bread Art Project…


…is sponsored by the Grain Foods Foundation.  It is to raise awareness of hunger here in America.  For every piece of art created, they will donate $1 to “Share Our Strength” which is the leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America. 

It’s nice to see an organization that is taking our donated money (and theirs) and basically putting it back into our communities instead of sending it off some place else.  Don’t get me wrong, the other organizations are wonderful too, but as my Grandmother used to say:  “Charity begins at home.”

Please click on my above image to go check them out and make a piece of art toast yourself!!!