National Hobby Month

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Whats your hobby?

I craft, paint, draw, sew, scrapbook, make paper products, bake, garden, and do alot of other things.  I enjoy trying new things and being challenged (even if I do get frustrated. lol)

Some of my favorite projects are the paper products I make and some of my sewn items.  I also enjoy painting, and making toys which go over well with the kids; I try to change it up based on the show i’m doing and time of year it is.

Here are a few of the things i’ve made….

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I find crafting in any form is a great stress reliever and it’s something I really enjoy.  It’s also become a family affair with my husband and daughter.  It’s a great way to spend time together.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Thanks for stopping by 🙂




I sew and I can do basic quilting, meaning I can put squares together, stitch up the seams and tie a quilt.  However, i’ve always wanted to learn more.

I started really watching videos on Youtube for the Missouri Quilt Company.  The lady Jenny, who does the instruction goes over the steps, shows you tips and shortcuts and makes it look so easy to do more than basic sewing.  I think this is the year to step it up…I asked the nieces and nephews what their favorite colors are and am looking at some designs she’s done that appear to be easy enough to do.

Hopefully i’ll have these done by Christmas 2018…. Most of the videos i’ve watched you can put together a top in a weekend. With that being said, i’m going to add time to my schedule to do at least one a month.

So far I like the Rail Fence, Nine Patch, and Pin Wheel.  Any suggestions on something easy enough to try?  Below are some of the patterns I found on google…..69

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Time to Clean the Craft Room….

Christmas is over and so is the holiday craft show season…. like many crafter’s with the new year here it’s time to get organized and see what supplies you still have or need to replace.  You never know how much you have until you have to put it back.  Over the next couple weeks I will be putting my craft room to rights, re-organizing my supplies and seeing what I have or need….it’s also a good time to purge those things you’ve had for years and have never used (although this is difficult. lol).

I’m dreading and excited to be going through everything. I have a tendency to find supplies I forgot about or projects I set aside to do something else that had to get done, which gives me ideas for all new projects.

As weird as this sounds, I put on the four Shrek movies to clean to.  Last year I was able to reorganize my room in the time the four movies were finished.  I used to play a game with my daughter when she was little to get her to clean her room.  I would set a timer and she had to beat the clock….I guess this is the same theory.

I have a small craft room which causes storage problems… my hubby and I have been throwing around some ideas and hopefully i’ll have a nifty new room by summer.

Please feel free to share your stories and comments.

Thanks for stopping by!


My Ideal Space solutions….  I think I need to go to Home Depot 

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Can you believe….

Can you believe it…. The first weekend in January is already here.  We made it through the first week of work and now the weekend is here.    January and February are typically longer months…. but once March hits, BAM! It’s summer.  Make memories this year, make each day count, and don’t rush your days…. before you know we’re going to be in the next new year.

Have a fabulous first weekend!  Get a start on those goals and projects. 

Thanks for stopping by…….





Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and Welcome 2018!

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2017 flew by….before I knew it Winter turned to a brief spring and then Summer.  Summer came and went and Fall hit us.  Halloween turned to Thanksgiving and then Christmas was here and now we are in a brand new year. I decided a long time ago that I would no longer make resolutions but set goals; unfortunately, I still failed at some of those.  However, new year new goals and i’m very determined to stick to them this year.

To start the year off my family and I will be starting the Keto diet.  Unfortunately, we can’t start that until all the junk from Christmas and New years is gone but we will start incorporating the foods into our diet now so that when the other is gone we won’t go into carb free shock. lol

I also have plans for my blog, my crafts, working on my business and Etsy shop and getting ready for the craft show season.  I’ve been throwing the idea around for a few years about writing a craft book…I have so many ideas.  This is another goal i’ve set for myself but there are so many factors; I need to decide on the # of projects I want to show, what they are, write the instructions, photography, then decide if I want to reach out to a publisher or self publish…any thoughts you have on that are welcome.

My ultimate goal is to open up my own store; I have had this dream for years but I always seem find reasons not to do it.  It would be a craft and hobby store but not just a regular store.  I want to be involved with the community; have open sewing where people can come with their groups and have a place to do their projects. I want to work with the schools for workshops on textiles and product creation; since schools do not have Home Economics any longer this would be an ideal way to take lessons they learn in Social Studies and put them in practice.  I also want to host events that will help bring the community together.  Art and Music….they bring everyone closer.

Like I said, I have goals and I am determined to meet them this year.  My husband and daughter support me and with their love and support I can accomplish anything.

I think it’s time to start working on my timeline and start working on things in order, I have a lot to accomplish 🙂

What goals or resolutions do you have this year?  Any advice you want to share?

Thanks for stopping by!!!  May your new year be full of happiness and good things.





Who’s got pumpkins?

I always thought fabric pumpkins are pretty cool….I decided to try and figure it out and looked and looked for directions.  I remembered seeing something one time on making them and since I couldn’t find the directions went off of memory and got creative.


If you know how to make a fabric yoyo, you can make a pumpkin.  What you will need….

  1. Fabric of your choice in assorted colors / patterns.
  2. Pot lids in various sizes (the bigger the lid, the bigger the pumpkin).  If you don’t want to use a pot lid or you can make a template using the thumb tack, string and a pencil method.
  3. Leaves; you can use silk or make some from green felt.
  4. Wood dowel or small piece of branch for the stem.
  5. Wire (optional) to make the vine (thicker gage)
  6. Embroidery floss.
  7. Needle and thread.
  8. Fiberfill.
  9. Hot glue.

Trace a pot lid onto the fabric using a pencil.  After you are done, cut the circle(s) and your ready to make your first yoyo.  Using a needle and thread stitch around the edge of the fabric using a basting stitch, when you get to the end, gently pull it to gather it into a pouch leaving an opening big enough to stuff. After you have stuffed it to the firmness you want, finish pulling the edge closed and stitch together to hold the in place.

Get your embroidery floss ready (do not separate strands).  You will then take the embroidery needle and push it up through the bottom of the pumpkin and pull it out of the top to start making the pumpkin shape; you’ll want to make sure you pull it tight enough as you go around to keep the shape.  You can tie it off either at the top or bottom of the pumpkin.

Next, grab your leaf (leaves) and hot glue it in place.  You would then cut a piece of dowel to the size you want for the stem and paint it green or brown or use a piece of branch and hot glue it to the center of the pumpkin.  If you choose to, you can add a stem by using the wire; cut the desired length and bend it in a spiral shape using needle nose pliers or a pencil and hot glue it in place.

These are great for fall decorations or make a set and give them as a gift.  I sell them at craft shows and the little ones are a big hit.

I hope you enjoyed my pumpkin tutorial.  Please feel free to share a pic and/or leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by!




Well…it’s that time of the year again.  My favorite time of year!  Fall is finally here and I hope it’s here to stay.  I love the changing of the leaves, the way they smell when they fall & cover the ground.  The sound they make when you walk on them.  There’s nothing better than going outside with your coffee or hot chocolate and just breathing deeply and smelling the earth.

I love to go to the nature center and walk around.  There’s nothing more peaceful than being out in nature and enjoying the quiet of the earth. Sure there are other people but the nature center is so big not everyone walks on the same paths.  My daughter and I went when the leaves were just starting to change and unfortunately, we didn’t get much nature time…I can’t wait to go back and see the changes.

Halloween is over and Thanksgiving is coming….My lovely daughter will soon be 21.  With the changing of the season, also comes the changing of my daughter into an adult.  I feel like i’m always working and between that and her going to school and working part-time, we both cherish the moments where we can spend an entire day together just hanging out.

I hope you enjoy your fall….  Mother nature is an amazing thing and God paints a beautiful landscape.  Take the time to smell the the air, the earth, and see all the beautiful colors and just enjoy the world around you.