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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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.





Unicorn Horns

Can I just say how much I love Pinterest?!  How many of you get lost on Pinterest?  I get on there to look up something or just see what’s new to my feed and I end up spending hours on there….You can search ideas on everything from crafts to home ideas to recipes.  Depending on your searches and saves, pinterest will start sending suggestions to you.

While on there I found a bunch of cool unicorn ideas; one of those ideas is a unicorn horn headband.  I used a pattern I found on pinterest; however, came up with my own design for the flowers and the look of the headbands.  You need 5 things if you want to make a unicorn headband.

  1. Headband.  I found my headbands at the dollar tree; I originally used the elastic but I made them for a craft show and the moms asked about the normal headbands, so my second round i’m using the normal cloth covered headbands
  2. Felt.  Your choice of color for the horn and roses
  3. Hot glue
  4. Embroidery floss or contrasting thread
  5. Centers for the flowers (optional)

Unicorn horns

These were a big hit with the munchkins at the craft show, not recommended for children under two years of age.

First you need to find the pattern, or make your own by cutting a cone shape and cutting the tip off.  Once you have the pattern made, pin it and then cut it out of the felt (your choice of color)  You’ll also need to cut a circle just larger than the opening of the horn to cover the headband and stuffing. This pattern is the one I found on pinterest. unicorn horn

After you have cut the horn you can give it a quick sew on the sewing machine or hot glue the edges and turn it once cool (I used the hot glue method).  Once you’ve turned the horn right side out and stuff it.  Once it’s stuffed, get your headband ready ….you’ll hot glue the horn to the headband covering the opening.  Once the headband is on the hot glue, run a bead of hot glue on the headband the size of the opening and take the circle you cut and cover the opening, gently pressing it to the headband and horn… it will be hot so be careful. As the glue cools you’ll be able to make sure that the edge of the circle is secured to the edge of the horn.  Let cool completely and trim the excess once done.

Once the horn is cool, you’ll take either embroidery floss or thread (I used thread) and wrap it around the horn to make it look like the unicorn horn.

You will then need to either use silk flowers, or make your own rosettes and attach them to the headband.  There are a lot of different felt flower tutorials on Youtube and Pinterest you can view if your unsure how to make your own.  After the rosettes are made, you can add some glitter glue to the centers and let dry, or use pearls (colors of your choice).  Attach to the headband and horn once done with hot glue.

Finally, you’ll want to make ears out of the felt and attach them.  You can also embellish with some tulle to make it look like a mane in the front and back if you choose.

My daughter, who is almost 21 decided to dress like a unicorn for halloween and asked me to make her a headband.  They take a little time but are super easy to make.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial…. Please feel free to share your pics and/or leave me a comment!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂





Tutorial: Sticky Note Make-over

Welcome to my first tutorial!  I hope you enjoy it!

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a sticky note take-along.  It makes a great gift for someone or for yourself.  I’ve also found they come in quite handy when i’m out and I need to leave a note for someone or if i’m out and need to remember something, I can write myself a note.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Sticky notes of your choice – I like to get them at the dollar store; you can the mini’s as shown below or the full size
  • Card Stock in two colors – you can find it wherever craft supplies are sold
  • Glue or glue tape
  • Mini hook and loop dots (1/2 in) – I get mine from the dollar store, they are alot cheaper than buying name brand
  • Stickers/embellishment of choice

For this tutorial I am using the mini’s which measure 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

Cut main card stock color 2 in x 4 in.


If you don’t have a scoring tool you can fold the card stock around the sticky note and press the edges with your fingers.  If you are using a scoring tool, score on the long side at 1 3/4 and again at 2 1/4.  You can also use a ruler and draw a pencil line where you want the folds to be.  Be careful you don’t press too hard and crack the card stock.


Once you have scored/pressed your edges glue the mini in place (I use a glue stick, it works well).  You will want to put the glue on back of the mini and place it where you want it, making sure it’s lined up correctly.


If you like the way it looks without adding a tab, just add your embellishment and your set.  If you are going to add the hook and loop tab cut your second piece of card stock to size and glue it in place.  In this example the width is 1 in by 5 3/4 in.  Score at 1 3/4, 2 1/4, 4 1/8, 4 3/4.  You can leave the remainder of the strip as is and attach the hook and loop dot to that or you can fold it back a 1/2 in to reinforce where the hook and loop dot will be attached.  (see pic below)


Attach your hook and loop dot and then add your embellishments. In this example I just used stickers I purchased at the dollar store. You may have also noticed rounded corners…. I prefer my corners rounded so I clip them with a corner rounder.  However, you can leave them square.


These make great teacher gifts at the end of the year, stocking stuffers during the holidays, or just because. They are easy to make and I find they do well at craft shows depending on your show.



I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, please let me know what you think.


Not just a mom

I am not just a mother… I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a role model. Throughout my daughter’s life I have always had to work, I didn’t get the opportunity to be a stay at home mom (as much as I would have liked to).  It’s difficult having to work and raise a family.  So how do you connect with your kids in the downtime when there’s always homework or extra activities?  You do arts and crafts, play music and dance around the living room, sing badly together, play in the yard, have weekend camp-outs (whether it’s in backyard or living room) and just have fun.

In the summer time I use to do a mom camp on random weekends and we would camp-out in the backyard (with the dog), do science experiments, art projects, and other fun stuff.  My daughter said she doesn’t remember all the crafts we made or what we baked, but she remembers always making something/doing something.

My nieces and nephews spent alot of time at our house; we played games, did crafts, and watched movies. There were many weekends we stayed up late playing Life, Clue and Sorry and laughing.  I always made sure we did a craft or baked or something when they stayed with me.  There were many times we would all fall asleep in the living room watching movies.  A few years ago we had to sell our house.  My niece Brandie was upset and  said there were so many memories there.  That’s something they will always carry with them, memories of all the fun we had.

No, I am not just a mother, I’m a role model.  I’ve raised my now 20-year-old daughter to be independent-a leader and to not follow the crowd, I have encouraged her creativity, and tried to make sure she can cope with our crazy world .  I’ve seen to many “Mother’s” who aren’t mothers and “Father’s” who aren’t fathers.  They weren’t ready to be parents and forget that the children come first because they themselves are still children or put themselves first.  They put drugs, alcohol, their cellphone, friends ahead of their kids.  The children are who suffer and it’s not fair.

My goal has always been to make my daughter proud. My husband calls me super-wife and my daughter supermom.  Take time to be a role model, teach the children, spend time with them, and encourage them.  They are our future….

Now…off of my soap box

Here are some weekend family fun ideas


  1. Spend time outside with the kids playing in yard, going for a walk in the park, hike, bike, skate, camping out in the backyard, go fishing
  2. Plant a garden together, teach kids about the land and where their food comes from
  3. Get on the floor and play with the kids, whether its building blocks, cars & trucks, or dolls/action figures
  4. Dig out the playdoh
  5. Make a family game night
  6. Have dinner at the table together and share your day
  7. Crafting, baking
  8. During the holidays make the gifts and decorations
  9. Have an electronics free weekend

These might seem like a “duh” but you’d be surprised.  Sometimes, family time is all you need after a tough week to help you get recentered.

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