Saturday, November 19, 2011

Projects. Projects. Projects.

 Matt (a few years back) as Harry Potter.


A day filled with projects.  House projects.  Setting-up-the-new-PC projects.  Science fair projects.

Yes...a busy (yet fun) day.'s off to church.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

More Easter Photos

Beautiful Colors!

Crafty, huh?

Messy?  A little bit. Fun?  Oh yeah!

Wife and the boys after church on Saturday.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

Like Peter Cottontail, just wanted to hop in to say Happy Easter!

We've been busy making cookies [eggs, bunnies, tulips, crosses], pickled eggs and beets [a family tradition] and other Easter goodies.

And we've been cleaning house too.  All the family members are pitching in to make this chore quick and easy.

What do you have planned for Easter?  Leave a comment, won't you?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tissue Holder in Japanese Fabric - Linen and Cotton

Japanese fabric is the best.  I love working with cotton and linen.  A hot iron pressed against this stuff brings out such an organic smell.  It's wonderful.  Can you relate?

The print fabric was purchased online at Etsy directly from Japan.  [I can't remember the exact buyer's name, but if you really want to know, send me an e-mail and I'll dig through my records to find the information for you.]  The lining (100% linen) was something I picked up at a Yoder's Department Store in Shipshewana, IN.  They have the best staff.  And a TON of fabric to choose from.  

The tissue holder is on its way to my Etsy shop.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Special Order for Julie

A friend of mine recently added a grandson to the family.  She wanted a 'boy' bib and asked if I had anything I could whip up.  That's all I needed.  I was sure I had a fabric to fit the bill.

Here is a 'boy' bib with spaceships on a blue background.  I also made a burp cloth to go with it.  I hope she likes them.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Something "Spring-y" For My Etsy Shop

Yes!  I was able to be creative before the end of the day!

Here's the proof.'s on the way to my Etsy shop.  Wow...and only fifteen minutes to spare before the midnight hour.

We ♥ Fleece Throws

Yes, we love our fleece throws.  All of them:  camping theme, Christmas theme, plain ones, fancy ones.  We use them almost every day.

Sit on the sofa, oops - forgot my throw, get back up, grab one and sit back down. They are so snuggly and make TV-watching so much nicer, don't you think?

Riley likes them too.  He tends to use them as chew-toys.  Yeah...not good.

By the way, today is 'clean-the-basement' day.  Lots of de-cluttering going on.  And a ton of dead bugs and cobwebs are going bye-bye too.  It feels good to be doing something productive.  And something that's almost craft-related.  That'll be next.  And I can't tell you how excited I am to be going in that direction.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Heart-felt Thoughts and Prayers...

Go to the people of Japan.

Spring Cleaning and Creative-Space Envy

The photo?  Not my space.  Wish it was.  That's the sun room / enclosed porch at the Essenhaus Country Inn in Shipshewana, IN.  We spent a long weekend there a couple years ago.  I love the space:  lots of windows for natural light, white bead-board, wooden floors.  Wow.  THAT would be a great workspace,wouldn't it?

With the revival of my crafty spirit, I've found it necessary to re-evaluate my craft space.  It's not really a 'studio' per se (although that sure sounds nicer and more professional than 'space'). But it IS a dedicated area to me and all my craftiness.

Right now, it's an absolute mess.  Located in a corner of my basement, it's been left untouched for several months.  Spiders, bugs and cobwebs have taken over.  I've piled things on top of piles thinking I'd be back to put them away.  Sometimes that happens.'s time to get serious and get things put away and cleaned up so I have room to work.  Clutter is not good for the creative spirit. 

Speaking of new studios and workspaces, Alicia has a new office/studio and Anna Maria is converting her attic into a new creative space.  Jealous.  That's what I am.  Jealous.  But I'm happy for them.  Can't wait to see Mrs. Horner's space once it's finished.

Okay...I'm off to work.  Have a great day...and make something!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fruit Anyone?

Does this look like something you'd eat?  I sure would! Probably a better choice than the Chinese food that I ate for lunch.  Wow...way too many carbs.  OMG!!  But it was certainly tasty!  Each Tuesday, a bunch of us get in the car at 11:00AM and head for the Garden Wok in South Bend, IN.  That place has THE BEST Chinese food.  I'm tellin' ya.  

My favorites are chicken and broccoli and black-bean chicken.  I always get 1/2 lo-mein and 1/2 mei fun.  Mei fun is rice noodle.  Much like angel hair pasta...but made with rice flour.  Yum-my!

So, yeah I'm in the process of setting up my new blog.  My buddy from Sweden is helping me get all the files figured out.  I'm a geek, but not a geeky-geek, okay?

I'll miss the Blogger platform...but I'm in love with WordPress and all the way-cool things you can do with it.  I'll keep you posted...but should be ready to roll sometime early next week. 

Hey!  Leave a comment to let me know that you're still with me, okay?  I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, March 14, 2011's been a long, long time! HAS been a long time since I've posted here. 

Since taking a long hiatus, it only seems natural that I'd return.  And so I am.  Sort of.  I am working on a new blog site.  It won't be here at Blogger.  I'm opting for a self-hosted blog using WordPress and a Woo Theme.  I think you'll like it.

So...buckle your seat belts:  it promises to be a bumpy (yet fun) ride!

Stay tuned!