Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Still....Making Pumpkins!

I am still making pumpkins! I've created a monster I think....who knew so many people had birthdays, needed to be thanked, or just needed a little "happy" during the months of September and October?? This particular one is headed to Indiana for a belated birthday gift to my mom.
I do love making them. You can mix and match any sort of fabric and embellish them in all sorts of creative ways. I've started hot glueing the crocheted leaves and the twine on them. The raffia is a cute touch too.
That's it for today. I'm crazy busy getting ready for another Holiday show in November. It will be held at the University Christian Church in Fort Worth. I'll have more details for you as soon as they send me an official e-mail with the flyer. The little boy is in pre-school to get to it!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Retro Garage Sale Treasures!

Look what I found at a garage sale over the weekend!
I love these plastic Santa's. I actually picked one up at Round Top last year and fell in love with them. I couldn't believe my luck over the weekend! He was only $1! (I didn't pay $1 for my Round Top Santa). Just sitting there on a table waiting for me to find him. I also love these Shiny Brites Christmas ornaments. Look at the picture above - see Uncle Sam and Santa shaking hands?! I'm planning to have 2 large plastic candles and a snowman coming to me from Indiana this year also - won't they be too cute with Santa?? I think I'm just going to leave Santa out until Christmas - my boy especially seems to be infatuated with him. I told him to be a good boy because Santa is he promptly took Santa and hid him in a corner! Smart boy. Santa is definitely staying out!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Great Show - a little drippy, but a great show!

We ended up having a great show - a little, well, a LOT wet, but still we had a good turnout and lots of fun!
We had necklaces, earrings, matchboxes, artwork, pumpkins, aprons, crocheted hats,.....
pajama pants, coffee cozies, burp cloths, diaper wipes pouches,........

good things to eat, good friends, a sweet doggie who acted as our welcoming committee....

and a lot of fun!
Thanks for supporting handmade everyone.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hippie Bliss - Funky and Inspiring!

You have all heard me talking about my upcoming Trunk Show on Wednesday....and I think it's time I share with you with creations of my good friend Jenn, with whom I am hosting the show.Jenn is the creator behind Hippie Bliss. Where she explains that her mixed media creations come from a place of reflection and bursts of creativity.
She's got the most adorable matchboxes.....
and whimsical jewelry pieces......

love this owl!
and inspiring Art Work......Hope to see some of you Wednesday! If not, please stop by mine and Jenn's Etsy shops and take a look around.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Visions of Things to Come -

As I'm packing a suitcase (to be out of town for a few days), doing laundry, chasing a little boy, washing dishes, and trying to find my other shoe (most likely floating in the dog's water dish)....I'm also trying to get ready for my Trunk show Wednesday.
Here are a few pictures of my work room - hope you enjoy!
Stacks and stacks of vintage bits....Aprons.....Diaper/Wipes pouches....Crochet Hats.....Burp cloths.....Pumpkins.....(limited time only!)Coffee Cozies.....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Making Hang Tags

Sort of like "Maaaakin' Copies"........well, minus the SNL stage.........
Getting ready for my first Holiday Trunk Show of the season. I thought I'd share how I make my o so lovely Hang Tags! It's fun - grap a cup of coffee (or tea) and let's go!
So, first, I print on card stock the verbage I want. Then I take a tag, of which I like the shape, and trace around my printing. Then cut out.... Yes, this takes awhile. Good activity while watching Dancing with the Stars, or Twilight for the 100th time, oh - have you seen Eastwick? that one's pretty good too! I'd recommend DVR'ing it though to watch when the kiddos are in bed.So, after I have them cut out - I lay them in a baking sheet and pour the morning's leftover coffee on them - not too much, just enough to make a nice stain. Then I "bake" them at 200 degrees for a few minutes until they are dry. You'll want to watch the oven really close to make sure you don't start a fire!Once they come out of the oven, it's time for a little Mod Podge.I lay them out on wax paper and spread Mod Podge over the front and back, making sure them dry really well. Sometimes I use Mod Podge that has an antiquing affect.After the Mod Podge dries, then I just glue on little bits of lace and Viola!
Now, I've got to get some sewing done so that I actually have something to hang, these Hang Tags on!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Craftaholics Anonymous

I thought this was so funny when I read it - I know there are others who can relate! I especially think #11 is hilarious, especially after posting about cutting up my destined for trash clothing articles! Ok, so maybe everyone won't think this is funny, but if you are a crafter, you will :)

Craftaholics Anonymous

12 Step Program
Newly Revised to 13 Steps
© 2001 by Shirley Thomas @

1. I will not stuff craft supplies in every corner of my house.
2. I will not keep nine projects going at one time.
3. I will not pick up more buttons, lace or fabric when I have a ton at home.
4. I will not let my crafting area look like a condemned area.
5. I will not relegate the kitchen table to crafts.
6. I will not attend craft shows just to pick up more ideas.
7. I will not stock up on more craft supplies just because they are on sale.
8. I will not go off on a tangent when anyone mentions that little word "import ".
9. I will not let my crafting distract me from fixing dinner.
10. I will not stay up all night crafting.
11. I will not save dryer lint, empty cereal boxes, detergent scoops, etc.
12. I will not buy every craft magazine I see.
13. I will not make promises I cannot keep. See you at the craft show.

Check out Craft for more cutesy crafts stuff!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Banana Nut Bread - from Aunt Bernice

I absolutely love fall - and I love this banana nut bread. This particular recipe came to me from my Great Aunt Bernice. Hope you like it too!Banana Nut Bread

1/2 cp. butter
1 1/3 cp. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, unbeaten
2 cp. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cp. sour cream
1 cp. ripe, mashed bananas (I use 3 bananas)
1 cp. chopped walnuts

Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla. Add flour, soda, sour cream, bananas and walnuts. Mix well.
Pour into 1 large loaf pan or 4 small loaf pans.
Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes. (Shorter cooking time for small pans, longer cooking time for large pan).

Let me know if you try this recipe. I just love it - and the kids love it too. Not to mention it gets me points with my hubby, but only if I include the walnuts ;)
I also tend to underbake it a bit - just me, but I don't like my baked goods anywhere near over done.
Happy fall everyone!
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