Amy Butler Wall Art and Wristlets

In an attempt to freshen up my work-area/computer area I made some wall art from  some Amy Butler double sided paper.. I purchased this from Michael’s.  I popped it onto some cork board tiles and voila ~ wall art!!

They had some really cool bits and bobs that coordinated with the paper, but I restrained myself…

 Wristlets knitted for littlest daughter. She wanted some in hot pink just like her big sister. What is a mother to do? Comply of course…

I made some just like this in green for big sister, then I basically used the same pattern by cutting it in half. I used this pattern for a quick quick knitting Christmas project.

 She thought they were kind of cool..!

New Year is coming what is your resolution?

Mine is to have time to be a good wife, mom, and to  cook, clean, craft, garden and work (at my job) with a pleasant attitude. Really I think I can do it, no really I can…..

can’t I??

Merry Christmas and a wrap up…

Merry Christmas to all who read my blog. Thank you for sharing your time with me. I hope this new year finds you happy, healthy and full of good cheer.  Blessings to you and your families…..

I just can’t stop with the Rubblework Scarf…  I love the pattern have you noticed??? Can not say enough good things about this. Fun and fast!

Christmas gowns…

burnt the midnight oil on these … 

 Thrifted sheets from the GW… finally got around to using them!  McCalls  pattern 5510.  Love it! Then on to the pajama pants… Butterick 3314

 I made some slight changes~ I added drawstings to the elastic to make it just a little more cute.

 More last minute things to wrap up, Merry Christmas!!!


Last minute gifts

Crazy quilted coasters on the fly….

Crazy quilted coasters, originally uploaded by jennbennstar.

Coaster’s on the fly…
These were quick and easy to make. I cut fabric leftover from my Rubblework scarf and pieced these together. I used 5 inch squares of linen for the back, and 3 inch squares of the brown and polka dot cotton. I pieced and then quilted them going around the square. I call them crazy quilted because they have a slightly rustic feel to them.

 One more handmade item done!

Inspiration recieved from~

purl and also Sew Mama Sew and I am sure other blogs that I can not remember right now. We are really tired from our Christmas party with mom and family. They are off to Chicago soon for their Christmas holiday. We surely had a wonderful time though!

Knitty Toddle scarf done and another round of Rubble!


Ok, so the Knitty Toddle scarf is done! This was easy and fun. No lie! I am really loving this.  This is for a little fellow named Jack who was born in Oct…. He will grow into it I am sure. I have one more little hat to knit then off it will go.  I myself would LOVE a scarf just like this!  close up of the pattern.

 You can barely see it, but in the middle of this photo is the key hole in which to slide the end through.

On another note, I am crazy about this Rubblework Scarf. It is so fun to make. Kathy Mack is a great designer.. here is her crafty friends of Pink Chalk Hill flicker group check out all the cool things folks have made! Ok, here is my 2nd version of the Rubble scarf..

I would love to try this on and model it, but I was out in the cold drizzly rain and my hair is standing up on it’s ends right now… not pretty!  But I think this scarf is kind of cute… I am hoping to give this as a Christmas gift…. hope it will be liked!

Here was my first version…

On another note, just to show you that true love does exist… in case you had any doubt I mean…Here is kitty and Olivia still bonding~

Still feeling the love…

Back earlier when Kitty was still  a baby~

That is love!

A new day…

Moving on to new projects..

from Knitty.. toddle scarf for a little one.

fun and easy. a little time consuming, but easy. The pattern is so easy, my problem is I have no memory. So, I do the cf4,  purl, knit, peal,  cb4,  purl, knit, purl, so on and so forth over and over. Somehow with that easy pattern, I forget cb4 or cf4. Oh well, I will be fine, it is obvious when your off. Also, I know why I prefer wood/bamboo needles, those metal sticks are slick!   I am in LOVE with this yarn, it is Blue Sky Cotton from Purl Soho.

What a difference good yarn makes! Here is the pattern:Toddle Scarf It seems to me that the color is most true in the last photo it is a beautiful blue called Azul.
I can not say enough about how much I love Purl, they are fantastic, artistic, creative, kind and have excellent customer service! Good people!

December 10, 2007 … Remembering Rob

Today is the one year anniversary of my brother’s death. It was a shock and unexpected.  It almost seems surreal and not true. I know it is though and I think of him often. I want to remember and never forget the person he was.

He loved his family, he loved to have fun, he loved to laugh and joke. He loved action movies. He  was a great person.

Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we are still
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
Without the ghost of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolute unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you for an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Nothing is past; nothing is lost
One brief moment and all will be as it was before
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

by Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral sometimes referred to as ‘What is Death?’

I will always love you Rob!

A little bit of Christmas…

Gifts are being made and our tree has some trimmings. We are slowly making our way.

I still have so much to do, and too little time, but that is nothing new.  I am quite sure I am not alone in that …

Here are a few  sentimental memories that I would like to share… tree!


 here is the sentimental bit~ crochet snowflake by my grandmother who is 94 yrs old. I am not sure when she made these, but they have been on my tree since I can remember..

 same with the green knit bell. We used to have red, green and white. I only have one lone green bell in my possession, and I need to find a pattern to make more. However, this does nicely in the meantime. This bell has been on my tree my whole life… (I’m 37).

 gingerbread man I made not long after I was married and first getting into crafty things.. married 14 years  a little white dove up top, from my husband’s  childhood…

There are many more, but these I always love to see…

A friend at work is a single mom, with 3 kids.  She has it tough, never enough money, always working, no help from ex,  etc. etc. We are making gift baskets for her 3 children. Here are my contributions…

 One girl is 15

 One is 13

 One is 7.

I don’t know these children personally, but I hope they will appreciate the thought positive energy put into these gifts.  I hope and wish that their mom can continue to provide  all that they need to be happy and healthy.

Last notes:the knitted flowers are from here~ Little Cotton Rabbit’s blog. these are so fun to make! I had a heck of a time with that pink bag! I struggled with it because I would not take time to look at my pattern notes..
All 3 bags are based this pattern from Purl… love this!
Key chains and head band from Handmade in November ideas.

Here is my inspirational quote of the week….
Life is brief, and time is nothing but a thief… (Dr. Phil??)
Heard it last week on one of his shows, and it has stuck in my mind.. No matter how bogged down we are, or how tired we get.. in the big picture what does it matter? We must keep living, being, creating, laugh, cry, we must live our life. Today, because we may not have tomorrow…

Simplicity 3533 and a Christmas gathering

We had my work party tonight at the University clubIt was a lovely time, a wonderful dinner was served. Friends gathered and laughed and danced much. For this event a simple black dress was purchased. The only thing missing was a wrap/jacket of some sort. I do not like to be bare-armed, I also do not like to be cold.  I truly felt a jacket would be in order. I tried half heartedly to find an appropriate item. I had no luck.  So, off to the fabric store I went, and  I searched thru several books until I found~

Simplicity 3533.  At first I was feeling the love for  the jacket. As I worked with it some, it seemed to work out.  I think for our event it worked out quite nicely, and I stayed plenty warm enough. Saturday is our tree decorating day. I am still cleaning the kitchen up after the kids had a failed salt dough reciepe attempt. I guess there is always tomorrow.

Meet Eloise our Christmas Elf!


Happy December! The time is drawing near.  In the spirit  of all things Elfie, I have taken inspiration from many places….Here and here (this one really got me going!!)and I know there are many more. Anyhoo, I took my inspiration and focus to come up with …

Eloise~ the Elf!!           

We think she is kind of special!

She was made with Love of course.  Her pattern was cut, materials selected, stuffed, face embroidered, clothes sewn and assembled. She was embellished with an antiqued silver button and a warm gray scarf was woven for her neck and shoulders.  She was a lot of fun to make, and my little helper helped me with finding the appropriate name.

Much more to do with regards to Christmas, first and foremost to find our missing tote box of ornaments. How they disappeared out of our attic is beyond me.. Might have had something to do with our annual attic clean up spearheaded by dear hubby.  Hmmm. .. we have to get on top of this quickly.  We have a tree waiting…

Update:  We have found our “missing” ornaments! Yay!!  Let the yuletide festivities begin..