Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My favorite time of the year!

It's one of my favorite times of the year - FALL! Make sure to click the link on the left at least once a week - now that the busy Farmer's Market and show season is almost over I'll be adding new items to the store for the fall and winter. And it's getting to be...MAGIC SLIPPER TIME! If you have any great ideas for items you'd like to see just let me know.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Understanding Thread

I found a helpful blog post last month by Jenna at Sew Happy Geek all about thread - understanding it's weight and uses! I really appreciate her taking the time to help us all out by typing it so well, very clear and easy to understand. Thread is one of those things that we think we can get by with using whatever we have or whatever is least expensive - and it isn't always the best choice to do that. Here's the link - I hope you learn as much as I did!

Friday, October 7, 2011

World Smile Day!

Back in 1963, a commercial artist named Harvey Ball designed the now-classic smiley face. You know the one:

Harvey became worried that his smiley face was becoming too commercialized and was beginning to lose its meaning. So Harvey declared that the first Friday in October should be World Smile Day, a day to smile!

The theme of this holiday is "Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile."

What a fabulous holiday, don’t you think? We could all use a few extra smiles, and we could all benefit from performing a few more acts of kindness. I found this cute list of ideas from (who else?) Oprah.

These would be great way to celebrate World Smile Day:

Say "Good morning" to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
Say "I love you" to someone you love.
Out of the blue, send flowers to a friend.
Say "please" and "thank you"—and really mean it.
Let a fellow driver merge into your lane.
Offer to baby-sit for a single mom.
Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.
Bring a box of doughnuts to share at the office.
Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
Throw away your trash—and someone else's—after a movie, picnic or visit to a park.
Help a friend pack for a move.
Before a friend moves away, give her your favorite recipe or quote and a photo of the two of you together.

So what will YOU be doing for World Smile Day?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Motivation Monday

“A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”
— Henry Miller
The Books In My Life (1969)

Read and Release at ---- Make sure to click the link to if you love books.

What a great program and shows us all what a little motivation and a great idea can accomplish!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Snacks - No Bake Energy Bites

I am always searching for quick healthy snacks to make for the house. We have such a wide age range it can be difficult trying to please everyone - but smashed peas and carrots always has wonderful ideas that she shares! We LOVE the no bake energy bites, they not only taste wonderful they are quick and easy to make too - can't get any better than that.

No Bake Energy Bites

Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe Maggie!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Once a month cooking, well maybe...

You all know I love Once A Month cooking ideas and recipes, but I've found something else I love too! Easy recipes and a Once a week cooking method. A few days ago I was flipping through the TV channels (during our recent yucky heatwave...grrrr) and happened upon a cooking segment on a show called The Talk. I heard the word chicken so my ears perked up! It was a great idea about Sunday long cooking and how to use that cooking for things most of the rest of the week. Took me FOREVER to find the information on the Talk website, of course I had no idea it was a re-run. But here's the link to the information -

This of course led me to more research, where I found the blog! YEAH!


It's got recipes and tips and loads of great information. I can't wait to hear what YOU think. We've already shopped and started on the chicken food makeover talked about on the Talk, because I work from home I actually cooked yesterday (Thursday) and we had the soup last night. We are excited to cook and eat the rest of the week's plan! I'll follow up and let you know how it went next week.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Make an Embellished Grocery Bag Container!! {great item to keep in your car}

If you just can't get into the fabric grocery bags but you still want to do what you can to be "green" - here's another idea to make it easy for you to recycle those plastic bags again and again! This is a really fun, fast and easy tutorial and we all will have empty wipes containers from our kids going back to school.

"Summer Social" Guest Project -- Make an Embellished Grocery Bag Container!! {great item to keep in your car}

Monday, August 29, 2011

Motivation Monday

Sometimes you just can't say it better than someone else...and that someone else is Kathy at thedreamygiraffe She not only has happy colorful art, she also does awesome motivational word art - and I've found my absolute favorite her words!

Here's the link - We all have brick walls. Make sure to check it out and all the other great things in her shop! Wouldn't this make a great gift for someone?!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Redux -Candejo's Creations: FAQ answers to your store questions!

Candejo's Creations: FAQ answers to your store questions!: I've had email questions about how the store works, so hopefully this will answer what you've been wanting to know. Hopefully I didn't miss ...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Motivation Monday

If a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. ~Edgar Watson Howe

Put this in practice every day of your life. People, yes even friends...close friends....will run and hide from you when things aren't going well in your life. I don't think it's because they necessarily want to, but either a) they just simply don't know what to do or b) their fear that this could possibly happen to their own life takes over and that just hits to close for comfort and stops them from doing anything. You really don't want to leave your friend "out there alone" do you? So come on, what's STOPPING YOU?! You will never know until you try the rewards you will reap when you reach out that hand to really help someone you love.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunday Sewing Tip - Hand Understitching

The best way to get that facing or lining to look beautiful in your next garment project is shown in this great tutorial from Threads. This is a great magazine if you're interested in techniques and fundamentals, it can really help you take your design ideas to the next level!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bring out the animal in you!

Can you believe it, we're already heading to fall?! The older I get, the more it seems like you just blink and a year has passed. If you're looking for a new bag for the fall season make sure to check out the shop. This design is my daughter's favorite - she has one in a zebra print. Don't forget, you can special order any design in your color and fabric choices!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Fabric Composition Notebook Cover

Yesterday I promised you I would share a great tutorial for making your own craft project journal. This tutorial was written by Julie at Joy's Hope and it's the perfect solution for those of us who are needing help getting organized. (If you have kids, they would love it for school too!) Make sure to check out the rest of Julie's blog and tell her thank you for sharing!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Motivation Monday

"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." Bill Cosby

Have you ever had that great concept for a new craft project...and then just never did it. Did you give up because you weren't sure it would work, or did you give up because you just lost focus on it? I found that the later was my problem but I have several friends that found the first was theirs. I think the same solution can work for both problems. A few years ago I started keeping little notes, can imagine how well that worked out. LOL Little pieces of paper everywhere with no rhyme or reason to them. Then I decided that because I had a nice fabric stash that maybe that would help. Hey, how about making a journal to keep it all in? YEAH, a solution! I make all my notes in the journal and then I pin fabric or yarn samples I'm interested in there. I make sure and flip through it every day and also keep it close - it's amazing where the solution to some problem I was having with the mechanics of it all just happens to pop into my mind! That's why I think the journal situation would help ALL of us - because there IS no fear if you've taken the time to work out all the kinks and you can't lose focus if you keep all your ideas in one place. Tomorrow I'll be sharing a great tutorial I found for making YOUR journal!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday Sewing Tip - How to bind a quilt

One of the hardest things to decide when making a quilt is how to bind it. I actually discovered this method of binding a few years ago when I was making a quilted wallet. Here is an awesome tutorial from icandyhandmade along with some great pictures! The great thing is you can use this method for just about anything you're making that is quilted - wallets, walling hangings, bags, baby's easy to do and makes a beautiful finished edge.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New canvas handbags

I've had a major obsession with handbags this year. As if you couldn't tell by the store right? Maybe that's why I've been so busy with custom orders this spring and summer, everyone else has been too. LOL

There are just so many fascinating techniques, styles and designs to put together. I've purchased a few patterns by inde designers - absolutely awesome, so talented and so far ahead of commercial patterns (which I hate and swore off for life)! I've learned new techniques and even how to think differently about tried and true things. I've also designed quite a few patterns for myself - these two new bags in the store are examples!

Check out the shop to see if there is a style just for you - remember, if you see a style you like but it isn't in your colors...use the contact me link right there in the listing. OR maybe you've been dreaming of that perfect bag for YOU. Type it out and send it to me using the contact me link and we'll see what we can do!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Sock Cupcakes

I don't know what it is about cupcakes (oh yes I do, LOL - I love to EAT cupcakes) but I am fascinated by all the neat things you can use to make crafty cupcakes. You can sew cupcake purses, you can knit cupcake hats, crochet cupcake purses and on and on and on. Well, here is a cute tutorial by she wears flowers on how to make a really cool cupcake gift with purchased socks,a handmade coffee cozy and a printable cupcake topper. Make sure to let her know how much you loved the tutorial!

Sock cupcake

Monday, August 1, 2011

Motivation Monday

The biggest mistake people make in life is not making a living at doing what they most enjoy. - Malcolm S. Forbes

It can be difficult at times to have faith in yourself, enough faith to know that doing what you love will help you reap rewards. We just need to remember that the rewards are not always what we imagine - and they are most likely not what others imagine. We need to look at those rewards again when we're feeling down because they are there. We will sometimes just gloss over them when we allow society to define what our rewards should be.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Missouri Star Quilt Company - humor

Even if you don't quilt you have to check out this fabric and quilting company. Make sure to click on the daily deal...even if you don't need the deal or even care about getting a need to read the little blurp with each one. Oh has me in stitches every day. LOL I don't know who at the company writes these, but they need a huge pat on the back - a hooray - and a pay raise. Some pretty funny stuff there. What an awesome marketing technique, it has me visiting every day. And of course, if you visit you have to look around...right? LOL And looking around leads to...well, you know. And to think, I was driving out to my sister's house (in the boonies) and saw this ad on a huge giant billboard - another smart marketing move!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Make your own tortillas!

Wow, what a great find for those of us who love once a month cooking! Because we've saved time having our meal pre - prepared for the most part, when we have a little extra time we can make these awesome fresh tortillas shared by Lynda over at Life on the Farmlet.

Thank you so much for sharing Lynda!