Sunday, February 26, 2012

Keep Getting STITCHED

STITCHED workshops are still in full swing. The latest cool news about them is that they will be available all year - but you don't want to wait too long to get going with these great workshops.

Here's just a few of the great comments left by workshop participants...

"Just finished watching the videos for making this bag - I LOVE it!!!" 

"What a great set of videos! I'm excited to begin this project."

"Spent all afternoon watching the fab tutorials with my daughter yesterday, can't wait to have a play with them today!"

"Wow, wow, WOW!!! Just finished watching the series and am totally inspired!"

"LOVE this workshop.  So many great ideas, my mind is afire."

Click on the link below to learn more about how to register for these great workshops - there is so much goodness and talent to be seen!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Incredible Finds

I've been busy today creating Treasuries on Etsy. They can be rather addicting - browsing through all the talented works done by talented artists of all kinds.

Today I made one of my favorite Treasuries. I wanted to share it with you.  Hope you love it as much as I do!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Calming Day

I need a calm, comforting photo in my head today. I picked this great print from a fellow Etsy seller, CharlenePrecious.

Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Heart Day!

Oh, how I love vintage valentines!

Hope you have a perfect, cozy, vintage-style day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Door I Want to Enter

I adore the photography of Etsy artist Lesley Sico. She is able to capture such a warm, rustic, real, cozy feeling in her photos.

Here's my newest love.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Almost Strawberry Season

While cleaning out some old boxes last weekend, I ran across a sweet, aged strawberry pin cushion that was in my grandmother's things. 

I honestly don't even recall seeing it at her house through the years - well, to be honest - I didn't even remember it when I saw it - but it was amongst other items that of hers - so I know it came from her house. I'm thinking that it most likely was my great-grandmothers. 

My great-grandmother was a lovely, quiet farmer's wife, who I'm sure hardly had a day of her adult life where she didn't put on one of her darling work-aprons and labor from dusk to dawn in the kitchen lovingly preparing nourishing meals for her husband and others working tirelessly on the farm. I'm touched to be able to still have several of her aprons. She passed when I was just 16 and my great-grandfather passed just a couple short years past that.

However, I digress (as I often do!). 

Back to my sweet strawberry.

Without a doubt, my little strawberry pin cushion was used as that pin depository, and also filled the pin sharpening duty as well, as it is filled with a fine emery sand. Emery sand is top-notch for sharpening pins and needles.

I've decided that this little nugget of velvet and sand can no longer hide out in a box in the attic. It's now taking front stage on one of my favorite shelves made by my dad. (I'll show you some of my dad's incredible handiwork soon!)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Geez Whiz

I love fake cheese. There, I've said it.

The ever-popular Cheez Whiz is at the top of my list of favorite fakes. It's great on sandwiches and toast, makes a great warm chip dip when mixed with canned Hormel chili, and an be added to different dishes to give it a smooth cheesy taste.

After I've eaten it all up, I use the cleaned jar for holding buttons, wool bobbles, and other little things.

But we certainly wouldn't want to use the jar "as is", now would we? So, it's time to doll them up a bit.

I like to spray paint the covers and use Modge Podge to decoupage a fun, scrapbooking paper circle on top. After the decoupage is thoroughly dry, I use Dimension Magic to add fun dimension to the paper.

Now I'm off to eat more Cheez Whiz to get more jars to decorate!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I'm thrilled to announce that I've been accepted into Craftstravaganza 2012!

It's an annual urban craft fair held in St. Paul, Minnesota and this year will be held on May 12. There aren't any 2012 details posted yet on their web page, but as soon as I see more information come available, I'll let you know.

I am very well as a little nervous - because I believe it will be the largest sale I've participated in. All I know right now is that I better get busy, busy, busy!