chore charts!

August 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm | Posted in cleaning and organizing, kidstuff | Leave a comment
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made in the shade.

August 11, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Posted in reincarnate::giving old things new life::, sewing | Leave a comment
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I’ve always wanted to redo a vintage market umbrella. Of course, in my mind it was made from the perfect well worn quilt. It was all in my mind- until now.

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the art and business of surface pattern design.

May 7, 2014 at 7:38 am | Posted in inspiring sites | Leave a comment
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For the past several weeks, I have enjoyed taking an introductory course on surface pattern design. I stumbled on it when I was searching for craft business mentoring, craft related retreats, creative seminars- something, I was searching for something. I have been feeling a lack of focus on where I am headed with my business and creative direction. I came across Make It in Design’s Design School page. I researched it obsessively, looking at past alumni and everything they had to offer. I was hoping it would offer me an opportunity to put all of my creative energy into one place and let me be creative again with blinders on, so to speak. And that is exactly what it did for me.

It took a back to basics approach. Go outside. Find beauty and what inspires you. Now go recreate that in various forms. It is remarkably easy to forget that and so reinvigorating to recapture. This class brought me back to sketching, looking at things in new ways and finding unexpected beauty.

I am old school. I would rather write with a pencil than a keyboard. The thought of working in Photoshop and Illustrator was paralyzing. That’s what my husband is for! He builds my website, turns my scribbles into sewing pattern booklets and everything else I need. I’m lucky to be checking email! Depending on him has handicapped me and made me lazy to learn. This course slowly gets your feet wet in these applications and allows you to gradually build on what you are learning. The pace was just right for me.

I am looking forward to the upcoming modules of this course. I have learned so much and have enjoyed being a part of the wonderful community that it has provided.

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Wine Sleeve.

May 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Wine Sleeve.

A wine sleeve, in more ways than one!

Seed starting!

April 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I may be going overboard this year but I am hoping to do it right this gardening season.

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making craft room bins.

April 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Posted in cleaning and organizing, reincarnate::giving old things new life:: | Leave a comment
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The combination of living in a small space and being a craft hoarder is a dangerous combination. I try to stay as organized as possible, for as cheap as I can get away with!
I covered these cardboard boxes with wrapping paper and added these simple touches. I am a huge believer that handmade doesn’t have to look homemade!

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spring wall art.

March 23, 2014 at 7:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Even though there is literally a wall of snow out my door, I am ready to SPRING forward. The best start for me is to refresh my surroundings and my spirit. Besides the kitchen, my mantel is a place where I can continually express myself. I decorate living spaces for longevity so it’s nice to be able to switch up things according to quickly changing seasons and evolving moods and styles. 

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What says spring better than images of birds, nests, and new life, not to mention a refreshed relationship with God? This verse just speaks to me in times of anxiousness. I love simple typography as wall art. It just speaks for itself. 

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You can print one off for yourself HERE. Please print for personal use only.

waiting.

March 20, 2014 at 9:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

This spring is just keeping us waiting. Waiting for the 5 foot snow heaps to be gone, waiting for the end of snowstorms, waiting for sunshine and longer days, but most importantly, waiting for our long expected baby!

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Our Cookie is having a baby!! It could happen anytime now so we are so anxious. The vet braved the snowstorm and did an ultrasound. Total excitement!!

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I’ll keep you up to date!

all dried up.

February 21, 2014 at 10:34 am | Posted in feed me!!, random revelations | Leave a comment
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I borrowed a dehydrator from a friend to see if I need one. I made raisins, banana chips and apple rings. While they are tasty, there are just some things that I’d rather buy. I have been enamored with making some of my own staple items, like yogurt and ricotta cheese.

I’m glad that I did it. I’m glad that I can. BUT- I keep thinking that for a couple of dollars more, I can buy some! The older I get, the more precious my time feels. I want to focus more on cooking the actual meals than the ingredients. Maybe someday I’ll get back to making everything from scratch but for now I’ll savor time with my darling, my babes and my horse!

Scrappy love.

February 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Holidays!, instant gratification!, PARTIES!!, reincarnate::giving old things new life:: | Leave a comment
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I didn’t know I had so many scraps in pinks and reds! Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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