Football Purse

DSCF8330Football Purse Tutorial

Okay, the guys in my house may have cried a little when I did this one, but it came out pretty cool. Totally worth the tears. Suck it up buttercups! 😉

Click on any highlighted text in this post to take you to the tutorial of my football purse on Love To Know.


Twin Baby Blankets and Totes

12583955_1099086010104429_1861946937_n-001Twin Baby Blankets and Totes

I’ve reached an age in life when all of the kids of my friends are having babies. Okay, maybe I’ve been that age for a little while now, but I like to think it just happened. 😉

Recently I received an invitation to a baby shower of one of those kids. They were expecting twins! I knew I wanted to make something, but since they lived in another state I didn’t want to break the bank with shipping charges. I started digging through the possibilities.

My friends are always giving me hand-me-down craft supplies, and the mother of the father-to-be is no exception. I usually get a box or two every time she visits. The goodies range from stuff she no longer uses to things that belonged to her mother or mother-in-law. That’s when I had my light bulb moment. I decided to make matching baby blankets using a WIP that had either belonged to her mom or MIL.

DSCF6350I was excited to find the beginnings of a Dresden Plate quilt top, extra blocks in various stages of completion and extra fabric for what still hadn’t been completed.

I was a little nervous because it was vintage fabric and it did not look like it had been washed prior to the stitching that was already done. I threw everything in the washer and crossed my fingers. I was just sure it was going to come out with bleeding all through it, but absolutely nothing was tinted. Yay!

The quilt top had already been started, but since I wanted two baby blankets I needed to take sections apart, rearrange and add more borders.

There was not enough of any one fabric to use as the backing, so I did need to buy that and also the batting. There was also not enough time to quilt, so I satisfied myself with just tying.

DSCF6354Those extra blocks kept screaming about not being left behind, so I whipped up tote bags to put the blankets in.

Then the day of the shower arrived…and so did the babies. Yep, the best laid plans… :) The new daddy stepped up though and became the guest of honor.

12583955_1099086010104429_1861946937_nSpeaking of the best laid plans…my friend does not recognize the fabric or the quilt project. Go figure. LOL! I told her we need to come up with a good story.


Make Your Own Felted Wool

Felted Projects-006Free Felting Patterns

Have you ever made the mistake of washing and drying a wool sweater? You would definitely remember if you did because the shrinkage is quite dramatic. An adult-size wool sweater quickly becomes child-size. If your first thought is to throw it away, STOP! You have the perfect fabric for a felted wool project.

Recently I finished an article for Love To Know that explains how to felt. There are also free patterns on what you can do with that felt when you are done.

DSCF6324Wool Sweater Purse

DSCF6344Felted Chick Ornament

DSCF6322Felted Heart Candle Mat

DSCF6232Felted Dryer Balls


Restyled Doll Furniture

DSCF5613Restyled Doll Furniture

I’m still here! I know it has been forever since I last posted and I am truly sorry about that. Recently my best friend passed away following heart surgery. Sitting down to write anything has been extremely difficult, but here goes.

DSCF5405My husband and I went to an auction last month and we hit the jackpot. I had a customer asking for doll furniture so these little gems had to come home with me.

DSCF5410Surprise, surprise. I seemed to be the only one interested in them and I got them for a song.

DSCF5581Everything needed repairs, but nothing major. After cleaning and sanding they got a base coat of white paint.

DSCF5619-002I distress-sanded everything, but the highchairs needed a little something, something to make them more special. I decided to dry brush with pink paint and I made a stencil of a rattle for the chair backs.

The little bags on the chairs are little totes I made that I filled with a toy baby bottle, plate and spoon.

DSCF5629The baby bed received more than a paint makeover. I recovered the base board with blue ticking, then made a mattress using a white chenille bedspread. Lastly, I made a pillow and doll blanket using an old vintage cutter quilt.

DSCF5414Check out this doll baby buggy. I haven’t done anything with it and I don’t know if I will. I’m kinda thinking I’ll keep it and use it to display crafts at shows. I think it’s adorable.


Have a great Thanksgiving!

Drawstring Backpack Pattern and Windows 10

DSCF4796Drawstring Backpack Pattern

Whew! What a ride!

Where to start…? Uhm, let me start with the free Windows 10 upgrade, which turned out to be not so free. Sigh…I have a Windows 7 laptop. When Windows 8 came out I had heard so many terrible things about it that it never appealed to me. But wait…Microsoft finally came out with a new, (supposedly) better upgrade that is free for 7s and 8s. Yep, the hype got me. I wanted it. So I reserved my copy and when it became available I clicked the button. A few hours later my organized world fell apart.

It was new, pretty and exciting to see when the new screen finally came up…and then…nothing. No cursor. Hmm…I rebooted several times and finally the cursor appeared, but the touch pad/mouse didn’t work. That little cursor just sat there in the middle of the screen and mocked me. Yes, I had a few curse words for that cursor. Using my phone to contact my online tech guru, we tried to figure it out. Uh…, big problem…no mouse to navigate. The wireless mouses (mice?) we had did not work so I purchased a mouse with a USB cord. That was the first ch-ching of my free upgrade, but it worked.

Had something been disconnected? Was the driver good? Did the driver need an update? Nope, nope and nope. We tried everything. By the next day I decided to give up. I had deadlines that were “whooshing” by. I decided to restore back to Win 7. Yay! Not so much. After the restore Windows Explorer crashed whenever I tried to do anything.

I was done. I sent it out to be fixed (ch-ching) and Middle Kid let me borrow an extra laptop that he had. Now borrowing a laptop is not like borrowing a car. You can’t just get in and drive. Out came my book of passwords to just be able to access the important sites I needed to use. Missing programs was another problem. Thankfully the kid didn’t mind mom adding them. But it was taking time. A lot of time.

DSCF4796Back to the Drawstring Backpack. Before the Win 10 debacle, I had made my pattern, made the bag, taken photos of the steps and written out my notes. Nothing was polished and some info was being held hostage on my computer. Long story short…too late! I finally submitted it to my editor on my deadline date.

So if you have made it through my Windows 10 whining session, you must really want to make this backpack. Well, I hope you do. This bag is so handy and with kids heading back to school it will be a perfect carry-all for their new school supplies.

You can find the tutorial and printable pattern here.