Wednesday, March 04, 2015
A Swap For All Seasons February swap, I received this mini fabric sampler from Pam in Arizona. She sent a note saying that she thought I could use a little bit of Spring. Indeed! I really like the vintage fabric she used and she told me that it was from vintage curtains that "didn't wash well". Now I like it even more! She even embroidered the word SPRING~ such a sweet touch. It's a lovely edition to the banner/garland that I'm making from the swap samplers.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Monday, February 02, 2015
Saturday, January 31, 2015
One down, 11 to go! We've completed the first month of our year-long swap over on my swap blog, A Swap For All Seasons. The first picture is the fabric sampler that I made for Pam.
The second picture is the bea-u-ti-ful sampler (with a matching tag) that I received from Jan in the UK. I absolutely LOVE it! From the sweet baby to the hand-stitched shoes, it is just perfect!
Jan also sent along a few pretties (the 3rd picture) which was so very sweet! She included a note on her very own postcard- created with a photo of one of her creations, a few of her favorite things, and a quote- so cool! It was all wrapped so nicely and the package from the UK had the "Royal Mail" stamp on the outside, which I always love. The contents definitely lived up to the term! Thank you so much!
The last picture is a lovely hostess gift that was sent to me from Elizabeth. She is a member of the swap group and truly one of the dearest people! She sends little thoughtful gifts to me throughout the year, and they mean so very much to me. They have often cheered up an otherwise a dreary day. I love the "L" buttons and the lace is gorgeous! She really has a knack for packaging too- always such a treat to open. Elizabeth, you are a blessing!
Friday, January 16, 2015
One of the few upsides of my youngest (daughter) graduating from high school and moving into the lower level "college pad" vacated by her brothers, is that another main floor bedroom opened up! My husband helped me turn it into a wonderful sewing/craft room. I absolutely love it! A place for everything and everything in its place! (well, almost!) I made the patchwork valance and curtain from the fabric scraps I've been
The best part of my new room is the closet. I made use of the built in shelving that was there by filling it with labeled plastic bins to hold all of my
I finally have a place to hang many of the wonderful gifts, swaps and handmade goodies that I love so much. And most of all, a bright, happy, inspiring space in which to create. Here are a few pics.
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Monday, December 15, 2014
So often taken for granted, yet so vital to nearly everything we do. I have used and abused mine so much through the years. My hands look like the hands of an 80 year old woman. I could never have made it as a hand model- even when I was young. I have always had short, stubby fingers and terribly thin, bendy nails that don't grow... But nevertheless, they are my hands, and they have served me well. With these hands I have colored, cut, written, sewn, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, crafted, beaded, used a cash register, spent countless hours on a keyboard, prepared meals, taken care of myself, taken care of the sick, taken care of my babies, taken care of 1000's of other people's babies, and countless other important (and totally mundane) things.
These past few years, and particularly this past year, my hands have been slowly wearing out. I have arthritis in both thumbs, a trigger thumb for which I had surgery in August, and now carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. I had surgery on my right hand in November, and I am just waiting for the symptoms to tell me that it's time to have the left hand fixed as well.
I have had to make a few changes. For one, I can no longer make jewelry. Holding tools and bending wire is nearly impossible at this point. I do still knit and do paper crafts (thanks goodness!), but for short periods of time. Another really big change is that I recently retired from staff nursing at the hospital. I knew I was going to be having 2 hand surgeries, with another on the horizon. Putting on and taking off gloves was becoming increasingly more painful, as were many other tasks. (I struggled to change newborn t-shirts- a task I probably could have won a race doing in my younger nursing years!) I have to be honest here though, I was THRILLED to retire from staff nursing. NO more long 12 hour shifts on my feet with no lunch or bathroom break for this girl!
The picture is my post surgery hand. (I hope it's not too graphic.) I decided to add a nice healing blue border to the picture. I am grateful that it is healing nicely and that I am once again able to do most of the crafts that I love. I am so grateful for my hands, and I no longer take for granted all that they allow me to do.
I hope this inspires you today- to take a loving look at your hands, and say a little thank you prayer!
Monday, December 01, 2014
I get so ridiculously sidetracked from blogging. I realize that I never finished posting about my son's wedding! It was perfect! They have been married for 6 months already and seem to be settling in quite well. They got a puppy. I now have a boy granddog ("Oscar", my son Andrew's big guy) and a girl granddog. ("Daffy", Justin & Julie's little cutie) Is this a step closer to being a grandma for me? Let's just say it is!
These are some pictures of Justin and Julie's beautiful wedding day.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
My son got married on May 31st! I helped make much of the decor as my future daughter in law was living here in St Louis, and her family was back in Kansas. The ceremony was in a beautiful little church in Kansas and the reception was held on her family's farm in Kansas. It was such an honor to be involved! I loved every minute of it. She picked things out and I tried to make them! Julie and Justin both cut burlap, wrapped wine bottles, and whatever else I could delegate. Julie learned to make some of it herself! (She swore she wasn't crafty, but she's catching the bug now!) These are some of the projects and details.
|The gift table|
|Vintage suitcase for cards|
|Justin's cousin in Indiana and her husband make wine. |
They made a special wedding blend for the couple with customized labels.
It was kept in ice in an old water trough. Perfect.
|Julie's dad was about to move this old trailer out of the way |
until everyone decided it would make the perfect photo booth.
Julie's old wagon was filled with the props.
|Table Decor: burlap & lace runners, yarn & pearl wrapped wine bottles|
filled with paper roses, decorated large jars filled with baby's breath, lace wrapped votives,
and painted tins filled with mints.
|Julie and her dad made the cupcake stands with wood from their property. |
I made the burlap banner, and many others scattered throughout the reception.
|Mason jar drinking glasses with thank you tags attached |
doubled as drinking glass and take home favor.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Mary Englebreit illustration, "Time flies whether you're having fun or not" comes to mind. Oh how true that is! Since my last post I've had surgery, planned a wedding, my youngest daughter attended her first prom and then promptly graduated from high school, and my oldest son got married. And in between, lots of life was going on. Career adjustments for me, facial shingles (my 2nd son), an accident on the job resulting in broken ribs (my husband), and hosting monthly swaps! (Actually the swaps have helped me keep my sanity. Why? I have no idea!) Some of these things were great fun, some were absolutely no fun at all. Yet time flew by.
I've promised friends that I will eventually post and show some pictures of some of the wonderful parts of these past months. The dust is finally settling and life is back to its usual pace, so I better post while I can, before...well you know...before whatever comes next starts coming!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
my friend heidi made this tag. she really doesn't like halloween or making scary looking things, but this one is decidedly NOT scary! i think it is a little slice of heaven! i love it!
Friday, October 04, 2013
Isn't this awesome? I saw this on a friend's blog and just had to share! I love the images on vintage patterns, and this is just a hoot! Don't miss the best part... the girl in the background bopping her head to the music!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I made this as a gift for my friend Cathy. The colors are much more vibrant than the pics show. This one consists of 160 2" circles punched from my handpainted papers and coordinating scrapbook paper. Very fun to make and she really loved it.